The promise of Messiah’s coming
Scripture: Isaiah 40:1-31
Aim: To teach the pupil that Jesus Christ, the Savior, the eternal God, was promised to men.
Golden Text: “Behold, the Lord God will come with a strong hand, and his arm shall rule for him; behold, his reward is with him and his work before him” (Isaiah 40:10).
This lesson will help to identify the promised Messiah and give some of His characteristics. Jehovah calls for the comfort of his people (vs. 1). The war is over, the sin has been punished, the people are under the Lord’s hand (vs. 2). This comes the believer through faith in Christ!
A prophecy is given that a forerunner will come before the coming of Messiah to the people of Israel (vs. 3). This is fulfilled in the coming of John the Baptist (Mark 1, Luke 1). Messiah will open a highway to God (vs. 4), and the glory of the Lord (Jehovah) will be revealed to men. It is promised by Jehovah Himself (vs. 4). The glory of Jehovah shall be seen (vs. 5). Assurance is given from Jehovah God Himself that people are as “grass,” but “the Word of our God shall stand for ever” (vs. 6-8).
The promise is given that Jehovah God shall come with “good tidings” and a call for men to submit to His rule (vs. 9-11). What a wonder truth that Jesus Christ has fulfilled!
I. Jehovah God is the Supreme God (vs. 12-20). The Trinity is revealed in this chapter. God (the Father, vs. 3, 6, 8,10, etc.), Jehovah (Jesus Christ, vs. 2, 3, 5, 7, etc.), and the Holy Spirit (Spirit of Jehovah, vs. 13) are clearly named. First, He has no instructors. He has created all things, including nations (vs. 12-16). Nations are “nothing” to Him because He is the supreme God. No one, or nothing is like to Him, certainly not the idols made by man (vs. 18-20). He has made all things, no exceptions (vs. 25-26).
II. Jehovah God is the Sovereign God (vs. 21-24). He laid the foundations of the earth; He “sitteth upon the circle of the earth, before Him the people appear like grasshoppers; He spreads out the heavens like a tent in which all the stars and planets abide” (vs. 22). The princes and judges (men of authority and power in this world) are nothing (vs. 24) and so are all the gods made by men’s hands (vs. 24). Look back at verse 10, the Lord rules, works, rewards, feeds, gathers and leads all who will allow Him to be their Sovereign God.
III. Jehovah God is the self-sufficient God (vs. 27-28). What a wonder note is here given. Jehovah God is one who passes judgment on all else (vs. 27). He is “the everlasting God, the Lord (Jehovah), the Creator of the ends of the earth” (vs. 28). He does not faint, nor grow weary (vs. 28). There is no searching His understanding (vs. 28). He gives to man all the power man possesses (vs. 29-30). What a wonderful Savior Who takes care of all who are His children by faith!
IV. Jehovah God is the Succorer of all men (vs. 31). What ever help man needs, he finds in this wonderful Jehovah God. He renews and strengthens in both the spiritual life and the physical life. He indeed is our Strength, Helper, Protector, Savior, our God! All we need is found in Him.
Still further, V. He is the Eternal God (41:4).
VI. He is the Judge of all men and angels (42:4).
VII. He is the Savior of sinners (43:11). What ever man needs, Jehovah God is the Supply!
In the light of these truths is it not pure foolishness for any person to refuse to surrender and declare complete allegiance to Him with joy and rejoicing? Praise be unto Jehovah God our Savior!