God speaks to His people about their familiarity and tiredness of Him. Still, He loves and blots out transgressions and iniquities. We are forgiven for His sake. He delights in us as His jewels. He looks at us as Israel, prince with Him, and not in our natural Jacob identity. (Isaiah 43:22-26)

Speaker(s): Thomas Schaller, Jesse Feyers
Sermon 12247
6:30 PM on 2/6/2022

P. Schaller –

Our theme tonight is God’s love. Yes, God’s love. I want to show you something from Jeremiah 33. What a beautiful
morning we had here. It’s great. And Federal Hill, too. Half of you I think are from Federal Hill.
Would you stand up if you are from Federal Hill? We just want to welcome you. Let’s see.
There’s folks. Jake. Actually, there’s two people here from Federal Hill!
Okay. Great. One day I read this, Jeremiah 33:19-20. Listen to this. Translation: if you could stop the
sun from coming up in the morning and going down in the evening, then you can break the
covenant I have with David. If you could do that. If on a day it didn’t happen, the sun never came
up and the sun never went down, on that day then you could say the same regularity, the same
commitment, the same guarantee. Every day the Earth is going around the sun and so on. Then
read the rest. vs. 21.

The covenant I made with David was that he would have a son on the
throne all through and then one day a son of David would be on the throne forever.
When blind Bartimaeus – we have no idea how it came to his mind but he was blind and he’s
sitting somewhere on the street, on the street corner, and he’s a blind man. They said have you
heard about Jesus? He goes, no. They tell him about Jesus, and he’s thinking about it.
Somehow it comes to his mind that he is the son of David. Did somebody tell him that? We do
not know, but when Jesus was passing by, what did blind Bartimaeus do? Yelled out what? Son
of David! Jesus stops still. Call him. Call him. They run over. He calls for you. He calls for you.
He leaves his garment.

A blind man and his garment I’m sure there’s quite an attachment. A
blind man and his garment. He sleeps with it. He holds it. He feels it. A blind man and his coat
or his garment, but he leaves it. Why does he leave it? He is going to go see the son of David.
He calls me. There’s faith in Bartimaeus. What would you have me do for you? That I might see.
Okay. Let’s it. Wow, what a beautiful story. Well, I got off on that story cause that’s not what I
wanted to say.

God loves Israel. God loves the house of David. God loves Jacob, thou worm Jacob. Thou
worm. What is it about a worm? Lizard brain. What’s that part of the brain? The stem. You know,
it runs your breathing and your heartbeat. The cerebellum is it? The medulla? Okay, the
medulla. The core brain. A worm, what kind of neurological system is in a worm? God calls
Jacob a worm. Psalm  22 he also – Jesus is a worm on the cross. That means he is just simply a
low-level animal but he is the Son of God. That’s how when he suffered, this is how God is
saying I love you. I love you. I will be faithful to you. You cannot change my covenant with
David.

In another place, Isaiah 45:9-10, it goes the waters of Noah. It’s another beautiful picture. I’ll finish
with that one. Is. 45. It touches me. It’s beautiful these pictures. Is it 54? Did I say 45? I’m
dyslexic. It’s Isaiah 54:9-10. God loves Israel. It sounds to me like he’s really making an effort to say
to them the world will never be flooded again. I will never do that again. In the same vein, the
same standard of commitment, I will not be wroth with you. I will not be utterly angry with you.
For a moment I will forsake you, but I cannot leave you O Israel. I cannot. I have loved you with
an everlasting love in Jeremiah 31. I cannot leave you, Israel. I love you.

How about this one, Isaiah 50:1? Where is the bill of your divorce, O Israel? I cannot divorce you. In
the Jewish law, it was relatively easy to divorce people. Moses allowed it in Mt. 19. Jesus said it
wasn’t like that in the beginning. Divorce was not or allowed like that like Moses allowed it for
the hardness of their hearts. But God is saying to Israel, you are my wife and even if you had
played the prostitute in Hosea 2, I will bring you into the wilderness. I will allure you into the
wilderness and I will speak comfortably to you. I will not divorce you. I cannot divorce you. I love
you with an everlasting love. I cannot forsake you O Israel. Could the waters cover the earth?
No, they cannot. Nor can I be utterly angry with you. Could the sun not come in the day? If it
didn’t come up, then I could break my covenant with David. But it will come up every day
because I am God.

