Isaiah 22:20 – 25
Isa 22:20-25 “And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will call my servant Eliakim the son of Hilkiah: And I will clothe him with thy robe, and strengthen him with thy girdle, and I will commit thy government into his hand: and he shall be a father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and to the house of Judah. And the key of the house of David will I lay upon his shoulder; so he shall open, and none shall shut; and he shall shut, and none shall open. And I will fasten him as a nail in a sure place; and he shall be for a glorious throne to his father’s house. And they shall hang upon him all the glory of his father’s house, the offspring and the issue, all vessels of small quantity, from the vessels of cups, even to all the vessels of flagons. In that day, saith the LORD of hosts, shall the nail that is fastened in the sure place be removed, and be cut down, and fall; and the burden that was upon it shall be cut off: for the LORD hath spoken it.”
When I was a little boy growing up on the hill where I still live today, my grandpa was a mean man. In his later years he had a lot of bad things happen and suffered a lot of heart aches which humbled him to the place that he was a different man. I loved him dearly in the last years of his life. But growing up, my grandpa was the meanest man I ever knew. He hated kids, he hated adults, he hated work, he hated dogs-you name it, he hated it. I don’t know how many times he cursed us kids and our parents, as well as my grandma. The only time he was ever nice was when he went out to feed his quail. I remember how he would ease out into the pen to feed them. I remember how gentle he was with them. He softly whined to them and spread the feed around the pen. I’ll never forget that.
Well, we boys were just about as mean as grandpa. All we did was get in trouble and fight. We had all kinds of ammunition too. We had pecans, walnuts, dirt clods, tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, a plants, pine cones, rocks, etc. and anything else that wasn’t tied down
well, one day we were having a good rock fight and I ran around the coupe where grandpas quail were. I climbed up on top of that coop and laid down to watch all the commotion. I laid there for quite a while before I got tired of watching all the fun and wanted to get in on it. I slid down the low roof of that coop and dropped down the side of it. Unbeknownst to me there was a nail sticking out of the side of that coupe about 2 inches, and it was bent upward at a sharp angle. There was a meeting that took place between me in that mail that day. That meeting I never have and I probably never will forget. I still bear the mark of that first meeting and probably always will. I mean it. That mail was there to hang something on, and something got hung on that nail.
Well, friends, God fastened a nail in a secure place for us one day. That nail was our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. And on that nail God hanged all of our sins and all our failures and iniquities. Then on that awful day, on the cross of Calvary that nail was cut down and the burden that was on it was cut off. Friends, Jesus was cut down for you and me and when he gave himself to die on Calvary, our nail in a secure place, he bore in himself our sins and carried them to the grave where that burden was cut off once and for all. I’m glad, praise God, my sins are gone, God will remember them no more and I have a nail in a secure place. That ought to make us want to shout. Since we have a nail in a secure place we have got something to hang on too. And every once in a while we need to be reminded just to hang on.
We understand that we don’t have to hang on, or hold out, to be saved but we need to hang on because we are saved.
When things look hopeless, hang on! When we feel helpless, hang on! When we are unhappy, hang on!
We should hang on for there is hope for the hopeless. Can you imagine that day in the garden. Adam found himself fallen from grace, lost, hopeless. I’m sure the devil was having running fits, shouting the victory. By all appearances he thought he’d won the battle. The devil was whooping it up for joy, and I was weeping in fear and remorse but God was working out his plan. While the devil was throwing himself a victory party God stepped up and said, “hang on!”
I’m glad bank God when Adam was hopeless, God said hang on!
Gen 3:14-15 “And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life: And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.”
God, in essence, told the devil, “Satan you may have declared war but I declare the victory. Youth man whom I’ve created a fight against me but I will prove man see you defeated once and for all.” And friends this gave Adam and he hope. So much hope in fact that they showed it here before us in the Bible.
In chapter 3 and the second verse Adam called his wife’s name Eve because she was the mother of all living. This name showed his anticipation in faith that God was going to do what he said he was going to do. At many bold new God was going to do what he said. God had given them something to hang onto so they did all they could do and that was “hang on.” They knew they had hope. There is hope for the hopeless.
There was a time when we seems to have no hope, no hope at all.(Ephesians 2:11-13)
Eph 2:11-13 “Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands; That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world: But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.”
Gentile, on circumcision, aliens, having no hope, without God! There was a time in my life when I was hopeless. I was outside the family of God’s chosen people. I day came in my life that I realized the shape I was in. I had no hope that I knew of, I didn’t know what I should do, then I heard.
“But now” verse 13
Because of what Jesus did for me I can say, “amazing Grace how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me, I once was lost “but now” and found, was blind “but now” I see.
Oh, friends, I had no hope, you had no hope. We couldn’t get to God. (Romans 5:6-8)
Rom 5:6-8 “For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
there is hope for the hopeless!
Remember the thief on the cross? If there is ever been a man who was hopeless, he was hopeless. Look at his situation. He was a thief, condemned to die. He knew he was getting what he deserved. Entity was never going to get the opportunity to go to make atonement for his sins. He was dying with this CN and would soon face Almighty God in the shape, hopeless, helpless!
But while he hung the air he saw this man in the middle. He saw how he had been beaten, bruised, and torn. Never before had he seen a man so badly torn up. Get what he saw was not nearly as shocking as what he heard. People were mocking him, cursing him, laughing at him. And this man who had done nothing wrong said, “Father forgive them, for they know not what they do.”
Somewhere in the heart of that thief on the cross, the Holy Ghost got hold of him and said, “hang on there is hope”. And that thief looked toward Jesus and spoke to the one he believed must be the son of God. Look at what he said in Luke chapter number 23 in verse 42…
That thief hit the street of glory shouting the victory, a few short minutes from hell and God saved him.
I was in the same shape is that thief on the cross one day, lost, without hope, I didn’t know what to do, then I heard the gospel and I said, “hang on, I want in on this.”
We need to hang on. Not only because there’s hope for the hopeless but because there is helpful to helpless. The Word of God tells us in John chapter 1 verse 13 that we were helpless, “not of blood” means that we did not inherit it from mama and daddy. We are not Christians because grandma walls or grandpa laws. “Nor of the will of the flesh,” means that there is nothing we could do in our flesh to save us, we could not work our way to heaven. “Nor of the will of man,” means that no man could do it for us. No one can baptize the baby and expect him to go to heaven on that. No earthly priest can forgive your sins and give you the gift of eternal life. Certainly no priest can pray you into heaven after you die. There is no hope in any of these things. There is no hope in this world. No hope remember Ephesians chapter 2 verses 11 through 13.
“Having no hope”
and then in John chapter number one verse 13
“but of God”
I couldn’t help myself but God had made away. When I was at the end and ready to give up I’m glad by God Jesus spoke to me by his Holy Spirit and through his word and said, “hang on son, I died for you.” I couldn’t do it for myself but God did for me what I could not do.