The Call of Isaiah, Lesson Outline, Part 6 (final): Here's Your Ministry!
6:9 The message/commission. GO. Out of the comfort zone!
TELL. Specific message for a specific people. Isaiah's message may not work for you. Jonah was told a message of destruction for Nineveh, but had to watch God spare the people because they repented. Nahum preached the same message and destruction actually came. Most of the prophets got no results. Jesus too for that matter. Paul started churches everywhere, as hungry people reached out for His message.
Maybe you will have to do what Isaiah did, are you willing
To the unbelieving Jews of his day, Isaia said, Do not understand!, do not perceive!, do not feel anything!, don't hear anything!, don't see anything!, don't return to me! So negative, these OT guys, right? Jesus is quoted in all 4 Gospels as having used Isaiah's very words to his generation, and Paul said it to the people of his day in the book of Acts. No other verse is quoted so much in the New Testament.
Response is not, "What!?" But "How Long?". Do what you're told. Isaiah was told to preach until the end comes, not until you finally break through and revival comes. No one is going to hear you, Isaiah, and you are going to die a horrible death. Who is interested in such a job?
Trace Isaiah's prophecies:
He warned Judah of coming destruction if they did not repent. They did not repent. Destruction came.
He told Ahaz to ask a sign from God, Ahaz refused and got rebuked by the prophet
He speaks against all the surrounding Gentile nations, a warning of coming destruction if they did not repent. They did not repent. Where are they now?
The one exception in the book is hezekiah, the good king of Judah who already loved God and trusted the words of the prophet. His life was extended and during his days, Judah prospered.
So every once in a while you will run into an exception. The people listening today are for the most part exceptions to the general rule of the people of this world who have heard the word of the Lord and are refusing it.
Who will the Lord send today? Who will go for Him? Who will take on the ministry of Jesus Christ and be faithful in it regardless of who does or does not come?
This is not an excuse for people to do nothing and then say that it's not their fault if people aren't interested. We are to do everything. Lay down our lives. Pray and cry. And preach and teach. But even then you may get only that one Hezekiah, who shines a few years and then dies. But the Lord will say to you on that day, it's OK, you were faithful. You did what I told you to do, come on in. Listen for His call today.
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