Isaiah 43 Commentary

Isaiah 43 Commentary

Chapter 43 is fundamental to the Christian doctrine. God created us for His own glory. Verse 7. God is interested in His creatures. He cares for them. He loves them. He doesn’t want them to be afraid, but there is a problem. Israel cannot see it; Jacob doesn’t know his God. He is blind. So the LORD must introduce Himself to Jacob.

He is the Creator God. He is holy. There is no other God besides the LORD God. Here is a simple test: which of the pretender gods can predict the future? But the LORD God is different. He saves Jacob from his troubles.

If the LORD saves Jacob from trouble, why is Jacob in trouble? Well, Israel pulled out of God’s comfort zone. He abandoned the worship of the one true God; he burdened the LORD with his sins. But all of that is in the past! Now the LORD calls Jacob to a new relationship. Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I’m doing a new thing!

While the first partition of Isaiah is full of visions, the second partition has direct revelations delivered in straight lines. The scripture is talking about a moment of forgiveness and restoration. Let Israel return to the Creator God.

And here we are under the rule of Christ. Individuals under the rule of Jesus Christ know what it means to live under the Kingdom of God. It starts here. We shall see completeness when the LORD returns and removes wickedness from His creation. For now, there is repentance to be had – a reason to spread the good news about the availability of forgiveness and a fresh start under the rule of Christ.

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Published by Joseph Malekani

Joseph Malekani is a born-again Christian with a strong PAOG/Baptist background. He is heavily involved in student ministry with ZAFES – an IFES movement with focus on student ministry in Zambia. He is married to Audrey and they have two lovely children.

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