This nature of God is like important to us, because when we realize his
persistence, his patience, his love, his effort.

How about this one? Isaiah 49:15, can a woman forsake her sucking child? And what does God
say? Yes, she might. A woman with a child that is breast feeding the child can she forsake the
child? God said, yes, she might but I will never forsake you. All of these efforts by God through
the prophets to say I love you. I love you. My arms are stretched out all day long to a gainsaying
and rebellious people in Rom. 10 in the book of Isaiah. This is a love that we hear about in the
ministry. This is what the Holy Spirit wants to teach us because it’s love that you build your life
based on the character of God that we can fully trust. He loves you with an everlasting, eternal
love and the Holy Spirit is in your life to teach you the nature of God. So that will be our subject
tonight.

Jessie Feyers and two carloads of people went down to Richmond, Virginia yesterday. They left
in the morning. They did an outreach in Richmond and came back last night. I asked him to
share a testimony with us. (testimony followed).

This morning we had kind of a structure for our lesson. I will review that very simply. This is
coming from some thoughts that I got from Timothy Keller in one of his books. He described that
in our culture in America, there is the secular world which excludes God from our dialogue. God
is not welcome into our dialogue, our cultural dialogue. We are living as humanists. We are
making our way. We are smart enough or confident enough. After all, we have iPhones and
satellites and we have world peace and prosperity so we can manage. You don’t have to talk to
us about God.

The other camp is traditional Christianity. He says a few things about that, traditional
Christianity. He grew up in a church and he learned doctrines and thought about things but he
wasn’t really satisfied. There was a time in his life when he saw both worldviews. The Christian
view with the more moral, traditional way of thinking and he would attend the church service and
be there. But then he said, but actually I had a deeper need in my heart. I had a need in my
mind and in my heart to understand life better. So he talks about a third camp and this is
another way of saying what we would say in our vocabulary is the way we are living now. What
we have found, and I’ll put the brief outline down. #1. Intellectual satisfaction or a word for that
would be wisdom. We have found the Bible to be inerrant. We believe the Bible is inerrant. We
have studied the Bible, submitted to it, and it speaks to us.

The Bible has an amazing power to help you in your life. You might never be a pastor or preacher or a teacher, but that’s not the point of the Bible. For the Bible to be your counselor and to speak to you little by little. For the
Bible to give you a word in season. When you have doubts and questions, you need God to
minister the Bible to your mind, to affect your mind. Many times in my life, I never got the
answer but just from reading the Bible, just simply reading it like a magazine, but prayerfully. It’s
just that simple or a newspaper. Just picking it up. Prayerfully reading it and there it is. There’s
the word I needed. That’s what I needed. That helped me.

Timothy Keller said he came to this point where he felt that I must live by faith in God not an
atheist. It didn’t make sense to him but by the living God, the Christian God who speaks to us.
So he found the Bible.

#2. His personal, private life. Personal, private life. The deeper things in life. I can be isolated,
empty, guilty, discouraged, and I honestly believe that God understands me. My sheep, I know
my sheep. I call them by name. I am the Good Shepherd and I know my sheep. We said this
morning, I know my sheep. We can say I know where they live. I know how they think. I know
how they are feeling. I know how they fail. I know their personality. I know their weakness. I
know their physical body. I know their body chemistry. I know my sheep. What a shepherd!
What a relationship with the living God, a God that cares for us and knows us and calls us by
name.

The third barrier he needed to overcome in his life, he needed a community. A community of
people that were in our words Spirit-filled or satisfied or they had love in their hearts or life
wasn’t that complicated. I needed people that would love and have joy and have peace in their
life. People that would edify. People that would have wisdom. People that would minister.

