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Isaiah 44:21-28 - The Maker

The One who formed you in the womb made all things.



 

Isaiah 44:21–28 (NIV)


21 “Remember these things, Jacob,

for you, Israel, are my servant.

I have made you, you are my servant;

Israel, I will not forget you.

22 I have swept away your offenses like a cloud,

your sins like the morning mist.

Return to me,

for I have redeemed you.”

23 Sing for joy, you heavens, for the Lord has done this;

shout aloud, you earth beneath.

Burst into song, you mountains,

you forests and all your trees,

for the Lord has redeemed Jacob,

he displays his glory in Israel.


24 “This is what the Lord says—

your Redeemer, who formed you in the womb:

I am the Lord,

the Maker of all things,

who stretches out the heavens,

who spreads out the earth by myself,

25 who foils the signs of false prophets

and makes fools of diviners,

who overthrows the learning of the wise

and turns it into nonsense,

26 who carries out the words of his servants

and fulfills the predictions of his messengers,

who says of Jerusalem, ‘It shall be inhabited,’

of the towns of Judah, ‘They shall be rebuilt,’

and of their ruins, ‘I will restore them,’

27 who says to the watery deep, ‘Be dry,

and I will dry up your streams,’

28 who says of Cyrus, ‘He is my shepherd

and will accomplish all that I please;

he will say of Jerusalem, “Let it be rebuilt,”

and of the temple, “Let its foundations be laid.” ’

 

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Belgic Confession of Faith, Article 8: The Trinity


In keeping with this truth and Word of God

we believe in one God,

who is one single essence,

in whom there are three persons,

really, truly, and eternally distinct

according to their incommunicable properties—

namely,

Father,

Son,

and Holy Spirit.


The Father

is the cause,

origin,

and source of all things,

visible as well as invisible.


The Son

is the Word,

the Wisdom,

and the image

of the Father.


The Holy Spirit

is the eternal power

and might,

proceeding from the Father and the Son.


Nevertheless,

this distinction does not divide God into three,

since Scripture teaches us

that the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit

each has his own subsistence

distinguished by characteristics—

yet in such a way

that these three persons are

only one God.


It is evident then

that the Father is not the Son

and that the Son is not the Father,

and that likewise the Holy Spirit is

neither the Father nor the Son.


Nevertheless,

these persons,

thus distinct,

are neither divided

nor fused or mixed together.


For the Father did not take on flesh,

nor did the Spirit,

but only the Son.


The Father was never

without his Son,

nor without his Holy Spirit,

since all these are equal from eternity,

in one and the same essence.


There is neither a first nor a last,

for all three are one

in truth and power,

in goodness and mercy.

 

Summary


Isaiah 44:24 begins with the words “This is what the LORD says”. These words, although given through Isaiah, are the words of God. Isaiah is a prophet, someone who speaks for God. This was not something Isaiah decided to do but is the result of Isaiah being chosen by God through a vision. And as a prophet, when Isaiah writes “thus says the LORD,” he is relaying a message from God.


The message that God is delivering, both to the Israelites and also to us, is that He is our creator and the creator of all things. The earth, the heavens, and all that exists does so by God’s handiwork and provision.


Dig Deeper


The Belgic Confession does a wonderful job of reminding us that God’s creation includes more than just that which we can see and feel. God is the source of all things, visible and invisible. This means forces such as gravity are a part of God’s design.


    One of my favorite classes in high school was physics. I liked it so much I took physics as an elective in college. While many people are not a fan of this type of class, I was fascinated by all you could learn about God’s creation in the laws of physics. If you don’t account for air resistance, the acceleration due to gravity on earth is 9.81 m/s^2 (9.81 meters per second squared). What is exciting about this is the consistency of gravity. If gravity were not constant, life could not exist. If gravity were “turned off” for even a few moments all life would perish. The earth would fly out of its orbit of the sun and the atmosphere would drift off into space.


    The Bible speaks of God the Father as the source of creation (1 Corinthians 8:6). The Apostles Creed begins with the words “I believe in God, the Father almighty,

maker of heaven and earth”. God the Father, the first person of the Trinity, is the cause, origin, and source of all things. The Father is not only the cause of all that you can see and touch, but also the very laws of nature.


Praise God for the ways He has provided for His creation in the formation of the Universe.



  • ACKNOWLEDGE WHO GOD IS: The LORD, the Maker of all things;

  • ALIGN YOUR LIFE WITH GOD'S WILL: Pray that you, along with the rest of creation, will sing for joy as you praise your Redeemer;

  • ASK GOD FOR WHAT YOU NEED:

 

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