Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Satisfaction and Success

Last Sunday's message, in notation form only:

Psalm 119:129-144 (call to worship)

Genesis 1 (moments with the children)
Isaiah 55 (message focus)
First movement: Lesson in Economics – Satisfaction

Caleb, white bread
Wonder Bread
“Why spend your money for that which is not bread,
and your labor for that which does not satisfy?”

What’s in your wallet?
Consumer Society: Spend what you don’t have (go in debt)
“You that have no money, come, buy”

But God’s invitation is not into debt but into promise, covenant, exchange
“I will make with you an everlasting covenant, my steadfast, sure love”
“Seek the LORD while he may be found ... let them return to the LORD, that he may have mercy on them, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon”

Second movement: Lesson in Agriculture – Success
God’s Word gets the job done
“Author” “authority”
Genesis 1, “Let there be . . .”

Water cycle – 55.10
Related to a cycle described by Paul for grace (2 Corinthians 9:6-10): “He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness”

Joyful creation – 55.12
Versus groaning for redemption (Romans 8:18-24)
Welcoming God’s new creation . . . “Let there be”

Curse reversed – 55.13
Versus Genesis 3:17-19 curse, sin/death – “Cursed is the ground because of you .... Thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you.”

If you want to experience the satisfaction of God, then let God be successful in your life . . . let God speak . . . “Listen carefully to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourself in the richest of food” (55.2b)

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