12/18/2010

The Amazing Logic of Grace: We Forsake God, Therefore He is Gracious (Isaiah 30:18)

Refusing God's Rest, Quietness, Peace (Isa 30:1-17)


God called his people Judah stubborn for carrying out their own plans by trusting Egypt, whose help is utterly useless (Isa 30:1,2,7). Since they reject God's prophets and God's word, preferring illusions (Isa 30:8-12), they are like one who depend on a unsteady wall (Isa 30:13-17). God gently presents to them the way of victory in Isa 30:15: "In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength, but you would have none of it." But they refused.

The Amazing Logic of Grace
(Isa 30:18-26, 27-33)

God's people forsake God for a false salvation (Isa 30:1-17); therefore, God is gracious to them: "Therefore the Lord waits to be gracious to you, and therefore he exalts himself to show mercy to you" (Isa 30:18). God gives us adversity to help us overcome idolatry (Isa 30:19-22), and showers us with an abundance (Isa 30:23-26). God disciplines and heals us by his grace. As Isaiah promises Judah's redemption (Isa 30:18-26), he also promises Assyria's destruction (Isa 30:27-33).

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