People that could gather and be quiet and worship God and I could be with them and I’d be
accepted with them and loved by them. He said these three barriers were what allowed his
journey to move forward. They were addressed and he found himself in fellowship.
Now, I would like you to go to the text that I will use tonight. It’s potentially, potentially – it’s very
possible you could read the text and you’re not interested in it. So, I want you to be aware of
that and follow it with me. I’m going to break it down very simply. It’s very simple, but you have
to pay attention. Turn to Is. 43. It will be ten minutes and the message is over. I always say that,
of course! Isaiah 43:22, I want you to think about misconceptions that we have. Misconceptions that
we have in our lives. We all have them. I’ve had them recently. Misconceptions. Misconceptions
about God. This is what we read here in this verse. The people said to God, you weary me. You
weary me. You tire me.

There’s three times we have the word “weary” in this set of verses. Do you think that’s true in
the secular world? They say, God, I would be tired thinking about it. You want God? Jewish
people could say, God, he wearies me. Look at verse 22. Notice these two names, Jacob and it
means the flesh. And then he calls him Israel and that means the spirit. He has two names. One
is in the flesh and one is in the Spirit we could say. We could break it down that way. It’s
repeated as a pattern. He calls him Jacob like a bad guy, but then he calls him Israel because
he has power with God.

That’s like us. I have a sin nature. I am tired of you, God. I am tired of you. God is like
understandably we don’t want to say that, but I think it is in our subconscious mind that
somehow we blame him for our trouble and our burdens. Come unto me. My burden is light,
God says. But actually, in fact, we say I think my burden is somehow connected with God and
God wearies me. I wonder how that could be understood in the wrong way. He doesn’t weary
me. He loves me.

One time a Finnish missionary was in Russia and she got very discouraged and she told me this
story. She was a missionary for us in Russia and she got very tired and very weak and very
discouraged as a missionary. So she started to kind of get angry with Russia. Got angry with
God, and then got angry with the Bible Speaks. That’s our name over there. And with me, P.
Schaller, who taught her the Bible. And she kind of started to think about it. Then she said, I
started to think what did God ask from me? Did he ask me to come to Russia? Not really. He
would be okay with me living in Finland. What did P. Schaller ask me to do? He just taught me
the finished work and told me that God loves me.

That God loves me. I guess that’s the point that God loves me. She is processing this whole experience that she’s having and I’m bringing it to illustrate something obvious to all of us and that is in our life we can have misconceptions
about things and one of them is God. We could blame God for our life or for our heaviness or
our religion.

Notice back here in this little diagram, you could get weary as a secularist. You can get weary
with traditional Christianity because it’s got to be deeper. It has to be – the Holy Spirit has to
break the yoke in Isaiah 10:27. The Holy Spirit has to address my deepest need, not once when
I get saved but in my life. I need the Spirit of God and the community of God, the Word of God,
the counsel of God to help me. Because this is how it goes. Jesus could say, wherein have I
wearied thee?

Let’s go to the second weary in this list here. Isaiah 43:23, God is saying I haven’t wearied you with
incense. Yeah, but Lord, didn’t you ask of us to burn incense? Didn’t you ask for a whole-burnt
offering? Don’t we have to serve you as priests and so on? The Lord would say, yes, I love your
service. I love your ministry to me. I love the smell of the incense. But I love it when your
ministry when it’s a ministry with your gladness, with your freedom, with your joy, with the
forgiveness, with the grace. Come unto me. How does it go? Psalm 100. “Enter my courts with
praise and gates with thanksgiving.” God does not care about – how’s it go? Psalm 50 or 55?
Thousands of rivers of oil. The cattle on a thousand hills and God says, if I was hungry, would I
ask you? I don’t need your stuff. I want to love you. I love you. I am not wearisome.

