Isaiah 3:1-4:6 – God’s Judgement and Glory

My sermon notes for Sunday morning, Jan 26th as we continue our study through the Book of Isaiah. Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the sermon.  They are provided to help follow as we walk through the Word each week.  To see the sermon each week or subscribe to the weekly sermon podcast please visit


Isaiah 3:1-4:6  – God’s Judgement and Glory

Judah had abandoned God’s ways and was under the judgement of the Lord.  He has the right to usher in His judgement.   He has this right because of who He is…THE LORD GOD OF HOSTS v. – 1


The current condition is a sign of the judgement, but there is also a judgement yet to come.


The Judgement Now

(their current situation is a sign of God’s hand of blessing and protection  being removed)

  • The weakening of the moral and spiritual leadership.
  • The weakening of the social order.




The Judgement To Come

  • Fall of the Kingdoms. (722 and 586 B.C.)
  • The Day of the Lord. God’s ultimate wrath poured out on all unrighteousness.


In this text we do see a laying out of God’s judgement, but because of the Grace and Mercy of the Lord we can also see the promise of His Glory.



The What – 3:1-7

A Failing in:

  • The Economy – v. 1
  • Trusted leadership – vv. 2-3
    • Military
    • Judge
    • Prophet
    • Elder
    • Men of Rank
    • Counselor
  • Social Order – vv. 4, 6
  • Relationships – v. 5


The Why – 3:8-12

Because of what they say and what they do – v. 8a

  • Speech and deeds against the Lord


Which is… Sinning against God – v. 8b

  • Against the Lord, defying His glorious presence.
  • Open (with pride they sinned) – v. 9 –They do not hide.


For they have brought evil on themselves – v. 9

YET – the righteous will eat the fruit of their deeds. – v. 10

Isaiah gives two examples of the WHAT AND WHY of this judgement.  The leadership and the women of the nation of Judah.


 1.  As demonstrated in the leadership – 3:13-15

The Lord has placed leadership into our life for structure, order, and purpose.  IN SOCIETY and IN THE CHURCH.  THEN and also NOW. So goes the leadership, so goes society.

The Lord will enter into judgement with the elders and princes of people – v. 14

  • Devouring the vineyard (God’s people)
  • Crushing my people. Declares the Lord of hosts. – v. 15
  • Exploit rather than protect
  • Destroying rather than building up (current situation with men in athletics…we are blaming CTE on bad behavior… home life)


2.  As demonstrated in the culture – 3:16-4:1 – (Women in particular…Sensuality, Sex, & Self Esteem)

Think of the role women play in our society.  The heart of the family unit.  So goes the family, so goes the community. (Men are the head, but women are the heart)

Haughty and walk with outstretched necks – v. 16

  • Sensuality and self esteem
  • More concerned about beauty in themselves rather than in God.
  • Psalm 50:2Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God shines forth.
  • 1 Peter 3:4 – but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious. (ESV)


God will judge.

  • Make bald and lay bare their secret parts. – v. 17
  • Men will fall by the sword gates shall lament and mourn – vv. 25-26
  • Seven women and one man… eat our own bread… wear our own clothes… only let us be called by your name – v. 4:1


The Glory of the Lord – 4:2-6

In that Day – v. 2 The coming Messiah.  Fulfilled in CHRIST.

The branch of the Lord – v. 2

  • New growth from a dead and decaying log.
  • Beautiful and Glorious. Fruit of Land. Pride and Honor

Jeremiah 23:5 – “Behold, the days are coming, declares the LORD, when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, and he shall reign as king and deal wisely, and shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. (ESV)

Zechariah 3:8 – Hear now, O Joshua the high priest, you and your friends who sit before you, for they are men who are a sign: behold, I will bring my servant the Branch. (ESV)

Zechariah 6:12 – And say to him, ‘Thus says the LORD of hosts, “Behold, the man whose name is the Branch: for he shall branch out from his place, and he shall build the temple of the LORD. (ESV)

The Remnant

  • Will be called holy – v. 3 / Cleansed – v. 4
  • Spirit of judgement – v. 4 / Spirit of burning – v. 4
    • Judgement and sifting
    • Cleansing and refining

God’s Presence

  • Cloud by day and fire by night – v. 5
  • All the GLORY there will be a canopy – v. 5
  • Booth & Refuge – v. 6
  • It is a picture of God leading the Israelite’s in the wilderness
  • The Lord’s presence, protection, and covering! ALLOWING HIS PEOPLE TO WORSHIP IN THE MIDST OF HIS GLORY.


