Isaiah 46:4: “And even to your old age I am he; and even to grey hairs will I carry you: I have made, and I will bear; even I will carry, and will deliver you.”
Around 600 BC the Babylonians conquered the Southern Kingdom of Judah. In this captivity, Nebuchadnezzar removed the gold and treasures from the temple of the Lord and from the royal palace. All the beauty of the temple built by Solomon was destroyed. He also carried all Jerusalem into exile: all the officers and fighting men, and all the skilled workers and artisans—a total of ten thousand. Only the sick, lame, and the elderly were left behind.
Archeologist have found clay tablets, from ancient Babylon, called the Babylonian Chronicles, providing a short synopsis of Nebuchadnezzars siege on Jerusalem that reinforce the story told in 2 Kings 24.
Among the group of slaves that Nebuchadnezzar took as captives were Daniel and his 3 friends, but those that were left behind were the elderly, the weak, the diseased, and those who were unable to do any significant work.
Imagine the separation that would have happened across every part of the kingdom. Families ripped apart, parents from children, grandparents from grandchildren, friend from friend, neighbor from neighbor.
Our verse today reminds us that HE is the creator of you, and HE will carry you and will deliver you.
Do you sometimes feel like you have been abandoned. Do you feel left behind and separated from family and friends
Deuteronomy 1:31 says: “and in the wilderness where you saw how the LORD your God carried you, just as a man carries his son, all the way which you have walked.”
Just as a father carries his son, he will carry you. Even down to old age.