SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
- A picture is painted of a barren woman giving birth to many and being incredibly fruitful. In Ancient Israel, a childless woman was typically shamed and disgraced by the surrounding community. God makes this analogy because he promises Israel that they will be freed and restored even though they are currently feeling alone, forgotten and disgraced.
- Israel's exile is compared to the time of Noah and the flood. God made a promise to never flood the earth again and is making a promise that his anger will never fall on Israel again.
- Several other promises are made by God that speak of protecting His people from harm and building Israel back up to be greater than it has ever been.
- God's love is unfailing and proves that with Israel. Israel consistently rejected God and put themselves in a position to be thrown into exile but because of His character, God promises rescue and redemption.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
- Are you feeling alone? Are you feeling like you've been forgotten or are going through a time in your life where you can't see God working? God is there and promises that He is. Israel felt alone but God was always there and the discomfort was only temporary. God will always be there for you too.