Isaiah 43:18, “Do not remember the former things, Nor consider the things of old”
Looking Isaiah 43, I see a very close connection to the book of Exodus. Exodus tells us about the Israelites’ moving from Egypt through wilderness to a land God promised them. Exodus means a journey by a large group to escape from a hostile environment. This also means departure of a large number of people from one place to another. Always Egypt becomes the type of the world we are brought out of, what we see with the Israelites.
As believers, we have the tendency of wanting to look back to where we have come from when the road is hard, comparing it with where we are going. The Israelites kept on reminding themselves of where they had come from and could make it back there easily if they wanted to. Not only were they in a position to go back, the Egyptians were also chasing after them until they had a Red sea experience that would divide them for once and for all. Red sea experience always separates the old from the new. It causes you to cross over with no way of coming back to the other side. Listen to Moses speaking to the Israelites just before they crossed, Exodus 14:13, “And Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which He will accomplish for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see again no more forever.” Their complaint was that though they had it rough in Egypt, at least it was better than being in the wilderness and being pursued. To make it worse, they had come to what they would term the end of the road, dead end; however, Moses tells them that after crossing they will see the Egyptians no more. Before them was a sea, behind them was an army and right in their midst was a man with a promise. Both behind and before are facts, in the middle requires faith. They are told not to be afraid, stand still and see the salvation of the Lord, but how? They cry to God and vs. 15, ” the LORD said to Moses; “Why do you cry to Me? Tell the children of Israel to go forward“. Time to progress, move to new things. Yes there seems to be an obstacle but going back is not an option as easy as it may be. They could have begged for forgiveness from the Egyptians than face the sea and drown. This was not the time to cry, this was a time to act on God’s word. Don’t we want to move forward when we know what we are moving forward to? Don’t we want things done before we can move? God wants us to take Him at His word even when it sounds foolish and unrealistic. This is faith, less dependent on instincts and more dependent on God’s word.
Isaiah 43:16,”Thus says the LORD, who makes a way in the sea, And a path through the mighty waters“, by moving forward, God makes/made a way where there seemed to have been no way. He is a WM (Way Maker). In the process of making a way, it also marked the end of the old regime as the new regime took over. Crossing the sea meant old things were going away and new things were coming in place. It was baptism to get rid of the old nature 1Corinthians 10:, “Moreover, brethren, I do not want you to be unaware that all our fathers were under the cloud, all passed through the sea, 2,”all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea,”. God made away for their escape by splitting the red sea. If they chose to go back, it would not be by God’s intervention. The old was gone, behold the new in place. The God who terminated the old ways definitely made new ways for them. Will not the same God who brought us out of the Egypt of this world bring us through the wilderness experience making ways for us where there seem to be no way?. God can be trusted but do we have faith to believe. Blessings Ev