Thus says the LORD, the King of Israel and his Redeemer, the LORD of hosts: "I am the first and I am the last; besides me there is no god.Isaiah 44:6(ESV)
There could hardly be a more emphatic proclamation that God is God and there is no other, nor could there be a stronger statement that He will not share any of His glory with man or angel, nor any other created being.
In spite of the apostasy of Israel and despite their fawning after the idols of their neighbouring nations, God reaffirms His unique, sovereign status and distinctive holy character, by the declaration that He is King of Israel, the Redeemer of Israel; the Ruler of the heavenly Hosts; the Lord of the whole earth - the one and only unique God of gods and King of kings.
In the midst of this declaration of God’s offices and titles are the words, I am the first and I am the last – words that are echoed and restated in the final portion of God’s message to human-kind. In the book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave to Him, Christ Jesus Himself authoritatively declares I am the first and the last – don’t be afraid.
What confidence should flood our soul and what joy should illuminate our hearts, for the long-suffering, faithful God of Israel, Who redeemed them out of the Egyptian bondage and restored them from their Babylonian captivity, is the same Saviour, Who is faithful and true – Who clothed Himself in flesh, and came to earth in the likeness of human flesh and bled and died that you and I might also be redeemed from the captivity of Satan, and rescued from the bondage of sin.
May He be the Alpha and Omega; the beginning and the end; the first and last in each of our lives, from this day forward and into the eternity of eternities.
Loving Father, I praise and thank You for the faithfulness you showed to Your people Israel, and know that you are the same yesterday, today and forever, for You alone are holy and You alone are my God and my Saviour, in Jesus name I pray, AMEN.