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February 5, 2017

"IN THIS MOUNTAIN"

TEXT: Isaiah 25: 6-12
READING:  Psalm 27: 1-14

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SUBJ: This present Gospel era and the glorious things that followed the appearance of Christ and that shall be brought to a consummation with the second advent of our Lord.

AIM: That we might rejoice in what we presently have in Christ and so be encouraged to look to His appearing and presence with greater anticipation.

INTR: The book of Isaiah presents many wonderful pictures of Christ and His work and we marvel that they were written 750 years before His first advent.
1. Here a message of past accomplishment and future hope is presented in a lyrical form that excites us to worship and seek to join our hearts in the message declared.
2. The chapter begins with the prophet’s claim to an identity with God and continues in the first several verses to enumerate much that the Lord had already done and we especially notice the dominance of the poor and needy over the strong.
3. It is noteworthy that three times in this passage the phrase “in this mountain” is repeated in referring to that which is to be done in the way of revealing blessedness to and in His people.

THESIS: It has ever been the determination of the Lord to abundantly bless His people and in so doing to be properly recognized by them as the substance of their blessedness. All these things have and will come to pass in Jesus Christ our Lord – Lo, He is our God!

I. A feast prepared and the way made clear (vv. 6-8)
1. Some thoughts come to mind as prefiguring that which we are to called to enjoy in the spiritual realm in Christ.
1) Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Isaiah 55:1
2) And, Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is holy unto our Lord: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the LORD is your strength. Nehemiah 8:10.
3) The unveiling of this all began with the command of Christ to “repent ye and believe the Gospel…”
2. A clearing away is to occur and continue (see v. 7)
1) We remember the words of Paul: 3 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: 4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. 2 Corinthians 4:3-4.
2) But then we rejoice as we continue to read: For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. 2 Corinthians 4:6.
3) In time a complete removal of all deception and devilish treachery shall be exposed including but not limited to pagan religion and imitation Christianity.
3. We have often rejoiced in the hope delivered us in knowing: So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. 1 Corinthians 15:54 And see also: There is deliverance from the fear of death: And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. Hebrews 2:15.
4. It is to us to realize that this mountain prefigures our existence as His people dwelling in the house of the Lord forever!

II. A declaration to be made (v. 9)
1. All the above has been certified by the coming of Christ and will be consummated in His second coming.
2. We have seen in Old Testament Elohim as the mighty God and creator, and we have seen in Jehovah as the redeemer God and the confidence of true believers and now we see Jesus and know that God is manifest in the flesh and truly “Great is the mystery of Godliness.
1) He is so recognized as raised from the dead and victorious over all that opposes;
2) May we join with Thomas in declaring” “My Lord and my God!”
3) This is the message we have heard and received in an awakened heart
4) This is the message we would gladly declare to all
5) This is the message believed by all those who have gone before and it is He upon whom all hearts have been stayed.
6) There is gladness and rejoicing in His salvation and how do we respond?
3. He is the Gospel personified and this we declare to all – the awaited One and no others are coming nor need to come!

III. The Hand of the Lord in this Mountain (vv. 10-12)
1. While it may seem for a time that the message of the Gospel is ignored and ineffective, we will see the Hand of the Lord prevail over all enemies
1) He does not need powerful armies and
2) He does not need the dictates of politicians (The king’s heart is in His hand).
2. The picture is graphic and its message is sure – the most powerful this world has to offer will simply be pushed aside and the Lord marches through to final victory.