Lately, God has been leading me to read larger chunks of scripture several times over a number of days before I move on, rather than my usual read smaller parts and really break them down, then move on. It has been a very different experience. The last few days I’ve been in Isaiah 42 and 43. What I see there is the incredible mercy of God. Though the nation of Israel rejected God over and over, His love for them never failed. Though He disciplined them, He loved them. Though they ignored His Word and His warning, He loved them. His love and mercy know no limits. I recommend you take some time and read those chapters. Here are some highlights:
But now, this is what the LORD says–
he who created you, O Jacob,
he who formed you, O Israel:
“Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
I have summoned you by name; you are mine.
2When 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.
3For I am the LORD, your God,
the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.
Since you are precious and honored in my sight,
and because I love you,
I will give men in exchange for you,
and people in exchange for your life.
everyone who is called by my name,
whom I created for my glory,
whom I formed and made.”
I, even I, am the LORD,
and apart from me there is no savior.
I love it when God is called Savior in the Old Testament. I don’t know why. Maybe it’s because we tend to think of it as a New Testament term.