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  1. Still We Rise Isaiah 40:21-31

  2. “The old one’s remind us that slavery’s chains / Have paid for our freedom again and again.”

  3. “The old one’s remind us that slavery’s chains / Have paid for our freedom again and again.” • Maya Angelou at the 1995 Million Man March.

  4. “The old one’s remind us that slavery’s chains / Have paid for our freedom again and again.” • Maya Angelou at the 1995 Million Man March. • “The ancestors remind us, despite the history of pain, / We are a going-on people who will rise again.”

  5. “The old one’s remind us that slavery’s chains / Have paid for our freedom again and again.” • Maya Angelou at the 1995 Million Man March. • “The ancestors remind us, despite the history of pain, / We are a going-on people who will rise again.” • Her closing line: “And still we rise.”

  6. February 12th is the 100th anniversary of the NAACP.

  7. February 12th is the 100th anniversary of the NAACP. • Designed to “promote equality of rights” and to eradicate “race prejudice among the citizens of the United States.”

  8. February 12th is the 100th anniversary of the NAACP. • Designed to “promote equality of rights” and to eradicate “race prejudice among the citizens of the United States.” • Feb 12 was not an accidental birthday.

  9. February 12th is the 100th anniversary of the NAACP. • Designed to “promote equality of rights” and to eradicate “race prejudice among the citizens of the United States.” • Feb 12 was not an accidental birthday. • It was picked because it was the centennial of the birth of Abraham Lincoln, the President who emancipated the slaves.

  10. February 12th is the 100th anniversary of the NAACP. • Designed to “promote equality of rights” and to eradicate “race prejudice among the citizens of the United States.” • Feb 12 was not an accidental birthday. • It was picked because it was the centennial of the birth of Abraham Lincoln, the President who emancipated the slaves. • Think about the progress since 1809.

  11. February 12th is the 100th anniversary of the NAACP. • Designed to “promote equality of rights” and to eradicate “race prejudice among the citizens of the United States.” • Feb 12 was not an accidental birthday. • It was picked because it was the centennial of the birth of Abraham Lincoln, the President who emancipated the slaves. • Think about the progress since 1809. • Slavery was legal.

  12. February 12th is the 100th anniversary of the NAACP. • Designed to “promote equality of rights” and to eradicate “race prejudice among the citizens of the United States.” • Feb 12 was not an accidental birthday. • It was picked because it was the centennial of the birth of Abraham Lincoln, the President who emancipated the slaves. • Think about the progress since 1809. • Slavery was legal. • The NAACP was founded.

  13. February 12th is the 100th anniversary of the NAACP. • Designed to “promote equality of rights” and to eradicate “race prejudice among the citizens of the United States.” • Feb 12 was not an accidental birthday. • It was picked because it was the centennial of the birth of Abraham Lincoln, the President who emancipated the slaves. • Think about the progress since 1809. • Slavery was legal. • The NAACP was founded. • We now have an African-American President.

  14. We white folk can’t really fathom the problems faced by earlier generations of African-Americans.

  15. We white folk can’t really fathom the problems faced by earlier generations of African-Americans. • Being born after the Civil Rights Movement, I can’t fathom discrimination based on someone’s skin color.

  16. We white folk can’t really fathom the problems faced by earlier generations of African-Americans. • Being born after the Civil Rights Movement, I can’t fathom discrimination based on someone’s skin color. • But, the Israelites to whom Isaiah writes in tonight’s text knew those problems quite well.

  17. Isaiah’s prophecy easily divides into two parts.

  18. Isaiah’s prophecy easily divides into two parts. • Chapters 1-39 were for his contemporaries & chapters 40-66 were for the Babylonian captives 200 years later.

  19. Isaiah’s prophecy easily divides into two parts. • Chapters 1-39 were for his contemporaries & chapters 40-66 were for the Babylonian captives 200 years later. • The exiles had a difficult existence in Babylon.

  20. Isaiah’s prophecy easily divides into two parts. • Chapters 1-39 were for his contemporaries & chapters 40-66 were for the Babylonian captives 200 years later. • The exiles had a difficult existence in Babylon. • The Babylonians put the Israelites in the city of Babylon to keep a tight reign on them.

  21. Isaiah’s prophecy easily divides into two parts. • Chapters 1-39 were for his contemporaries & chapters 40-66 were for the Babylonian captives 200 years later. • The exiles had a difficult existence in Babylon. • The Babylonians put the Israelites in the city of Babylon to keep a tight reign on them. • The exiles served as servants & slaves to the Babylonians.

  22. Isaiah’s prophecy easily divides into two parts. • Chapters 1-39 were for his contemporaries & chapters 40-66 were for the Babylonian captives 200 years later. • The exiles had a difficult existence in Babylon. • The Babylonians put the Israelites in the city of Babylon to keep a tight reign on them. • The exiles served as servants & slaves to the Babylonians. Princes & other well-to-do people were now doing menial tasks.

  23. Isaiah’s prophecy easily divides into two parts. • Chapters 1-39 were for his contemporaries & chapters 40-66 were for the Babylonian captives 200 years later. • The exiles had a difficult existence in Babylon. • The Babylonians put the Israelites in the city of Babylon to keep a tight reign on them. • The exiles served as servants & slaves to the Babylonians. Princes & other well-to-do people were now doing menial tasks. • Everywhere the Jews looked, they could see a pagan temple (there were 53 pagan temples in Babylon).

