But thus says the LORD:
“Even the captives of the mighty shall be taken away,
And the prey of the terrible be delivered;
For I will contend with him who contends with you,
And I will save your children.
I will feed those who oppress you with their own flesh,
And they shall be drunk with their own blood as with sweet wine.
All flesh shall know
That I, the LORD, am your Savior,
And your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob.” (Isaiah 49:25-26)

God has more in mind than we do. His mind is bigger than ours. Israel wanted to be delivered from their enemies and God promised them that deliverance. God also told them that every human being would know that God was their savior, their redeemer and the mighty one of Israel.

Why should everyone know of God’s deliverance? God was not going to save only the people of Israel. God’s goal was to rescue everyone. And the rescue was not just, or even primarily physical rescue. His concern was not just to send a captive people back home to their Promised Land. Rather, the physical rescue served as a parable for the real task that God had envisioned. The story of God’s people was the story of salvation: God’s ability to rescue his people from their physical trials was proof of his ability to save them from their spiritual trials: their bondage to sin could be broken just as easily as their physical chains. Bringing them to freedom in Christ mattered more to God than anything else.

God loved his people and intended to rescue them. But God loved those who were not yet his people and intended to transform them from enemies into friends. He intends to deliver us all from our slavery.

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About R.P. Nettelhorst

I'm married with three daughters. I live in southern California and I'm the interim pastor at Quartz Hill Community Church. I have written several books. I spent a couple of summers while I was in college working on a kibbutz in Israel. In 2004, I was a volunteer with the Ansari X-Prize at the winning launches of SpaceShipOne. Member of Society of Biblical Literature, American Academy of Religion, and The Authors Guild
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