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Thursday, September 27, 2012

See, Know, Consider . . .

That they may see,
and know,
 and consider,
and understand together,
 that the hand of the LORD hath done this,
and the Holy One of Israel hath created it (Isaiah 41:20).

What an interesting verse! Let’s take it apart. Who are “they?” (Always helpful to know who’s being talked about.) Here, “they” are the poor and needy. (See verse 17.) God wants them to do four things:

1. See—to observe with the eyes
2. Know—to perceive
3. Consider—to think about
4. Understand—to comprehend, grasp the meaning

What are these poor and needy people supposed to observe, know about, think about, and comprehend?

That God created the world!

Why is this so very important? God was going to use these people, the Jewish nation, to reach the world with the message of His salvation. Read Isaiah 42:5-7, Thus saith God the LORD, he that created the heavens, and stretched them out; he that spread forth the earth, and that which cometh out of it; he that giveth breath unto the people upon it, and spirit to them that walk therein: I the LORD have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles; To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house.

Application: Why do we need to be observing, knowing, thinking about, and understanding God’s powerful hand in creation? Because then, God can use us to spread His message to the rest of the world. We can actually watch God liberating people from darkness. Is that wonderful or what!

See. Know. Consider. Understand.
The world was created by His hand.

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