There is Peace for the Wicked, but only when He is Slain (Isaiah 48:22-49:7)

Pastor Aaron Ude, January 22, 2017
Part of the Sunday Sermons series, preached at a Sunday Morning service

You may have noticed I am a Tolkien fan. I must have read the Hobbit 4 times before I was 12. One of my favorite parts that I could recite from heart was when Bard of Laketown stood alone with his village burning behind him and said “Arrow, Black Arrow! I have saved you to the last. You have never failed me and always I have recovered you. I had you from my father and he from of old. If ever you came from the forges of the true king under the mountain , go now and speed well.” Others of you have read or watched the Hobbit will know that the arrow flew true and struck the one chink in Smaug’s impenetrable armor and the arrow enter into his belly and Smaug fell into the lake and his fire and life was extinguished.
What does that have to do with our text? In our text, Isaiah is talking about slaying creatures, creatures with very hardened armor. This is how God describes them earlier in Isaiah Isaiah 48:4 4 Because I knew that you were obstinate, And your neck was an iron sinew, And your brow bronze . The creatures that God sent Isaiah to slay were not dragons but people, the people of Israel. (rest of sermon on sermon page)

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Isaiah 48:22-49:7

22There is no peace, saith the LORD, unto the wicked. 49:1 Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. 2And he hath made my mouth like a sharp sword; in the shadow of his hand hath he hid me, and made me a polished shaft; in his quiver hath he hid me; 3And said unto me, Thou art my servant, O Israel, in whom I will be glorified. 4Then I said, I have laboured in vain, I have spent my strength for nought, and in vain: yet surely my judgment is with the LORD, and my work with my God. 5And now, saith the LORD that formed me from the womb to be his servant, to bring Jacob again to him, Though Israel be not gathered, yet shall I be glorious in the eyes of the LORD, and my God shall be my strength. 6And he said, It is a light thing that thou shouldest be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved of Israel: I will also give thee for a light to the Gentiles, that thou mayest be my salvation unto the end of the earth. 7Thus saith the LORD, the Redeemer of Israel, and his Holy One, to him whom man despiseth, to him whom the nation abhorreth, to a servant of rulers, Kings shall see and arise, princes also shall worship, because of the LORD that is faithful, and the Holy One of Israel, and he shall choose thee. (KJV)

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