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Well, it's such a joy to come now to time around the Lord's Table, and we do that because there is no aspect of God's work in our lives for which we are more thankful than the provision of the Lord Jesus Christ as a sacrifice for sin.

I told you, this morning, that in preparation for this I would endeavor to give you a bit of a perspective on the times in which we live, from the Word of God. And in order to do that I...I want to draw your attention to a passage that has been really a staple in my understanding through the years--the fifth and six chapters of Isaiah, fifth and sixth chapters of Isaiah. It wasn't too long ago that we spent a wonderful couple of months in the fifty-third chapter of Isaiah, but chapters 5 and 6 are also very definitive chapters.

Keep in mind that Isaiah's responsibility as a prophet was to declare judgment coming on his people. He was given the responsibility and fulfilled it to the letter to pronounce judgment, judgment from God, the wrath of God. And that's what the opening 39 chapters are about; they're all about judgment and they...they indicate to us not only the nature of God's judgment, but the reason for God's judgment. And when you come to chapter 5, you have really a very dramatic scene that lays out the reasons why God is going to judge the people of Israel, and He's actually going to use the Babylonians--the judgment was the Babylonian assault, the Babylonian raids. The Babylonians came in, literally destroyed the city of Jerusalem, and hauled away the Jews in three different deportations--and for all intents and purposes, destroyed their culture for a period of seventy years and more....

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