9/15 Isaiah 43:10

10 "You are my witnesses,"declares the LORD, "and my servant whom I have chosen, that you may know and believe me and understand that I am he. Before me no god was formed, nor shall there be any after me.

Israel and the Messiah (my servant) were to be witnesses to the truth of one true God, the LORD. If they had stayed faithful to Him and to His word, the world would have seen the blessing of God upon them and been persuaded the He alone is our Creator. This was the reason God disciplined them so severely when they turned to idols. Idolatry distorted the message. They had to learn there was but one God.

Even when God's chosen people were weaned from idols, they made their obedience an idol by adding rules to God's Word so they would not break it. Instead of seeing His loving heart, they focused on not being punished again. They treated other people with contempt which repelled them from the God of Israel.

Since Israel failed to be the witness that drew the nations to the truth, God sent His servant to be a faithful witness. The life of Jesus flawlessly showed the love and justice of God. His death on the cross for all mankind showed His love with impartiality. His life, words, and resurrection were for us to know, believe, and understand that the LORD alone is God. There is none before Him and there will be none after Him.

Consider: Is your life demonstrating that the LORD alone is God?