|When you pass through the waters, |
I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,
they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,
you will not be burned;
the flames will not set you ablaze.
|When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.|
|"When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; |
And through the rivers, they will not overflow you
When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched,
Nor will the flame burn you."
waters..rivers..fire..flame. Many perils symbolized by these words have confronted the Israelites through the centuries and will continue to do so until the nation's final redemption, but the Lord promises the nation survival through them all. The passage of Moses' and Joshua's generations through the Red Sea (Ex. 14:21,22) and the Jordan River (Josh. 3:14-17) and the preservation of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego in the fiery furnace illustrate His care for Israel.
MacArthur, J. J. (1997, c1997). The MacArthur Study Bible (electronic ed.) (Is 43:2). Nashville: Word Pub.
Did you know?
The word "bridge" does not occur in the Bible. There may be two reasons. One is that God doesn't build bridges, he divides seas. The other is that usually his people must pass through the deadly currents of suffering and death, not simply ride over them. "When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you" (Isaiah 43:2). They may drown you. But I will be with you in life and death.
Putting My Daughter to Bed Two Hours After the Bridge Collapsed
by John Piper of Desiring God
Colossians 2:13-14 (NASB)
Memory Verse from the Macarthur Scripture Memory System week #12