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)
God delights in calling into existence things that are not, and restoring hope to the hopeless. There was a man who was a well-known minister, charismatic and charming, who lived long ago in a land far away. Call him José. José was in demand for all the conferences, lecture series, and church retreats. He was an excellent speaker and well-liked.
But José had a secret drug problem.
No book of the Old Testament was more helpful to the first Christians in comprehending what God had accomplished in Christ than Isaiah.
After a couple of years hiatus, we will be recording a third Timeless CD at Lone Pine Studios in Orlando, Florida this February.
The first CD, “Be Still and Know: Psalms of Trust, Comfort, and Hope,” was followed by “Where Are You, Lord? From Lament to Praise in the Psalms.” The third CD will focus on psalms of Torah, wisdom, and creation, including psalms 1, 8, 14, 19, 24, 32, 36, 37, 49, 53, 74, 78, and 112.