Gone and Forgotten

Isaiah 65:15-16.

15 And ye shall leave your name for a curse unto My chosen: for the Lord God shall slay thee, and call His servants by another name:

16 That he who blesseth himself in the earth shall bless himself in the God of truth; and he that sweareth in the earth shall swear by the God of truth; because the former troubles are forgotten, and because they are hid from Mine eyes.

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The old name for God’s people will be forgotten and changed. Always, there are those who speculate about this type of thing, but really we won’t know what God has in mind until He reveals it. Some believe the name Jew will be forgotten, but that is not consistent with Zech. 8:23. It’s possible that name here refers to reputation, but that, too, is just speculation.

Verse 16 speaks of Israel’s repudiation of idols. They will invoke blessings and oaths only in the Name of the true God, the Holy One of Israel.

And the most wonderful thing is that when God forgives, He forgets. All the thousands of years of Israel’s cycling through sin and idolatry will be over and forgotten, never again to be mentioned.

4 thoughts on “Gone and Forgotten

    1. That’s a wonderful chapter, Larry. I have several favorite verses there, but the one that stayed in my mind just this minute as I read it was this one: (9) “With my soul have I desired Thee in the night; yea, with my spirit within me will I seek Thee early: for when Thy judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.”

      Thanks for sharing you devotions with me 🙂

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  1. One of the things you could have pointed out here is the fact that in the ancient world, the power to confer a name upon someone was a sign of power and authority over him. God gave Adam the power to name other creatures, and when Jacob/Israel asked for the name of the angel he fought with, the angel wouldn’t tell him. When Moses asked God His name, He gave him the name, I Am Who Am. It may not be the main point of this passage, but at least it fits into it.

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