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Do Not Be Afraid

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Isaiah 43:1–3 ESV
1 But now thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. 2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. 3 For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior. I give Egypt as your ransom, Cush and Seba in exchange for you.
Isaiah 41:10 ESV
10 fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Who was Isaiah?

Born: c760BC Died: c680BC
Name Means: Yahweh Saves
Occupation: Prophet - Someone who is a spokesman for God.
Marital Status: Husband Isa 8:3
Children: 2 sons - Isa 7:3, Isa 8:3
Shear-jashub - a remnant shall return
Maher-shalal-hash-baz - hasting to the spoil, hurrying to the prey
Audience: The Southern Kingdom of Judah
Ministered During: The reign of 4 kings. Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, an Hezekiah Isaiah 1:1 How many chapters? Outline
God’s Word to Judah - 1-6
God’s Word of Promise of Immanuel - 7-12
God’s Word of Judgment - 13-35
God’s Word and Hezekiah - 36-39
God’s Word of Comfort - 40-66 Chapter 40 - God is a Comforter - Isaiah speaks of God
Chapter 41 - God is a Helper - God speaks for Himself
Fear Not, Be Not Dismayed, I Will
Chapter 42 - God’s Servant - The Servant will establish Justice
Chapter 43 - God as Redeemer & Savior
Isaiah 43:1 ESV
1 But now thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.

1. Do not be afraid because You are unique and special. v1

The LORD created you. v1

Genesis 2:7–8 ESV
7 then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature. 8 And the Lord God planted a garden in Eden, in the east, and there he put the man whom he had formed.

The LORD formed you. v1

Psalm 139:13–14 ESV
13 For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. 14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.

FEAR NOT

2. Do not be afraid because You are mine. v1

The LORD redeemed you. v1
The LORD called you by name. v1
The LORD owns you. v1
Isaiah 43:2 ESV
2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.

3. Do not be afraid because I am with You. v2

The waters will not overwhelm you. Exodus 14 - Pillar of Cloud & Pillar of Fire
The rivers will not overwhelm you. Joshua 3:8-13 - “the living God is among you”
The flame shall not consume you. Daniel 3 - I see four men.
God’s people have and will face many dangers, but they will survive and succeed.
Matthew 16:18 ESV
18 And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
Amazing Grace—366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions 5. How Firm a Foundation
How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord, is laid for your faith in His excellent Word! What more can He say than to you He hath said—To you, who for refuge to Jesus have fled?
“Fear not, I am with thee—O be not dismayed, for I am thy God, I will still give thee aid; I’ll strengthen thee, help thee, and cause thee to stand, upheld by my gracious, omnipotent hand.
“When thru the deep waters I call thee to go, the rivers of woe shall not thee overflow; for I will be with thee thy troubles to bless, and sanctify to thee thy deepest distress.
“When thru fiery trials thy pathway shall lie, My grace, all-sufficient, shall be thy supply; the flame shall not hurt thee—I only design thy dross to consume and thy gold to refine.

4. Do not be afraid because I am your Savior. v3

There is no other savior v11
There is none who can deliver out of My hand v13
Isaiah 43:13 ESV
13 Also henceforth I am he; there is none who can deliver from my hand; I work, and who can turn it back?”
A savior is someone who steps in when a person is unable to help himself.
If you are in Jesus’ hand no one can take you out.
John 10:27–30 ESV
27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. 30 I and the Father are one.”
“The soul that on Jesus hath leaned for repose, I will not, I will not desert to his foes; that soul, tho all hell should endeavor to shake, I’ll never—no, never—no, never forsake.”
Isaiah 43:4 ESV
4 Because you are precious in my eyes, and honored, and I love you, I give men in return for you, peoples in exchange for your life.
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