Isaiah 40:25-26 - To whom then will you compare Me, that I should be like him? says the Holy One. Lift up your eyes on high and see: who created these? He who brings out their host by number, calling them all by name; by the greatness of His might and because He is strong in power, not one is missing.
Isaiah 40 is a magnificent chapter in the Bible. While it never fails to inspire me, it also reminds me how our sin has separated us from our Creator. Think back to the Bible's opening statement: "In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth" (Genesis 1:1). From those first words, the Bible directs you and me to marvel at the greatness of the Creator. Thus Isaiah 40:26 says, "Lift up your eyes on high and see: who created these?"
So, while we are astonished at God's creation, how is it we can feel insignificant and imagine our lives are cosmic specks? Sin again—we have alienated ourselves from our Creator.
Although God had called everything else into being by His Word, God personally fashioned our first parents Adam and Eve in His image. But when Adam and Eve fell into sin, when they did not submit to His Word, they alienated themselves from their Creator. Genesis 3:8, 10 say, "And they heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD among the trees of the garden. ... And he said, "I heard the sound of You in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself." And in alienating themselves from their Creator, they became alienated from each other.
That's why we can feel insignificant and imagine we are meaningless cosmic specks. We have lost the image of God. You and I need to be recreated.
Jesus Christ is your Savior, your Redeemer, your Creator, and Re-Creator. Sent by His Father into our world, His death on the cross for your sins and mine, His resurrection and promise of everlasting life, and His Spirit given in the Word of God recreates us. When you trust Jesus Christ and His words, the image of God begins to be renewed in you.
So, for us who believe, the vast universe narrows down to God's Son. St. Paul says, "For God, who said, 'Let light shine out of the darkness,' has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ" (2 Corinthians 4:6). Now we can look at Isaiah 40 through the lens of faith in Jesus Christ, the all-powerful and all-compassionate Son of God who came into our world so that we might truly know our Heavenly Father.
WE PRAY: Heavenly Father, thank You for drawing us near to You through Your Son Jesus. In His Name we pray. Amen.
From "Lift up Your Eyes on High and See: Who Created These?" a sermon excerpt by Rev. Dr. Dale Meyer, Speaker Emeritus for The Lutheran Hour
1. What thing do you look at in nature that makes you feel really insignificant?
2. Why was Adam naked and afraid when he heard God walking in the garden? (See Genesis 3.)
3. Why do we not have to hide from God because of our sins?
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