12 Hearken unto Me, O Jacob and Israel, My called; I am He; I am the First, I also am the Last.
13 Mine hand also hath laid the foundation of the earth, and My right hand hath spanned the heavens: when I call unto them, they stand up together.
Can you hear the pleading in the voice of God? He shouldn’t have to remind His people over and over again that He is Who He says He is! He has shown them mercy so many times, and still they are tempted away into worldliness and idolatry. The history of Israel is a recording of an omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent God Who walked them out of bondage in Egypt and preserved them countless times from the hands of their enemies. So many miracles, so many times they returned to Him only to repeat the cycle over and over again.
I particularly love verse 13. It’s almost as if He were saying, “Pay attention! Have you forgotten that I AM has made the foundations of the earth and rolled out the heavens! My creation has not forgotten Me! When I call on them, they stand at attention!”
I know I’ve said this before, but I’ll probably say it again and again as we continue through the book of Isaiah: I am amazed, humbled, and awed at what a mighty God we serve. This book is so rich in His love and mercy, and even as He promises judgment, He allows for repentance and reconciliation.
We need to pay attention, too.