1. It was the death of David’s greater son who would die for his sin and our sin in order that we might know the mercy of God to cover all our sin and sour grapes.
  2. Both God and Ezekiel agree that the people are sinful, and God’s greatness is displayed in His mercy.
  3. Since we have heard the “suffering servant” has taken all our past sins upon Himself, it becomes very clear that the Lord is the one who will “have compassion... and He will abundantly pardon."
  4. We need the One whose name is not only great but the name that is above all names. We need Jesus who is greater than Joseph.
  5. Israel's pride is defeated, yet as sinners often do, their focus remains inward on themselves. Like petulant children they bemoan their lot and continue to question their very existence.
  6. When reading Jeremiah, it is evident that the word alone helps God’s people to first name their disaster, second to understand it, and finally to ultimately find hope through the promises of God.
  7. Jesus is the rock from which we were taken and the rock on which we now stand. This is the truth the Church confesses every time we gather for worship.
  8. Through the waters of baptism, you are born again into a new life, no longer defined by your past. The good news in Isaiah 56 is for you too!
  9. Job is an example of living the cruciform life as we wait for deliverance from the God who has given us His Word and also rescues us from our suffering at the second coming of Jesus.
  10. God had always planned on a free and full salvation, and He always deliberately gives it through means, even such means as we see are in our text.
  11. They are not loved because of their value, rather their value comes only from His gracious declaration of who they are to Him. Israel’s character had nothing to do with God’s choice or declaration.
  12. In His crucifixion, He took the nails deep into and through His skin to put your salvation there permanently.

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