(28 verses, 3:12 to read)
What I am about to READ
Creation, Redemption, and Promises in the Midst of Suffering
- This outline is taken from The Lutheran Study Bible, pg. 1087
- 1-7: Israel’s Redemption
- 8-13: Israel Witnesses the Redemption of the Nations
- 14-21: The Exodus and Freedom from Babylon
- 22-28: Israel’s Past Failures
- This reading has four main themes: 1.) God is the Creator, 2.) God is our Redeemer, 3.) God gives promises in the midst of suffering to His people, and 4.) God calls His people to be witnesses of His character and actions.
- Consider these words which help us meditate on God as our Creator: created (1, 7), formed (1, 7), Creator (15), the One who “brings forth chariot and horse, army and warrior…” (17), and the One who “beasts will honor…” (20).
- Consider these words which help us meditate on God as our Redeemer: redeemed (1), “called you by name, you are mine” (1), “your God” (3), Savior (3), ransom (3), exchange (3), in return (4), in exchange (4), Redeemer (14), “your Holy One” (15), “blot out your transgressions” (25), and “I will not remember your sins” (25). Note that when the Scripture declare God to be “our God,” it emphasizes His redemption of us. We belong to Him and He has bound Himself to us
- Consider these words which help us meditate on God giving promises in the midst of suffering: “Fear not” (1, 5), “When you…I will with you, they shall not overwhelm you…” (2), and “I will gather you” (5).
- The Lord promises and then leaves testimony that He is faithful to His promises. With His Words and actions as evidence, the Christian witnesses in a courtroom like scene of the character of the only true God against the false promises of idols: “You are my witnesses” (10), “they might declare my praise” (21), and “Put me in remembrance; let us argue together; set forth your case, that you may be proved right.”
- The first three themes are the foundation of the prayer and praise.
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Christopher Stout, Pastor of Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, Kannapolis, NC & Abundant Life Lutheran Church, Charlotte, NC