Hearing the One Who Helps Us

| Mon, Jul 22, 2013 | Set 3 Week 30

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Listen to me, O house of Jacob, all the remnant of the house of Israel, who have been borne by me from before your birth, carried from the womb; even to your old age I am he, and to gray hairs I will carry you. I have made, and I will bear; I will carry and will save.—Isaiah 46:3-4

The message of Isaiah 46:3–4 is from God and about God. The opening words, “Listen to me” arrest our attention. They tell us to take heed, for the God who declares the end from the beginning, the God who accomplishes all of His pleasure is speaking (see verse 10).

So this text is a message from God. But it is also a message about God. Listen, Jacob! The God who bore you, carried you, will carry you, made you, will bear you, and will save you—this God cares for you—from the very beginning to the very end.

God not only began the good work He did in Jacob (from even “before your birth”), but He will also bring it to completion (cf. Philippians 1:6). But even further, He who began the good work will sustain them unto completion. Jacob is carried. They have been carried and they will be carried. No one can snatch God’s children out of His hands (cf. John 10:28–29).

Or, to apply the language of Romans 8:29–30 to this context, we could say: Those children whom God made, He also bore. And those whom He bore, He also carried. And those whom He carried, He also saved. He cares for and secures His own.

Though it is discouraging that God is addressing just a “remnant of the house of Israel” and not the entire house, it is encouraging that God is faithful to uphold His word and save those whom He will (cf. Romans 9:6, 18). Therefore, listen to this great God who cares for you.

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