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Isaiah 40 (Part 09) - Isa 40:9 - Lift Up Thy Voice with Strength and Be Not Afraid

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X. Isa 40:9
1. "O Zion, that bringest good tidings, get thee up into the high mountain;..."
A. Jerusalem was the capital city of Israel.
i. It was through Israel that God brought the Messiah, Jesus Christ to this earth (Rom 9:4-5).
ii. It was by Israel, through Jews such as John the Baptist and the apostles, that Jesus Christ was announced and preached.
B. Zion is the hill that Jerusalem is located on (Isa 10:32).
C. Zion is another name for Jerusalem (Isa 40:9; Psa 147:12; Isa 30:19).
D. Jerusalem had the good tidings sent to her that her warfare was accomplished and that her iniquity was pardoned (Isa 40:2).
E. Now she was to bring the good tidings to others.
i. Good tidings is a synonym for the gospel (Rom 10:15 c/w Isa 52:7).
ii. The gospel is revealed from faith to faith (Rom 1:17).
F. She was to get up into a high mountain to proclaim the gospel.
i. Wisdom cries from the high places (Pro 8:1-2; Pro 9:1-3).
ii. Jesus said to proclaim His words from the housetops (Mat 10:27; Luk 12:3).
iii. "How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth!" (Isa 52:7)
iv. God's people should give glory to Him from the top of the mountains (Isa 42:11-12).
2. "...O Jerusalem, that bringest good tidings, lift up thy voice with strength; lift it up, be not afraid;..."
A. She was to lift up her voice with strength.
i. The gospel should be preached boldly (Eph 6:19-20; Act 4:13, 31).
ii. Those who preach the gospel must be strong in the Lord (2Ti 2:1; 1Co 16:13; Eph 6:10).
iii. When we preach the gospel, there will be adversaries (1Co 16:9).
iv. We need strength to keep up from fainting in the day of adversity (Pro 24:10; Jer 12:5).
v. The Lord will give His ministers who preach the gospel the strength to do it (2Ti 4:16-17).
vi. We shall reap if we faint not (Gal 6:9).
B. She was to lift it up and be not afraid.
i. Those who preach the gospel must not fear because God stands with them (Act 23:11 c/w Act 27:23-24).
ii. They must never be afraid of the faces of those who don't like what they're saying (Jer 1:6-10,17; Eze 2:6; Eze 3:9).
iii. They must not observe the wind nor the clouds, but sow their seed when commanded to (Ecc 11:4-6).
iv. They must be instant and preach the gospel both in season and out of season (2Ti 4:1-2).
v. They must not fear because God is with them and will strengthen them (Isa 41:10).
vi. No weapon that is formed against them shall prosper and they will condemn the tongues that rise against them because God is with them (Isa 54:17).
3. "...say unto the cities of Judah, Behold your God!"
A. The gospel was first to go to Jerusalem and then unto Judea (the cities of Judah) (Act 1:8).
B. The God they were to behold was the Lord Jesus Christ (Isa 9:6; Joh 1:1,14).
C. The apostles did indeed go throughout Judah (and beyond) proclaiming their God, Jesus Christ from the high mountain fearlessly and boldly (Mar 16:15, 20; Act 17:6).