Isaiah 42-44

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Today in BSF we covered a lot of ground … instead of sharing all my notes, I will just share a few highlights and truths that especially impacted me today.

The passage opens with “behold my servant, whom I uphold”

-God is presenting Jesus, his servant.

-Jesus is the alternative to idols.

PRINCIPLE:  Only God’s light removes his people’s blindness to the truth.

-His servant Jesus is that light.

-Only Jesus can show us God.

-He will lead us AND deliver us through great struggles

-He wants us to know him.

Have you experienced God’s care for you when you’re blind?  Have you cried out to Him? Do you hold on and trust that He will not forsake you?

43:18-22

[18] “Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old.  [19] Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.  [20] The wild beasts will honor me, the jackals and the ostriches, for I give water in the wilderness, rivers in the desert, to give drink to my chosen people,  [21] the people whom I formed for myself that they might declare my praise.  [22] “Yet you did not call upon me, O Jacob; but you have been weary of me, O Israel! (Isaiah 43:18-22 ESV)

God wanted to unburden his people as they worshiped Him … they didn’t worship Him

v. 22  “You did not call upon me, O Jacob; but you have been weary of me O Israel!”

-we have an inborn tendency to resist God because He is alive.

-He wants us to be living proof that He alone is the living Savior.

-We instead like gods that are like us.

-we make them .. manipulate them .. we decide whether they show wrath.

-we want to handle things ourselves .. we don’t want to ‘unburden’ ourselves

-we want to obligate God to us

-we want to make deals

God wants His worship to unburden his people .. to pour out our hearts to Him and He wants to set us free.

-to show us the Truth

-In His light the darkness goes away, He alone gives redemption and life.

Two key verses for me:

42:16

And I will lead the blind in a way that they do not know, in paths that they have not known I will guide them.  I will turn the darkness before them into light, the rough places into level ground.  These are the things I do, and I do not forsake them.

I take great comfort in this verse .. I am blind before God and I’m desperate for Him to lead me in the path that I don’t know .. left to my own ‘feeling my way’, I will make more than a few wrong turns.  I’m equally desperate for Him to turn the darkness into the light and make the rough places smooth.  And what comfort to know He will not forsake me.

finally,

44:21-22

Remember these things, O Jacob, and Israel, for you are my servant; I formed you; you are my servant; O Israel, you will not be forgotten by me.  I have blotted out your transgressions like a cloud and your sins like mist; return to me, for I have redeemed you.

I was struck today by the ways I burden myself with my own sins .. I must remember that God has redeemed me .. He calls me to return to Him, to worship Him.

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