Summary of passage: God addresses Israel with the same words as before, “I am he; I am the first and I am the last.” God is the Creator. He chose Babylon to carry out His purpose. God teaches us what is best for us and directs our ways and if His people would only listen, they would have peace and righteousness and numerous descendants. When Israel leaves Babylon, shout out God’s greatness, their redemption through Him. He will provide water to drink. The wicked shall not have peace.
11a) 44:6, 46:4, 41:4, 43:10, 43:13 Idols
b) God is the Creator, the one and only God, the true God
12a) To listen to Him and obey His commands. To do so.
b) Personal Question. My answer: Israel was punished because they didn’t listen and disobeyed God. If I can follow the path He has set out, I will be blessed beyond imagining.
13) Personal Question. My answer: Verse 17 “I am the Lord your God, who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should go” Reminder that God is in charge, not me.
Conclusions: Nothing new was expressed here that we haven’t heard before from Isaiah. I feel repetition is good but at some point you beat a horse to death with the same old. I feel like I’ve tuned out–like a child tunes out his parents when they repeat the same old advice. ”Yeah, Mom, I get it. God is the Creator. Obey Him and all will be peachy.” When this happens, the message loses its impact. Anyone else get this feeling?