To me, you are very dear, and I love you.


Isaiah 43:1-13

Contemporary English Version (CEV)

The Lord Has Rescued His People

43 Descendants of Jacob,
I, the Lord, created you
and formed your nation.
Israel, don’t be afraid.
I have rescued you.
I have called you by name;
now you belong to me.
When you cross deep rivers,
I will be with you,
and you won’t drown.
When you walk through fire,
you won’t be burned
or scorched by the flames.

I am the Lord, your God,
the Holy One of Israel,
the God who saves you.
I gave up Egypt, Ethiopia,[a]
and the region of Seba[b]
in exchange for you.
To me, you are very dear,
and I love you.
That’s why I gave up nations
and people to rescue you.

Don’t be afraid! I am with you.
From both east and west
I will bring you together.
I will say to the north
and to the south,
“Free my sons and daughters!
Let them return
from distant lands.
They are my people—
I created each of them
to bring honor to me.”

The Lord Alone Is God

The Lord said:

Bring my people together.
They have eyes and ears,
but they can’t see or hear.
Tell everyone of every nation
to gather around.
None of them can honestly say,
“We told you so!”
If someone heard them say this,
then tell us about it now.

10 My people, you are my witnesses
and my chosen servant.
I want you to know me,
to trust me,
and understand
that I alone am God.
I have always been God;
there can be no others.

11 I alone am the Lord;
only I can rescue you.
12 I promised to save you,
and I kept my promise.
You are my witnesses
that no other god did this.
I, the Lord, have spoken.
13 I am God now and forever.
No one can snatch you from me
or stand in my way.

 

I just loved reading this today. As I did V 3&4 spoke to me about Jesus being tempted by the devil, He was offered the countries of the world all He could see to give up on me. His people wanted a conquering king who would wage war and make them great. But Jesus, gave up all that, all that people expected and died for me.

It makes me wonder if the rulers, or prospective leaders of our world would do that for anyone, let alone me.

11 I alone am the Lord;     only I can rescue you. 12 I promised to save you,
    and I kept my promise. You are my witnesses that no other god did this.
    I, the Lord, have spoken. 13 I am God now and forever. No one can snatch you from me  or stand in my way.

God wants to rescue you just as He did me, once He has you are safe in His hands as no one can snatch you away from Him. Yes being rescued does not make everything fine with life, but it does mean that you are not doing it on your own, The rescuer is with you step by step.

 

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