We know today that the TRUE GLORY OF HIS PRESENCE is only experienced because the TEMPLE VEIL was torn.  We know today that the only HOPE we have is found in the GLORY OF NOT THE OLD TEMPLE, but in the NEW TEMPLE.  FOUND IN JESUS!!!!!!

John 2:13-22 19 Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.”





John 2:13–22 – [13] The Passover of the Jews was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. [14] In the temple he found those who were selling oxen and sheep and pigeons, and the money-changers sitting there. [15] And making a whip of cords, he drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and oxen. And he poured out the coins of the money-changers and overturned their tables. [16] And he told those who sold the pigeons, “Take these things away; do not make my Father’s house a house of trade.” [17] His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for your house will consume me.”


[18] So the Jews said to him, “What sign do you show us for doing these things?” [19] Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” [20] The Jews then said, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and will you raise it up in three days?” [21] But he was speaking about the temple of his body. [22] When therefore he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this, and they believed the Scripture and the word that Jesus had spoken. (ESV)


2 Timothy 1:1-7 – “Digging Deeper on Sunday Nights”

My sermon notes for Sunday night, Jan. 19thRemember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the sermon.  To see the sermon each week or subscribe to the weekly sermon podcast please visit


2 Timothy 1:1-7 – Foundations for a Faithful Life

2 Timothy 1:1–7 – [1] Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God according to the promise of the life that is in Christ Jesus, [2] To Timothy, my beloved child: Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.

[3] I thank God whom I serve, as did my ancestors, with a clear conscience, as I remember you constantly in my prayers night and day. [4] As I remember your tears, I long to see you, that I may be filled with joy. [5] I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, dwells in you as well. [6] For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands, [7] for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. (ESV)



Possibly the last words written by Paul.

From imprisonment in Rome to Timothy the pastor in Ephesus

  • Very personal in nature
  • To encourage faith and courage


A plea to remain faithful for the sake for the Gospel

  • Individually as a Christian
  • Corporately as a Church
    • His life. In the midst of struggles
    • His teaching in the midst of struggles


A plea to finish well.

  • To continue with what has been started.


Foundations for a faithful life


A Sacrificial Life

  • Apostle, Child – vv. 1 – 2a
  • We learn and we share.
  • Not just lecturing but investing.
  • Come and Follow Me. Take up the Cross Daily


A Sincere Faith

  • Grace, Mercy, and peace from God – v. 2b
  • Clear conscience – v. 3
    • Not perfect but forgiven.
    • Not perfect but trying.
  • Praying – v. 3


A Courageous Spirit

  • Fan the Flame – vv. 6-7
    • Fan the Holy Spirit.


Gift that is within you (charis)

  • The Grace Gift that God as given each of us to SERVE HIM.


Not of fear (timid, cowardly)

But of:

  • Power
    • Productive energy
    • Eph. 3:20
  • Love
    • Right attitude toward others
  • Self-control
    • Proper control of our life.
    • Mind and life.

Isaiah 2:1-22 – “Where is Your Hope?”

My sermon notes for Sunday morning, Jan 19th as we continue our study through the Book of Isaiah. Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the sermon.  They are provided to help follow as we walk through the Word each week.  To see the sermon each week or subscribe to the weekly sermon podcast please visit


Isaiah 2:1-22 – Where is Your Hope?

Understanding what lies ahead should encourage one to live right now.  Did the people of Judah have a false hope?  Did they truly think all was well?  What about us?  Where do we place our hope?

