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14 Sept 2017-AN EXPLOSION OF THE BLESSED LIFE-Bible Verse Series-Rev.George Varughese

AN EXPLOSION OF THE BLESSED LIFE

Bible Verse Series

Arise, shine;
For your light has come!
And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you. Isaiah 60:1
For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth,
And deep darkness the people;
But the Lord will arise over you,
And His glory will be seen upon you. Isaiah 60:2
“Arise, shine; for your light has come,
And the glory of the Lord has risen upon you. Isaiah 60:1 (NASB) 
Word Study 1
  • arise
  • 6965. qum
  • NAS Exhaustive Concordance to arise, stand up, stand

Word Study 2

  • shine
  • 215. or
  • NAS Exhaustive Concordance to be or become light

Word Study 3

  • and the glory
  • 3519b. kabod
  • NAS Exhaustive Concordance abundance, honor, glory

Word Study 4

  • has risen upon
  • 2224. zarach
  • NAS Exhaustive Concordance to rise, come forth

The Context:

Isaiah 58: Fasting that pleases God – a fast that is not internal but external

  • Is it a fast that I have chosen,
    A day for a man to afflict his soul?
    Is it to bow down his head like a bulrush,
    And to spread out sackcloth and ashes?
    Would you call this a fast,
    And an acceptable day to the Lord?

    Is this not the fast that I have chosen:
    To loose the bonds of wickedness,
    To undo the heavy burdens,
    To let the oppressed go free,
    And that you break every yoke? Isaiah 58:5,6

Isaiah 59: Separated from God – actions and lifestyle that separated them from God

  • Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened,
    That it cannot save;
    Nor His ear heavy,
    That it cannot hear.
    But your iniquities have separated you from your God;
    And your sins have hidden His face from you,
    So that He will not hear. Isaiah 59:1,2

Isaiah 59:9-15 Multiplication of Sin – abundance of sin

For our transgressions are multiplied before You,
And our sins testify against us;
For our transgressions are with us,
And as for our iniquities, we know them: Isaiah 59:12

Isaiah 59:15b-21 The Redeemer of Zion – God brought about salvation

He saw that there was no man,
And wondered that there was no intercessor;
Therefore His own arm brought salvation for Him;
And His own righteousness, it sustained Him. Isaiah 59:16

Isaiah 60:1 Era of Blessing

Literal Meaning:

  • awakening
  • beginning of the era of blessing
  • release from Babylonian captivity
  • that begins with the Jews
  • drawing the Gentiles
  • describes all the reformation God was about to wrought Isaiah 60:1-22

Isaiah 60:1 God the glory of His people

20 “The sun shall no longer be your light by day,
Nor for brightness shall the moon give light to you;
But the Lord will be to you an everlasting light,
And your God your glory.
20 Your sun shall no longer go down,
Nor shall your moon withdraw itself;
For the Lord will be your everlasting light,
And the days of your mourning shall be ended. Isaiah 60:19.20

Key Lessons:

1. There must be a realisation of sin

2. This realisation must result / affect repentance, that is the drawing away from sin

3. And drawing towards God

4. This resonation on earth draws God to the scene

5. To effect change and restoration climaxed in Isaiah 60:1,2

Arise, shine;
For your light has come!
And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you. Isaiah 60:1
For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth,
And deep darkness the people;
But the Lord will arise over you,
And His glory will be seen upon you. Isaiah 60:2
Our way forward:
1. Yes we need / long for blessings as an intrusion into our lives
2. But ask the question, do we qualify for God and God’s blessings
3. How to effect the change?
  • realize
  • repentance from sin – change of heart
  • repentance towards God

4. But what is stopping us?

  • pleasing the status quo: as we often live to please everyone around us
  • difficulty in letting go of a life of sin: the attractiveness we don’t want to let go of

The Blessed Hope

1. There is too much to loose if we do not change

2. When God decides to touch down and come on the scene

3. Causing permanent change on the earth

What Are You Hoping for Today?

1. This is your time for change

2. Its an era of blessing

3. Lest we loose it!

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