Tuesday, 9th August 2022
Rev Daniel Xi An Poon
Section One V1-6 To Awake and Rise Up
What is revival? God has created every good thing for us at the very beginning, but because of our sinful nature, we lost all of them, and revival means these good things are all coming back to us! The Israelites are so used to slavery lives in Egypt that they no longer dream of a better life. They have lost the most precious treasures from God, the power to manage the world and the authority above all else. We have lost the passion and hope for the revival, and God is talking to His people today, revival is already here.
V1 ‘Awake, awake! Put on your strength, O Zion; put on your beautiful garments, o Jerusalem, the holy city! For the uncircumcised and the unclean shall no longer come to you.’ If we are in slavery then we cannot see the power and authority already given to us. We are so used to being who we are and not longing for a better Jerusalem.
V2 ‘Shake yourself from the dust, arise; sit down, O Jerusalem! Loose yourself from the bonds of your neck, o captive daughter of Zion!’ We must get rid of the bondages and chains because we are already freed, but when we are unwilling to let go, we will continue to live in bonds and chains.
V3-4 ‘For thus says the Lord: You have sold yourselves for nothing, and you shall be redeemed without money. For thus says the Lord God: My people went down at first into Egypt to dwell there; then the Assyrian oppressed them without cause.’ People chose to go to Egypt because of famines. A lot of time it’s our choices that cause us to dead ends. We must follow God’s guidance for us.
V5 ‘Now therefore, what have I here, says the Lord, that My people are taken away for nothing? Those who rule over them make them wail, says the Lord, and My name is blasphemed continually every day.’ We can’t see our own problems and we thought all the troubles in our lives are from God. We must see our own problems and know God is here to save us not to trouble us. We belong to God and we need God. Can we see God more than things and people? Do not go to God at the last minute but seek Him now!
V6 ‘Therefore My people shall know My name; therefore they shall know in that day that I am He who speaks: behold, it is I.’ When we put God first, then we can see His Works at hand. Do we believe in everything God says? We can experience God now, not until we are in Heaven, but right now when we still live on the earth.
Section Two V7-12 Bring the Good News and Good Tidings
V7 ‘How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who proclaims peace, who brings glad tidings of good things, who proclaims salvation, who says to Zion, your God reigns!’ God wants us to awake and spread the Good News to those in slavery. People are lost in this world and become slaves to the world, but when we hear the Good News, we can come out of Egypt, and see God in our lives. Our weaknesses and sicknesses cannot rule over us anymore.
V8 ‘Your watchmen shall lift up their voices, with their voices they shall sing together; for they shall see eye to eye when the Lord brings back Zion.’ Do we pray for those in need? We tend to think about ourselves and pray for ourselves and what we need. But we fail to see those who need our prayers. In the same way, others will pray for us and when we pray together, we will receive blessings together.
V9 ‘Break forth into joy, sing together, you waste places of Jerusalem! For the Lord has comforted His people, He has redeemed Jerusalem.’ Do not stop gathering. We have a lot of excuses not to come to the Temple of God. Our attitude determines everything. Do we really cry out to God and praise God? What do we focus on? It’s easy for us to focus on what is in front of us, instead of the eternal blessings. We see so many problems in our lives and fail to see God as our Salvation.
V10-11 ‘The Lord has made bare His holy arm in the eyes of all the nations; and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God. Depart! Depart! Go out from there, touch no unclean thing; go out from the midst of her, be clean, you who bear the vessels of the Lord.’ We are unwilling to leave the life we are living right now. We still cannot come out of the lifestyle of our forefathers. Leave our parents does not mean moving out of their house, but it’s about leaving the old lifestyle we are used to, leaving our comfort zone, and really seeking the truth of God.
V12 ‘For you shall not go out with haste, nor go by flight; for the Lord will go before you, and the God of Israel will be your rear guard.’ God has given us the Tree of Life to follow, to humble to obey, to deny ourselves and benefit others.
Section Three V13-15 Let the Nations See
V13 ‘Behold, My Servant shall deal prudently; he shall be exalted and extolled and be very high.’ The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Do not rely on our own strength because if we do, we cannot see the freedom God has given to us. We thought our lives are restricted by following God but in fact, it was all because of our fear. When we follow God faithfully and willingly then God will lift us up.
V14-15 ‘Just as many were astonished at you, so His visage was marred more than any man, and His form more than the sons of men; so shall He sprinkle many nations. Kings shall shut their mouths at Him; for what had not been told them they shall see, and what they had not heard they shall consider.’ When we follow God truthfully people will see from our appearance. The world might put us down and speak lies to us, but we must know, that when we follow God, the favours will be with us that even the kings can see! The problems we see are not problems in God’s eyes so stop being fearful. Trust in God, He will lift us up.
以赛亚书 52 – 神的子民 复兴要来临
一、v.1-6 要兴起 起来
V1 在被掳的情况下，人看到的都是负面，看不见“能力”或“华美的衣服”。但神说我们在这样的时刻要“兴起”！能力和华美的衣服一直都在，我们的责任就是要披戴能力，穿上那华美的衣服。我们不要对现实社会妥协，不要继续躺在原地。我们看见的是否都是问题、不可能、或者doing？神要我们离开doing, 成为being.
V3-4 当初神的百姓看到饥荒，因为害怕就下埃及，并非神要他们去。 我们落到如今的光景，不是因为神欠缺什么而将我们卖掉，是我们自己选择活在为奴为仆之地。因此，神不需要向世界偿还什么来赎回我们。我们愿意解开自己的锁链吗？