Hope of the Messiah – Guilt of the People – Promise of Redemption


The Hope – vv. 2-5


It should come to pass in latter days – v. 2

  • When God’s purposes will find their fulfillment
  • The ultimate rule and reign of Christ
  • The Zion that is… to the Zion that will be.
  • The already and the not yet


Is this particular context (the OT) it was the coming of the Messianic era.  In the NT the last/latter days was the time between the 2 comings of Christ.  They understood they were living in the last days… until all was made new.


The mountain of the house of the Lord shall be established

  • This is a picture of the eternal peace from Zion. A wonderful picture of not just physical temple, but the PRESENCE OF GOD.  THE STORY OF REDEMPTION.
  • Whether a literal kingdom or a spiritual kingdom THEY BOTH REPRESENT THE PRESENCE OF GOD.
  • Some “prophesy experts” focus too much on the details and miss the big picture.
  • Remember… all of scripture points to THE GOSPEL.


His Supremacy – v.2a

  • On the highest of mountains.


His Universality – v. 2b

  • All nations shall flow to it.
  • Notice the fulfillment – Acts 2:9-11


His Truthfulness – v. 3

  • Teach us His ways
  • Walk in His paths
  • Out of Zion goes the Law


His Peace – v. 4

  • Sword into plowshares, spears into pruning hooks.
  • Lack of war for the nation. Peace with God for the redeemed.


His Invitation – v. 5

  • Walk in the Light. Live for God. Honor, worship, and obey Him as a nation.
  • John 8:12 – Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (ESV)
  • John 12:35 – So Jesus said to them, “The light is among you for a little while longer. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overtake you. The one who walks in the darkness does not know where he is going. (ESV)


The Guilt – vv. 6-21


Their Sin – v. 6-10


God has rejected/abandoned them because of:

  • False worship and divinations – 6a
  • False Alliances – 6b
    • Their trust in others, demonstrated a lack of thrust in God.
  • Love of Wealth – v. 7
    • Lack of satisfaction.
  • Military – v. 8
    • False hope. Only God can deliver.
  • Full of pride – v. 9
    • Haught looks. Living full of self in the presence of God.


His Judgement – vv. 11-21


Is at a particular time – vv. 11-12a

  • Lord alone will be exalted on that day – v. 11 
  • For the Lord of Hosts has a day – v. 12a (12, 17, 20)


With God there is not cyclical time.  Time is linear.

  • A First Day – Genesis 1:5 – God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day. (ESV)
  • A Last Day – John 6:39 – And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day. (ESV)
  • It will be a day of terror on mankind. Upon those that have rejected His splendor and majesty. (vv. 10, 19, 21)
    • Accepting God for WHO HE IS (our current situation… we have created God in our own image)


God will do away with all the treasures of the heart. – vv. 12b-17

  • All that is important to them. All they value


God will do away with all false religions – vv. 18-21

  • In that day mankind will cast way – v. 20
  • A universal picture. All the ism’s will be done away with.
  • They will be cast away because of their worthlessness.


The Promise (invitation)– v. 22 (v.5)


A command/reminder of to the people.  Which is a promise of redemption.


  • Stop trusting in self and man and put your trust in God.
  • Stop trusting in the temporal and start trusting in the eternal
  • Stop trusting in the earthly and start trusting in the supernatural.


Walk in the Light

  • And start walking in the light of the Gospel.
  • Trust in Christ.
  • Live now!



Matthew 6:9–10 – Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. [10] Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. (ESV)





Isaiah 1:1-31– The Holy One of Israel

My sermon notes for Sunday morning, Jan 12th as we continue our study through the Book of Isaiah. Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the sermon.  They are provided to help follow as we walk through the Word each week.  To see the sermon each week or subscribe to the weekly sermon podcast please visit

Background and Introductions to Isaiah – – Grace to You


Isaiah 1:1-31– The Holy One of Israel


The name Isaiah – The Lord is Salvation

  • Salvation – 27 times in Isaiah


Chapters 1-39 – Man’s great need of salvation.

Chapters 40-66 – God’s great provision of salvation.


One of the major themes – God’s surpassing plan of grace and mercy.



The Setting

Political upheaval

  • Four different Kings (He ministered 740-681 B.C.)



  • The ongoing threat of Assyria form the North to the Northern Kingdom (ultimate conquer in 722 B.C.)


