BECAUSE OF HER SUFFERING,
ISRAEL FELT GOD HAD FORGOTTEN HER.
“THE LORD HAS FORSAKEN ME,
MY LORD HAS FORGOTTEN ME.”
HAVE YOU EVER FELT THAT WAY?
I CERTAINLY HAVE.
MANY OF YOU HAVE HEARD THIS STORY,
SO I’LL TELL A READER’S DIGEST VERSION,
FOR IT FITS SO PERFECTLY WITH THIS WEEK’S SONG FROM ISAIAH.
I was a new widow, missing Steve so.
We used to call each other co-dependent insomniacs, because if one of us couldn’t sleep,
he or she would say to the other, “Are you awake?” And then we both would be.
So often Steve would pray over me, sing over me,
or say our favorite nursery rhyme to try to lull me to sleep.
“Winkin, Blinkin, and Nod sailed out on a moonlit night.”
I missed my husband so.
I lamented: “Lord, You promised to be a husband to the widow.
But how can You be? You are not even flesh and blood.
You have forsaken me, though You said You never would.”
He then brought a memory to me, of being a first-time Mom,
of running to my baby in the middle of the night,
unbuttoning my nightgown as I ran so as not to lose time.
WHEN ISRAEL ACCUSES GOD OF FORSAKING HER,
HE PAINTED THE SAME PICTURE FOR HER.
IN THE FREE TIM KELLER SERMON THIS WEEK
HE WILL HELP YOU SEE HOW POIGNANT THIS PICTURE IS.
A MOTHER’S MILK LETS DOWN AT THE SOUND OF HER BABY’S CRY!
SHE COULDN’T FORGET IF SHE WANTED TO FORGET!
SHE WILL KEEP HIM CLOSE, NO MATTER WHAT IT TAKES.
I WILL NOT FORGET YOU.
BEHOLD, I HAVE ENGRAVED YOU ON THE PALMS OF MY HANDS.
REMEMBER THE PRICE HE PAID TO MAKE US HIS CHILDREN.
AS TIM KELLER SAYS:
“HE WAS FORSAKEN SO WE COULD KNOW WE WOULD NEVER BE.”
1. What stands out to you from the above and why?
2. Have you ever felt forsaken by God? If so, what did you do?
MONDAY-WEDNESDAY BIBLE STUDY
One thing that is unique about a mother’s love is that it is unconditional. It is not based on what her baby can do for her. I remember when my daughter Annie had her firstborn, Miabelle. She said, “Miabelle cannot do one thing for me. In fact, she is an enormous amount of work. But I would do anything for her, my love is so fierce for her.”
To prepare your heart for this passage, listen to this video preview of Keller’s sermon and share what stands out to you.
3. What stands out to you and why?
4. For context, read Isaiah 49:1-7, remembering that Isaiah is prophesying about the coming Messiah, Jesus Christ. He calls Him Israel, for that is how closely Jesus identified with His people. Find at least three things about the coming Messiah in these verses. What especially stands out to you and why?
5. What will God do for His people through the Messiah according to Isaiah 49:8-13. Find at least two things that strike you and explain why they do.
6. How is Israel feeling, according to Isaiah 49:14? Why is it good that she laments?
7. How does God respond to her lament according to Isaiah 49:15-16?
8. How might you apply this passage to your life right now?
THURSDAY-FRIDAY: FREE KELLER SERMON – CAN A MOTHER FORGET?
9. Share your notes and comments from the message.
10. What is your take-a-way and why?