New Defender's Study Bible Notes
43:1 The LORD that created thee. The nation Israel had been a special creation of God, through a series of mighty miracles of creation. It has also been “formed” through various ongoing miracles of providential preservation, and will one day be completely redeemed by the same Creator/Savior (Romans 11:26-27).
43:7 for my glory. Although this affirmation was especially applied to Israel, the principle is universal, answering the great question as to God’s purpose in creation. It was “for my glory!” See also Revelation 4:11.
43:7 made him. Note that man is “created,” “formed” and “made.” Compare Genesis 1:26-27; 2:7.
43:10 I am he. See notes on Exodus 3:14 and Isaiah 41:10. God here makes an absolute claim to all-encompassing Deity. The answer to the trivial question of the skeptic, “But who made God,” is that the one true God is the ultimate reality: there was no “god” before Him, and none after Him. The modern atheistic answer (“the universe made itself out of nothing by some quantum fluctuation of the primeval nothingness”) is credulous nonsense.
43:11 there is no saviour. The Lord is not only the Creator, but also the Savior, and there can be no other. None but the all-holy Creator of life can redeem from death. The Lord Jesus Christ is Himself Creator (John 1:1-3) and “the great God and our Saviour” (Titus 2:13).
43:15 creator of Israel. The establishment of Israel as a nation among nations—in fact, God’s chosen nation—was so miraculous as to be called a creation, and only God can create!
43:16 a way in the sea. This is evidently a reference to the supernatural parting of the waters of the Red Sea (Exodus 14:21, 22) which enabled the Israelites to escape Egypt and become an independent people, the event which could be called, more than any other single event, the creation of Israel.
43:27 first father hath sinned. The “first father” of Israel was not Abraham, or Jacob, but Adam, and it was Adam who brought sin and death into the world upon all men (Romans 5:12). Isaiah thus, almost incidentally, affirms the historicity of the Genesis record of Adam.