Faithlife Sermons

GOOD NEWS FOR THE RIGHTEOUS

Notes
Transcript
Sermon Tone Analysis
A
D
F
J
S
Emotion
A
C
T
Language
O
C
E
A
E
Social
View more →

SCRIPTURE TEXT

turn your bibles to Isaiah 3:10-11
Isaiah 3:10–11 NASB95
Say to the righteous that it will go well with them, For they will eat the fruit of their actions. Woe to the wicked! It will go badly with him, For what he deserves will be done to him.

INTRODUCTION

What happens to the righteous when God begins to judge the wicked?
Not too many years ago the city of New Orleans was hit with a terrible hurricane that left her calling card signed Katrina. The storm was so devastating that many reported that God had rained down judgement upon the city because of the tremendous amount of wickedness that was taking place there. If we agree with that explanation then we must conclude that everywhere that tragedy strikes it is due the wickedness in that place.
My question then is “what happens to the righteous when God begins to punish the wicked?

SERMONIC CLAIM

I want to argue today that “When God judges, the righteous need not fear;” they will be justly rewarded for their deeds. But the wicked will be recompensed (paid back) for … their deeds (cf. comments on Rom. 3:7–11). God’s judgment is always fair. Wicked people often think that sinful living is the way to get ahead in life. Isaiah noted, however, that it is far better for a person to live righteously.
The text today is tailored to teach the righteous to trust the Lord for “Support and Supply” in the time of judgement.

POINT 1 - HE DOES NOT JUDGE BEFORE HE WARNS

Isaiah 1:1–2 NASB95
The vision of Isaiah the son of Amoz concerning Judah and Jerusalem, which he saw during the reigns of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah, kings of Judah. Listen, O heavens, and hear, O earth; For the Lord speaks, “Sons I have reared and brought up, But they have revolted against Me.
Notice here that the Prophet’s career spans the reigns of four kings of Judah: Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah. This tells us that Lord had been warning for quite some time. He tells Isaiah to tell heaven and earth to listen and hear what the Lord has to say to Judah and Jerusalem. He said that they are Sons reared and brought up, but who refuse to comply with what they have be told.
Ain’t that just like some people? They hear the Lord saying no, stop, change, repent…but, try to act like they haven’t! I came by to tell somebody to today that You’ve been Warned! See Luke 13:4-5
Luke 13:4–5 NASB95
“Or do you suppose that those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them were worse culprits than all the men who live in Jerusalem? “I tell you, no, but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.”

POINT 2 - HE DOES NOT PUNISH THE RIGHTEOUS WITH THE WICKED

To be clear, yes, there were some of the righteous who died in the terrorist attacks on the twin tower is New York City. I am sure that there are some of the righteous who have been affected by any number of catastrophes that plague this fallen world. But, God has been know to treat the righteous in very caring ways.
This ought to encourage your soul today! The text says that the Lord is going to reduce the nation to nothing, but the righteous don’t need to fear because He recognizes them in the crowd.
See Isa 1 26-27
Isaiah 1:26–27 NASB95
“Then I will restore your judges as at the first, And your counselors as at the beginning; After that you will be called the city of righteousness, A faithful city.” Zion will be redeemed with justice And her repentant ones with righteousness.

POINT 3 - HE DOES NOT LEAVE THE RIGHTEOUS WITHOUT SUPPORT AND SUPPLY

While reading, the text arrested me with the reality that one of things that people need to understand is that it is the Lord who sustains us. That is to say, if the Lord starts taking things away we could not do anything on our own to get it back.
The frighting thing is that He says to them that he was going to take it all. See Isa 3:1-9
Isaiah 3:1–9 NASB95
For behold, the Lord God of hosts is going to remove from Jerusalem and Judah Both supply and support, the whole supply of bread And the whole supply of water; The mighty man and the warrior, The judge and the prophet, The diviner and the elder, The captain of fifty and the honorable man, The counselor and the expert artisan, And the skillful enchanter. And I will make mere lads their princes, And capricious children will rule over them, And the people will be oppressed, Each one by another, and each one by his neighbor; The youth will storm against the elder And the inferior against the honorable. When a man lays hold of his brother in his father’s house, saying, “You have a cloak, you shall be our ruler, And these ruins will be under your charge,” He will protest on that day, saying, “I will not be your healer, For in my house there is neither bread nor cloak; You should not appoint me ruler of the people.” For Jerusalem has stumbled and Judah has fallen, Because their speech and their actions are against the Lord, To rebel against His glorious presence. The expression of their faces bears witness against them, And they display their sin like Sodom; They do not even conceal it. Woe to them! For they have brought evil on themselves.

CONCLUSION - THE GOOD NEWS FOR THE RIGHTEOUS IS ...

THE LORD’S JUDGEMENT IS ALWAYS FAIR, AND SO
THE RIGHTEOUS CAN REST ASSURED THAT THE LORD WILL NEVER TAKE HIS SPIRIT (SUPPORT AND SUPPLY) FROM THEM.
SEE PSALM 37:25
Psalm 37:25 NASB95
I have been young and now I am old, Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken Or his descendants begging bread.

INVITATION

Psalm 51:11 NASB95
Do not cast me away from Your presence And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.
Related Media
Related Sermons