Isaiah communicates one of the sweetest promises in the Bible to God’s chosen people. First, the Lord makes clear who He is–I am the one who created you, who formed you; and, I am the one that has redeemed you. In short, God is not a disinterested party! As discussed throughout this book of Prophecy, History and promise–God desires most ardently to communicate to Israel and to those who have decided to be in relationship with Him. The primary message is very simply I know you.I love you, and I will care for you.
The word pictures are so beautiful and specific. I have summoned you by name and you are mine! Through flood and fire, you will be safe. I will bring you back literally from the corners of the earth. There is no price to high, no people more important than the ones I have chosen and have chosen Me. God knew that what lay ahead for Israel and for the church would be difficult. He wanted both to know that He would never leave or forsake them.
In our day, it is difficult to see that love from God. All media, culture, and forces in the world would have us believe God is a crutch the weak use to cope. But the loving Father that called out to Israel through Isaiah calls out to us in 2020–“I created and formed you! Do not fear, I have redeemed you. I have summoned you by name; you are Mine!”
In the most difficult of circumstance, we can cling to this truth that has stood for thousands of years. God loves us and knows us like none other. The world desires to use us and then cast us aside. It only loves itself and makes no provision for the care of others. That is why we must cling to the truth and gift of our faith. Romans 10:9 says it best, “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, and if you believe God has raised Him from the dead–You will be saved.” God wants us to trust Him and allow Him to have lordship of our lives. He knows us and wants to lead us through this mess we call life!
God Bless You
But now, this is what the Lord says—
he who created you, Jacob,
he who formed you, Israel:
“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
I have summoned you by name; you are mine.
2 When you pass through the waters,
I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,
they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,
you will not be burned;
the flames will not set you ablaze.
3 For I am the Lord your God,
the Holy One of Israel, your Savior;
I give Egypt for your ransom,
Cush[a] and Seba in your stead.
4 Since you are precious and honored in my sight,
and because I love you,
I will give people in exchange for you,
nations in exchange for your life.
5 Do not be afraid, for I am with you;
I will bring your children from the east
and gather you from the west.
6 I will say to the north, ‘Give them up!’
and to the south, ‘Do not hold them back.’
Bring my sons from afar
and my daughters from the ends of the earth—
7 everyone who is called by my name,
whom I created for my glory,
whom I formed and made.”
8 Lead out those who have eyes but are blind,
who have ears but are deaf.
9 All the nations gather together
and the peoples assemble.
Which of their gods foretold this
and proclaimed to us the former things?
Let them bring in their witnesses to prove they were right,
so that others may hear and say, “It is true.”
10 “You are my witnesses,” declares the Lord,
“and my servant whom I have chosen,
so that you may know and believe me
and understand that I am he.
Before me, no god was formed,
nor will there be one after me.