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God Our Judge and Redeemer

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God Settles All Accounts

Isaiah 33:1 HCSB
Woe, you destroyer never destroyed, you traitor never betrayed! When you have finished destroying, you will be destroyed. When you have finished betraying, they will betray you.
RG Lee, the famed pastor of Bellevue Baptist in Memphis where Adrian Rogers and Steve Gaines have also served had a sermon called “Pay Day Some Day”
We don’t have much of a stomach for this but it is still true: The righteous God of the universe will one day judge the world. And sometimes that judgment shows up in glimpses and shadows even today.
In this case it is Sennacherib, the King of Assyria. Hezekiah, (who was a pretty good King otherwise) became very frightened by the impending danger he saw from Assyria. Their army was marching through Judah, taking town after town. In order to placate the King of Assyria, Judah’s King gave him a lot of money, etc. In other words he tried to pay him off. But that didn’t stop Sennacherib.
Isaiah speaks straight to Sennacherib and to every false god or king who would exalt himself or herself over the God of Israel. He basically tells him you keep it up. Keep destroying and betraying, but your day will come.
Isaiah 33:2–4 HCSB
Lord, be gracious to us! We wait for You. Be our strength every morning and our salvation in time of trouble. The peoples flee at the thunderous noise; the nations scatter when You rise in Your majesty. Your spoil will be gathered as locusts are gathered; people will swarm over it like an infestation of locusts.
In these verses Isaiah pleads with God to deliver Judah.
In the next several verses God makes it clear that He will take care of both the enemies of God and also God’s wandering people.
How ironic, that God’s people are called to make much of Him, but we often forget this. We try to make much of ourselves. Or when desperate time comes, we flounder in our faith like Hezekiah, and put our trust in people and things that actually are contrary to God and His plan for us. Then we become discouraged when those people and or things show their true colors.
Let’s talk a little application of this passage: Not every “friend” will have your best interest at heart. You have to learn to pick “safe” people as confidants, and friends.
Hezekiah tried to be "friends" with Sennacherib but was betrayed. Choose "safe" people to be your friends.
Avoid "friends" who want to be in the know. They just want the scoop.
Avoid "friends" who want to use you to advance their own goals and agenda.
Avoid "friends" who chase the sensational. They will be around until the dust settles, then you can't find them.
Avoid "friends" who want to be a hero instead of a help. These folks have a way of making every act of kindness about them.
Proverbs 17:17 HCSB
A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a difficult time.
Proverbs 18:24 HCSB
A man with many friends may be harmed, but there is a friend who stays closer than a brother.
HEZEKIAH IN HIS DESPERATION HAD A “BAD PICKER” and tried to make a friend out of someone who did not value the Lord or the things of the Lord. Keep trusting in the LORD to settle the accounts and right the wrongs!
The second half of the chapter is a shift.

God Brings Deliverance

Now in order to appreciate deliverance, you have to be mindful that you need deliverance.
And not just from some oppressive force out there. You are a sinner who needs salvation.
Me in Sunday School Talking about the devil: “Who is our enemy”
Tyler Hulsey: “Ourselves!” and all God’s people said?!!!!
When you realize what a mess you are without the Lord, deliverance starts to take on a sweet new sound!
I believe this deliverance telescopes.
It would pertain to Sennacherib not completely conquering Judah
It would pertain to the day a few centuries later when Judah would return from Babylonian exile.
It would pertain to the day when Jesus died, was buried, and rose again.
It will pertain to the day when He comes again to make all things right in the Kingdom to come.
Let’s look at some of the highlights of deliverance.

Deliverance involves seeing the King face to face.

Isaiah 33:17 HCSB
Your eyes will see the King in His beauty; you will see a vast land.

Deliverance involves the healing of the past

Isaiah 33:18–19 HCSB
Your mind will meditate on the past terror: “Where is the accountant? Where is the tribute collector? Where is the one who spied out our defenses?” You will no longer see the barbarians, a people whose speech is difficult to comprehend— who stammer in a language that is not understood.

Deliverance involves security

Isaiah 33:20–21 HCSB
Look at Zion, the city of our festival times. Your eyes will see Jerusalem, a peaceful pasture, a tent that does not wander; its tent pegs will not be pulled up nor will any of its cords be loosened. For the majestic One, our Lord, will be there, a place of rivers and broad streams where ships that are rowed will not go, and majestic vessels will not pass.

Deliverance involves restoration

Isaiah 33:22–24 HCSB
For the Lord is our Judge, the Lord is our lawgiver, the Lord is our King. He will save us. Your ropes are slack; they cannot hold the base of the mast or spread out the flag. Then abundant spoil will be divided, the lame will plunder it, and none there will say, “I am sick.” The people who dwell there will be forgiven their iniquity.
In these verses there is a “US versus YOU” theme
22 Our Judge, Our lawgiver, Our King… He will save US
23 YOUR ropes are slack. The pivot is back to those who oppose God… Assyria for sure, but every enemy of God in the broad scheme of things.
The passage talks about a ship that can’t sail (the enemy ship) and spoil being taken. even among the lame, sick, and those whose sins have been forgiven.
When Job went through his difficult days, he emerged out the other side with more than he lost.
When Israel left Egypt, they took the plunder that Pharoah sent with them.
When they took the Promised land under Joshua, they confiscated more.
When they returned from Babylonian exile, they did so with some financial benefit from the Medo-Persian empire.
The Bible speaks of God restoring what the locusts have destroyed.
We need to always remember that however bad it is today, one day God is going to bless and restore. Many times in this lifetime, but surely for those whose sins are forgiven (verse 24) in the life to come!
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