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Tuesday, March 23

Contributed by Daniel Martinez

Isaiah 44: 1-8

“This is what the LORD says—
Israel’s King and Redeemer, the LORD Almighty:
I am the first and I am the last;
apart from me there is no God.

Israel was in exile. Far away from their land and with no temple to worship
their God in, they often wondered if Yahweh was still their God.
Isaiah spoke to God's people amid their despair to answer their questions and
affirm their identity as God's people. Second Isaiah (chapters 40-66) brings a
message of hope and comfort. The prophet invites Israel to remember that
they are still his chosen people.
Isaiah also envisions a grander second exodus, where Israel will witness
God's liberation, experience the pouring of his Spirit and the restoration not
only of their land but the whole creation. Isaiah 44:6 captures the very heart of
the chapter and the faith that Second Isaiah wants to imprint on Israel.
Yahweh is still the only God who controls the destiny of Israel and the whole
After the disastrous year of 2020, many of us are wondering what this new
year will bring. Many of us deeply long for this time of pandemic to be over.
Today, Isaiah invites us to trust God because this is still his world, and we are
his people; he has not abandoned us, and he never will.

Almighty and loving God in this time of lent, let us remember your promises;
you are our God, and we are your people. Guide us to show the world in our
words and actions who you are. Amen.

Daniel Martinez works on staff at St. Andrew’s/St. Stephen’s Presbyterian Church in North
Vancouver, is Co-Director of Camp Douglas and is a Master of Divinity student at SAH/VST.
He is also a huge fan of Star Wars!