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Sermons on Isaiah

Advent (Isaiah 11:1-9)

1A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse;     from his roots a Branch will bear fruit. 2 The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him—     the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding,     the Spirit of counsel and of might,     the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the Lord— 3 and he will delight in the fear of the Lord. He will…

Comfort for the Weary (Isaiah 40:25-31)

Isaiah 40:25-31 (NIV) 25 “To whom will you compare me?     Or who is my equal?” says the Holy One. 26 Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens:     Who created all these? He who brings out the starry host one by one     and calls forth each of them by name. Because of his great power and mighty strength,…

Comfort for Cynics (Isaiah 40:12-24)

12 Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand,     or with the breadth of his hand marked off the heavens? Who has held the dust of the earth in a basket,     or weighed the mountains on the scales     and the hills in a balance? 13 Who can fathom the Spirit of the Lord,     or…

Comfort for Exiles (Isaiah 40:1-11)

Comfort for God’s People Comfort, comfort my people,     says your God. 2 Speak tenderly to Jerusalem,     and proclaim to her that her hard service has been completed,     that her sin has been paid for, that she has received from the Lord’s hand     double for all her sins. 3 A voice of one calling: “In the wilderness prepare     the way for the Lord; make…