“Glory To The Lamb Jesus”/Isaiah 43, “God’s Mercy And Israel’s Unfaithfulness”

Christian Living

“You Deserve It,” (Agnus Dei) Maranda Willis

 Justified – Made Righteous

Transgress – Sinned

“God’s Mercy And Israel’s Unfaithfulness,” Isaiah 43:14) Thus Saith The Lord your Redeemer, The Holy One Of Israel; For your sake I Have Sent To Babylon, And Have Brought Down All Their Nobles, And   The Chaldeans, whose cry is in the ships.  15) I Am The Lord, your Holy One, The Creator Of Israel, your King.  Hosea 13:10.  16) Thus Saith The Lord, Which Maketh A Way in The Sea, And A Path In The Mighty Waters;  17) Which Bringeth Forth The Chariot And Horse, The Army And The Power; They Shall Lie Down Together, They Shall Not Rise:  They Are Extinct, They Are Quenched As Tow (A Wick).  Exodus 14:4.  18) Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old.  19) Behold, I Will Do A New Thing; Now It Shall Spring Forth; shall ye not know it?  I Will Even Make A Way In The Wilderness, And Rivers In The Desert.  20) The Beast Of The Field Shall Honour Me, The Dragons (Jackals) And The Owls:  Because I Give Waters In The Wilderness, And Rivers In The Desert, To Give Drink To My People, My Chosen.  Isaiah 48:21.   21) This People Have I Formed For Myself; they shall Shew Forth My Praise.  Luke 1:74; Ephesians 1:5. 

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v14, The Chaldeans were people who settled in lower Mesopotamia and founded the Neo-Babylonian empire.  v15-17, With The Titles The Lord (Exodus 3:14, 15), Holy One (1:4), Israel’s Creator, and your King, The Living God Declared His Intimate Relationship With The Israelites.   v18, The Lord Commanded The People Not To Remember The Past (46:9, 10).  The kingdom of Israel inaugurated at the first Exodus and the conquest of The Promised Land would be insignificant compared to The New Kingdom God Would Establish.  former things refers to the Prophecies of Judgment by Isaiah and other Prophets (see 42:9; 21-25; 43:9, 10; 46:8, 9; 48:3).   v19, 20, a road in the wilderness:  The Lord Would Give The Exiles An Unobstructed Route Back To The Promised Land.  rivers in the desert:  Even in desolate regions The Lord Would Refresh His People.  v21, 22,  The Lord’s Accusation Was That The People Had Not Worshiped Him In The Way He Prescribed And With The Motivation He Demanded.

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v14-21, The Deliverance From Babylon Is Foretold, But There Is Reference To Greater Events.  The Redemption Of Sinners By Christ, The Conversion Of The Gentiles, And The Recall Of The Jews, Are Described.  All That Is to Be Done To Rescue Sinners, And To Bring The Believer To Glory, Is Little, Compared With That Wondrous Work Of Love, The Redemption Of Man.  Amen!    


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