Archive of Pastor Darby's Sermon Notes, transcribed from his original typewritten documents
Isaiah 1:9 ff
A VERY SMALL REMNANT
Oct. 15, 1967
THE GREATEST O.T. PROPHET* ISAIAH* SAW THE DOOM OF ISRAEL, BUT ALSO THE HOPE OF THE WORLD
Every passage is like an open door into the Throne Room of God, your heart burns within. No other prophet more occupied with the redemptive work of Christ- Authenticated- Dead Sea Scrolls. God was not pleased with Israel, called them like Sodom, but there was a small remnant.
If a small remnant is needed to Save America, will God find it? Jeremiah did not!
GOD SAID "MY CHILDREN HAVE REBELLED AGAINST ME" Isaiah 1:2
When children are unthankful to parents, it is dreadful; when unthankful to God- fatal!
"THE OX KNOWETH HIS OWNER, BUT... MY PEOPLE DOTH NOT CONSIDER." Isa. 1:3
- Israel was nourished and brought up by God, now a forgetful, and a sinful nation (4,5,6)
- Only the USA has a like history of being founded- for and by God, so men could worship Him
- And like Israel, we have turned from God. Left the Living Water for pollution-(Jer 2:13)
"THE DAUGHTER OF ZION IS LEFT ... AS A BESIEGED CITY." Isa. 1:8 Moral level is shown by women
- Jerusalem is personified as a Harlot wife, her women as seductive daughters- ugly picture
- Isaiah said that the women rule (3:12), and the daughters walk seductively (3:16-18a,24)
- Corruption of men by woman's fashions, youth by "New Morality", an advanced art in USA
"TO WHAT PURPOSE IS THE MULTITUDE OF YOUR SACRIFICES UNTO ME?" Isa. 1:11
- God questions their worship, sacrifices, religious service, even prayers 1:15
"I WILL NOT HEAR!"
- Though their outward ceremony of religion was at all time high- deep sin infiltrated Israel
- Is God pleased today? - Churches sponsor dances - for Homosexuals, aid draft dodgers, promote Socialism, defend the criminal, destroy our unity, criticizing the good, excusing sin
EXCEPT THE LORD HAD LEFT US A VERY SMALL REMNANT, WE WOULD BE AS SODOM, GOMORRAH Isa. 1:9
No matter how dark, how much sin- EVERYBODY is not doing it! God has His faithful!
GOD WILL ALWAYS BE ABLE TO FIND HIMSELF A SMALL REMNANT (9a) If not- the end, and a new start.
- In a time of national darkness, God revealed to Elijah that he had 7,000 true - I Ki 19:18
- In Isaiah's day - King Hezekiah, In Jeremiah's - (5:1) Jer. saw none, God had Josiah, Barch, Zeph.
- We still have John Edgar Hoover, - Dr. Theo Epp, DeHaan, McIntire, BUT WE HAVE LOST MANY!
EXCEPT FOR THESE, WE WOULD BE AS WICKED, AND AS DEAD AS SODOM AND GOMORRAH Isaiah 1:9b
- Some have fallen into deep sin- but the faithful reject temptation, and stand for truth
- Some fall into Spiritual sin- criticize to death even the Saints, discourage & divide
- Some are determined to stand with God's people, the church; clean, and uncritical as possible
"HEAR THE WORD OF THE LORD YE RULERS OF SODOM, YE PEOPLE OF GOMORRAH." Isa 1:10
- Israel was so wicked that God called her Sodom- look at Washington D.C., crime in Phoenix,
- Israel and America - Sodomites, Priestesses of Ashtoreth - Scientific Seduction - Hollywood
- Jerusalem was so bad that -Noah, Daniel, & Jacob could only save themselves- Cf Eek 14:14
With all our sin - America is still the lighthouse of Christianity for the World!
"COME NOW, AND LET US REASON TOGETHER, SAITH THE LORD": SIN TURNED TO RIGHTEOUSNESS Isa. 1:18
God knows that we are but dust and has made provision for our personal salvation
THE AMAZING PART OF THE ATTRIBUTES OF GOD IS HIS MERCY AND GRACE
- Though Israel deserved absolute destruction- & Isaiah prophesied judgment- also return & restoration
- Though America's sin has made the world hate her, & her money buys enemies, yet God's love-
- America has no such promise as Israel for restoration- but personal salvation supplies it.
THOUGH YOUR SINS BE AS SCARLET, THEY SHALL BE AS WHITE AS SNOW Isa 1:18
- Salvation does not come through governmental programs, but personal dealing with Jesus
- God cleanses our sin, gives us a robe of Salvation Isa 61:10 Mark well, claim responsibility
- This is made possible because Jesus Christ was smitten in our place- Isa 56:5 -Mark
GOD GAVE PLAIN INSTRUCTION- "CEASE TO DO EVIL" 1:16b, "LEARN TO DO WELL" 1:17a
- Personal salvation is by faith, but the Salvation of the nation is by works- living it out
- Israel was destroyed because she did not seek Justice, Judgment, practical works/crime
- Unless America has enough real Christians to fight to force her to return to Morality, she will perish soon. You can't save a person by law, but can make him law-abiding.
IF ISAIAH AND JEREMIAH SURVEYED PHOENIX TODAY, COULD THEY FIND 10 RIGHTEOUS?
Are you sure of your spiritual salvation in Jesus Christ - this alone can be sure!
Is your life such that God would count on you as worth saving? Sodom's 50,45,30,20,10?
Is your influence, Church membership, & vote as much as to help your land, or hinder it?