These notes accompany the sermon found here.
- Series: Let Us Reason Together
- Today’s Text: Isaiah 10:20-27.
- Today’s point: God is always preserving a remnant of faithful people.
The Remnant in Isaiah
- The remnant was all those who survived the Assyrian assault. Isaiah 10:20-27, 37:4, 37:31-32.
- Isaiah named a son Shear-jashub which means “a remnant will return.” Isaiah 7:3, 8:18.
- Then the concept is expanded to include a future recovery of people from among the nations. Isaiah 11:11, 11:16, 46:3. And their description goes beyond the scope of the Assyrian conflict, Isaiah 4:2-5, even as far as including Gentiles, Isaiah 49:5-6.
The Remnant throughout the Old Testament
- Consider Noah, Genesis 7:23, and Joseph, Genesis 45:7, and Elijah, 1 Kings 18:22, 19:14-18.
- Consider further, Jeremiah 6:9, 31:7-9, 50:20; and notice how the remnant is cleansed through the tribulations, Isaiah 6:5-7. Consider Ezekiel 9:1-11, 11:13-21 and Daniel 11:35.
- See also Amos 3:12, 5:3, 5:15, 9:11-15; Micah 2:12-13, 5:7-8, 7:18; Zephaniah 2:7, 2:9, 3:12-13; Haggai 1:12, 1:14; Zechariah 8:1-13; Ezra 9:8, 13-15.
The Relevance of the Remnant
- See Matthew 7:14, 22:14; Luke 13:23-30.
- In Acts, we see a remnant being recovered from Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and the ends of the earth, Acts 1:8, as the Gospel goes first to the Jew, but also to the Gentile.
- Paul makes the connection between the remnant of Isaiah 10:22-23, 1:9, in Romans 9:27-29. He explains that the remnant are the children of promise, Romans 9:8, and explains that they are saved by grace, Romans 11:1-6.
- So this causes us to examine ourselves.
- So this sets our expectations for the work of the church.
- So this encourages us that God is faithful to continue to save and preserve those that believe.