Do Not Fear, For I Am With You

So do not fear, for I am with you;
    do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
    I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Isaiah 41:10
  • The Lord will hold you up and help you.
  • Don’t let fear get a foothold in your life.
  • Your God is with you and He will strengthen and sustain you.
  • Be confident and boldly trust that the Lord will carry you.

PRAYER: Lord, how awesome it is to know that I am not alone and that You are right here with me. I have nothing to fear because You are holding me up and lifting me into Your arms. You will strengthen me and You will save me.
Amen

The Perfect Sacrifice

Sacrifice and offering you did not desire –
    but my ears you have opened; –
    burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not require.
Then I said, ‘Here I am, I have come –
    it is written about me in the scroll.
I desire to do your will, my God;
    your law is within my heart.’

Psalm 40:6–10

BY DAVID PLATT

Psalm 40:6–10 give us a picture from the very beginning of the sacrifices and offerings, the system that God had set up among his people in the Old Testament to atone for, to cover over sin. So that the price of sin, death, might be paid through this sacrifice, this offering, and the wrath and judgment of God averted among his people. But we know, and the book of Hebrews later makes clear, that these sacrifices all throughout the Old Testament were ultimately insufficient to pay the full price for people’s sin against God.

Only Jesus is qualified to bear the weight of our sin as a substitute. Through His perfect sacrifice on the cross we are welcomed into the presence of God.
But that is the beauty. Even as Psalm 40:6–10 talks about one who delights to do the will of God, the law of God written on their heart. So, this passage is a description of the one who could be a perfect sacrifice, a perfect offering for us. This is the beauty of what we celebrate, that Jesus has come and his delight was to do the will of God perfectly, without error, without sin.

The law of God, written on his heart and obeyed in his life completely in a way that was ultimately and perfectly pleasing to the Father. And in this way, he alone could then be a sacrifice for sinners, could offer his life on a cross to pay the price for sin. If he had sin in his heart, he could not die for sinners. The beauty of the Bible and what Psalm 40:6–10 and all the Old Testament are anticipating is one who will be a perfect offering, a perfect sacrifice on behalf of sinners.

The Perfect Sacrifice

So, we bow and we pray. Lord Jesus, all glory be to your name, for you are the perfect sacrifice, the perfect offering for sinners like us. Lord, we do not perfectly do your will. We do not perfectly obey your law written on our hearts, but we praise you, Jesus, for doing what we could not do, for living the life we could not live, and then for dying the death we deserve to die on the cross for us.

So, Jesus, we praise you for your perfect sacrifice for us, and now, by your sacrifice for us, by the forgiveness of our sins, by the power of your presence, your spirit in us, we pray that you would help us to walk with you today. Help us to delight in your will, your law written on our hearts. Help us to enjoy your law, obedience to your law, deliverance from sin that you have made possible in our hearts based on your faithfulness and your salvation, your steadfast love for us. All glory be to your name, Jesus, for coming, for paying the perfect price: sacrifice, offering your life for our sin so that we might have life today in you.

In Jesus’ name, we pray.
Amen.

https://radical.net/podcasts/pray-the-word/a-sufficient-sacrifice-psalm-406-10

Speak The Name Of Jesus

Isaiah 53

Who has believed our message
    and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?
He grew up before him like a tender shoot,
    and like a root out of dry ground.
He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him,
    nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.
He was despised and rejected by mankind,
    a man of suffering, and familiar with pain.
Like one from whom people hide their faces
    he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.

Surely he took up our pain
    and bore our suffering,
yet we considered him punished by God,
    stricken by him, and afflicted.
But he was pierced for our transgressions,
    he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
    and by his wounds we are healed.
We all, like sheep, have gone astray,
    each of us has turned to our own way;
and the Lord has laid on him
    the iniquity of us all.

He was oppressed and afflicted,
    yet he did not open his mouth;
he was led like a lamb to the slaughter,
    and as a sheep before its shearers is silent,
    so he did not open his mouth.
By oppression and judgment he was taken away.
    Yet who of his generation protested?
For he was cut off from the land of the living;
    for the transgression of my people he was punished.
He was assigned a grave with the wicked,
    and with the rich in his death,
though he had done no violence,
    nor was any deceit in his mouth.

