Savior Series

Righteous God and a Savior

Yay! It’s finally here! Today is the first day of #saviorseries and the verse we will be digging into is Isaiah 45:21.

Declare what is to be, present it—
    let them take counsel together.
Who foretold this long ago,
    who declared it from the distant past?
Was it not I, the Lord?
    And there is no God apart from me,
a righteous God and a Savior;
    there is none but me.

I do feel like I need to clarify one thing first. Some of you may be confused as to why I said this series was about Jesus our savior, and yet our verse today (and truthfully many of them) discuss God as our savior.

Let me remind us of John 3:16:

16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

God sent his son, Jesus to die for us and pay a debt that we could not pay on our own. So while Jesus is who God sent to save us from our sins and give us eternal life, it is from God in which he came from.

Ok so now back to Isaiah

Was it not I, the Lord?
    And there is no God apart from me,
a righteous God and a Savior;
    there is none but me.

God is the only God, there is no other God. Elsewhere is scripture He is the alpha and the omega, the beginning and the end. The greek word for this use of “God” refers to:

“Elohim”- the supreme God, magistrates, a superlative.

I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End. Revelation 22:13

Alpha is the first letter in the greek alphabet and omega is the last letter in the greek alphabet.  So in the the God of all time and of all things. (I don’t know about you, but that is super comforting to me, especially as we deal with Covid-19.)

The next verse in Isaiah tells us that He is a righteous God and a savior. The greek word for this God is different, as it refers to:

“strength, the almighty,”

savior comes from the greek word, “yasha” which mean to, “to be open, wide, free, to be safe, to free, succor” (succor is also a fun word, meaning assistance and support)

I find it interesting to put both of  these together, along with the word righteous, as he says he is the “righteous God and a Savior”

Just(Righteous)+Strength(God) + Support(succor)= just/ strength/ support.

That is who God is, so in turn that is who Jesus is. Our strength and support. Not only a just support, but He frees us. Literally unbounds us from the curse of sin and removes the shacks of shame and guilt so we can walk freely and safely ahead.

Honestly it can be hard to understand how a just God can also save us, because a God that exerts justice (if we were to get what we actually deserve) would not save us, but condemn us. But God gave us his son, Jesus as that payment, as that righteous savior to free us from our debt.

While He is righteous, He also is loving and merciful and extends grace to us through Jesus. When we look to Jesus as our source of strength and support, freedom and safety, we are living righteously through His power within us.

When we look to Jesus as our source of strength and support, freedom and safety, we are living righteously through His power within us.

This is such good news!

(I don’t know about you, but I’m completely fascinated that savior doesn’t just mean to save, but means to be open and free.)

Jesus is our savior. Jesus is our freedom.

Action Point:

What areas of your life today need “saving”? What would it look like if you stop trying to be just/righteous in your way, and instead allow God to be God?

Additional Scriptures:

But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with  Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. Ephesians 2:4-5

That He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus. Romans 3:26

Oh friends, it’s getting so good already, learning about our Savior and we are just getting started! Until tomorrow!

 

 

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