It’s easy for us to simply assume that idolatry was just an Old Testament issue. Moreover, it’s easy to assume that turning from idolatry to the living and transcendent God is just one time move. It’s sometimes difficult to see how the image of someone bowing before a fancy statue or dancing around a totem pole could possibly be relevant to my life and in my culture.
Perhaps, like me, you’ve wondered why idolatry was ever alluring to the people of Israel to begin with. Perhaps you continue to wonder if idolatry really is something that we have to battle against today.
As people we attempt to capture things in pictures and words to describe them to others. Oftentimes, what we capture fails to convey the experience in real life. So it is with our God. Listen as Pastor Dustin Rogers digs through Isaiah 40 showing us a Living God that cannot be depicted by anything we can imagine.
In our own personal struggles and story, we like to have a reason or an answer for what we go through. The Bible has many stories of those who experienced trials and got those answers. But what if we don’t? Pastor Dustin leads us through Isaiah 40:12-14 referencing Job’s story as he goes to encourage us that what we really need is God and that is enough.
In the study of Isaiah 40, we’ve met God as our Savior, a gentle shepherd, the incomparable creator. Verses 13 and 14 now show us our God as omniscient, all-knowing, and all-wise. As we week to answer the questions of “who” that Isaiah enumerates, we are left with one answer: God only.
When our situation is dark and times are hard, it seems difficult to have hope. But using his testimony as a backdrop, Pastor Michael Whitcomb shares that is the time when God can be found and our hope confirmed.
Pastor Michael Whitcomb and his wife Nina share their testimony at Heritage Bible Church
Inside our need and desire for comfort, we often get in our own way. In other words, our view of God is fairly obstructed by ourselves. Friends, when our eyes are on ourselves we constrict our ability to receive the necessary comfort and direction that God intends to give.
So, a radical redirection is necessary. And radical is precisely what we’re given in this text. A proper understanding of our text should leave our mouths agape at the incomparable greatness of our God.
There is a sort of tension or intensity throughout the book of Hebrews as the author makes his case that Jesus Christ is in every way superior to the Mosaic covenant with its requirements, rituals, and sacrifices.
It’s not that the OT covenant of law, the historical tabernacle (or the temple), or the Levitical sacrifices were “bad”. God had initiated each of them at a certain point in time for special and holy purposes.
Yet, in reading the New Testament, we learn that each one of these, God intended to be a picture of His ultimate redemptive plan — finally and completely revealed only in Jesus Christ.
Christ’s atoning sacrifice is completely sufficient; it is the one and only sacrifice I will ever need; it is enough for all time and for all eternity; it is enough for God to remember my sins no more; and it is enough for full and free forgiveness!
Our God is a both a might warrior and savior but also a gentle shepherd. He saves and we join with him in the rewards of His victory and when he cares for us he protects us, carries us and leads us individually.