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October 6

Isaiah 41:21-29; Philippians 1

Thought from Today's Old Testament Passage:

But now thus saith the Lord that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine [Isaiah 43:1].

He speaks of their origin: "the Lord that created thee." God took a sad specimen like old Jacob, whose name means "crooked"—he was a supplanter—and made a nation out of him.

God took the dust of the ground, breathed into it the spirit of life, and it became a living human being. And that human being rebelled, but now God makes sons of God out of those who will trust Christ. That is my beginning, and it was a very bad beginning. I don't accept the evolutionary theory that I evolved from a monkey; I came from something worse than a monkey! I came from a rebellious sinner who on the physical side had been taken from the ground. That first man passed on to me a fallen nature which will never be reformed or repaired. But God has given me a new nature.

Beginning with Jacob, God created a nation. Then He redeemed them from Egypt by blood and power, and they became Israel, a prince with God. They belong to God because of creation and because of redemption.

J. Vernon McGee, Thru The Bible Commentary [computer file], electronic ed., Logos Library System (Nashville: Thomas Nelson) 1997, © 1981 by J. Vernon McGee.

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