Yet it was the Lord’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer,
    and though the Lord makes his life an offering for sin,
he will see his offspring and prolong his days,
    and the will of the Lord will prosper in his hand.
After he has suffered,
    he will see the light of life and be satisfied;
by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many,
    and he will bear their iniquities.
Therefore I will give him a portion among the great,
    and he will divide the spoils with the strong,
because he poured out his life unto death,
    and was numbered with the transgressors.
For he bore the sin of many,
    and made intercession for the transgressors.

Isaiah 53

New Testament References of Isaiah 53

Jesus heals many

When Jesus came into Peter’s house, he saw Peter’s mother-in-law lying in bed with a fever. He touched her hand and the fever left her, and she got up and began to wait on him.

When evening came, many who were demon-possessed were brought to him, and he drove out the spirits with a word and healed all who were ill. This was to fulfil what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah:

‘He took up our infirmities
    and bore our diseases.’

Matthew 8:14-17


Belief and unbelief among the Jews

Even after Jesus had performed so many signs in their presence, they still would not believe in him. This was to fulfil the word of Isaiah the prophet:

‘Lord, who has believed our message
    and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?’

For this reason they could not believe, because, as Isaiah says elsewhere:

‘He has blinded their eyes
    and hardened their hearts,
so they can neither see with their eyes,
    nor understand with their hearts,
    nor turn – and I would heal them.’

Isaiah said this because he saw Jesus’ glory and spoke about him.

John 12:37-41


Then Jesus asked them, ‘When I sent you without purse, bag or sandals, did you lack anything?’

‘Nothing,’ they answered.

He said to them, ‘But now if you have a purse, take it, and also a bag; and if you don’t have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one. It is written: “And he was numbered with the transgressors”; and I tell you that this must be fulfilled in me. Yes, what is written about me is reaching its fulfilment.’

The disciples said, ‘See, Lord, here are two swords.’

‘That’s enough!’ he replied.

Luke 22:35-38


For it is commendable if someone bears up under the pain of unjust suffering because they are conscious of God. But how is it to your credit if you receive a beating for doing wrong and endure it? But if you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God. To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.

‘He committed no sin,
    and no deceit was found in his mouth.’

When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly. ‘He himself bore our sins’ in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; ‘by his wounds you have been healed.’ For ‘you were like sheep going astray,’ but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.

1 Peter 2:19-25


Philip and the Ethiopian

Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, ‘Go south to the road – the desert road – that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.’ So he started out, and on his way he met an Ethiopian eunuch, an important official in charge of all the treasury of the Kandake (which means ‘queen of the Ethiopians’). This man had gone to Jerusalem to worship, and on his way home was sitting in his chariot reading the Book of Isaiah the prophet. The Spirit told Philip, ‘Go to that chariot and stay near it.’

Then Philip ran up to the chariot and heard the man reading Isaiah the prophet. ‘Do you understand what you are reading?’ Philip asked.

‘How can I,’ he said, ‘unless someone explains it to me?’ So he invited Philip to come up and sit with him.

This is the passage of Scripture the eunuch was reading:

‘He was led like a sheep to the slaughter,
    and as a lamb before its shearer is silent,
    so he did not open his mouth.
In his humiliation he was deprived of justice.
    Who can speak of his descendants?
    For his life was taken from the earth.’

The eunuch asked Philip, ‘Tell me, please, who is the prophet talking about, himself or someone else?’ Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus.

Acts 8:26-35


As Scripture says, ‘Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.’ For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile – the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, for, ‘Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’

How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!’

But not all the Israelites accepted the good news. For Isaiah says, ‘Lord, who has believed our message?’ Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ. But I ask: did they not hear? Of course they did:

‘Their voice has gone out into all the earth,
    their words to the ends of the world.’

Again I ask: did Israel not understand? First, Moses says,

‘I will make you envious by those who are not a nation;
    I will make you angry by a nation that has no understanding.’

And Isaiah boldly says,

‘I was found by those who did not seek me;
    I revealed myself to those who did not ask for me.’

But concerning Israel he says,

‘All day long I have held out my hands
    to a disobedient and obstinate people.’

Romans 10:11-21