Worship Guide for November 8
Prepare for Sunday morning worship by using the guide below.
Bel bows down; Nebo stoops;
their idols are on beasts and livestock;
these things you carry are borne
as burdens on weary beasts.
2 They stoop; they bow down together;
they cannot save the burden,
but themselves go into captivity.
3 “Listen to me, O house of Jacob,
all the remnant of the house of Israel,
who have been borne by me from before your birth,
carried from the womb;
4 even to your old age I am he,
and to gray hairs I will carry you.
I have made, and I will bear;
I will carry and will save.
5 “To whom will you liken me and make me equal,
and compare me, that we may be alike?
6 Those who lavish gold from the purse,
and weigh out silver in the scales,
hire a goldsmith, and he makes it into a god;
then they fall down and worship!
7 They lift it to their shoulders, they carry it,
they set it in its place, and it stands there;
it cannot move from its place.
If one cries to it, it does not answer
or save him from his trouble.
8 Remember this and stand firm,
recall it to mind, you transgressors,
9 remember the former things of old;
for I am God, and there is no other;
I am God, and there is none like me,
10 declaring the end from the beginning
and from ancient times things not yet done,
saying, ‘My counsel shall stand,
and I will accomplish all my purpose,’
11 calling a bird of prey from the east,
the man of my counsel from a far country.
I have spoken, and I will bring it to pass;
I have purposed, and I will do it."
12 “Listen to me, you stubborn of heart,
you who are far from righteousness:
13 I bring near my righteousness; it is not far off,
and my salvation will not delay;
I will put salvation in Zion,
for Israel my glory.”
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Listen to the Sermon
Summary: God's sovereignty provides a bedrock of hope for the Christian in changing and uncertain times. Yet it is a topic not without some degree of mystery. In our passage, God speaks to us through his prophet Isaiah and challenges the foolishness of placing your hope in anything of this world for nothing in this world is like God. After showing the foolishness of idolatry, God calls us to remember that he alone is God and there is no other. He reminds us that his purposes will stand and his plans accomplished. This does not mean that everything makes sense to us at every moment but the call is to trust in this God who knows all things and accomplishes even salvation and deliverance for the sinner. Take time and note the uniqueness of God and yet the kindness and goodness of God as you look forward to the uncertainty of life. Rest and take comfort in his good sovereignty.
Review and Apply
Speak to the contrast of people having to carry their gods while the one true God carries his people (1-4). How does this challenge you?
Identify two to three idols or things/people/parties in which you place your hope and comfort? How does this muddle our view and pleasure in God?
Specify how God reveals himself in 46.8-11? How does this offer hope in uncertain days?
How does he encourage the sinner in this passage?
How are you encouraged by this text of scripture? How can you encourage another person with this text?