Israel Promised Deliverance From Babylon

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Promises

In these verses God tells his people once again that He is going to deliver them from Babylon. In his sovereignty He will overthrow Babylon and the Chaldeans who have oppressed His people (vv. 14-15). He reminds them that He is the same God who made a path through the Red Sea for His people to escape while the Egyptian army drowned to insure their deliverance (vv 16-17). The Lord said, forget what has happened in the past (v. 18), I am going to create something new (v. 19). In this new “Exodus” they will be going through desert land where God will provide water and streams in abundance (vv. 20-21). He reminds them that this is a deliverance that they really do not deserve because they have not honored Him nor even adequately sacrificed unto Him (vv 22-23). They had maintained the outward form of worship but with unrepentant hearts.

He reminds them that this “Exodus” would not come as a result of their prayers, offerings or sacrifices. In fact, they had not even wearied themselves in the sacrificial system, but their sins had wearied God (vv 22-24). However, God would forgive them because of His grace and for His own sake (v. 25). He did state that even though He would forgive Israel He still needed to discipline them (v. 26). They had dragged God’s reputation down into the mire of their sinful life-style while maintaining a mere outward observation of worship toward Him. Even the patriarchal forefathers, such as Abraham, were all guilty of sin in their own personal lives (v. 27). He let Israel be destroyed and the people disgraced (v. 28). How tempting it is to remind someone of a past offense! But after God forgives our sins He totally forgets them. Because God forgives us we need to forgive others.

Application

I need to be careful that I never worship God just as a ritual but that it comes from my heart and life of repentance and service?

Isaiah 43:14-28 (English Standard Version)

Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: "For your sake I send to Babylon and bring them all down as fugitives, even the Chaldeans, in the ships in which they rejoice. I am the LORD, your Holy One, the Creator of Israel, your King." Thus says the LORD, who makes a way in the sea, a path in the mighty waters, who brings forth chariot and horse, army and warrior; they lie down, they cannot rise, they are extinguished, quenched like a wick: "Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. The wild beasts will honor me, the jackals and the ostriches, for I give water in the wilderness, rivers in the desert, to give drink to my chosen people, the people whom I formed for myself that they might declare my praise. "Yet you did not call upon me, O Jacob; but you have been weary of me, O Israel! You have not brought me your sheep for burnt offerings, or honored me with your sacrifices. I have not burdened you with offerings, or wearied you with frankincense. You have not bought me sweet cane with money, or satisfied me with the fat of your sacrifices. But you have burdened me with your sins; you have wearied me with your iniquities. "I, I am he who blots out your transgressions for my own sake, and I will not remember your sins. Put me in remembrance; let us argue together; set forth your case, that you may be proved right. Your first father sinned, and your mediators transgressed against me. Therefore I will profane the princes of the sanctuary, and deliver Jacob to utter destruction and Israel to reviling."

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