God’s people will be restored and will again worship the Lord. The first five verses of Isaiah 44 stand in contrast to the last six verses of Isaiah 43. In 43:22-28 Israel is put on trial and is condemned for their sin and lack of worship. They have not been able to offer sacrifices in captivity (43:23), nor have they tithed (43:24). However, they have gone on sinning even though that is why they originally ended up in captivity. In spite of this, God will forgive and redeem them. He will blot out their transgression for His own sake and will not remember their sins. (43:25)
Israel is in the wilderness in exile. There is no temple worship. They live amongst idol worshipers. Many of those around them have forsaken God. The outlook could seem very bleak. Israel is told to “Fear not” (44:2) because God will redeem them. This wilderness will again be filled with life. The dry places will again flow with streams of water. God’s people will again worship and honor Him.
“This one will say ‘I am the Lord’s, another will call on the name of Jacob, and another will write on his hand, ‘The Lord’s,’ and name himself by the name of Israel.” (Is 44:5 ESV)
I can imagine the Israelites looking around and reminiscing the days when they could worship at the temple. They see their children who never saw the temple and have grown up in a foreign country and they cannot help but feel sad that they will never know worship like they did.
The faithful who remain look around and see reasons to despair. God will redeem their children. Even if the parents have failed in being faithful, their children will worship the Lord. God will not only redeem his people from their physical exile, but they will be redeemed spiritually. Their descendants will return to the Lord and will be called by His name.
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The Scripture: Isaiah 44:1-5
“But now hear, O Jacob my servant,
Israel whom I have chosen!
2 Thus says the Lord who made you,
who formed you from the womb and will help you:
Fear not, O Jacob my servant,
Jeshurun whom I have chosen.
3 For I will pour water on the thirsty land,
and streams on the dry ground;
I will pour my Spirit upon your offspring,
and my blessing on your descendants.
4 They shall spring up among the grass
like willows by flowing streams.
5 This one will say, ‘I am the Lord's,’
another will call on the name of Jacob,
and another will write on his hand, ‘The Lord's,’
and name himself by the name of Israel.”
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