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A Thanks Giving Message

by Rev. Kirby Williams

Learning to give thanks to the Comforter of Zion.

Text: Isa. 51:1-3
Date: 11/26/2020, the Thanksgiving service.
Series: "Your Word is Truth"
Occasion: Thanksgiving

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As Isaiah builds towards the climax of his Messianic Servant Songs, he delivers a message of hope and comfort to the greatly diminished and discouraged people of God, awaiting the end of their exile in Babylon. We will look at just the first three verses of this chapter in which Isaiah exhorts his readers to listen to the Lord and return to their roots. But of particular interest to us will be the two ideas of thanks giving that are encapsulated in the third verse. We will see that the biblical notion of thanksgiving goes well beyond the mere articulation of gratitude, to a true "giving" of "thanks" in the form of sacrifices and praise. We will put these Old Testament truths in a New Testament context as we learn the secret of truly "giving" thanks to the Lord-- not just on Thanksgiving, but the rest of the year as well.

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I. Introduction
II. Exposition of the text, Isa. 51:1-3.
A. Context, Isa. 50:6.
B. The Lord will comfort His church.
1. God's call for the church to remember its roots, vs. 1.
a. A host of imperatives, Isa. 51:4,7,9,17,21.
b. Focus on the children of God, Rom. 3:10.
c. Remember your roots, 1Pet. 2:9, Dan. 2:34-35.
2. Depending and trusting in God's increase, vs. 2.
a. A promise of increase to Israel.
b. A promise of increase throughout all ages, 1Kings 19:14,18, Matt. 3:9.
c. A promise for today, 1Pet. 2:4-6.
3. Learning to "give" thanks, vs. 3.
a. Comfort for God's church, Rom. 11:17-18, Isa. 40:22.
b. Comfort in the good and the bad, Matt. 16:18.
c. Thanks Giving.
C. Learning to "give" "thanks".
1. A sacrifice of thanksgiving, Lev. 7:11-13.
a. The ancient setting.
b. The modern setting, Rom. 12:1, 9:23.
2. The sacrifice of praise, 2Chr. 5:13.
III. Conclusion

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