Verse 1 – But now, thus says the Lord, who created you, O Jacob, and He who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; you are mine.
Chapter 42 ends with God’s sorrow over spiritual decay of His people despite their failure. Now He will show them mercy and bring them back from captivity to restoration.
Verse 2 – When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through he fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you.
Some don’t realize scriptures like this are for the Christian also. Yes, I know God was speaking to His chosen people, but you are chosen too. Galatians 3:29 – And if you are Christs’, then you are Abraham’s seed, heirs according to the promise.
So yes, as Christians we can take verses like this and know: When we walk thru forces of chaos and personal duress, then He is right there with us. He reminds us to, “Fear not!”
Verse 3 – For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior; I gave Egypt for your ransom, Ethiopia and Seba in your place.
Verse 4 – Since you were precious in My sight, you have been honored, and I have loved you; therefore I will give men for you, and people for your life.
Verse 5 – Fear not, for I am with you; I will bring your descendants from the east, and gather you from the west;
Verse 6 – I will say to the north, ‘Give them up!’ And to the south, ‘Do not keep them back!’ Bring My sons from afar, and My daughters from the ends of the earth –
Two meanings – (1) Babylon would give up their captivity and God’s people would return to their land. (2) When Christ returns to rule and reign, He will gather His people from the four corners of the earth to be with Him.
Verse 7 – Everyone who is called by My name, whom I have created for My glory; I have formed him yes, I have made him.”
Are you born again? Then you are called by His name. Romans 11:36 says, “For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever. Amen. You and I were created for His glory. Meditate on that for a moment. When we realize we were not made unto ourselves and that God made everything for Him (Christ), through Him, and to Him, then life takes on a whole new meaning. Meaning, we were created for the glory of Christ. That alone should put some boundaries on our behavior. What we are, who’s we are, and what we go through in this life is all for His glory. Maybe that will change some perspectives on life.
Verse 8 – Bring out the blind people who have eyes, and the deaf who have ears.
Verse 9 – Let all the nations be gathered together, and let the people be assembled. Who among them can declare this, and show us former things? Let them bring out their witnesses, that they may be justified; or let them hear and say, “It is truth.”
Verse 10 – “You are my witness,” says the Lord, “And My servant whom I have chosen, that you may know and believe Me and understand that I am He. Before Me there was no God formed, nor shall there be after Me.
Verse 11 – I, even I, am the Lord, and besides Me there is no savior.
These verses not only applied to the Jewish people, they apply to every Christian today. Do others know what Christ is truly like through your words and actions?
Verse 12 – I have declared and saved, I have proclaimed, and there was no foreign god among you; therefore you are My witness, ” says the Lord, “That I am God.
Verse 13 – Indeed before the day was, I am He; and there is no one who can deliver out of My hand; I work, and who will reverse it?”
Verse 14 – Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: “For your sake I will send to Babylon, and bring them all down as festivities – the Chaldean’s, who rejoice in their ships.
God will turn the Babylonians into fugitives, suggesting that their cities will be defeated and they will wander from place to place. The Chaldean’s were an Aramaic – speaking tribe of Babylon that rose up in the seventh century B.C. to lead the charge against Assyria.
Verse 15 – I am the Lord, your Holy One, the Creator of Israel, your King.
Verse 16 – Thus says the Lord, who makes a way in the sea and a path through the mighty waters,
verse 17 – who brings forth the chariot and horse, the army and the power (they shall lie down together, they shall not rise; they are extinguished, they are quenched like a wick):
God wanted His people to remember their great deliverance from Egypt when He parted the Red Sea. These past miracles were nothing in comparison to what God would do in their future.
Verse 18 – “Do not remember the former things, nor consider the things of old.
Verse 19 – Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.
This time their deliverance will come through the wilderness where God has made a path. He tells them to forget how He delivered them through the Red Sea. He’s about to do a new thing.
God’s ways are “New Ways.” He won’t deliver you the same way He delivered another. He makes a way when there seems to be “no way.” We are simply to believe He will do it and then trust Him to accomplish what He has already said. I know that’s easier said then done. But if you walk with Him long enough, you will begin to see the truth in His faithfulness.
Verse 20 – The beast of the field will honor Me, the jackals and the ostriches, because I give waters in the wilderness and rivers in the desert, to give drink to My people, My chosen.
Verse 21 – This people I have formed for Myself; they shall declare My praise.
Verse 22 – “But you have not called upon Me, O Jacob; and you have been weary of Me, O Israel.
Verse 23 – You have not brought Me the sheep for your burnt offerings, nor have you honored Me with your Sacrifices. I have not caused you to serve with grain offerings, nor wearied you with incense.
Verse 24 – You have bought Me no sweet cane with money, nor have you satisfied Me with the fat of your sacrifices; but you have broadened Me with your sins, you have wearied Me with your iniquities.
Whether the people had stopped altogether or were offering sacrifices half – heartedly, is not clear. But what is clear is they were not done the way God had requested them. The whole purpose of the sacrifices were to forgive their sins, but instead, they continued in them.
Verse 25 – “I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions for My own sake; and I will not remember your sins.
Verse 26 – Put Me in remembrance; let us contend together; state your case, that you may be acquitted.
If you are a believer in Christ, all your sins are forgiven, past, present, and future. I’ve talked to too many people who are still asking for forgiveness of things they did years ago. Look: What God says in His Word is truth. When He says He remembers your sin”No more”, stop bringing it up every time you pray. He doesn’t know what you are talking about! You are forgiven!
Verse 27 – Your first father sinned (Adam) and your mediators have transgressed against Me.
Verse 28 – Therefore I will profane the princes of the sanctuary; I will give Jacob to the sanctuary; I will give Jacob to the curse, and Israel to reproaches.
God tells them: Adam, the priests, and the prophets were all sinners, so what makes them (His people) think they are innocent?