Bible Study-ISA-Chapter 43
Encouragement & Witnesses
The Book of Isaiah
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Isaiah 43:1 But now thus saith the Lord that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine.
It’s always important to understand the meaning of some of the sacred titles of our Father. In the last chapter, in verse 5, we took a closer look at two of the titles: God and the Lord and we discovered that the Lord was our Father in His relationship to us as our Creator, with the Hebrew name being Yahaveh.
The Lord that created thee. Here we have here another title of our Father, also aligned with creation, and it is:
Understanding the different titles of God gives us an insight to the character of our Creator. Usually, a title will be associated with some aspect of our Father in His dealings with us.
There are two general categories of His titles: The God of Israel and The God of those that are redeemed, or those that walk in Him. Usually applied to the Gentiles.
We can say that many of us fall into that category, the Gentiles, but that might not be as true as one might think, because when our Father scattered the ten Northern Tribes across the Caucasus Mountains (we would later be known as Caucasians), they migrated into Europe, the British Isles, Canada, and America and we could very well be descendants of these Hebrew peoples.
Here is something that could also be confusing: in some cases, the name Jacob indicates the natural root/seed of all twelve Tribes. But Jacob was also the second son of Isaac and Rebekah.
Israel can indicate the ten Northern Tribes or the name given to Jacob, by our Father, after wrestling with the angel of the Lord, our Father’s Spirit, in the desert that night:
Ref: Genesis 35:10 And God said unto him, Thy name is Jacob: thy name shall not be called any more Jacob, but Israel shall be thy name: and he called his name Israel. KJV
Here in verse 1 of Isaiah, chapter 43, we have both words Jacob and Israel in the same verse. How do we know which is which or who is who? Sometimes we can determine that by looking at the subject of the verse or chapter but even then it can be confusing at times.
But if we go to Genesis 32:28 and read the side note by Dr. Bullinger, all becomes clear:
“The word Jacob is used of the NATURAL Jacob and his NATURAL seed..
Israel is used of the SPIRITUAL Jacob and his SPIRITUAL seed.”
And that’s what we have here in verse 1: we have both the natural and the spiritual, all the children of Israel.
Isaiah 43:2 When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.
In plain language it reads: the waters will not drown you nor will the fire burn you. I will protect you. Daniel 3:25 might have popped into your mind when you read: when thou walkest through the fire:
Ref: Daniel 3:23 And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, fell down bound into the midst of the burning fiery furnace. KJV
Ref: Daniel 3:25 He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God. KJV
And ‘ole Neb’ looked into that furnace and asked how many men did they throw in there and they said three but Neb’ said that he saw four. That fourth one was our Lord Jesus Christ.
I will be with thee, even in the furnace. No one was burned or singed. Our Father’s way of letting you know that you have nothing to fear when you depend on Him.
Isaiah 43:3 For I am the Lord thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour: I gave Egypt for thy ransom, Ethiopia and Seba for thee.
He’s talking about a type here and that would be king Cyrus, who would soon free His children from bondage.
When our Father talks about redeemed and Saviour, He’s talking about the kinsman redeemer, meaning that He’s our family and therefore He has the right to redeem you when you have problems. He will redeem His people out of Egypt.
I gave Egypt for thy ransom. Either Egypt or Israel had to go. And since Israel contained His beloved children, Egypt became sort of a ransom for His people.
** Now we switch from Cyrus back to our Lord…
Isaiah 43:4 Since thou wast precious in my sight, thou hast been honourable, and I have loved thee: therefore will I give men for thee, and people for thy life.
And Christ would give His life and be that ransom and He would pay for the sins of many if they only believed on Him. His death would be a one-time event and would satisfy the redemption of sin from then on:
Ref: Hebrews 10:10 By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. KJV
Animal sacrifices were a thing of the past from that point on, even though those kinds of sacrifices NEVER took away sin. The very reason that, while He was in that tomb for three days, He went to all those souls that were placed in earthly bodies BEFORE His death and offered them salvation on a one-time basis:
Ref: 1st Peter 3:18 For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:
Ref: 1st Peter 3:19 By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison; KJV
It was a terrible price for our Lord to pay, not just the physical pain of the beatings and the crown of thorns but the humiliation of being spat upon and listening to the hate-filled words and the ridicule.
Do you think that it’s asking too much for one to get down on their knees when they pray to Him? Can we humble ourselves to that point? Some probably don’t think so and they will doubtless miss out on the eternity and for that, I say: Good riddance. Have a nice day.
But after His Ascension into heaven, He sits at the right hand of our Father, in glorious white garments, the Shekinah glory of both being almost too much to look at. He has changed from being our redeemer to being our advocate, our lawyer before the Father, if I can use that word.
