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We bring the ONE hope of the world with us.

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Isaiah 54:1-6

Isaiah 54:1–6 ESV
“Sing, O barren one, who did not bear; break forth into singing and cry aloud, you who have not been in labor! For the children of the desolate one will be more than the children of her who is married,” says the Lord. “Enlarge the place of your tent, and let the curtains of your habitations be stretched out; do not hold back; lengthen your cords and strengthen your stakes. For you will spread abroad to the right and to the left, and your offspring will possess the nations and will people the desolate cities. “Fear not, for you will not be ashamed; be not confounded, for you will not be disgraced; for you will forget the shame of your youth, and the reproach of your widowhood you will remember no more. For your Maker is your husband, the Lord of hosts is his name; and the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer, the God of the whole earth he is called. For the Lord has called you like a wife deserted and grieved in spirit, like a wife of youth when she is cast off, says your God.

CONTEXT - Jesus Accomplishes the will of God

In the 2nd prophetic work of Isaiah (chapters 40-55 of the book of Isaiah) there are 4 songs written about the servant who would bring God’s people out of exile in Babylon and their sin. Those verses are found in: Isaiah 42:1-4; Isaiah 49:1-6; Isaiah 50:4-7; and Isaiah 52:13-53:12.
Isaiah 52:13–53:6 ESV
Behold, my servant shall act wisely; he shall be high and lifted up, and shall be exalted. As many were astonished at you— his appearance was so marred, beyond human semblance, and his form beyond that of the children of mankind— so shall he sprinkle many nations. Kings shall shut their mouths because of him, for that which has not been told them they see, and that which they have not heard they understand. Who has believed what he has heard from us? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? For he grew up before him like a young plant, and like a root out of dry ground; he had no form or majesty that we should look at him, and no beauty that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.
Isaiah 53:10–12 ESV
Yet it was the will of the Lord to crush him; he has put him to grief; when his soul makes an offering for guilt, he shall see his offspring; he shall prolong his days; the will of the Lord shall prosper in his hand. Out of the anguish of his soul he shall see and be satisfied; by his knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant, make many to be accounted righteous, and he shall bear their iniquities. Therefore I will divide him a portion with the many, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong, because he poured out his soul to death and was numbered with the transgressors; yet he bore the sin of many, and makes intercession for the transgressors.
Christ is the fulfillment of the prophecy of Isaiah 700 years before Jesus shows up on the scene.

William Carey 1761-1834

William Carey is often called the Father of Modern Missions (1761-1834).  He was of lowly English birth but with a brilliant mind. As a teenager of 14 he was apprenticed to a shoemaker, and through the faithful witness of a co-apprentice, he was convicted of his sin.  At age 17 he accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior.  The young cobbler studied the Scriptures avidly.  He preached his first sermon in the meeting house in Hackleton.  In the same village, he also had his first cobbler's shop.  May 24, 1791, Carey was ordained to the pastorate of the chapel in Leicester.  He published a little treatise entitled An Enquiry into the Obligations of Christians to Use Means for the Conversion of the Heathens,, which has become the charter of modern missions.
The next day, June 1, 1792, Carey presented his idea to a group of ministers concerning the establishment of a missionary society.  One of the group, an older man, retorted "Young man, sit down.  When God pleases to convert the heathen, He will do it without your aid, or mine."
Soon after he along with others passionate about missions created a mission society to send missionaries to foreign people groups. The first place selected was India, where Carey heard the word’s of Isaiah 54:6a “For the Lord has called you...” which he believed was his personal call to go. He left for India for the next 40 years and never came back.

From this HOPE you will bring HOPE

Isaiah 53:11 ESV
Out of the anguish of his soul he shall see and be satisfied; by his knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant, make many to be accounted righteous, and he shall bear their iniquities.
Romans 5:18–19 ESV
Therefore, as one trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all men. For as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous.
The fulfillment of the suffering servant psalms:
Isaiah 49:6 ESV
he says: “It is too light a thing that you should be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob and to bring back the preserved of Israel; I will make you as a light for the nations, that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth.”
and why William Carey heard these words and found purpose and identity in it.
Isaiah 54:1–3 ESV
“Sing, O barren one, who did not bear; break forth into singing and cry aloud, you who have not been in labor! For the children of the desolate one will be more than the children of her who is married,” says the Lord. “Enlarge the place of your tent, and let the curtains of your habitations be stretched out; do not hold back; lengthen your cords and strengthen your stakes. For you will spread abroad to the right and to the left, and your offspring will possess the nations and will people the desolate cities.
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