How Great Is Our God!

SERIES: The Gospel According to God!


Isaiah 52:15 (NIV)

…so he will sprinkle many nations, and kings will shut their mouths because of him. For what they were not told, they will see, and what they have not heard, they will understand.

Isaiah 52:15 (AMPC)

So shall He startle and sprinkle many nations, and kings shall shut their mouths because of Him; for that which has not been told them shall they see, and that which they have not heard shall they consider and understand.

Isaiah 52:13-15 (MSG)

13   “Just watch my servant blossom! Exalted, tall, head and shoulders above the crowd!

14   But he didn’t begin that way. At first everyone was appalled. He didn’t even look human— a ruined face, disfigured past recognition.

15   Nations all over the world will be in awe, taken aback, kings shocked into silence when they see him. For what was unheard of they’ll see with their own eyes, what was unthinkable they’ll have right before them.”

  1. Sprinkle (v. 15)

Sprinkling in the Hebrew language has 2 distinct meanings: 

  • The sacrificial blood of animals
  • The blood of an animal had to be shed and sprinkled on the altar for forgiveness of sin.
  • The blood of the sacrificial animal brought atonement and reconciliation between the worshipper and God.

Leviticus 1:5 (KJV) – And he shall kill the bullock before the Lord: and the priests, Aaron’s sons, shall bring the blood, and sprinkle the blood round about upon the altar that is by the door of the tabernacle of the congregation.

Matthew 26:28 (KJV) – For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.

  • Sprinkle is used for “to surprise and astonish”, as people are that have water thrown upon them.

I. The One Who Startles

  • The Servant of Jehovah – The Savior Himself

II. The Times of the Startling

  1. By His birth
  • Born of a virgin

Luke 1:26-37 (NIV)26 In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, 27 to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”29 Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. 30 But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. 31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.” 34 “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?” 35 The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. 36 Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. 37 For no word from God will ever fail.”

  • Deity in humanity

Matthew 1:22-23 (NIV) 22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 23 “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).

  • Frail bush but not consumed

2. By His lowliness

  • Born in a stable
  • Brought up in a peasant’s home not a royal palace
  • Life threatened as a baby
  • He was reared in a despicable place – Nazareth
  • He had no home as an adult
  • He had to depend upon others for financial support
  • He faced relentless temptation
  • He was hated and opposed by “church” folks
  • He had the charge of insanity leveled against Him
  • He was charged with being demon possessed
  • He was opposed by His own family

He was rejected, hated and opposed by His audiences

Considering His lofty claims His lowly condition was startling

3. By His teaching

  • His teachings differed from that of His day

Matthew 7:28 (NIV) – When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching

Mark 6:1-3 (ESV) – 1 He went away from there and came to his hometown, and his disciples followed him. 2 And on the Sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astonished, saying, “Where did this man get these things? What is the wisdom given to him? How are such mighty works done by his hands? 3 Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon? And are not his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at him.

4. By His death

Luke 23:47-49 (NLT) – 47 When the Roman officer overseeing the execution saw what had happened, he worshiped God and said, “Surely this man was innocent.” 48 And when all the crowd that came to see the crucifixion saw what had happened, they went home in deep sorrow. 49 But Jesus’ friends, including the women who had followed him from Galilee, stood at a distance watching.

III. The Cause of the Startling

1.     Just as many were astonished by the servant’s revelation, and humiliation, so also will the nations and their kings be astonished by his exaltation.

2.     Kings who think they always have the right to speak will be left speechless.

3.     And when that day comes, all the nations of the world will see it!

Daniel 7:13-14 (NLT) – 13 As my vision continued that night, I saw someone like a son of man coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient One and was led into his presence. 14 He was given authority, honor, and sovereignty over all the nations of the world, so that people of every race and nation and language would obey him. His rule is eternal—it will never end. His kingdom will never be destroyed.

Matthew 24:30 (NIV) – “Then will appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven. And then all the peoples of the earth will mourn when they see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory.

Matthew 26:64 (ESV) – Jesus said to him, “You have said so. But I tell you, from now on you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power and coming on the clouds of heaven.”

Acts 1:11 (KJV) – . . . Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.

IV. The Results of the Startling

  • Reconciliation
  • Restoration
  • Rejoicing

Revelation 7:9-17 (NLT)

9     After this I saw a vast crowd, too great to count, from every nation and tribe and people and language, standing in front of the throne and before the Lamb. They were clothed in white robes and held palm branches in their hands.

10   And they were shouting with a great roar, “Salvation comes from our God who sits on the throne and from the Lamb!”

11   And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living beings. And they fell before the throne with their faces to the ground and worshiped God.

12   They sang, “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and strength belong to our God forever and ever! Amen.”

13   Then one of the twenty-four elders asked me, “Who are these who are clothed in white? Where did they come from?”

14   And I said to him, “Sir, you are the one who knows.” Then he said to me, “These are the ones who died in the great tribulation. They have washed their robes in the blood of the Lamb and made them white.

15   “That is why they stand in front of God’s throne and serve him day and night in his Temple. And he who sits on the throne will give them shelter.

16   They will never again be hungry or thirsty: they will never be scorched by the heat of the sun.

17   For the Lamb on the throne will be their Shepherd. He will lead them to springs of life-giving water. And God will wipe every tear from their eyes.”

PRAYER PRINCIPLE:                     Thank God for the greatness associated with reconciliation, restoration and rejoicing for who He is and what He’s done and is yet to do.

SOCIAL JUSTICE PRINCIPLE:       Recognize the need for reconciliation and restoration; be the resource to make it come to pass.

EVANGELISM PRINCIPLE:            Share how we were reconciled with God through Christ.

STEWARDSHIP PRINCIPLE:            Our persistent giving allows the Kingdom of God to be manifest regardless of the condition of the nation.

DISCIPLESHIP PRINCIPLE:            We often don’t feel worthy of restoration that is readily available for the asking; your completeness is just an ask away.

NEXT WEEK’S TITLE: Because He Lives!

SERIES: The Gospel According to God

NEXT WEEK’S READING ASSIGNMENT:  Isaiah 52:13-53:12; 1 Corinthians 15:19; 1 Corinthians 15:51-52; Luke 24:25-31, 44-53; Genesis 3:15; Psalm 22:1; Isaiah 53:1-5; Numbers 23:19; Psalm 145:13-14; Jeremiah 29:11;  Luke 22:19; Luke 24:30-31; Luke 1:1-4

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