One, Sermon Outline


SERIES:

NEW YEAR'S SUNDAY

SUBJECT:

God's New Thing

READING:

Isaiah 43:18-21

TEXT:

"Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth" (Isaiah 43:19).

Introduction

With God, life is worth living. Because He is a God who is always doing new things, life can never be boring for the true Christian. In this text for a new year we have:

1. The Promise of God's New Thing (Isaiah 43:18-19)

1. God Promises to Transcend the Things that are Past (Isaiah 43:18-19)

2. God Promises to Transform the Things that are Present (Isaiah 43:14-17)

II.The Purpose of God's New Thing (Isaiah 43:19-21)

1. God's Purpose is to Satisfy His own People (Isaiah 43:20)

2. God's Purpose is to Magnify His own Person (Isaiah 43:21)

III.The Prospect of God's New Thing (Isaiah 43:22-26)

1. The Failure of Man to Cope (Isaiah 43:22, 24)

2. The Nature of God to Care (Isaiah 43:25-26)

Conclusion

With God, the best is yet to be.

One, Expanded Sermon Outline


SERIES:

NEW YEAR'S SUNDAY

SUBJECT:

God's New Thing

READING:

Isaiah 43:18-21

TEXT:

"Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth" (Isaiah 43:19).

Introduction

Some time ago one of our leading newspapers reported a suicide on the first day of a new year. The victim was an eighteen year old girl. Before she took her life she left a note which read, "I made an agreement with God that unless life was worth living I would quit living." Here was a young lady who decided that she wanted life worth living, but on her own terms. But alas, she found "doing her own thing" utterly dissatisfying and ultimately destroying.

By way of contrast, life is worth living for those who delight in the Lord—for He promises to satisfy the desire of every heart. He transforms despondency into expectancy. He says, "Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth." What a text for a new year! In its sweep it offers:

I. The Promise of God's New Thing

"Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth" (Isaiah 43:18-19). There is a divine seed of hope in these words, for God is telling us that He is about to do a new thing. Indeed, He states His intention in terms of a promise.

1) God Promises to Transcend the Things that are Past

"Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old" (Isaiah 43:18). That statement may not grip us until we look into the context and find that the "former things" refer to the mighty works of God, in the liberation, preservation and occupation of His people. He could say, "I am the Lord [your] God, the Holy One of Israel, [your] Saviour; I gave Egypt for [your] ransom" (Isaiah 43:3). In that one phrase, "I gave Egypt for [your] ransom," we have the whole story.

1. Illustrate

2) God Promises to Transform, the Things that are Present

Thus saith the Lord, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; For your sake I have sent to Babylon, and have brought down all their nobles, and the Chaldeans, whose cry is in the ships. I am the Lord, your Holy One, the Creator of Israel, your King.…which bringeth forth the chariot and horse, the army and the power; they shall lie down together, they shall not rise: they are extinct, they arc. quenched as tow [or "as a wick"] (Isaiah 43:14-17).

These verses go beyond the deliverance from Egypt to the deliverance from Babylon. How sad it is to recognize that a nation that had proved God in liberation, preservation and occupation should now find themselves captives once again in Babylon. But this is exactly what happened. Because of their backsliding and rebellion God had to send them in judgment down into Babylon. But in answer to the prayers of a faithful remnant a great deliverance was effected.

2. Amplify

II. The Purpose of God's New Thing

"I will do a new thing.…I [will]…give drink to my people, my chosen. This people have I formed for myself; they shall show forth my praise (Isaiah 43:19-21). In this prophetic language we have devotional truth. When God redeems us it is for a purpose, and if we have eyes to see, that purpose becomes the supreme goal of our lives.

1) God's Purpose is to Satisfy His Own People

"I give waters in the wilderness…to give drink to my people" (Isaiah 43:20). God's greatest delight is to satisfy His people. He says: "Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled" (Matthew 5:6). God wants to do a new thing in our lives—spiritually, mentally, emotionally, volitionally, physically and vocationally.

