Redeemed and Rejoicing

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Isaiah 51:10–11

10 Are You not the One who dried up the sea, The waters of the great deep; That made the depths of the sea a road For the redeemed to cross over?

11 So the ransomed of the Lord shall return, And come to Zion with singing, With everlasting joy on their heads. They shall obtain joy and gladness; Sorrow and sighing shall flee away.

So much of God’s work with Israel’s deliverance from Egypt has parallels far beyond Israel and Egypt and the Promised Land. Israel was often called upon to remember the great works of God when He brought them from slavery to freedom. (Psalm 78 is a complete recount of this wonderful and amazing time.)

 

Verse 10 takes us back to the Lord drying up the Red Sea, not a shallow swamp but a sea of great depths. This is an important distinction to those who think that Israel crossed somewhere else apart from the hand of God. Indeed, God did dry up the depths of the sea to make a road for His redeemed to cross over. I really like the use of the term “redeemed” here. For Israel had just offered their first offering, the first Passover, and had been redeemed by God when the death angel came. They were God’s redeemed ones! They were redeemed from slavery, delivered from bondage, and crossed the Red Sea by the hand of God.

 

Verse 11 takes the picture of the redemption from Israel and compares it to the ransomed of the Lord returning to the place of God’s promise, Zion, and coming with singing. We cannot imagine the joy of entering the Promised Land after 40 years of living in the wilderness. God uses that image of everlasting joy and the obtaining of joy and gladness as the promise of our entering into our eternal home. Sorrow and sighing will flee away. What a blessed place this eternal Promised Land will be.

 

Tomorrow night from 7:00-9:00 we will be at the Riverwalk with Dave and his sketchboard guitars and song. We need people to be there as a crowd with us. This is always a really blest time for all who come. If you can come a few minutes early for set up or stay for tear down that helps us too.   We are praying for Divine appointments with lost men and women who needing hope will come and engage with us.

Have a great day in the Lord,

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