Catcher in the Rye: Summary Essay
Isaiah 43:6 stands as an important episode in the lives of Jews looking at their release from captivity and the message of the Lord towards them. God introduces Himself as an almighty that makes a way in every difficult situation (New International Version, Isaiah 43:1-6). It is a precious promise from God to His people in their affliction and His presence with them during this time. This study will examine this passage and assess its meaning to the Jews then and it’s meaning to the Christians today.
In the prophetic passages of Isaiah, he saw a time of great difficulty and suffering coming ahead for Israelites, for instance when they would be captured by enemies and taken from their homeland into foreign lands.
Purpose of the study
The purpose of the study is to examine the passage, its historical context and take out its meaning and effect for the people who lived then and apply it to the current world especially the meaning it has for Christians living today
Summary of the passage in question
Isaiah 43: 1-6 is a passage showing God’s message to his people in during the hard times showing that He will not let them perish. (1) God who created Jacob and his descendants and Israel tells the Israelites not to fear because he knows them by name and they are his. (2) when the Israelites pass through challenging times, He would be with them all through making sure that they are not consumed by evil. (3) He is the Almighty and their savior giving them Egypt a new land for them to live in it and enjoy. (4) God considers the Israelites precious and honorable in His own sight and loves them, therefore, will not let them be sacrificed or their lives to be taken. (5) God tells the Israelites not to be afraid because He is with them and will bring their children from dangerous grounds to safe places. (6) Finally, God says that he will release them from their captors, prevent anyone from holding them back, and bring them together for his glory.
Historically, the fulfillment of this passage is seen in the Babylonian exile that occurred in 586 BC when the Israelites’ home and temple were destroyed and were forced to go into exile for many decades. The Israelites wondered why the situation was so hopeless and brought such heavy suffering for them.
Literary context and genre
The passage under discussion falls towards the ancient periods when Jacob and Israel would not live according to God’s ways and were stubborn when God tried to correct them from their disobedience. One would expect that God would punish and abandon them but He did not do so. Instead, God showed them his favor and goodwill.
The coherence of the passage under discussion is evident from the examination of its place in the chapter as a whole, the previous chapter and the next. In the previous chapter (Isaiah 42), it has been shown how the Israelites were disobedient and disrespectful to God to the extent that some had opted to worship idols. In the same chapter, (verses 8-13) God challenges those who worshiped idols to produce proof of the divinity of the false gods. Placing the passage in between, God’s love for the Israelites is revealed, as he does not seek revenge but solace and a place for the Israelites to seek refuge.
From the passage, the grammar used reflects the time period where the passage is set. Despite the fact that it is written in plain English their other terms that have an underlying meaning. For example, in verse one where it is stated ‘O Jacob’; it means ‘You Jacob’. The words you’re used in the passage refers to the Israelites.
Theology and message/homiletics
This message was a message of encouragement and forgiveness towards the Israelites. Even though they were suffering, they did not have to abandon their God who had blessed them before. The Israelites had turned against Him and instead of punishing them; He forgave them and offered to provide His help in future troubles and problems.
This passage can be applied to Christians living today. Although the do not face the same tribulations as the Israelites back then, there are many challenges that could make them forget God. In the passage, God promises not to abandon them but help them through the troubles. He also encourages Christians not to fear but trust in him.
Zondervan NIV Study Bible. Fully rev. ed. Kenneth L. Barker, gen. ed. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2002. Print