1. A multi-day workshop for pastors to hone the Craft of Preaching
  2. The Israelites had taken the Covenantal promise and the language of separation and interpreted them to mean the message of salvation and restoration was meant for only them. But this is counter to the reality of the Scriptures.
  3. The “Lamenter” does not ask to carry out the vengeance/action himself, rather He trusts the LORD God to take care of business.
  4. We have a Servant who stands in/is a substitute for Israel. This is the One who will atone for the sin of Israel—even the sin of the whole world.
  5. The biblical shepherd leads his sheep. He provides for their needs. He protects them from enemies, and he does not leave his sheep unattended.
  6. Jesus takes the sins of man upon Himself and carries them to the cross to make our hearts holy and acceptable in the eyes of God.
  7. When we look upon the cross, we see our sin. We also see the One who washes it away and gives life.
  8. The “New David” will manifest the power of the LORD and will not set Himself in opposition as did the false shepherds.
  9. This text is chosen for Maundy Thursday and involves eating and drinking with God—in His presence, real presence. This is only possible with the shedding of blood.
  10. In this text, Isaiah is quite explicit and reflects the suffering and disgrace this Servant will suffer as He faithfully does the will of God.