Glory: Welcome to the Feast
Topic: Biblical Passage: Isaiah 55:1–55:7
Isaiah 43:2, 4
Backing into Isaiah 55
Bluff: God's desires to bring you great JOY!
- Having love in their lives
- Being healthy
- Having high paying jobs
- Looking better
- Losing weight and toning their bodies
- Learning new things
- Living longer. With their families
- Being safe from perceived and real hurt, harm, and danger
- Being comfortable
- Having more. Pleasure. To satisfy their appetite and desires
- John 10:10
"Joy is the serious business of heaven. Indeed, if we consider the unblushing promises of reward and the staggering nature of the rewards promised in the Gospels, it would seem that Our Lord finds our desires, not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us.” - CS Lewis, The Weight of Glory
- Nehemiah 8:10
"Failure to attain a deeply satisfying life always has the effect of making sinful actions seem good." - Dallas Willard
Backing into Isaiah 55
- It is the "WORD" that will be successful in bringing great JOY!
The WORD is successful
- Isaiah 55:10-11
- John 1:1-5
- John 1:14-18
The invitation of the TENT OF DAVID, OUR JOY
- Isaiah 55:1-3
- God's grace is tireless pursuit of sinners
"I fled Him, down the nights and down the days; I fled Him, down the arches of the years … I fled Him, down the labyrinthine ways Of my own mind; and in the mist of tears I hid from Him" - Francis Thompson, The Hound of Heaven
[My faith is] due to Jesus Christ himself, who pursued me relentlessly even when I was running away from him in order to go my own way. And if it were not for the gracious pursuit of the hound of heaven I would today be on the scrap-heap of wasted and discarded lives. - John Stott
- The invitation is to a feast of WORSHIP that will be successful in giving great JOY!
- Luke 14:15-17, 23
- We are seeking joy in the wrong places
- Jeremiah 2:13
“Almost two thousand years — and not a single new god!” wrote Nietzsche in 1888. But he was wrong, There was a new god, just then emerging, and the new god was human love. Human love … is now tasked with achieving what once only divine love was thought capable of: to be our ultimate source of meaning and happiness." - Simon May
- We don't need "long and disciplined training" to learn how to love because most of us can love spontaneously and without effort.- Human love is always benevolent and harmonious - a haven of peace.
- Human love transports us beyond the messy imperfections of the everyday world into a superior state of purity and perfection.
- Human love delivers us from all of life's losses and sufferings.
- These sorts of ideas saturate popular culture...to. It's immense cost, human love has usurped a role that only God's love used to play."
- Isaiah 55:6-7