Isaiah 43:1-5 (NIV)
Israel’s Only Savior
43 But now, this is what the Lord says—
he who created you, Jacob,
he who formed you, Israel:
“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
I have summoned you by name; you are mine.
2 When you pass through the waters,
I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,
they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,
you will not be burned;
the flames will not set you ablaze.
3 For I am the Lord your God,
the Holy One of Israel, your Savior;
I give Egypt for your ransom,
Cush[a] and Seba in your stead.
4 Since you are precious and honored in my sight,
and because I love you,
I will give people in exchange for you,
nations in exchange for your life.
5 Do not be afraid, for I am with you;
I will bring your children from the east
and gather you from the west.
This passage is both encouraging and disturbing. Many times I’ve heard verse 2. God will be with me no matter the trial. That’s good. Verse 3 and especially verse 4 are the disturbing one for me. “I will give people in exchange for you, nations in exchange for your life.” I don’t know the complete context of this section of Isaiah. Nonetheless, I’m scratching my head asking what does this really mean and how does it apply to me?!?!?!
Any rate verse 5 brings it home God is with me there is no need to be afraid.
The scriptures this month are based on Sweet Blessing’s November Theme Writing plan.