God is the Savior of Israel and those who believe in Him. God will continue to show His divine power now and in the future.
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1. “This section of Scripture, and particularly this chapter, reveals that God is not through with the nation Israel.” (McGee, J. Vernon, Thru the Bible: Volume III. [Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1983], 291)
“The theme of ‘Israel God’s Servant’ is continued in Isaiah 43-44 with an emphasis on God the Redeemer of Israel (43:1-7).” (Wiersbe, Warren W, The Bible Exposition Commentary: Old Testament Prophets. [Colorado Springs: David C Cook, 2002], 51)
“The word translated ‘redeem’ or Redeemer’ is the Hebrew word for ‘a kinsman redeemer,’ a near relative who could free family members and their property from bondage by paying their debts for them. (See Leviticus 25:23-28 and the Book of Ruth).” (Wiersbe, 51)
“Beginning with Jacob, God created a nation. Then He redeemed them by blood and power from Egypt, and they became Israel, a prince with God. They belong to God because of creation and because of redemption.” (McGee, 291)
2 “By using imagery comparable to past events where God miraculously delivered the people, God was encouraging his people to react with faith, for he had already proven his superiority over similar forces in the past.” (Smith, Gary V., The New American Commentary, Volume 15B, Isaiah 40-66. [Nashville, B & H Publishing Group, 2009], 194)
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3. “How could God give Egypt and Ethiopia a ransom for Israel? The answer is simple. God says in effect, ‘I used these nations to discipline you. I gave them, that is, I permitted them to treat you as they did, and now I will judge them.’” (McGee, 292)
4. “Rather than despising the people of Judah or completely giving up on them, God values his people, treating them as special and precious.” (Smith, 195)
5. “’I am with you’ (repeating 43:2a) means that they will never be alone, never be forgotten, and never be outside the reach of God’s strong arm.” (Smith, 195)
6. “God was ready to do whatever was necessary to bring all his people from their places of exile around the globe.” [Max Anders and Trent C. Butler (2012). HOTC Vol. 15: Isaiah. B&H Publishing Group. Retrieved from https://read.lifeway.com]
7. “This promise relates only to the destiny of the faithful who have a covenant relationship with God, who are known as believers, and who bring glory to the name of God.” (Smith, 196)
8. “Israel is God’s servant in the world and also God’s witness to the world (Isaiah 43:8-13). This is another courtroom scene where God challenges the idols.” (Wiersbe, 51)
9. “Taking up again the language of the courtroom, he resumed his name-calling (see 42:18) as he assembled the people of God as both jury and witnesses at the same time.” [Max Anders and Trent C. Butler (2012). HOTC Vol. 15: Isaiah. B&H Publishing Group. Retrieved from https://read.lifeway.com]
“The second party gathered for these proceedings is ‘all the nations,’ similar to the nations that were participants in the proceedings in 41:107, 21-24).” (Smith, 201)
10. “God has no competitor or equal. He alone is God. He alone holds this unique position.” (McGee, 292)
11. “No real gods will come to power after the God of Israel; thus none of the idols of the nations are equal or comparable with the God of Israel.” (Smith, 203)
12. “God is saying, ‘As long as you will not go into idolatry or turn to that which will lead you away from Me, I will bless you.’” (McGee, 292)
13. “Verse 12 legitimates God’s claim to be the one true God by means of past revelation and his great salvific deeds, which the Israelites have witnessed; so 43:13 is God’s affirmation that he will continue to show his divine power at this time and into the future.” (Smith, 204)
“The conclusion is that God will continue to be what he has always been—the God and Savior of Israel.” [Max Anders and Trent C. Butler (2012). HOTC Vol. 15: Isaiah. B&H Publishing Group. Retrieved from https://read.lifeway.com]
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Max Anders and Trent C. Butler (2012). HOTC Vol. 15: Isaiah. B&H Publishing Group. Retrieved from https://read.lifeway.com
McGee, J. Vernon, Thru the Bible: Volume III. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1983
Smith, Gary V., The New American Commentary, Volume 15B, Isaiah 40-66. Nashville, B & H Publishing Group, 2009
Wiersbe, Warren W, The Bible Exposition Commentary: Old Testament Prophets. Colorado Springs: David C Cook, 2002