After an evening out, some parents returned home to their children, whom they had left with the baby sitter. They were pleasantly surprised to find the kids fast asleep. When the sitter had been paid-just as she was walking out the door-she communicated this detail: “O … More
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.
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?
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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Isaiah 40:1-17Comfort of Restoration
Isaiah 40:18-31Sustaining Power of God
Isaiah 41:1-16God’s Protection of Israel
Isaiah 41:17-29God’s Challenge to The Idols
Isaiah 42:1-9Mission of the Servant
Isaiah 42:10-25Discipline of the Servant
Isaiah 43:1-13A Promise to Regather The Unworthy
Isaiah 43:14-28Israel Promised Deliverance From Babylon
Isaiah 44:1-8God’s Forming of Israel
Isaiah 44:9-20Idolatry is Foolishness
Isaiah 44:21-28Prediction of Cyrus
Isaiah 45:1-13Vindication of the Lord
Isaiah 45:14-25The Lord Alone Can Save
Isaiah 46:1-13Sovereign Control of God