Summary of passage: God tells his ever-doubting people once again to listen to Him and look to the past (Abraham and Sarah) as proof again of His greatness. He will comfort Zion and make her deserts like Eden and bring joy and gladness. He will bring justice, righteousness, and salvation. Everyone will look and hope in Him for his justice and righteousness will never fail.
God tells his people (those who have his law in their hearts) to not be afraid of men for they will be eaten up while His righteousness and salvation will last forever. The people then acknowledge God’s past–God who cut Rahab (Egypt) to pieces and dried up the sea so the redeemed could cross over. They will have gladness and joy as sorrow and sighing flee.
There is no reason to fear men who are but grass because Israel (his people) have the Lord who stretched out the heavens and laid Earth’s foundations. The prisoners (Israel) will soon be set free. For the Lord Almighty who churns the seas and puts words in our mouths says, “You are my people.”
8a) God will bless them and make them many. He will comfort and offer compassion, give joy and gladness. He will bring justice and salvation. He would substantiate them from what He’s done in the past–He blessed Abraham and Sarah, He cut Rahab (Egypt) to pieces, made a road a sea (Moses parting the Red Sea), stretched out the Heavens, and laid the foundations of the Earth.
b) Personal Question. My answer: I receive all of them it seems at just the time I when I need it most. Because He is all things. He blesses, comforts, and gives joy, justice, and salvation.
9) Personal Question. My answer: Oh, God, you who dried up the seas so the redeemer could cross over, strengthen me with your arms as the Enemy comes against me and attacks my (your) life purpose. Pierce the Enemy as you did Rahab and return my heart to you. Vanquish the sorrow and the sighing and allow gladness and joy to defeat them.
10a) I am the Lord Your God who churns up the sea, who comforts, who stretches out the Heavens and who created the Earth, who put words in your mouth and covers (protects) us. I am the Lord Almighty and we are His people. Remembering He is the One, True God and we are His.
b) Personal Question. My answer: He is there when no one else is. He knows our pain and He gives us strength to keep putting one foot in front of the other. He listens when we will not. He cares when we don’t. He forgives when we can’t. He lets go when we insist on carrying. God is greater than your suffering and if we look up, we will feel this in our hearts even as we push it out.
Conclusions: Great lesson for me as I need God right now as my heart is tormented. Answer 10b is for me right now. I’m still so angry, hurt, and upset but I know He is there as I insist on carrying this assault and taking it personally (when it’s probably just a computer program doing the hurting). But I keep looking up and praying for this to pass soon.
End Note: Rahab in the Old Testament is connected with the providential act of God in restraining the sea, and as a demonstration of his supreme power. Isaiah 51:10 has taken the name and applied it to the deliverance of Israel from Egypt so here it means Egypt. (Taken from Zondervan Illustrated Bible Dictionary by JD Douglas and Merrill C Tenney)
Admittedly, this lesson was hard for me to do. I’m fighting my anger from the scraper and am finding everything hard to accomplish.
It’s hard posting this knowing it’s going to be stolen tomorrow but I’m doing it anyways–for you all.
I’m praying what this is all about. Is this site too important to me? Does God not like it? What am I doing wrong? Is my heart not where God wants it?
I wish I never would have found this guy. This weekend would be a lot cheerier if I hadn’t.