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CHAPTER 43 Jun. 19 
Judah's Saviour
But now thus says Yahweh who created you, Jacob, and He who formed you, Israel: Don’t be afraid, for I have redeemed you. I have called you by your name. You are Mine. 2When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they will not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned, and flame will not scorch you. 3For I am Yahweh your God, the Holy One of Israel your Saviour. I have given Egypt as your ransom, Ethiopia and Sheba in your place. 4Since you have been precious and honoured in My sight and I have loved you; therefore I will give people in your place, and nations instead of your life. 5Don’t be afraid; for I am with you. I will bring your seed from the east, and gather you from the west. 6I will tell the north, ‘Give them up!’ and tell the south, ‘Don’t hold them back! Bring My sons from far, and My daughters from the ends of the earth— 7each one who is called by My name, and whom I have created for My glory, whom I have formed, yes, whom I have made’.
Israel, the Lord's Witness
8Bring out the blind people who have eyes, and the deaf who have ears. 9Let all the nations be gathered together, and let the peoples be assembled. Who among them can declare this, and show us former things? Let them bring their witnesses, that they may be justified; or let them hear, and say, That is true.  10You are My witnesses, says Yahweh, With My servant whom I have chosen; that you may know and believe Me, and understand that I am He. Before Me there was no God formed, neither will there be after Me. 11I Myself am Yahweh; and besides Me there is no saviour. 12I have declared, I have saved, and I have shown; and there was no strange god among you. Therefore you are My witnesses, says Yahweh, That I am God. 13Yes, since the day was I am He; and there is no one who can deliver out of My hand. I will work, and who can hinder it? 14Thus says Yahweh your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: For your sake I have sent to Babylon, and I will bring all of them down as fugitives, even the Chaldeans, in the ships of their rejoicing. 15I am Yahweh your Holy One, the Creator of Israel- your King. 16Thus says Yahweh, who makes a way in the sea, and a path in the mighty waters; 17who brings forth the chariot and horse, the army and the mighty man (they lie down together, they shall not rise; they are extinct, they are quenched like a wick): 18Don’t remember the former things, and don’t consider the things of old. 19Behold, I will do a new thing. It springs forth now; don’t you perceive it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert. 20The animals of the field shall honour Me, the jackals and the ostriches; because I give water in the wilderness and rivers in the desert, to give drink to My people, My chosen, 21the people which I formed for Myself, that they might show forth My praise. 22Yet you have not called on Me, Jacob; but you have been weary of Me, Israel. 23You have not brought Me of your sheep for burnt offerings; neither have you honoured Me with your sacrifices. I have not burdened you with offerings, nor wearied you with frankincense. 24You have bought Me no sweet cane with money, nor have you filled Me with the fat of your sacrifices; but you have burdened Me with your sins. You have wearied Me with your iniquities. 25I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions for My own sake; and I will not remember your sins. 26Put Me in remembrance, let us plead together. Set forth your case, that you may be justified. 27Your first father sinned, and your teachers have transgressed against Me. 28Therefore I will profane the princes of the sanctuary; and I will make Jacob a curse, and Israel an insult.


43:4 That God should ‘honour’ His weak people is amazing. But this is what it means to be loved by God; for the object of love is thereby respected and honoured in the eyes of the lover. And this is how God also sees us today.
43:7 Each one- Every single Jew in captivity was created potentially for God’s glory. At the end of the 70 years captivity He did indeed command the Persian empire to allow the Jews to return; but the majority chose to stay where they were rather than return to the ruined, hard land of Judah- to glorify God. The frequent emphasis on how “each one” would be gathered shows the colossal significance of the individual human person to God, and how He sees us as individuals rather than merely His people en masse.
43:15 The Creator of Israel- your King - Because Yahweh God was Israel’s creator, therefore He ought to have been their King. If we really believe His creative authority over us, then He will rule in every aspect of our lives; this is an implication of our belief that God created us and we didn’t create ourselves by fluke chance. 
43:17 They shall not rise- Another proof that those who don’t know God will die and remain dead. Hence the urgent importance of spreading the knowledge of God to those who have not yet heard.
43:24 You have wearied Me with your iniquities- God speaks here of being burdened by Israel's sins- and yet this is a prelude to the passages which speak of the Lord Jesus bearing our sins on the cross (53:4,11,12). He was wearied by Israel's sins even though God does not "grow weary" (40:28) by nature; in His full entering into His people's situation, in His extreme sensitivity to our behavior, He does allow Himself to grow weary with the sins of those with whom He is in covenant relationship. It was this kind of capacity which God has which was supremely revealed in His 'sharing in' the crucifixion of His Son.