“But now this says the LORD, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel; ‘Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.’ When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. For I am the LORD your GOD, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior. I give Egypt as your ransom, Cush and Seba in exchange for you. Because you are precious in my eyes, and honored, and I love you, I give men in return for you, peoples in exchange for your life.” – Isaiah 43: 1-4
Isaiah was a prophet who was able to speak the words that the LORD had instructed him to speak to His people. During Isaiah’s prophetic work, Isaiah spoke to Israel and before kings in order to establish the importance of worshiping the LORD with a pure heart. He spoke strong words that may have been difficult to understand for some due to the amount of idolatry and sin that occurred. Nevertheless, the important lesson was that Isaiah did what he was instructed to do. In Isaiah, we hear th e love that the LORD has for His people.
The LORD shows his love as he recalls the instances when Israel was formed from Jacob to become a mighty nation that would be multiplied and blessed. He recalls everything that has been done for Israel since the beginning. From the deliverance of Egypt to the protection from Babylon, Israel is reminded that they are cared for and that they are to focus their attention to the LORD and put aside all things that hinder or may attempt to distract from the worship of the LORD described in the first commandment.
The LORD, the Holy One of Israel, states that he loves us. He loves, considers us precious, and considers us honored. There is nothing outside of the LORD that will provide us the fulfillment in our lives. We may attempt to go after other beliefs or philosophies, but their reward is only devastation and pain. The LORD heals and provides, protects and cherishes, divides the seas and quenches the fires. It is not too late to understand that the rules and commandments are not for the sake of imposing authoritarian restrictions for the sake of imposing restrictions, but they are to limit us from those pitfalls that which to consume our peace and protection. The commandments are a way to protect our ways from falling into temptations and sins. The GOD of Jacob loves you.