Created and Redeemed for God’s Glory (Isaiah 43:1-7)
The often expressed Scriptural teaching about God’s purpose in creating and redeeming His people serves again here as a comfort and guidepost for our lives.
I. The universal problem of spiritual failure in our own strength (42:18-25)
II. God’s favor toward us (His chosen people) (43:1)
III. God’s never failing care for us (43:2-5)
IV. Our place in the universe is clear- for God’s glory (43:6-7)
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43:1 But now thus says the Lord,
he who created you, O Jacob,
he who formed you, O Israel:
“Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by name, you are mine.
2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;
when you walk through fire you shall not be burned,
and the flame shall not consume you.
3 For I am the Lord your God,
the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.
I give Egypt as your ransom,
Cush and Seba in exchange for you.
4 Because you are precious in my eyes,
and honored, and I love you,
I give men in return for you,
peoples in exchange for your life.
5 Fear not, for I am with you;
I will bring your offspring from the east,
and from the west I will gather you.
6 I will say to the north, Give up,
and to the south, Do not withhold;
bring my sons from afar
and my daughters from the end of the earth,
7 everyone who is called by my name,
whom I created for my glory,
whom I formed and made.” (ESV)