Isaiah 43:5 Fear not: for I am with thee: I will bring thy seed from the east, and gather thee from the west;
We’re talking about Israel here. He’s going to gather His people from across the face of this earth:
Ref: Jeremiah 30:10 Therefore fear thou not, O my servant Jacob, saith the Lord; neither be dismayed, O Israel: for, lo, I will save thee from afar, and thy seed from the land of their captivity; and Jacob shall return, and shall be in rest, and be quiet, and none shall make him afraid. KJV
We are currently in a time when the good and bad figs are returning to the land of their forefathers meaning that they're going back to Israel. And when they get there, Father says that He will plant them and that’s where they’ll stay:
Ref: Jeremiah 24:6 For I will set mine eyes upon them for good, and I will bring them again to this land: and I will build them, and not pull them down; and I will plant them, and not pluck them up. KJV
Isaiah 43:6 I will say to the north, Give up; and to the south, Keep not back: bring my sons from far, and my daughters from the ends of the earth;
He will gather them back together as families. The feminine of sons and daughters representing complete totality.
Isaiah 43:7 Even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him.
Called by my name. Are you a Christian? Are you called by His name? Are you a Christ-man?
I have formed him. Back in the days of creation. Let’s look at the word formed:
✡ Formed-- OT:3335 yatsar (yaw-tsar'); probably identical with OT:3334 (through the squeezing into shape); ([compare OT:3331]); to mould into a form; especially as a potter; figuratively, to determine (i.e. form a resolution):
Squeezing and forming with the hands:
Ref: Genesis 2:7 And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
Ref: Genesis 2:8 And the Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed. KJV
This was the 8th-day creation, the beginning of the Hebrew race, the chosen people of our Father through which the Messiah would come. Personally formed by the hands of the Creator.
Isaiah 43:8 Bring forth the blind people that have eyes, and the deaf that have ears.
They simply cannot see because their spiritual eyes and ears are closed. Is that because they refuse to believe or is this the result of our Father protecting them and allowing them to receive the truth during the Millennium?
Isaiah 43:9 Let all the nations be gathered together, and let the people be assembled: who among them can declare this, and shew us former things? let them bring forth their witnesses, that they may be justified: or let them hear, and say, It is truth.
Bring everybody together and let’s see if these idols can predict the future. Bring someone with you that has seen them do it. Let’s establish whether they are as powerful as the Father or not.
Isaiah 43:10 Ye are my witnesses, saith the Lord, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me.
I am that I am. Ehyeh asher Ehyeh in the Hebrew.
Isaiah 43:11 I, even I, am the Lord; and beside me there is no saviour.
The Lord is saying that He is it. There is no other way, regardless of what other people or religions may think or believe.
Isaiah 43:12 I have declared, and have saved, and I have shewed, when there was no strange god among you: therefore ye are my witnesses, saith the Lord, that I am God.
What are the workings of our Father?
I have declared. He has foretold the future.
And have saved. He has saved Israel in times of danger.
And I have shewed. He has shown us that He is more powerful than their idols.
When there was no strange god among you. He did these things BEFORE they brought their idols into play so there is no way of saying that the idols influenced anything that our Father did.
This is also written of in the Song of Moses, the song that the overcomers will sing after Satan has been defeated by our Father. Here is part of that Song:
Ref: Deuteronomy 32:16 They provoked him to jealousy with strange gods, with abominations provoked they him to anger.
Ref: Deuteronomy 32:17 They sacrificed unto devils, not to God; to gods whom they knew not, to new gods that came newly up, whom your fathers feared not. KJV
Our Father is a jealous God when it comes to His own children thumbing their noses at His works; especially the works that have saved them from disaster.
Do you think that this doesn’t still happen today? When the government and federal judges rule against putting His Commandments in our court houses or a picture of Him in a school or saying a prayer to Him before a football game at a local high school, it’s happening.
When the government takes sides with just one individual or a small group of individuals, like the Satanists or the Freedom from Religion Foundation, when they have more power than a thousand Christians, it says only one thing to me: Christians don’t have any grit anymore. They don’t seem to have a backbone either.
They quake in their shoes when something or someone comes up and challenges their beliefs. Some of them sequester themselves in their houses of beth-aven because it’s so safe and so holy, what could possibly happen to them in that building.
They roll over on their backs in submission, they can’t seem to be able to take those placards, that contain the Commandments, down fast enough to suit these satanic followers.
Just today I read on FoxNews that the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) was successful in removing Christ, prayers, and hymns from the school district in Tipton, Missouri.
Pretty soon our government will begin taking In God We Trust off of our coins and I guarantee that that will happen, as this one-world government system becomes more powerful and more widespread, because it will be the basis of Satan/Antichrist’s government system.
All for one, and one for all might very well be their slogan. One government that runs the entire world, with their leader being old slew-foot.