Religious apostasy

  • Not truly worshiping/following after God. (God… not a god in their eyes)



The People


Judah – The Southern Kingdom

  • God’s Covenant People
  • They had received so much from the Lord, yet had “despised the Holy one of Israel” 1:2-4



Their Heart (behavior = heart)


Hardness n- vv. 4-5

  • Head/heart v. 5
  • Not listening (not putting themselves in a place to listen)
  • Which in turn leads to hypocrisy, false worship, empty prayers, faithless


Rebellion – v. 10

  • Do those things that God has not intended for them to do.
    • Alliances with false nations/gods
    • Leaders of Sodom and Gomorrah


Idolatry – vv. 11-15, v. 21-22

  • Other God’s
  • Self



God’s Promises

God is always faithful and just (He is always faithful to His Word


Repent – vv. 16-17

  • Live right
  • Do right


Forgiveness – vv. 18-20 (His grace and mercy)

  • Come – cleanliness brings about pardon
  • White as snow
  • 1 John 1:9–10 – [9] If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. [10] If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. (ESV)


Lack of repentance, demonstrates the real HEART, this is followed by God’s justice.


Purge – vv. 24-25, vv. 27-31

  • If unwilling to repent, then judgement will follow.


Restoration – vv. 26-27

  • God will keep his promises. A REMNANT.
  • Already and not yet. People of Israel and Jesus.
  • “Zion shall be redeemed by justice”- v. 27, the truth is that Christ alone comes to be both the “just and the justifier”
  • Romans 3:21–26 – [21] But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it—[22] the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: [23] for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, [24] and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, [25] whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. [26] It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus. (ESV)



Bible reading plans for 2020

A new year is a great time to develop a strategy to read, study, and meditate on the Bible each day. Let 2020 be the year you get serious about your time in God’s Word.

Here is a link to a few Bible reading plans. They are interactive and printable downloads. A great variety to pick from.

I have used this particular plan for the last couple of years. It allows you to read the NT and Psalms twice in 1 year. You read the OT in 2 years. MCheyne. 2 year. Carson

Luke 2:1-20 “God Comes to Us”

My sermon notes for Sunday morning, Dec 22nd.  Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the sermon.  They are provided to help follow as we walk through the Word each week.  To see the sermon each week or subscribe to the weekly sermon podcast please visit



When God comes to US– Luke 2:1-20

Isaiah 7:14 – Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

Isaiah 8:8 – and it will sweep on into Judah, it will overflow and pass on, reaching even to the neck, and its outspread wings will fill the breadth of your land, O Immanuel.”

Matthew 1:23 – “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us).


God did come to US.  He came to us through the Lord Jesus Christ.


God proclaimed His coming

  1. Through His eternal purposes
  2. Through Heavens proclamation
  3. Through the Shepherds praise






vv. 1-2 – In those days

  • When He comes, He comes at a particular time and in particular place.
  • It is a real God for a real people. Personal…Real…


vv. 3-5 – Each to his own town.

  • When He comes, He arranges the circumstances of our lives to suit His purposes and not our own.
  • God has a plan. His plan is about redemption and restoration.
  • He does it in His time and not when it may seem the most convenient.
  • He puts us where we need to be and when we need to be there


vv. 6-7 – SHE GAVE BIRTH

  • When He comes nothing can interfere or prevent Him from accomplishing His wonderful will. (no room in the inn)


Luke 1:26-38 – The birth foretold to Mary

  • Favored one – full of grace
  • Lord is with you
  • Call His name Jesus – Lord Salvation
  • Great…Son of the Most High – His deity.
  • Throne of David
  • Reign over the House of Jacob forever
  • Kingdom will be no end.




  • The glory of the Lord
  • Good news of great joy
  • For all people
    • For all mankind.
    • All that will believe
  • Savior is born
  • Christ the Lord’
  • On earth peace
    • Justification – no more separation and hostility.
  • Among those with whom He is pleased
    • God’s mercy and grace extended to those who can and will believe.


