Remarkable point of theology that is taught in this passage, namely, that even though His people should prove unfaithful, God will remain faithful, for He cannot deny Himself, a truth that is clearly reiterated in the New Testament. The fulfillment of the covenant promises is based on the character of God, who by His mighty arm will do what His Word proclaimed. It is a good feeling to be free from slavery and live a life worth living. You ever wonder! You hear someone that mentions your sin without knowing. It is like God speaks through them to grasp your heart about the sin. Example: I would pick seeds off plants in the plant store. The pastor one week said even if you take a piece of plant off a plant in the store and put it in your pocket it is stealing! God! How did the pastor know I was taking those seeds off the flowers. Who knew! He sees me! No! The pastor was no where’s near me when I took those seeds off the plant. Believe it or not. I took those seeds back and threw them in the soil. That is how convicted my heart was. Talk about feeling like I had a firecracker in my heart.
It reads in Isaiah 48:12-22 NIV, “Listen to me, Jacob, Israel, whom I have called: I am he; I am the first and I am the last. My own hand laid the foundations of the earth, and my right hand spread out the heavens; when I summon them, they all stand up together. “Come together, all of you, and listen: Which of the idols has foretold these things? The Lord’s chosen ally will carry out his purpose against Babylon; his arm will be against the Babylonians. I, even I, have spoken; yes, I have called him. I will bring him, and he will succeed in his mission. “Come near me and listen to this: “From the first announcement I have not spoken in secret; at the time it happens, I am there.” And now the Sovereign Lord has sent me, endowed with his Spirit. This is what the Lord says— your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: “I am the Lord your God, who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should go. If only you had paid attention to my commands, your peace would have been like a river, your well-being like the waves of the sea. Your descendants would have been like the sand, your children like its numberless grains; their name would never be blotted out nor destroyed from before me.” Leave Babylon, flee from the Babylonians! Announce this with shouts of joy and proclaim it. Send it out to the ends of the earth; say, “The Lord has redeemed his servant, Jacob.” They did not thirst when he led them through the deserts; he made water flow for them from the rock; he split the rock and water gushed out. “There is no peace,” says the Lord, “for the wicked.”
Father God, I thank You and praise You that You are my Teacher that Guides, protecter andYour promises are truth. I thank You and praise You that You are my Rock and my All and All. I thank Youand praise You, that You are the same Yesterday,today and tommorrow as You were when You led the children of Israel through their times of difficulties and oppression. Give me a teachable spirit, listening ears, and an attentive heart so that I may learn all that Your Holy Spirit desires to teach me. And continue to guide me to be and encourager in Jesus Precious Name Amen.
The great Author of redemption (The Lord) shows the authority for his work. The sword of his word slays the lusts of his people, and all at enmity with them. His sharp arrows wound the conscience; but all these wounds will be healed, when the sinner prays to him for mercy. Isaiah 49 is the forty-ninth chapter of the Book of Isaiah in the Hebrew Bible or the Old Testament of the Christian Bible. This book contains the prophecies attributed to the prophet Isaiah and is one of the Books of the Prophets. Chapters 40-55 are known as “Deutero-Isaiah” and date from the time of the Israelites’ exile in Babylon. This chapter includes the second of the songs of the “Suffering Servant”. Good read Isaiah! God calls the servant, Israel, to a new task: to be a light to the nations.
This light is all that God calls us to be glory and shine as He shines on us blessings.
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It reads in Isaiah 49:1-6:
Listen to me, you islands; hear this, you distant nations: Before I was born the Lord called me; from my mother’s womb he has spoken my name. He made my mouth like a sharpened sword, in the shadow of his hand he hid me; he made me into a polished arrow and concealed me in his quiver. He said to me, “You are my servant, Israel, in whom I will display my splendor.” But I said, “I have labored in vain; I have spent my strength for nothing at all Yet what is due me is in the Lord’s hand, and my reward is with my God.” And now the Lord says— he who formed me in the womb to be his servant to bring Jacob back to him and gather Israel to himself, for I am honored in the eyes of the Lord and my God has been my strength— he says: “It is too small a thing for you to be my servant to restore the tribes of Jacob and bring back those of Israel I have kept. I will also make you a light for the Gentiles, that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.”
“The love of wealth makes bitter men; the love of God makes better men.
-William Henry Hudson”