Verse of the day.
But now, thus says the Lord, who created you, O Jacob, And He who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; You are Mine.”
Isaiah 42 helps us understand the above verse. Here, God’s angry with His people who chose to sin against Him. He makes terrifying declarations against them, as a result – Isaiah 42:17; He condemns them to shame for turning to lesser gods, reiterates how he destroyed them for their sin – Isaiah 42:24.
But now, thus says the Lord!
This indicates a change; there has been a deviation from the former. The same God who had pronounced judgment now made a new declaration.
This is what the redeeming power in the blood of Jesus does. God is a Father who is willing to forgive as long as we are willing to come home.
…who created you, O Jacob, and He who formed you, O Israel…
A creator gives life, shape, and direction. Sometimes, the created piece could spin out of control but the creator always retains the power to reshape it. God made us. We are never strong enough to take Him on. So, when you sit in a corner thinking, Oh, I am far gone…I am too filthy for God to love, know this – You are wrong. Your sins don’t make you unreachable to God. When you turn your eyes on Him in repentance, He picks you up.
Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
Oh! Such bliss. The racing of your heart as you make the journey back to the Father. It beats the worry about the judgemental stares you’d get, the stench of your garment of unrighteousness as you approach Him, the feeling of unworthiness, of wanting to flee His presence. God says, Fear not! Jesus has put on your garment of shame and placed on you His robe of righteousness. He has redeemed you.
I have called you by your name; You are Mine.
Do you know how it feels to hear God call you daughter, son? It is personal. God treats you with every iota of familiarity. You are not an orphan; you need to stop acting like one.
You have been redeemed.Jesus has put on your garment of shame and placed on you His robe of righteousness. He has redeemed you.
You are my Father, I am Your child. No more an orphan, a slave to sin, shame and fear, I have been saved by You.
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