  • When He comes He sees people through His eyes not the worlds. Nothing special or unique about shepherds.  Matter of fact, they are very low on the social/economical totem pole.
  • When He comes He brings great news. News of life and peace.  Newsworthy of all our praise.  We should not fear of fret.  Just believe and obey.



  • Let us Go.
    • They Heard, Went, Saw, Made Known, Praised
  • Lord made known to us.
    • The spirit of God touched their Mind and Heart
  • Glory God – v. 20
    • Once they saw Christ, their life began to focus on the GLORY OF GOD.


For us today:

  • Everything revolves around the Gospel.
    • Who Jesus is.
    • Who sent Him.
    • What He did.
    • How He impacts OUR LIFE.
  • When we have an encounter with Jesus our life will begin to GLORIFY GOD.
    • It is one thing to say I BELIEVE IN JESUS. I AM A CHRISTIAN.
    • It is another to realize that our LIFE SHOULD AND CAN BE BRINGING GLORY TO GOD.

It is both an eternal realization and an external manifestation.

Who we know should change how we live.



Luke 1:67-79 “Zechariah’s Praise”

My sermon notes for Sunday morning, Dec 15th as we continue our study through THE SONGS OF CHRISTMAS. Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the sermon.  They are provided to help follow as we walk through the Word each week.  To see the sermon each week or subscribe to the weekly sermon podcast please visit

Luke 1:67–79

[67] And his father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied, saying, [68] “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has visited and redeemed his people [69] and has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David, [70] as he spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets from of old, [71] that we should be saved from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us; [72] to show the mercy promised to our fathers and to remember his holy covenant, [73] the oath that he swore to our father Abraham, to grant us [74]    that we, being delivered from the hand of our enemies, might serve him without fear,[75] in holiness and righteousness before him all our days.

[76] And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High; for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways, [77] to give knowledge of salvation to his people in the forgiveness of their sins [78] because of the tender mercy of our God, whereby the sunrise shall visit us from on high [79] to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.” (ESV)


Luke 1:67-79

Zechariah’s Praise

After the birth of John the Baptist.  Zechariah is enabled to speak and he immediately goes into praise for what God has done and will ultimately do.


vv. 67-68a – Because of God’s presence

  • Filled with the Holy Spirit
  • He has visited


v. 68b – Because God has Redeemed His People

  • Delivered them
  • Made Them His own


vv. -69-71 – Because God has Provided the ultimate victory

  • horn of salvation. Conquering King
  • THE POWER OF SALVATION that resides in Christ.
  • Psalm 132:17 – There I will make a horn to sprout for David; I have prepared a lamp for my anointed. (ESV)


vv. – 72 – 73 – Because of God’s Continued Faithfulness

  • The fulfillment of His promises
  • God did what He said He would do.
  • God’s plan was always His plan.
  • From Gen. 12 till now.


vv. – 74-75 – Because of the New Relationship

  • might serve without fear
    • Personal and New.
    • Obedience and Service
  • In holiness and righteousness
    • Because of the righteousness of Christ. Veil torn.
  • Before Him
    • Worship due to our relationship.


vv. -76 -79 – Because a new day had arrived.

  • John the Baptist is ushering in a NEW DAY.
  • He is the forerunner of the Messiah
  • Malachi 3:1 – “Behold, I send my messenger, and he will prepare the way before me. And the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple; and the messenger of the covenant in whom you delight, behold, he is coming, says the LORD of hosts. (ESV)
  • Malachi 4:5 – “Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the great and awesome day of the LORD comes. (ESV)


This new Day brings with it:



  • Isaiah 60:1-3 – [1] Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD has risen upon you. [2] For behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples; but the LORD will arise upon you, and his glory will be seen upon you. [3] And nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising. (ESV)


  • 77 – the knowledge of salvation in the forgiveness of sins.
    • Spirit will come to convict and point to Jesus.
    • Provide true forgiveness


  • 78 – Because of God’s tender mercies.


  • 79 – give a new light
    • To give light to those in darkness.
    • The darkness of the Old. The light of the New.
    • To Guide one’s feet in peace
      • Peace with God
      • Peace with others
    • Provide the hope and direction of a new WAY of life.