Listen to Me! Look to the Rock! (ISAIAH 51)
1.[v.1-3] Look Back: “Listen to me… Look to Abraham your father and to Sarah who bore you”
2.[v.4-6] Look Up:
A.[v.4-5] to My Righteousness: “Give attention to me… My righteousness draws near, my salvation has gone out”
B.[v.6] to the Vanishing Heavens: “Lift up your eyes to the heavens… for the heavens vanish like smoke”
3.[v.7-8] Look Out: “Listen to me, you who know righteousness… fear not the reproach of man”
Listen to Me! Look to the Rock!
Pause & Reflect
1 “Listen to me, you who pursue righteousness, you who seek the Lord: look to the rock from which you were hewn, and to the quarry from which you were dug. 2 Look to Abraham your father and to Sarah who bore you; for he was but one when I called him, that I might bless him and multiply him. 3 For the Lord comforts Zion; he comforts all her waste places and makes her wilderness like Eden, her desert like the garden of the Lord; joy and gladness will be found in her, thanksgiving and the voice of song.
4 “Give attention to me, my people, and give ear to me, my nation; for a law will go out from me, and I will set my justice for a light to the peoples. 5 My righteousness draws near, my salvation has gone out, and my arms will judge the peoples; the coastlands hope for me, and for my arm they wait. 6 Lift up your eyes to the heavens, and look at the earth beneath; for the heavens vanish like smoke, the earth will wear out like a garment, and they who dwell in it will die in like manner; but my salvation will be forever, and my righteousness will never be dismayed.
7 “Listen to me, you who know righteousness, the people in whose heart is my law; fear not the reproach of man, nor be dismayed at their revilings. 8 For the moth will eat them up like a garment, and the worm will eat them like wool, but my righteousness will be forever, and my salvation to all generations.”
The central truth of this word was –
As the new year 2024 is in full swing, let us hear from the LORD clearly, learning to strengthen our listening of His Word and the guide of His holy Spirit in our lives. To listen to Him is to look at Him. God calls us to turn our ears to listen and our eyes to see our everlasting Rock from which we were cut-out, the quarry from which we were dug-up. We press forward into 2024 by pressing back on our ears so prone to not hear, our eyes so prone to wander, from the unchanging Rock in ever-changing new time. Look back to Abraham, Sarah, and all the flawed men and women of faith that listened to the LORD rather than the counsel of man (Hebrews 11). Look up to His righteousness and salvation for you. Give attention to what cannot vanish but lasts forever – His law in our hearts. Look out to press on, fearlessly listening to His Word, obeying Him above all else. May Jesus say of us, “Blessed are your eyes, for they see, and your ears, for they hear” (Matthew 13:16).
– *How has the LORD spoken to you today through this?
Holy Spirit Moment
Take a moment to invite the Holy Spirit to fill you, and pray for one another.
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (1 THESSALONIANS 5:16-18)
…do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (PHILIPPIANS 4:6-7)