Sunday, April 15, 2018

Isaiah 43

Today's reading in our daily plan is Isaiah 43. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
  • God reminds the Israelites it is purely by His grace that He brought them into existence and that He has continued to sustain them, despite their complete disobedience to Him. He reassures them that they have no need to fear and that they are His special people. 
  • God talks to them of redemption... the redemption that will happen via Jesus. 
  • The people of Israel who had refused to pay attention to God will return to Him and to a real relationship with Him, versus just going through the motions. God reminds them how they kept turning their backs on Him and of their false worship. 
  • God tells the Israelites that they are His witnesses of all the accurate predications of events He had spoken to them via the prophets like Isaiah. He also reminds them that He is the only true God and that He has always existed. 
  • He reminds them that even though the people had requested human kings. Jesus will sit on the throne as the rightful king. 
  • He tells them to look ahead at what is to come... the time when Jesus rules the earth and things will change. A time when he will remember their transgressions (sins) no more.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • This is a pretty exciting chapter of Isaiah. We get such reassurance and love here from God, almost as if His arms come up around us as we read these words on the page... love...mercy... forgiveness.  Despite their abandoning the relationship with God, He never abandons His people, and He reassures them that they have nothing to fear and are special to Him. 
  • God reminds the people of all the things He told them would happen via prophets, and that each and every one of those things was completely accurate. He reminds them that He is God..the only real and true God. The only God worthy of their worship and allegiance. 
  • God tells the people how things will change when Jesus comes through the redemption, how sins will be forgiven, and He will remember their sins no more.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • As we read through Isaiah, we see God is so full of mercy despite any repeated failures or slights against Him. Sometimes people feel like they are so far away from God... as if they are too "bad" or not "good enough" to be in His presence. Regardless of what you’ve done or how unworthy you feel, you are special, loved, wanted, sought, and treasured by the God who created the universe.