It’s a’comin and that’s a fact. Prepare for it.
But the day of our Lord’s vengeance is also a’comin and that also is a fact. And if you’re a non-believer, if you’re a scorner or a scoffer, be sure to stay out of His way.
Isaiah 43:13 Yea, before the day was I am he; and there is none that can deliver out of my hand: I will work, and who shall let it?
Before the day was I am he. He existed even before the sun was created and who is going to stop His works? Some hand-hewn idol?
What is your idol today? What keeps you from believing or trusting or following Him? If you don’t talk to Him every day, surely there must be something more important in this world that you depend on. Oh, I forgot, you depend on yourself, don’t you?
Isaiah 43:14 Thus saith the Lord, your redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; For your sake I have sent to Babylon, and have brought down all their nobles, and the Chaldeans, whose cry is in the ships.
He’s going to destroy Babylon.
Isaiah 43:15 I am the Lord, your Holy One, the creator of Israel, your King.
Is He your king?
Isaiah 43:16 Thus saith the Lord, which maketh a way in the sea, and a path in the mighty waters;
He made that path through the Red Sea for Moses and the Israelites.
Isaiah 43:17 Which bringeth forth the chariot and horse, the army and the power; they shall lie down together, they shall not rise: they are extinct, they are quenched as tow.
Which bringeth forth the chariot and horse. Pharaoh was right on his heels with his army.
They are quenched as tow. They don’t exist anymore. Tow is the wick on a candle that you pinch with your fingers to extinguish the fire. He does it that easy.
✡ Tow--OT:6594 pishtah (pish-taw'); feminine of OT:6593; flax; by implication, a wick: KJV - flax, tow.
Our Father knows how to protect ALL of His children. That includes you and I as well.
Isaiah 43:18 Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old.
Don’t you remember the things that He’s done in the past? You would if you have read the Book. You would if you have read and studied His letter to us. If you’re waiting for your preacher to tell you about it, you’ve got a long wait coming.
Maybe that’s why you’re reading this. Maybe you want to find out for yourself. Father is not going to change, so guess who has to?
Isaiah 43:19 Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.
I will do a new thing. New would indicate that, whatever is about to happen, has never happened before. New should always be refreshing, and it should bring with it hope, it could also be a fresh start. Terminate the old and begin with the new.
And it’s not just going to begin, as one day following another, it’s going to spring forth, it cannot be held back or contained any longer. It’s been thousands of years of waiting and finally, we can definitely feel it coming:
Ref: Revelation 21:1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. KJV
I will even make a way. Our Lord became that way when He died on that cross. It opened the door for Jews and Gentiles alike, to be able to follow a defined path that we could take, to enter into that new heaven and new earth.
You’ll not be lost in a wilderness nor stranded in a desert. There will be neon lights flashing, pointing to that path, all you have to do is look for that light. You know who that light is, right?
Isaiah 43:20 The beast of the field shall honour me, the dragons and the owls: because I give waters in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert, to give drink to my people, my chosen.
His chosen people, His chosen Election and He chooses you and I as well, if we look to Him. There will not be spiritual desolation, places where dragons and owls find their habitation, any longer.
There will be spiritual waters that sooth the soul and comfort it and that water flows out from under His Throne, both in the Millennium and the Eternity.
This is during the Millennium:
Ref: Ezekiel 47:1 Afterward he brought me again unto the door of the house; and, behold, waters issued out from under the threshold of the house eastward: for the forefront of the house stood toward the east, and the waters came down from under from the right side of the house, at the south side of the altar. KJV
And this is during the Eternity:
Ref: Revelation 22:1 And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. KJV
Isaiah 43:21 This people have I formed for myself; they shall shew forth my praise.
Created on the 8th day for the specific purpose of bringing forth Jesus Christ, as the Messiah. The sad part is that the overriding majority denied that He was the Messiah. And today they still wait for Him to come.
But it’s shown to us in Revelation that this heaven/earth age CANNOT be culminated until 144,000 of them DO receive the seal of our Father in their minds, that DO believe that Christ was the Savior:
Ref: Revelation 7:2 And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea,
Ref: Revelation 7:3 Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.
Ref: Revelation 7:4 And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel. KJV
That’s 12,000 from each of the 12 Tribes.
Isaiah 43:22 But thou hast not called upon me, O Jacob; but thou hast been weary of me, O Israel.
They drifted away, made up their own religions, their priests being no different than the preachers of today.
They’ll tell you an amusing, fantastically unbelievable story of how they talked to our Father and miraculous things happened almost immediately. Most people can see through a story that is unbelievable but when the object is to show you how they can communicate with our Father and produce immediate results, it seems that the more absurd the story is, the more believable it becomes to Christians looking for wealth.
