This past weekend at Eastbrook Church, we began a new series entitled “What Is God Like?” Within this series, we are looking at aspects of God’s character and nature through the eyes of the prophet Isaiah. My message this week was entitled, “The God Who Rules,” focusing primarily on Isaiah 9:1-7, with some attention to Isaiah 7-8, as well.
The message outline is included below.
Seeing God with Isaiah the Prophet (Isaiah 1:1; 6:1-13)
- 8th century BC
- From the end of reign of King Uzziah, through Kings Jotham and Ahaz, to King Hezekiah.
- Isaiah’s vision(s) of God
The Ten Words (Exodus 20:1-17)
- The Ten Words – the baseline of relationship to God
- Covenant – an agreement; two-way with unequal partners
The Extent of God’s Rule (Isaiah 7:1-17)
- The People of God: Israel & Judah
- The Nations of the Earth
- The pivotal issue for King Ahaz
Does God’s Rule Ever Hurt? (Isaiah 8:1-10)
- When difficulty comes
- Looking back at the Ten Words
The Character of God’s Rule (Isaiah 9:1-7; Matthew 4:12-17)
- Light in darkness
- Joy for suffering
- Freedom from captivity
- The One we are waiting for