Bible Text: Isaiah 38:1-8 | Preacher: Ray Galea | Series: I Can See Clearly Now | Hezekiah is faced with a death sentence from God. His desperate prayer is answered and he is given an extra 15 years. The King tragically allows the Babylonians to see all the treasures of his kingdom. Isaiah predicts that the city will be sacked by the Babylonians. Hezekiah tragically does not appear to care for the generations that will be caught up in the exile.
Bible Text: Isaiah 36-37 | Preacher: Ray Galea | Series: I Can See Clearly Now | The Assyrian commander seeks to undermine Hezekiah and his men as they stand at the wall of Jerusalem. Hezekiah goes to prayer and hears from Isaiah that God will protect his city. His prayer captures a jealousy for God`s honour.
Bible Text: Isaiah 25 | Preacher: Ray Galea | Series: I Can See Clearly Now | Judgment on Jerusalem is now replaced by Judgment on the nations in ch 13-24. It is clear that the God of Israel is the God of all the earth.
Now in Isaiah 25 God is praised for his judgments and his salvation. On the Mountain of the Lord the nations banquet with God himself where the shroud of death has been removed.
Bible Text: Isaiah 11:1-11 | Preacher: Dave Jensen | Series: I Can See Clearly Now | What's your plan for your life? Is it a small story - or are you actually a part of something bigger? Dave preaches on Isaiah 9-12 as we look at God's plan for more than just our lives, but for all of humanity.
Bible Text: Isaiah 7:1-17 | Preacher: Ray Galea | Series: I Can See Clearly Now | Ahaz the King of Judah is overwhelmed by the invasion of both Aram and Israel. They want to depose him and together take on Assyria. Isaiah is calling on Ahaz to not fear because both nations will be dealt with by God. Ahaz rejects the offer of a sign of assurance from God because his trust is alliance with Assyria. A sign is nevertheless given by God which involves the birth of a son to virgin who is Immanuel. God with us!
Bible Text: Isaiah 6:1-13 | Preacher: Ray Galea | Series: I Can See Clearly Now | Isaiah is commissioned in ch 6 in the context of a vision of the Holy one of Israel. He discovers that after issuing judgments on Judah in ch 5 he now is himself judged. 'Woe to you' becomes Woe is me, I am ruined. God then takes the prophets guilt away and this response of grace inspires a desire to take up the commission by God. But it will be a ministry where they will be for ever hearing but never understanding. Will this be the end of the story?
Bible Text: Isaiah 2:1-5 | Preacher: Ray Galea | Series: I Can See Clearly Now | In Isaiah 2:1-5 we leave for a moment corrupt Jerusalem (ch1) and are taken to the last day where we have a vision of the supremacy of the Mountain of the Lord's temple
In God's preferred future the nations come not to tempt nor defeat Israel but to worship alongside. With the God of Jacob at the centre peace between the nations flows like a river.
Bible Text: Isaiah 1:1-20 | Preacher: Ray Galea | Series: I Can See Clearly Now | Isaiah is a tale of two cities which begins with a warts and all expose of Judah and the city of Jerusalem. It ends with a new and renewed city of righteousness Zion.
Bible Text: Luke 4:16-30 | Preacher: Ray Galea | Series: I Can See Clearly Now | We begin this series by an overview of the book of Isaiah -all 66 chapters.
Isaiah allows us to see clearly into the heart of the corrupt city of Jerusalem in Isaiah`s time, the holiness of God, the promises of the servant King and the vision of the new creation.