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Gary H. Everett's Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures
Isaiah 43



Verses 1-28

Isaiah 43:1 But now thus saith the LORD that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine.

Isaiah 43:1Comments- Note these insightful words from Frances J. Roberts:

"Behold, in the hollow of My hand, there have I made thee a nest, and thou shalt lay thee down and sleep. Though the elements rage, though the winds blow and the floods come, thou shalt rest in peace. For, My child, thou art precious in My sight. I know thee by name, for thou art not the child of a stranger, but the fruit of Mine own loins. Yea, I have begotten thee, I have called thee by thy name, and thou are Mine." 61]

61] Frances J. Roberts, Come Away My Beloved (Ojai, California: King's Farspan, Inc, 1973), 85.

Isaiah 43:2 When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.

Isaiah 43:3 For I am the LORD thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour: I gave Egypt for thy ransom, Ethiopia and Seba for thee.

Isaiah 43:7 Even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him.

Isaiah 43:7Comments- Isaiah 43:7 gives us the reason why man was created, which was for God's glory ( Isaiah 43:21; Isaiah 60:21, Ephesians 1:13-14).

Isaiah 43:21, "This people have I formed for myself; they shall shew forth my praise."

Isaiah 60:21, "Thy people also shall be all righteous: they shall inherit the land for ever, the branch of my planting, the work of my hands, that I may be glorified."

Ephesians 1:13-14, "In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory."

Isaiah 43:10 Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me.

Isaiah 43:10Comments- Isaiah 43:10 answers the question of who was before God: no one existed before Him.

Isaiah 43:11 I, even I, am the LORD and beside me there is no saviour.

Isaiah 43:15 I am the LORD, your Holy One, the creator of Israel, your King.

Isaiah 43:15 — Comments - God has just established His omnipotence and omniscience through irrefutable testimony cited in Isaiah 40:12-31 as the Creator of the universe. Thus, He is able to bring to pass anything He declares.

Isaiah 43:16 Thus saith the LORD, which maketh a way in the sea, and a path in the mighty waters;

Isaiah 43:16Comments- It was not until the late 1800's that scientists discovered the ocean currents. Science has now proved that there are ocean currents that flow in "paths" across the world which affect weather and animal life on this earth. Psalm 8:8 also refers to ocean currents.

Psalm 8:8, "The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas."

Isaiah 43:17 Which bringeth forth the chariot and horse, the army and the power; they shall lie down together, they shall not rise: they are extinct, they are quenched as tow.

Isaiah 43:16-17Comments- Isaiah 43:16-17 seems to refer to the event of the crossing of the Red Sea by the children of Israel, and the drowning of Pharaoh's army. In his documentary entitled The Exodus Revealed: Search for the Red Sea Crossing, Ron Wyatt provides compelling evidence that the children of Israel crossed the Gulf of Aqaba at a location where there is an elevated, underwater "path" across the otherwise deep Gulf of Aqaba. This underwater "path in the mighty waters," which is approximately 900 meter wide, begins on the shores of Nuweiba and crosses the Gulf of Aqaba, which Isaiah 9:6 miles wide at this crossing. 62]

62] Ron Wyatt, The Exodus Revealed: Search for the Red Sea Crossing, prod. Discovery Media Productions, Portland, Oregon, 82min, 2000, DVD.

Isaiah 43:25 I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins.

Isaiah 43:25Comments- In her book A Divine Revelation of Heaven Mary K. Baxter describes the process of how angels literally blot out and erase the written record of the sinner with the bloodstained cloth.

"When someone truly repented of his sins and asked Jesus to be his Savior and Lord, it was recorded that the person had given his life to the Lord. The angels with the golden buckets each took a book from the stack. Each angel held in his hands what looked like a bloodstained cloth. The red cloth was mixed with glory, light, and power. It was not gory or anything like that- it was beautiful! Each angel positioned the selected book in front of him, and starting at the first page, he expunged the written record with the bloodstained cloth. With God's direction, the angel erased the old history of this sinner and recorded that he or she had just been born again." 63]

63] Mary K. Baxter, A Divine Revelation of Heaven (New Kensington, Pennsylvania: Whitaker House, 1998), 148-9.

Isaiah 43:26 Put me in remembrance: let us plead together: declare thou, that thou mayest be justified.

Isaiah 43:26Comments- The Lord made a similar demand of Job to plead his case of righteousness before God in Job 38:1 to Job 42:6.


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Everett, Gary H. "Commentary on Isaiah 43:4". Gary H. Everett's Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures. 2013.

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Thursday, November 26th, 2020
the Week of Christ the King / Proper 29 / Ordinary 34
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