Speaker: Lukus Counterman - The imagery of Isaiah 54 depicts a state of ruin and perhaps even hopelessness for the people of God. The text uses three main metaphors - that of a barren woman, a broken marriage, and a besieged city. There is almost an exaggerated sense of despair that shrouds the passage. You see, for almost a thousand years God’s people had God’s word and yet they failed to obey it. For almost a thousand years God’s people exchanged pure worship for syncretism and idolatry. So by the time the Prophet Isaiah writes this book, it seems as though it’s all over for the captives in exile. It appears as though they’re doomed to bear the consequences of their rebellion forever. But in the darkness and ruin of life riddled with sin, a ray of hope shines through the Gospel. The sin-bearing Servant of the Lord can change everything. Isaiah 53 speaks of a Promised One who can bare the sin of many and make intercession for transgressors. He can bring peace through his substitutionary suffering. The sin-bearing Servant of God is good news for people who are broken by sin. Where we have failed, He has succeeded. Where we have broken the law, He has kept it. Where we have fallen short of the glory of God, He has embodied the glory of God. He has done what we could not. He has fulfilled what we did not. So, instead of barrenness He offers fruitfulness, instead of alienation He offers reconciliation, and in the place of ruin there can be restoration and beautification for all who believe in Him. This morning we will look at Isaiah 54:6-17, and there we will discover that when our lives seemed ruined by the consequences of sin, God is able to restore and rebuild us.