Friday, 22nd July 2022
Rev Daniel Xi An Poon
Section One V1-7 We Belong to God
V1 ‘But now, thus says the Lord, who created you, O Jacob, and He who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; you are Mine.’ We have a lot of questions in life because we don’t know who we are and we don’t understand ourselves. But God already told us that we belong to Him. It’s just like how children know they belong to their family, when they get home, they can be relaxed and comforted.
V2-3 ‘When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Saviour; I gave Egypt for your ransom, Ethiopia and Seba in your place.’ A lot of time we don’t know who we are and we don’t have a boundary in our lives, because we don’t see the identity given from God. Our lives have already been changed and we must count God’s blessings every day.
V4 ‘Since you were precious in My sight, you have been honoured, and I have loved you; therefore, I will give men for you, and people for your life.’ Do we see how important we are in God’s eyes? We are no longer trapped but set free by God. stop looking down on ourselves as God has already honoured us, He loves us, and He treasures us.
V7 ‘Everyone who is called by My name, whom I have created for My glory; I have formed him, yes, I have made him.’ Once we are willing to admit that we belong to God, then all the good things will belong to us! How blessed are we? We don’t have to do anything, and we don’t have to show God anything, we only need to come to God and be His children. Because He loves us.
Section Two V8-21 We Are God’s Witness
We are so easy to look down on ourselves, we think that people don’t recognise us, and we are trying hard to please people, but God calls us His witness. V10 ‘You are My witnesses, says the Lord, and 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, nor shall there be after Me.’ We are God’s beloved, and we are God’s creations, but we also have our identity given on this earth. Therefore, when we stand in the right place, we will be able to complete the tasks given to us in this world. We are God’s children, but from the eyes of the people, we are also the servants of God. As the servants of God, we are His witnesses, people know God through our lives and the way we live determine how people understand Who our God is.
V13 ‘Indeed before the day was, I am He; and there is no one who can deliver out of My hand; I work, and who will reverse it?’ Do we really know the Will of God? Only when we fully understand God’s Will for us, then we can fully submit to Him, and live a life of humility and obedience. He is the God, who creates the Heaven and Earth, He knows it all and He will reveal it to us.
V16-17 ‘Thus says the Lord, who makes a way in the sea and a path through the mighty waters, who brings forth the chariot and horse, the army and the power (they shall lie down together, they shall not rise; they are extinguished, they are quenched like a wick).’ What do we rely on? On this world there are so many things we hold onto, and we cannot let go, but today God told us to rely on Him. He will extinguish all our enemies and destroy everything that comes against us.
V18-19 ‘Do not remember the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.’ Can we let go and can we put down? We have a lot of complaints because we cannot let go of the past. No matter how glamorous our lives used to be, today is a new day and God will do a new thing. But if we cannot let go, and if we are unwilling to find gold in the waste, then we will always live in the old era.
We can be the witness of God, when we give thanks and see the blessings in our lives every day, then we can see more of God’s favours in our lives and people can also see it through us. On the other hand, if we compromise with the world, complain about our lives, and always see the waste, then we will never be able to discover all the good things God has already prepared for us. Can we see it now? Do we believe in it? A seed must die in the soil to grow roots and bear fruits. Instant noodles can never give us nutrition, good things take time, and we must be patient and wait upon God, walk with God.
V20 ‘The beast of the field will honour Me, the jackals and the ostriches, because I give waters in the wilderness and rivers in the desert, to give drink to My people, My chosen.’ The world will be under our feet when we put God first. V21 ‘This people I have formed for Myself; they shall declare My praise.’ When we really know who we are and when we understand what God will do in our lives, then we will not be afraid. Be willing to preach the Gospel, to study the Word of God, to seek the Holy Spirit, to pray… then we can see what we are given by God is abundant. However, if we chose to stay where we are, refuse to carry out the Will of God, then God will take away what we have.
Section Three V22-28 We Ignore God
V22-23 ‘But you have not called upon Me, O Jacob; and you have been weary of Me, O Israel. You have not brought Me the sheep for your burnt offerings, nor have you honoured Me with your sacrifices. I have not caused you to serve with grain offerings, nor wearied you with incense.’ God is calling out to us, but if we continue to ignore God and continue to complain, then we can never build an intimate relationship with God.
V25-26 ‘I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions for My own sake; and I will not remember your sins. Put Me in remembrance; let us contend together; state your case, that you may be acquitted.’ Do not think that we have already done a lot for God, because when we think like this, then our attitude is not right. Why do we come to the morning prayer? Why do we read the Word of God? Why do we serve God and serve the church? It’s not because we want to receive anything in return, but it’s because we treasure the relationship we have with God.
以赛亚书 43 – 我们要知道自己是谁