Speaking for God - Steve Keil - Elder

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Steve Keil - Elder

Date Taught: December 17, 2020

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Life Lessons
Life Lesson (Isaiah)

God continues to need men and women to function as prophets to today’s generation.

Life Lesson (Isaiah)

God pursued Israel for centuries through the ministries of His prophets. His pursuit of a relationship with man in the New Testament extended to being willing to send His Son to die to pay the penalty for man’s sin which blocked that relationship.

Life Lesson (Isaiah)

The prophets were men of spiritual steel, addicted to obedience to God, by nature compelled to speak the message God gave them, and not necessarily qualified to fulfil their ministry from a human perspective.

Verses Referenced and Teaching Notes
Importance of prophets to God
  • Number of chapters in the English OT – 931
  • Number of chapters in prophetic books – 233
  • Percentage of OT which consists of prophetic books – 25%
  • Nabiy’ – root word ‘to bubble up’ (as water from a fountain)
  • Exodus 7:1 - So the Lord said to Moses: “See, I have made you as God to Pharaoh, and Aaron your brother shall be your PROPHET.
  • Genesis 20:7 - Now therefore, restore the man’s wife; for he is a PROPHET, and he will pray for you and you shall live. But if you do not restore her, know that you shall surely die, you and all who are yours.”
Jesus Christ – Luke 13:33 – Nevertheless I must journey today, tomorrow, and the day following; for it cannot be that a prophet should perish outside of Jerusalem.
John the Baptist – Luke 7:28 –  For I say to you, among those born of women there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist; but he who is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.”
Acts 21:10-11 NKJV
10 And as we stayed many days, a certain prophet named Agabus came down from Judea. 11 When he had come to us, he took Paul’s belt, bound his own hands and feet, and said, “Thus says the Holy Spirit, ‘So shall the Jews at Jerusalem bind the man who owns this belt, and deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles.’”
Exodus 19:6 NKJV
And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words which you shall speak to the children of Israel.”
Exodus 23:32-33 NKJV
32 You shall make no covenant with them, nor with their gods. 33 They shall not dwell in your land, lest they make you sin against Me. For if you serve their gods, it will surely be a snare to you.”
Judges 2:8, 10-12 NKJV
8 Now Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of the Lord, died when he was one hundred and ten years old. 10 When all that generation had been gathered to their fathers, another generation arose after them who did not know the Lord nor the work which He had done for Israel. 11 Then the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord, and served the Baals; 12 and they forsook the Lord God of their fathers, who had brought them out of the land of Egypt; and they followed other gods from among the gods of the people who were all around them, and they bowed down to them; and they provoked the Lord to anger.
Judges 2:13, 16-17 NKJV
13 They forsook the Lord and served Baal and the Ashtoreths. 16 Nevertheless, the Lord raised up judges who delivered them out of the hand of those who plundered them. 17 Yet they would not listen to their judges, but they played the harlot with other gods, and bowed down to them. They turned quickly from the way in which their fathers walked, in obeying the commandments of the Lord; they did not do so.
Judges 2:18-19 NKJV
18 And when the Lord raised up judges for them, the Lord was with the judge and delivered them out of the hand of their enemies all the days of the judge; for the Lord was moved to pity by their groaning because of those who oppressed them and harassed them. 19 And it came to pass, when the judge was dead, that they reverted and behaved more corruptly than their fathers, by following other gods, to serve them and bow down to them. They did not cease from their own doings nor from their stubborn way.
1 Samuel 8:7 NKJV
And the Lord said to Samuel, “Heed the voice of the people in all that they say to you; for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me, that I should not reign over them.
1 Kings 11:1-8 NKJV
1 But King Solomon loved many foreign women, as well as the daughter of Pharaoh: women of the Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Sidonians, and Hittites— 2 from the nations of whom the Lord had said to the children of Israel, “You shall not intermarry with them, nor they with you. Surely they will turn away your hearts after their gods.” Solomon clung to these in love. 3 And he had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines; and his wives turned away his heart. 4 For it was so, when Solomon was old, that his wives turned his heart after other gods; and his heart was not loyal to the Lord his God, as was the heart of his father David. 5 For Solomon went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the Sidonians, and after Milcom the abomination of the Ammonites. 6 Solomon did evil in the sight of the Lord, and did not fully follow the Lord, as did his father David. 7 Then Solomon built a high place for Chemosh the abomination of Moab, on the hill that is east of Jerusalem, and for Molech the abomination of the people of Ammon. 8 And he did likewise for all his foreign wives, who burned incense and sacrificed to their gods.
1 Kings 12:27-29 NKJV
27 If these people go up to offer sacrifices in the house of the Lord at Jerusalem, then the heart of this people will turn back to their lord, Rehoboam king of Judah, and they will kill me and go back to Rehoboam king of Judah.” 28 Therefore the king asked advice, made two calves of gold, and said to the people, “It is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem. Here are your gods, O Israel, which brought you up from the land of Egypt!” 29 And he set up one in Bethel, and the other he put in Dan.
2 Chronicles 36:15-16 NKJV
15 And the Lord God of their fathers sent warnings to them by His messengers, rising up early and sending them, because He had compassion on His people and on His dwelling place. 16 But they mocked the messengers of God, despised His words, and scoffed at His prophets, until the wrath of the Lord arose against His people, till there was no remedy.
Matthew 23:37 NKJV
“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing!
Isaiah 6:8 NKJV
Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: “Whom shall I send,
And who will go for Us?” Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.”
Jeremiah 20:9 NKJV
Then I said, “I will not make mention of Him, nor speak anymore in His name.” But His word was in my heart like a burning fire shut up in my bones; I was weary of holding it back, And I could not.
Amos 7:14-15 NKJV
14 Then Amos answered, and said to Amaziah: “I was no prophet, Nor was I a son of a prophet, But I was a sheepbreeder And a tender of sycamore fruit. 15 Then the Lord took me as I followed the flock,
And the Lord said to me, ‘Go, prophesy to My people Israel.’
Isaiah as a prophet
  • Length of his prophetic ministry was about 60 years, ~740 – 680 BC
  • The longest prophetic book in the Bible
  • Most often quoted prophetic book by Jesus Christ
  • 3rd most often quoted book of the OT by Jesus Christ
  • 2nd most often quoted book of the OT in all of the NT
  • Has been referred to as “the evangelical prophet”
Some prophecies of Isaiah
  • Announcement of Jesus coming (Isaiah 40:3-5, Matthew 1:3)
  • Virgin birth (Isaiah 7:14, Matthew 1:23)
  • The start of his public ministry (Isaiah 61:1-2, Luke 4:18-19)
  • His sacrificial death (Isaiah 52:13-53:12, various)
Isaiah 53:5-6 NKJV
5 But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed. 6 All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; And the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.
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