3. Illustrate

2) God's Purpose is to Magnify His Own Person

"This people have I formed for myself; they shall show forth my praise" (Isaiah 43:21). From Genesis to Revelation this truth shines forth with increasing brilliance. Peter sums it up perfectly when he says that we are "a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people; that [we] should show forth the praises of him who hath called [us] out of darkness into his marvelous light" (1 Peter 2:9). Jesus said the same thing when He said, "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify, your Father which is in heaven" (Matthew 5:16). This is why God says, twice over, in this very chapter, "Ye are my witnesses" (Isaiah 43:10, 12). Let us never forget that "man's chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever."

III. The Prospect of God's New Thing

"But thou hast not called upon me, O Jacob; but thou hast been weary of me, O Israel. Thou hast not brought me the small cattle of thy burnt offerings. Thou hast brought me no sweet cane with money, neither hast thou filled me with the fat of thy sacrifices." And then He goes on to say in language that is just music to the soul: "I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins. Put me in remembrance: let us plead together: declare thou, that thou mayest be justified" (Isaiah 43:22-26). If we are to enter into the promise and purpose of God s new thing in our lives then we must recognize certain facts. Indeed, there is no prospect of realizing God s new thing without perceiving two things of utmost importance:

1) The Failure of Man to Cope

But thou hast not called upon me, O Jacob; but thou hast been weary of me, O Israel. Thou hast not brought me the small cattle of thy burnt offerings; neither hast thou honored me with thy sacrifices. I have not caused thee to serve with an offering, nor wearied thee with incense. Thou hast brought me no sweet cane with money, neither hast thou filled me with the fat of thy sacrifices; but thou hast made me to serve with thy sins (Isaiah 43:22, 24).

These verses make sad reading, but they are a true reflection of the failure of man to cope or come to terms with God. In the final analysis, we have to recognize that God can only expect utter failure from us.

4. Amplify

2) The Nature of God to Care

"I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins. Put me in remembrance: let us plead together: declare thou, that thou mayest be justified" (Isaiah 43:25-26). In simple terms, this teaches us that God is waiting to forgive our sins, to purge our iniquities, and to blot out our transgressions. More than that, he offers in their place a new faith. He says, "Put me in remembrance" (Isaiah 43:26). In the Hebrew, this literally means "to bring back to mind the promises on which we can agree."

5. Illustrate

Conclusion

Let us believe God for His new thing in our lives, then go forth to prove His adequacy in the coming days. And let us remember that with God the best is yet to be.

Additional Annotations

1. Illustrate

…with the story of the exodus from Egypt and the entrance into Canaan.

2. Amplify

…from the context to show that through God's miraculous working there can be a life of Spontaneity— "I will do a new thing…it shall spring (or sprout) forth" (Isaiah 43:19); a life of creativity— "I will …make a way in the wilderness" (Isaiah 43:19); and a life of productivity— "I [will] give waters in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert" (Isaiah 43:20).

3. Illustrate

…how God satisfies the longing heart, by citing the experience of David (see Psalm 37:3-7, 25, 37).

4. Amplify

…the aspects of this failure by showing how God's ancient people failed in intercessions—they had not called upon the God of Israel; dedications—they had mocked Him with their burnt offerings and sacrifices; and ministrations—God had to say to them, "Thou has made me to serve with thy sins, thou hast wearied me with thine iniquities" (Isaiah 43:24).

5. Illustrate

…from the lift, of Paul. Recall the times of crisis in his life when even his friends forsook him, but— "notwithstanding the Lord stood with [him]" (2 Tim. 4:17; see also Acts 23:11; Acts 27:23). God always kept His promise.

For Further Research

Alexander, J. A. Commentary on Isaiah, (Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishing House).

Allis, O. T. The Unity of Isaiah, (Philadelphia: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Co., 1950).

Delitzsch, Franz. Commentary on Isaiah, 2 vols. (reprinted., Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1949).

Ironside, H. A. Expository Notes on the Prophet Isaiah, (Neptune: Loizeaux Brothers, Inc., 1961).

Jennings, F. C. Studies in Isaiah, (Neptune: Loizeaux Brothers, Inc. 1966).

Young, Edward J. Studies in Isaiah, (Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1954).

—Olford's Expository Preaching Outlines