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2018.9.30-5 God Has a Tattoo

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Lots of reasons why people get tattoos
1. Self Expression or Individuality
2. Memories and Milestones
3. Symbols of Luck and Superstition
4. Commitment, Man!
5. Pure Adornment
We got one on a whim
I got this one 2 years ago. It represents a victory to me in my life.
I bet you didn’t know that God has a tattoo too!
Isaiah 49:16 NKJV
16 See, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands; Your walls are continually before Me.
Is 49
Ill: I was watching an interview the pastor was asked is it ok for Christians to have tattoos. No matter where you land on the subject theologically, make sure it’s something you can live with.
The permanancy expressed in the meaning of this word. Before there was Dr. Tattoff, laser tattoo removal or any other reversal option, God put something permanent in His hand
You cannot ignore the symbolism of the hand…power. Put that on the shelf, we’ll come back to that one.
to inscribe v. — to write or engrave as a lasting record.
Does that register with you?!?! God has made you a permanent part of Himself?


As always, it’s important here to state the big story at work in Isaiah in order to grasp the power of Isaiah’s proclamation in chapter 49.
God’s people have been defeated, their temple destroyed. They are taken in chains to Babylon, alienated from their land and their God. This exile is a crisis of identity and faith. Are they still God’s people? How can they worship in this foreign land?
Into this crisis, Isaiah speaks a word of hope in these chapters. God will send a servant who will do justice. Indeed, it appears that much of second Isaiah (chapters 40-55) addresses the return of the Israelites to their homeland and the promise of a restored temple and nation. The disorientation of exile is replaced by a new orientation that is more than just returning to the way things were before exile. God has something much more in mind.

Progression of the Thought

43: 16 b: Your walls are continually before Me.
His concern is that they haven’t been made whole yet. He’d made them a promise
Ill: Dad asked me to buy something. I spent my money. “How much did you spend?” He’s going to rest til I get it. “I’m putting a check in the mail.”
Interp: God put them in captivity because of their disobedience. While they were gone the enemies came in and pillaged and vandalized, which is why God says “your walls are continually before.” You can’t put nothing in if there’s nothing to protect…the walls.
This is isn’t His concern. The prophet Isaiah is being descriptive in his words and saying God is going to fix what’s wrong. Because He’s made a promise that hasn’t been fulfilled.
Isaiah 43:19 NKJV
19 Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness And rivers in the desert.

Movement #1 - His Head

He tipped His hand what He was going to do by telling them what’s in His head
God is good with what your situation looks like because He has a track record of doing new things in old places!
don’t look where you are now, ‘cuz it’s probably desolate. think back to when He made you a promise.

Movement #2 - His Hand

Isaiah 49:16 NKJV
16 See, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands; Your walls are continually before Me.

Movement #3 - His Heart

Isaiah 46:19
Isaiah 49:19 NKJV
19 “For your waste and desolate places, And the land of your destruction, Will even now be too small for the inhabitants; And those who swallowed you up will be far away.
His heart is to bless you!!!
Even when you haven’t been good you’re still carved in His hand
Even when when your current situation looks opposite the promise you’re still carved on His hand
Even when restoration would be enough, He has heap of blessing on His mind
Isaiah 49:26 NKJV
26 I will feed those who oppress you with their own flesh, And they shall be drunk with their own blood as with sweet wine. All flesh shall know That I, the Lord, am your Savior, And your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob.”
The walls:
They were desolated.
Isaiah 54:12 NKJV
12 I will make your pinnacles of rubies, Your gates of crystal, And all your walls of precious stones.
The intentions were for them to be built.
Isaiah 54:12 NKJV
12 I will make your pinnacles of rubies, Your gates of crystal, And all your walls of precious stones.
App: He
God’s thought’s about Zion
who is zion
2 impossible scenarios
A mom who’s nursing
A woman who has given birth
First read it, i paid attention at a critical time in my life. The imagery and truth and fact arrested my heart. When I finished embracing His love, I began to ask...
That’s an odd places.
These are the same hands that made me… Genesis text
These are the same hands
Made Everything
Acts 7:50 NKJV
50 Has My hand not made all these things?’
Isaiah 66:2 NKJV
2 For all those things My hand has made, And all those things exist,” Says the Lord. “But on this one will I look: On him who is poor and of a contrite spirit, And who trembles at My word.
Right Hand Left Hand
Psalm 89:13 NKJV
13 You have a mighty arm; Strong is Your hand, and high is Your right hand.
Right Hand - I’m lifted up. I don’t go up until He decides to raise His hand!
Left Hand -
Psalm 99:5 NKJV
5 Exalt the Lord our God, And worship at His footstool— He is holy.
Psalm 95:5 NKJV
5 The sea is His, for He made it; And His hands formed the dry land.
Revelation: His hands can make dry stuck stick!
His Hands Have been busy and He won’t forget what He’s been doing!
Psalm 138:8 NKJV
8 The Lord will perfect that which concerns me; Your mercy, O Lord, endures forever; Do not forsake the works of Your hands.
ps 138
Revelation: The same hands that have been making are the same hands that were reminding Him of what He was making.
Some of you think that the work God’s doing in you has been to the breaking point
Isaiah 64:8 NKJV
8 But now, O Lord, You are our Father; We are the clay, and You our potter; And all we are the work of Your hand.
Revelation: His hand is connected to the heart
Ill: Why do you wear your wedding ring on the left hand? A: It’s the only finger that has a vein that runs from heart to the hand!
breathe cause of what’s in his hands (plural)
Job 26:13 NKJV
13 By His Spirit He adorned the heavens; His hand pierced the fleeing serpent.
notice, it’s the serpent that’s fleeing.
Q: aren’t there more things that are dangerous?
Revelation: You won’t see all of the enemies He deals with but the right things!
You’re trying to take things into your own hands!
Video of Todd Dulaney
Aristotle “The hand is the tool of tools.”
The fact that I’m in His hand it means whatever He’s working on, He’s got me remind
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