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THE BOOK - HOW WE GOT IT AND HOW TO GET THE MOST OUT OF IT

#21 - THE ONE WHO TREMBLES AT GOD'S WORD (PT. 3)

Speaker
Rev. Don Horban
Scripture
Isaiah 66:1-4
#21 In The Series "THE BOOK - How We Got It And How To Get The Most Out Of It" 

There's a sense in which verse 3 gives meaning to the this whole text. We've been studying verse 2 in detail, but that verse gets its meaning from verse 3. "These have chosen their own ways..." And it's because their ways were their own ways rather than God's that these ways are described as "abominations"(3). Their ways weren't abominations because they were always violent or perverted. They chose their own ways like Eve and Adam chose to eat a piece of fruit. What made the act an abomination was it was forbidden by God. 


This is sin defined. And it explains why our whole culture can't understand either sinor God. Our world doesn't understand how we can all be sinners when many are relatively decent. They aren't violent and they aren't perverted. Our world doesn't understand why those who appear morally decent are still under the wrath of God. Acts - all acts - are defined as holy or sinful to the degree they line up with what God has revealed and to the degree they are done for His glory alone. Sin is self-rule, even if that self-rule doesn't manifest itself in moral baseness. Everything that expresses independence is under the wrath of God.


The verse we've been drilling down into is verse 2 - "All these things my hand has made, and so all these things came to be, declares the Lord. But this is the one to whom I will look: he who is humble and contrite in spirit and trembles at my word."



There are three traits that are commonly taken for a trembling heart before God's Word, but aren't in themselves. A living trembling heart before God's Word isn't just an emotionally moved heart. And it isn't just an agreeing heart. And finally, it isn't just a convicted heart. And we're going to see this from a couple of passages.


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