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23 August 2020

Proper 16A Sermon: Rock and Quarry

Preached on Isaiah 51:1–6
The Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost
23 August AD 2020

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Isaiah 51:1–6 Summary: Isaiah told Judah to look at its history in order to make sense of its present and have hope for its future. The same God who established Abraham as Israel’s father, who carved a nation out of Sarah’s seemingly barren womb, would likewise bless Abraham’s heirs.

The Lord’s righteousness and salvation that established and sustained Abraham and Sarah would likewise preserve their heirs in Isaiah’s time. By faith in Christ, we are also the heirs of Abraham and can be certain that the promises of consolation, preservation, and restoration for Zion belong to us as well.

Text: “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. 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.

“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.

“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. 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.

“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.” Isaiah 51:1–6

Scripture quoted from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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Other Readings: Psalm 138; Romans 11:33–12:8; Matthew 16:13–20

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