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October 19, 2011 / Daniel

Isaiah 52 (Our God Redeems)

Jesus is the God who redeems (Isaiah 52:9).   In the context of Isaiah 52, this is a promise of a Second Exodus.  If the Exile was the undoing of the Exodus, then the end of Exile entails a Second Exodus.  Here are some of the Second Exodus promises in Isaiah.

Isaiah 40:30-31

Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.

The “wings of eagles” language comes from Exodus 19:4, “You yourselves have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings.” 

Isaiah 43:16-20

Thus says the Lord, who makes a way in the sea, a path in the mighty waters, who brings forth chariot and horse, army and warrior… Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. The wild beasts will honor me, the jackals and the ostriches, for I give water in the wilderness, rivers in the desert, to give drink to my chosen people.

Isaiah 51:10-11

Was it not you who dried up the sea, the waters of the great deep, who made the depths of the sea a way for the redeemed to pass over? And the ransomed of the Lord shall return and come to Zion with singing.

According to the NT, this Second Exodus takes place in Jesus Christ.  Jesus is God who redeems.  The gospel of Matthew uses Exodus typology in its description of Jesus’ birth.

In Ephesians 1:7, Paul writes, “In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace.”    It’s on the cross that Jesus lays down his life in order to purchase his people.  To set us free to be new people.  To be slaves no longer to Sin, but to a New Master. Jesus Christ.  Without the cross, none of this is possible.  Jesus’ redemption was a payment for my sins and ours.  He paid the price I deserved.  He died so that we can be free.  That’s good news. It’s gospel.  In Jesus, our God reigns.  He returns.  And he redeems.

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  1. theWomanAtTheWell / Oct 19 2011 3:26 pm

    Good post. thank you for sharing this, we as God’s children should Know it however, the remider is needed daily, right? -watw

  2. fromtheheartofj / Oct 19 2011 4:33 pm

    AMEN! thank you!

  3. Daniel / Oct 20 2011 3:29 am

    Thanks for the positive feedback.

  4. lambskinny / Oct 23 2011 3:06 pm

    Second Exodus is Jesus! Nice! Thanks, Carley

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