WEEK 2: AWAITING AN ADVENT
Theme: God made a particular promise of a Messiah, and Israel longed for His coming. Likewise, Jesus has promised to return and we set our treasure in the Lord and wait for his coming Kingdom.
Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13
2 Peter 3:8-15a
Scripture is trustworthy: 66 different books written by different authors over a span of 1500 years that tells one cohesive metanarrative can only come from a source of divine inspiration or be the “luckiest” strike in the history of man.
Ebla tablets – discovered in Ebla of modern-day Syria, place writing and language development for writing 2,000 years prior to Moses and destroys the documentary hypothesis (Julius Welhausen) and the claim that Moses did not pen the Pentateuch.
Dead Sea Scrolls – discovered in Qumran, place OT writings 1,000 years closer to the originals with nearly zero variants (dropped letters for space or misspellings)
Scripture is trustworthy, so read and commune with Father, Son and Spirit.
As we enjoy the celebration of the Lord’s first advent and we anticipate his second advent we need to hear the voice of the Lord who promised a savior and sent him.
That Savior promises to return again.
So, let’s hear his voice and be encouraged to set our treasure in the Lord and his coming Kingdom.
Don’t forget, in order to hear the Lord’s voice: 1. Don’t get distracted by inferior and temporal pursuits 2. Recognize you are a soul and that you much feed your soul as much as you feed your body 3. Bury yourself in the pursuit of Jesus 4. Chronicle your growth in the Lord
If we feed our soul the voice of the Lord is not hard to discern. As a matter of fact he’ll hound you and move you to righteousness. You will feast on his grace to you. You will feel his acceptance and adoption of you as his child. Feast!
1. Listen for his comfort 40:1-2
A. The Lord seeks to win the heart v. 2 (literal rendering is “speak to the heart”)
1. The ideal is that our mind and emotions desire the Lord and are comforted in him
2. Listen for opportunities to repent 40:3
Eastern monarchs send heralds before them in a journey to clear away obstacles, make causeways over valleys, and level hills. So John’s duty was to bring back the people to obedience to the law and to remove all self-confidence, pride in national privileges, hypocrisy, and irreligion, so that they should be ready for His coming (Mal 4:6; Lu 1:17).
As we await his second Advent we have the opportunity to:
A. Repent – remove every obstacle to your joy in the Lord
1. Repentance is a fruit of the Kingdom
2. Repentance tastes good to the person repenting
3. Repentance tastes good to the repenter’s family and friends
3. Listen for opportunities to speak the message 40:6
A. Man and his devices and creations fade and are temporary
B. The Lord and his word stand forever
What matters ultimately is what God has said.
1. Make eternal decisions not temporary decisions (Obey Scripture, listen to Spirit)
2. Seat your soul in the heavenly places where Christ is seated (to borrow Ephesian language)
4. Behold your God 40:9-11
I counted 136 times the word Gospel or Good News shows up in Scripture. 5 times in Isaiah it shows up. 2 of those five times is right here.
A. The Person of God (Father, Son, Spirit) and his pursuit of lost man is the Gospel
B. The Gospel comes in might to save v. 10a
C. The Gospel comes in might to judge sin and sinners v. 10b
D. The Gospel brings the tenderness of God v. 11
 Robert Jamieson, A. R. Fausset, A. R. Fausset et al., A Commentary, Critical and Explanatory, on the Old and New Testaments (Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 1997), Is 40:4.