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Behold Your God

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Old Testament

A Sermon on Isaiah 40:12-17

Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand
and marked off the heavens with a span,
enclosed the dust of the earth in a measure
and weighed the mountains in scales
and the hills in a balance?
Who has measured the Spirit of the LORD,
or what man shows him his counsel?
Whom did he consult,
and who made him understand?
Who taught him the path of justice,
and taught him knowledge,
and showed him the way of understanding?
Behold, the nations are like a drop from a bucket,
and are accounted as the dust on the scales;
behold, he takes up the coastlands like fine dust.
Lebanon would not suffice for fuel,
nor are its beasts enough for a burnt offering.
All the nations are as nothing before him,
they are accounted by him as less than nothing and emptiness. (ESV)

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What is one of the greatest errors when people talk and think about God? According to Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones in this sermon on Isaiah 40:12-17, it is the assumption that God is like man. This tendency is seen in the way that men set themselves up as judges of Scripture, and how they question the goodness of God. This man-centered way of thinking puts God second and man first. But Scripture gives us a different picture of how men are to approach God. In Scripture, God stands above all men and exists in unapproachable light. God is glorious and holy. Sinful men cannot even look at Him, lest they be consumed. How then are sinful and fallen men to relate to God? The answer is found in the glorious truth of the Gospel. God sends His Son, Jesus Christ into the world to die for sinners that they might be righteous. For God cannot even look at evil, yet in the Gospel He makes what was evil good in Christ. How can man stand before God? The answer is by believing in the Gospel of Jesus Christ and confessing one’s sin before God. Then they are made righteous by God’s grace. 


Additional Scripture Translations

Isaiah 40:12-17, New American Standard Bible

12Who has measured the waters in the hollow of His hand,

And measured the heavens with a span,

And calculated the dust of the earth with a measure,

And weighed the mountains in a balance

And the hills in a pair of scales?

13Who has directed the Spirit of the Lord,

Or as His counselor has informed Him?

14With whom did He consult and who gave Him understanding?

And who taught Him in the path of justice and taught Him knowledge,

And informed Him of the way of understanding?

15Behold, the nations are like a drop from a bucket,

And are regarded as a speck of dust on the scales;

Behold, He lifts up the islands like fine dust.

16Even Lebanon is not enough to burn,

Nor its animals enough for a burnt offering.

17All the nations are as nothing before Him,

They are regarded by Him as less than nothing and meaningless.

Isaiah 40:12-17, King James Version

12¶ Who hath measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, and meted out heaven with the span, and comprehended the dust of the earth in a measure, and weighed the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance? 13Who hath directed the Spirit of the LORD, or being his counsellor hath taught him? 14With whom took he counsel, and who instructed him, and taught him in the path of judgment, and taught him knowledge, and shewed to him the way of understanding? 15Behold, the nations are as a drop of a bucket, and are counted as the small dust of the balance: behold, he taketh up the isles as a very little thing. 16And Lebanon is not sufficient to burn, nor the beasts thereof sufficient for a burnt offering. 17All nations before him are as nothing; and they are counted to him less than nothing, and vanity.


About Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) was a Welsh evangelical minister who preached and taught in the Reformed tradition. His principal ministry was at Westminster Chapel, in central London, from 1939-1968, where he delivered multi-year expositions on books of the bible such as Romans, Ephesians and the Gospel of John. In addition to the MLJ Trust’s collection of 1,600 of these sermons in audio format, most of these great sermon series are available in book form (including a 14 volume collection of the Romans sermons), as are other series such as "Spiritual Depression", "Studies in the Sermon on the Mount" and "Great Biblical Doctrines". He is considered by many evangelical leaders today to be an authority on biblical truth and the sufficiency of Scripture.