I am gracious. I gave you my Son so that the deeper things in your life would go into your spirit and
you would be free and healthy as a people. You would have me at the center of your worship.
You would recognize me and know my name. Call upon me and I will answer you. I will lead you
in and out and goodness and mercy would follow you all the days of your life. And you would
dwell in my house. And you would know me, not be weary of me. I don’t weary you with incense.
I love you with an everlasting love. I anoint you with oil. I crown you with glory. I give you honor.
I gave you my Son. I give you my wisdom. I made you righteous. I anointed you. I indwell you.
I’ve called you to be members of my Body. My Son is the head and you are members of the
Body. I rejoice in it. How does it go? God delights in his people as a woman – look at this. Malachi
3, as a woman with a jewelry box, with my jewels in a jewelry box, so you are to me. You are my
jewels in Malachi 3:17.

The third “weary” is in the next verse, 24. Your sins have burdened me. Your sins have
burdened ME. Let’s turn the tables. You think I am wearisome to you? You have no idea how
you are wearisome to me. I have to bear with your sin. I have to live with your iniquities. I have
to deal with your rebellion. I have to put up with generation after generation of unbelief and I will
do so.

Now comes the next part and we’re coming to the beautiful, the end of it. vs. 25. Listen to this.
This is almost with tears. It is. It’s amazing. Remember that’s God speaking. That means I have
to bear your sins and your iniquities but I blot them out for my own sake. I cannot bear with
them. Notice he didn’t say I blot you out. He said I blot out your transgressions and sins
because you are the apple of my eye. I love you. I am for you. I give you my Son so that you
can be redeemed and brought to me. I take your sins away. That which wearies me is dealt with
so that now I rejoice in my love (Zephaniah 3:17). I rest in my love. I rejoice in my work. I delight
myself in the Son of God. Remember when Jesus was baptized in the Jordan River, the voice
from heaven came. “Behold my Son in whom I am well pleased.” Why are you pleased with him,
God? Because he is the one that blots out your transgressions. And it’s over. You’re not
wearisome to me. I have forgiven you.

I have made your righteous. You are accepted in my name. I have crowned you. I have honored you. You are in my family. I have adopted you. I call you by name. Listen to this: O Jacob, and then O Israel. There’s a huge change. O Jacob and then Israel, my chosen. This means a lot to us because it’s at the very center of what we are
shooting for here in this picture here. This third camp. Are you for this one or this one? Of
course, we are traditional Christians. Of course, we are. Of course, we are. But I’ve got to ask all
the Christians in the United States of America, have you found Jesus Christ? Have you found
the forgiveness? Are you wearied in your religion? Are you wearied? Are you burdened with
your problems? Do you have an inner conflict? Are you indifferent toward God? Do you believe
in hell? Do you believe in heaven? Do you believe in God? Do you believe in the Bible? Do you
believe in reaching out? Do you believe in caring for others that are poor and disadvantaged?
People of a different race or ethnicity or economical background. Do you care?
I read this:

The Greco-Roman Empire is very different from our culture. They had the rich and
the poor and long distance between rich and poor. And the Christians, when the Christians are
Spirit-filled, they love the poor. They love the rich. It didn’t matter to them. In the Greco-Roman
Empire, the men had a wife or two. Then they had women. They had mistresses, other women
and they just slept around and they lived as they wanted to like pagan people. The Christians
come in and say, no. We have one women in our life. We have a wife. That wife is honored.
That wife is loved. It changed history. Spirit-filled people who have another way. You don’t have
to fight with the secularist. You don’t have to fight with anybody or be in contest. You just, you
and I just need to live in the reality of what we have and it doesn’t weary us. It renews our youth,
Isaiah 40:31. It renews our heart. It renews our mind and encourages us. So, what’s the other
thing?

The Greco-Roman Empire, they had the classes, slaves, and they had rich and poor. The
women were disadvantaged. The women were not honored. And then family life was also not
that good. Children were sometimes ignored or not educated. Children were not cared for.
Christians come into the picture. We care for our children. We care for our wives, our husbands.

We care for our community. We care for the poor. We care for people that are different from us.
How did it happen? Because God honors you. It says here in that last – it says vs. 25-26. Okay.

Amen.

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