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)

Tags: isaiah, tolkien, witnessing

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