Three times in scriptures the Lord reminds us that He is "the first" and "the last". In the verse above He says to "hearken" to Him. In other words, He is telling those He is addressing -- His called people (that would include the nation of Israel and spiritual Israel, those of us who were "grafted in")-- to listen and pay attention to what He is saying.
So what is He saying? One thing He is saying is a revelation of who He is. He is the first and He is also the last. That means He was there at the beginning and will be there at the end. He was there before the worlds were even framed by His word. He was there at the beginning when He spoke it all into existence. He was there before you and I had our beginning. He was there at our beginning-- when we were conceived in our mother's womb (as He told the prophet Jeremiah). He was there at the beginning of your new birth-- when you received His Son Jesus as your Savior.
It also means He is the first and only God. He was God before men ever devised their idols and false gods. He was the first before we rebelled against Him and started serving self. He was already God before we started worshipping the creation as God instead of worshipping God.
Being the "first" (before anything else and the first and only God) means He sees down the portals of time and space, even before it came into being, and knows what is going to happen. This is good news for us on a personal level. It means that He saw into my life and knew what it would be. It means He sees into my life and knows what it going on, even before it happens. It means that since He already knows, He already makes provision for anything that comes into my life. Him being God means that He has the power and ability to take care of whatever happens in my life. He is God, therefore, He is powerful, He is provider, He is healer, He is deliverer, He is redeemer, He is everything and has everything that I need-- and that you need.
What do you need this morning? What are you going through? He already knows it and already saw it because He is the first. He saw the need first, even before you did. He already has your answer and your provision because He is God.
Have a great day. God is the first!
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