“Hearken to me, ye that follow after righteousness, ye that seek the LORD: look unto the rock whence ye are hewn, and to the hole of the pit whence ye are digged.” (Isaiah 51:1)
This is truly a fantastic scripture. Upon digging into all this passage is saying, I found that the word “Look” in Hebrew means “to regard with favor”. So, regard with favor the “Rock” from whence ye are hewn.
The word rock means “refuge”, and also “mighty one”, and “mighty God”.
Look with favor to the mighty God, your refuge, the Solid Rock Jesus Christ; from whence you are hewn.
God is trying to get your attention to Who you came from, and where you came from. You did not originate in this earth, and you did not originate in sin; no, that is not what your identity was ever intended to be. Your origin story is far more magnificent because your origin story starts with Jesus Christ, the King of kings and the Lord of lords:
“According as He hath chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love:” (Ephesians 1:4)
According to Webster’s 1828 dictionary, the word “Hewn” is the same as the word “Hewed”, which means “Cut and made smooth or even; chopped; hacked; shaped by cutting or by a chisel.”
Look with favor to the mighty God from whence ye are cut and shaped! We were created from God’s own word, in God’s own image, this is our true origin story. Sin came into the picture after we were chosen in Christ, and He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world. Jesus purchased for us, with His blood, the privilege to become what God intended and called us to be from the beginning.
So God encourages us to look to where we really came from by directing us to look to Himself.
“Listen to Me, you who pursue righteousness (right standing with God), Who seek and inquire of the Lord: Look to the Rock from which you were cut And to the excavation of the quarry from which you were dug.” (Isaiah 51:1 – Amplified Bible)
In other words this scripture is saying “Look with favor to God and the way He created you, and the way He saved you when you were lost!”
Psalms 40:2 says “He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.”
I am grateful to God for helping us to know who we are, and where we came from. May God bless you, and enrich your life in His great love, as you look to Him.
(Word definitions were referenced from blueletterbible.org and Webstersdictionary1828.com)