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)



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