  24. Isaiah’s prophecy easily divides into two parts. • Chapters 1-39 were for his contemporaries & chapters 40-66 were for the Babylonian captives 200 years later. • The exiles had a difficult existence in Babylon. • The Babylonians put the Israelites in the city of Babylon to keep a tight reign on them. • The exiles served as servants & slaves to the Babylonians. Princes & other well-to-do people were now doing menial tasks. • Everywhere the Jews looked, they could see a pagan temple (there were 53 pagan temples in Babylon). • Can you imagine what the Jews must have been thinking?

  25. Isaiah’s prophecy easily divides into two parts. • Chapters 1-39 were for his contemporaries & chapters 40-66 were for the Babylonian captives 200 years later. • The exiles had a difficult existence in Babylon. • The Babylonians put the Israelites in the city of Babylon to keep a tight reign on them. • The exiles served as servants & slaves to the Babylonians. Princes & other well-to-do people were now doing menial tasks. • Everywhere the Jews looked, they could see a pagan temple (there were 53 pagan temples in Babylon). • Can you imagine what the Jews must have been thinking? • Where are all the great promises of God?

  26. Isaiah’s prophecy easily divides into two parts. • Chapters 1-39 were for his contemporaries & chapters 40-66 were for the Babylonian captives 200 years later. • The exiles had a difficult existence in Babylon. • The Babylonians put the Israelites in the city of Babylon to keep a tight reign on them. • The exiles served as servants & slaves to the Babylonians. Princes & other well-to-do people were now doing menial tasks. • Everywhere the Jews looked, they could see a pagan temple (there were 53 pagan temples in Babylon). • Can you imagine what the Jews must have been thinking? • Where are all the great promises of God? • It’s against that background that Isaiah pens these words to the exiles.

  27. Isaiah 40:21-31

  28. The message Isaiah gives: “We Shall Rise.”

  29. The message Isaiah gives: “We Shall Rise.” • As we look at this sinful world, we, too, might wonder where God is.

  30. The message Isaiah gives: “We Shall Rise.” • As we look at this sinful world, we, too, might wonder where God is. The message Isaiah gives: “We Shall Rise.”

  31. The message Isaiah gives: “We Shall Rise.” • As we look at this sinful world, we, too, might wonder where God is. The message Isaiah gives: “We Shall Rise.” • How shall we rise?

  32. The message Isaiah gives: “We Shall Rise.” • As we look at this sinful world, we, too, might wonder where God is. The message Isaiah gives: “We Shall Rise.” • How shall we rise? • We shall rise through: • THE PICTURE OF GOD. • THE PROVIDENCE OF GOD. • THE POWER OF GOD. • THE PATIENCE OF GOD.

  33. The Picture of God v 21

  34. “Do you not know? Do you not hear? Has it not been told you from the beginning? Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth?” (v 21, ESV).

  35. “Do you not know? Do you not hear? Has it not been told you from the beginning? Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth?” (v 21, ESV). • God here tells his people to check their picture of who he is.

  36. Surely, these Israelites knew of God from the beginning.

  37. Surely, these Israelites knew of God from the beginning. • Their parents were to teach them.

  38. Surely, these Israelites knew of God from the beginning. • Their parents were to teach them. • “These words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise” (Deut 6:6-7, ESV).

  39. Surely, these Israelites knew of God from the beginning. • Their parents were to teach them. • “These words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise” (Deut 6:6-7, ESV). • God had done so very much for the Israelites.

  40. Surely, these Israelites knew of God from the beginning. • Their parents were to teach them. • “These words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise” (Deut 6:6-7, ESV). • God had done so very much for the Israelites. Was it too much to expect that the same God still had their best interests at heart?

  41. God also asks, “Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth?”

  42. God also asks, “Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth?” • It was God who created the foundations of the earth.

  43. God also asks, “Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth?” • It was God who created the foundations of the earth. • “Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding. Who determined its measurements—surely you know! Or who stretched the line upon it? On what were its bases sunk, or who laid its cornerstone, when the morning stars sang together and all the sons of God shouted for joy?” (Job 38:4-6, ESV).

  44. God also asks, “Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth?” • It was God who created the foundations of the earth. • Job 38:4-6. • Couldn’t the God who made the world from nothing “recreate” his people?

  45. The Israelites in captivity had no reason for despair—they simply needed to check their PICTURE OF GOD.

  46. The Israelites in captivity had no reason for despair—they simply needed to check their PICTURE OF GOD. • How many times do we despair because we don’t check our PICTURE OF GOD?

  47. The Israelites in captivity had no reason for despair—they simply needed to check their PICTURE OF GOD. • How many times do we despair because we don’t check our PICTURE OF GOD? • Tonight, do we need to check our PICTURE OF GOD?

  48. The Providence of God vv 22-24

  49. “It is he who sits above the circle of the earth, and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers; who stretches out the heavens like a curtain, and spreads them like a tent to dwell in; who brings princes to nothing, and makes the rulers of the earth as emptiness. Scarcely are they planted, scarcely sown, scarcely has their stem taken root in the earth, when he blows on them, and they wither, and the tempest carries them off like stubble” (vv 22-24, ESV).

  50. The idea of God’s sitting upon the circle of the earth is that God sits high above the earth from whence he can watch man.