Safe Day 10
That You May Know: Digging Deeper

Digging Deeper posts are intended to help us go farther into God’s word than a simple surface reading
and are designed to help us discover new tools in the process.
Curious as to why we Dig Deeper? Here’s Why! 

The Passage

Isaiah 43:10-13 English Standard Version (ESV)

“You are my witnesses,” declares the Lord,
“and my servant whom I have chosen,
that you may know and believe me
and understand that I am he.
Before me no god was formed,
nor shall there be any after me.
11 I, I am the Lord,
and besides me there is no savior.
12 I declared and saved and proclaimed,
when there was no strange god among you;
and you are my witnesses,” declares the Lord, “and I am God.
13 Also henceforth I am he;
there is none who can deliver from my hand;
I work, and who can turn it back?”

My Questions

1) Who is speaking and to whom are they speaking?

2) What does it mean to know, believe, and understand God?

3) What do we learn about God from this passage?

4) What is the greater context of this passage?

The Tools

A trip to www.studylight.org is in order here.

We will get super cozy with this site as we study Scripture together!
Just type in the verse you’re looking at and Boom!
It’s right in front of you in English and Hebrew (Old Testament) or Greek (New Testament), which are the original languages the Bible was written in.

Want to know more about a specific word in a verse?
Click on “Strong’s Interlinear Bible” then click the word you’d like to study. Find super awesome stuff like “origin”, “definition”, and even all the different ways that single word has been translated into English! If you want to be geeky, you can even click the word and hear its original pronunciation – That Is Awesome!

Want to get more background on a word or phrasing or passage?
Click “Study Tools”, then pick a few commentaries to read their scholarly approach, keeping in mind that just because a commentary says it, doesn’t mean it’s true. (just like the internet :-))

The Findings for Original Intent

1) The prophet Isaiah was speaking to the southern kingdom Judah, predicting the impending judgment of God and their exile to Babylon. In this passage, God is using Isaiah to speak His words to the Israelite nation.

2) Knowing, believing, and understanding who God is the reason that we are His witnesses and servants. When you look at the original meaning of the words, they are synonyms that all mean to perceive, discern, observe, learn, and confirm. God desires us to go beyond causal knowledge and move to a transformation that impacts our lives!

3) As we read through this passage, there are several characteristics of God that are apparent to the reader. God has called His people to be His witnesses. He desires that we know and understand who He is. God is a jealous God and He desires that He alone be worshipped. He is the One true deliver and there will be no other god before Him. He proclaims His good works and wants us to do the same. Knowing Him means proclaiming Him!

4) If you were to sit down and read Isaiah from chapter one to sixty-six, you would surely see two very distinct messages. One is that, as a nation, Israel was sinful and disobedient which resulted in God’s judgement coming down. However, the second is a message of hope and renewal. God would devastate His people with the purpose of restoring and redeeming them. He desired to turn them back to Him, for them to return to their first love. Destruction and exile was the only way for that to happen.

Some Applications for Our Everyday Lives

1) God so loved His people that He didn’t leave them in their state of sin and disobedience. He brought them out of their destruction. He used prophets like Isaiah to provide leadership and insight, to provide a voice of the Lord to His people, that even in wrath, they would be restored and redeemed. He does the same for us! But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)

2) We are His witnesses so that we can perceive and learn about who He is. He desires for us to grown in our knowledge of Him, but not knowledge for knowing sake. Rather, He desires His deep, abiding truths to be a singular idol, a singular point of worship in our lives. He is the One true God and there is none beyond Him, bigger than Him, before Him, or after Him.

3) When I read this passage, God’s certainty and power are evident. He acts and who can reverse it? He has called us out of the mire so that we can be in a relationship with Him and be His witnesses. In the context of thess verses, the Israelites were far from Him, lost in their sin and personal destruction, but He reminds them of His power, His faithfulness, and the fact that He is their Father! Just like with the Israelites, He seeks us out and transforms us into His image to be His witnesses!

4) Impending judgment is coming. The world as you know it will one day end. This is the message the Israelites heard from Isaiah, but in the midst of this, God gently reminds them that He is still there. He would bring them out and restore them as a people to show the world who is He as God. Beloved, He brings us out of this world and our sin so that He can show us off to the world. He transforms us through the power of the Spirit to show the world just how powerful He is and how much He loves us. As we move towards Him, our Light shines for all to see.

He transforms so that we can share our transformation with others!

Want To Try It For Yourself?!

1) Take this passage (or any other passage).
2) Read through it (always more than a verse or two).
3) Write down your questions as you think of them.
4) Ask specific culture related questions and be ready to dig around for your answers.
Google them, use www.studylight.org, or look them up in a study Bible and read the footnotes
(click on the little letters next to a word and it will show you other related verses!). (www.esvbible.org)
5) Check your applications with other trusted Christians that you are in community with and
embrace the fullness of God in your everyday!

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Thanks for joining us today as we journeyed into Safe Week Two! Don’t miss out on the discussion – we’d love to hear your thoughts!

Looking for other journeys from this theme? Here’s a link to all past studies in Desperate!