Isaiah 43:2-4. “When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee: and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee. For I am the Lord thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Savior: I gave Egypt for thy ransom, Ethiopia and Seba for thee. Since thou wast precious in My sight, thou hast been honourable, and I have loved thee; therefore will I give men for thee, and people for thy life.”
We looked at verse one in this passage on May 24, just before our two-week vacation, if you’d like to go back there to set the rest of this passage in its proper context.
The next three verses reveal God’s infinite, tender, restoring, forgiving love for His people Israel. He knows they will suffer because of their rebellion against Him, and He promises them that in their suffering He will always be with them; He will always love them; He will always protect them from complete annihilation; He will always hold them as precious in His sight.
Verse 3 refers to God’s deliverance of Israel from Egypt. The word ransom in this verse is deliverance without a price. But these verses refer more specifically to the end times, in which God delivers Israel from destruction by Antichrist, and these other countries are destroyed instead.
Always, there have been attempts to destroy Israel. Threats are made today, and will continue to be made until the final chapter of earthly history is written. Always, God protects His people. He does so not because they are good, but because He is good; He is a God Who keeps His promises.