(Part 2 of 3)
The value of Christ’s blood was more precious than gold. The blood did what silver and gold could not. (In the Old Testament, one needed silver for redemption, twenty shekels.) A verse or two earlier Peter exhorted on holiness, as long as we sojourn on this earth and have reason to call upon God, we need to have a healthy fear (respect) for God. Why? Because of the great price that was paid to redeem us.
3) Isaiah 43:1… Redemption brings release from fear… “But now thus saith the LORD that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine” (KJV). Isaiah saw our redemption from afar off. He used the words “redeem” and “Redeemer” twenty-four times in the book of Isaiah. Jacob (later named Israel by God) admitted that fear had held him. He was filled with the painful memories of his past captivities and the failure of his trust and faith in God. The Holy Spirit had to remind him that he is a redeemed soul and is called by name. “Jacob, you belong to Me.” Redemption has set us free as well. We can walk in bold freedom without fear. There are many things in life that could alarm us. The Holy Spirit says, “Fear not.” We do not know what the future holds but we know who holds the future.
4) Isaiah 41:14… Redemption opens up the way for us to have strength… “Fear not, thou worm Jacob, and ye men of Israel; I will help thee, saith the LORD, and thy redeemer, the Holy One of Israel” (KJV). There are times we are helpless like the worm. However, the worm as used here refers to the tola’ath worm, a worm that as it dies, secrets a crimson dye over its young. From this worm people made a red dye (crimson garments of Christ). The Lord was encouraging Jacob by the use of the tola’ath worm. “Jacob, you are a tola-ath worm, especially raised to show forth God’s glory.” The redeeming blood opens up the way to receive strength. The Lord makes us strong. Our weakness is exchanged for His strength. In the place of my fear there comes confidence. The redemptive blood releases us from our weaknesses.
5) Isaiah 43:14-19… Redemption opens up the way for help in times of difficulty… “Thus saith the LORD, your redeemer, the Holy One of Israel . . . I am the LORD, your Holy One, the creator of Israel, your King. Thus saith the LORD, which maketh a way in the sea, and path in the mighty waters; Which bringeth forth the chariot and horse, the army and the power; they shall lie down together, they shall not rise: they are extinct, they are quenched as tow. Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert” (KJV). We all have our difficult times. God can open up the way for refreshing when we are in dry periods. God can turn troubles around. Isaiah 35 talks about believers going through dry places. Devils like to hang around in dry places. But when the refreshing water of the Spirit rises, they are the ones who must move out of the way. Demons do not like the redeeming blood of Christ. Believers are first in line to receive help when hard times come. The Holy Spirit encourages us not to dwell on the difficulties but on the provisions of redemption.
6) Isaiah 44:22-25… Redemption brings release from occult oppression… “I have blotted out, as a thick cloud, thy transgressions, and, as a cloud, thy sins: return unto me; for I have redeemed thee . . . Thus saith the LORD, thy redeemer, and he that formed thee from the womb, I am the LORD that maketh all things; that stretcheth forth the heavens alone; that spreadeth abroad the earth by myself; That frustrateth the tokens of the liars, and maketh diviners mad; that turneth wise men backward, and maketh their knowledge foolish” (KJV). The occult is very active in America. Our nation is oppressed by lies and by occult curses. Lies frustrate people but the blood of Christ frustrates those lying divinations. They are powerless against the believers. Isaiah starts out by saying that the Lord pours out water upon those who are thirsty. Water refers to the Word and to knowledge. People’s thirst for knowledge often drives them to seek help from the occult. Why receive satanic knowledge when the knowledge of God is available to believers (Jeremiah 33:3, Colossians 1:10)? Satan knows that his time is short. He is doing all he can to frustrate God’s purposes on this earth. Redemption delivers us from the power of the occult.
(To be continued…)
Pastor George Belobaba
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