Isaiah 43

Before Reading.

  • Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.

Reading.

  • Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
  • Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
  • Take a note if you have question, inspiration.   

Read Isaiah 43

Overview

Isaiah describes Israel’s only Savior.

God is the only Savior. God is the Creator and called Israel as chosen one, and also God redeems Israel. God is the protector of Israel. Verse 3 outlines it.

Isaiah prophesy the way how God will redeem Israel (v4-7)

Isaiah summons Israel to proclaim the salvation of God, reminding them of Exodus story, the story of God’s saving them from Egypt. God will also save them from the hand of Babylonia. (14-17)

Isaiah calls for repentance of forgetting the former things (v18), and he calls for renewing of the mind by the vision of God (v.19) so that Israel can sing the praise of God.

Isaiah lamented for God over Israel because she has not responded to God’s calling, nor she worshipped God. Israel burdened God with her sins and wearied God with her offenses (v.24).

Isaiah sent oracle of destruction against Israel because of God’s redemptive love for her to know God, and to return to God.

Reflection.

 1. What does this passage tell you about God?

 2. What does this passage tell you about people.?

3. What does this passage tell you about yourself and God’s will for you?  

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