Post by TheFirebrand on May 2, 2013 15:35:37 GMT -6
"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 thou passest through the waters - This is a general promise and means that whenever and wherever they should pass through water or fire, he would protect them. It had been true in their past history as a people; and the assurance is given here in order that they might be comforted in view of the calamities which they were then suffering in Babylon.
Fire and water are often used in the Scriptures to" denote calamity - the latter because it overwhelms; the former because it consumes; see Psalm 69:1 - 'The waters are come into my soul;' also Psalm 73:10; Psalm 124:4-5; Psalm 66:12.
I will be with thee - This is a reason why they should not be afraid. God was their protector so of whom should they be afraid? 'If God be for us, who can be against us?' What higher consolation can man desire than the assurance that He is with him to protect him?