And that’s the whole point of it all…just send me $1000 dollars of seed money and they, with our Father’s help, of course, will bless it and make it multiply into $7000 and there seems to be no end to the ones that are willing to part with their money to a fraud such as this.
“Give a donation of only $10.00 and we’ll send you a prayer cloth AND join you up and make you a member of our bronze club.”
Send more money, get into the silver club, send more money, get into the gold club. Sadly, many elderly people, in a true desire to become closer to our Lord, will send them the money that could have been used to buy food.
Yeah, I know, it's just one old codger that got taken by some slick con man. So what? Multiply that by 2-3 million old codgers in a month's time and that so what turns into a whole lot of money.
And they’ll proudly show off that cloth to their friends and never talk to those that call them a fool for doing so, ever again.
Somehow, throwing their sorry butts into the Lake of Fire doesn’t seem to compensate for the heartache and misery that they cause in this life. But, then again, that’s the human side of me talking and we’re supposed to let our Father take HIS revenge out on them and He knows best.
Isaiah 43:23 Thou hast not brought me the small cattle of thy burnt offerings; neither hast thou honoured me with thy sacrifices. I have not caused thee to serve with an offering, nor wearied thee with incense.
The small cattle of thy burnt offerings. This was a required daily offering:
Ref: Exodus 29:38 Now this is that which thou shalt offer upon the altar; two lambs of the first year day by day continually.
Ref: Exodus 29:39 The one lamb thou shalt offer in the morning; and the other lamb thou shalt offer at even: KJV
Nor wearied thee with incense. That right there is so precious. Our Father is aware that the many stipulations involved with doing a sacrifice in the correct way, His way, might eventually become a chore rather than an act of love to His people.
Father, and the people, knew that these sacrifices would not remove sin but was a way through which the people could show obedience to Him. Had He told them to throw coconuts from the top of a palm tree twice a day, they would have obeyed. At least, the ones that loved Him would have.
Isaiah 43:24 Thou hast bought me no sweet cane with money, neither hast thou filled me with the fat of thy sacrifices: but thou hast made me to serve with thy sins, thou hast wearied me with thine iniquities.
Thou hast wearied me with thine iniquities. He’s getting tired of their constant sins.
Isaiah 43:25 I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins.
To blot out means to remove something from the record, in this case, it’s the Book of Life. The Book where all of our actions are recorded, good and bad. And when sin is repented for, and that repentance comes from the heart, Father erases those sins and He even goes one step further: He doesn’t want you to bring them up again either, in prayer or otherwise.
He doesn’t want you to remind Him of your past sins. Kind of like this:
“Oh Father, I’m such a sinner, I don’t see how in the world You can forgive me for what I’ve done. Remember that time when…..”
He doesn’t want to hear that:
Ref: Hebrews 8:12 For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more. KJV
The reason that He doesn’t want you to remind Him of your past sins is that you may indicate to Him that you don’t believe that He forgave them the first time that you repented and that is a very, very slippery slope to try to navigate.
Insinuating that He may not have forgiven them the first time. Leave it alone! Don’t accidentally insult Him. On the other hand, if you really DON’T believe that He has forgiven your sins, why are you asking for forgiveness in the first place?
Isaiah 43:26 Put me in remembrance: let us plead together: declare thou, that thou mayest be justified.
This is not a continuance of the prior verse. Here He wants you to put Him in remembrance of His promises to you, as an individual and as a nation. It’s not that He has forgotten those promises, He’s trying to see if you have read His Word and know about those promises in the first place.
“You promised that You would never leave us nor forsake us and I need You right now.”
That’s what He wants to hear.
Isaiah 43:27 Thy first father hath sinned, and thy teachers have transgressed against me.
That’s the fathers down through the generations.
And thy teachers have transgressed against me. This word teachers is really not a good translation. It should be interpreters:
✡ Teachers--OT:3887 (loots); a primitive root; properly, to make mouths at, i.e. to scoff; hence (from the effort to pronounce a foreign language) to interpret, or (generally) intercede: KJV - ambassador, have in derision, interpreter, make a mock, mocker, scorn (-er, -ful), teacher.
By not properly interpreting the Word, by not transferring or conveying the thoughts of our Father when teaching that Word. Some preachers seem to like to do that, just twist the Word just a little bit for their own gain.
Isaiah 43:28 Therefore I have profaned the princes of the sanctuary, and have given Jacob to the curse, and Israel to reproaches. KJV
This word princes would be better translated as priests or preachers.
But, really, what is He talking about? It goes a little deep but you can read of it in the book of Amos 6:14:
Ref: Amos 6:14 But, behold, I will raise up against you a nation, O house of Israel, saith the Lord the God of hosts; and they shall afflict you from the entering in of Hamath unto the river of the wilderness. KJV
The word Hamath involves the Kenites and the curse associated therein. A deeper subject for another time.
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—11 September 2016—