Tonight, we will be covering 3 Chapters. Much of the verses
found in Chapters 40 Ė 48 deal with the supremacy of God over manmade idols and
how God is still
Let us begin in:
Isaiah 44:1 "Yet
hear now, O Jacob My servant, And
The basic message is one
of hope. God lets them know that they were His chosen people and that He formed
them in the womb. Though His people would be taken into captivity, they would
be restored, but this is another of these sections of Scriptures that points to
the time of Christ as well because, when did God pour out His Spirit on their
descendants? It was on the day of Pentecost. So, while God speaks of time of
hope and restoration that would occur in about 150 years, ultimately we would
see this fulfilled with the new spiritual
Next we see a strong
rebuke against idolatry.
Isaiah 44:6 "
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.† 7 And who can proclaim
as I do? Then let him declare it and set it in order for Me, Since I appointed
the ancient people. And the things that are coming and shall come, Let them
show these to them.† 8 Do not
fear, nor be afraid; Have I not told you from that time, and declared it? You
are My witnesses. Is there a God besides Me? Indeed there is no
other Rock; I know not one.' "
There is no other God or
no other Redeemer. God is it. God challenges anyone one or thing to step and
show that he can do what God can or know what God can. The fact His people had
seen first hand the power of God should be enough to prove the point that God
Isaiah 44:9 Those
who make an image, all of them are useless, And their precious things
shall not profit; They are their own witnesses; They neither see nor
know, that they may be ashamed.† 10
Who would form a god or mold an image That profits him nothing?† 11 Surely all his companions would
be ashamed; And the workmen, they are mere men. Let them all be gathered
together, Let them stand up; Yet they shall fear, They shall be ashamed
together.† 12 The blacksmith
with the tongs works one in the coals, Fashions it with hammers, And works it
with the strength of his arms. Even so, he is hungry, and his strength fails;
He drinks no water and is faint.† 13
The craftsman stretches out his rule, He marks one out with chalk; He
fashions it with a plane, He marks it out with the compass, And makes it like
the figure of a man, According to the beauty of a man, that it may remain in
the house.† 14 He cuts down
cedars for himself, And takes the cypress and the oak; He secures it for
himself among the trees of the forest. He plants a pine, and the rain nourishes
it.† 15 Then it shall
be for a man to burn, For he will take some of it and warm himself; Yes, he
kindles it and bakes bread; Indeed he makes a god and worships it; He
makes it a carved image, and falls down to it.†
16 He burns half of it in the fire; With this half he eats
meat; He roasts a roast, and is satisfied. He even warms himself and
says, "Ah! I am warm, I have seen the fire."† 17 And the rest of it he makes
into a god, His carved image. He falls down before it and worships it, Prays
to it and says, "Deliver me, for you are my god!"† 18 They do not know nor
understand; For He has shut their eyes, so that they cannot see, And their
hearts, so that they cannot understand.† 19
And no one considers in his heart, Nor is there knowledge nor
understanding to say, "I have burned half of it in the fire, Yes, I have
also baked bread on its coals; I have roasted meat and eaten it; And
shall I make the rest of it an abomination? Shall I fall down before a block of
wood?"† 20 He feeds on
ashes; A deceived heart has turned him aside; And he cannot deliver his soul,
Nor say, "Is there not a lie in my right hand?"
These verses sum up how
ridiculous man can become. They would make these useless gods out of wood and
other objects that have no life. While doing this should have made them appear
crazy people began accepting it as truth because they became blind to the
For example, if I took
this remote control and became infatuated with it and how it can turn the power
point projector on and off and made a shrine for it you all should think I have
lost my mind. However, if I pray to this remote and some of things I pray for
happen by coincidence, I will contribute it to the remote. I then will brag
about the all powerful remote to others and tell them to pray to it. If
something they pray for happens coincidently, then they might believe in the
remote as well. This the principle behind how people could make some useless
thing in to a god.
†People do the same thing today. Though they
have been taught the truth, they exchange the truth for something useless like
an idol. They blindly follow after false teachers and worldly ways even though
they know deep down that is wrong. This is truly a sad condition to be in.
Isaiah 44:21 "
Remember these, O Jacob, And Israel, for you are My servant; I have
formed you, you are My servant; O Israel, you will not be forgotten by
Me!† 22 I have blotted out,
like a thick cloud, your transgressions, And like a cloud, your sins. Return to
Me, for I have redeemed you."† 23
Sing, O heavens, for the LORD has done it! Shout, you lower parts of the
earth; Break forth into singing, you mountains, O forest, and every tree in it!
For the LORD has redeemed Jacob, And glorified Himself in
One of the wonderful
things about God is that He is always there for you. Yes, if you turn from Him
you will face the consequences, but He allows you to turn back to Him and be
redeemed. This shows His great mercy He has for us because we did not deserve
His love in the first place, and to turn from Him and be allowed back again is
a privilege that is hard to believe, yet God allows it.
Many try to predict the
future, but only God knows the future. Before King Cyrus was even born, he is
being prophesied as the one who was free His people from captivity and how they
would be a nation again and how they would rebuild the temple. Of course this
prophecy came true and just one example of many that shows that God is control
and knows what will happen in the future, so we can trust in His Word. Isaiah
45 continues talking about King Cyrus.
Isaiah 45:1 "Thus
says the LORD to His anointed, To Cyrus, whose right hand I have held -- To
subdue nations before him And loose the armor of kings, To open before him the
double doors, So that the gates will not be shut:† 2 'I will go before you And make
the crooked places straight; I will break in pieces the gates of bronze And cut
the bars of iron.† 3 I will
give you the treasures of darkness And hidden riches of secret places, That you
may know that I, the LORD, Who call you by your name, Am the God
King Cyrus was able to
defeat the Babylonians and other nations just as was predicted. We learn in
Ezra 1:2 that the king himself proclaimed that God was the one that gave him
his victories over the various kingdoms and how he was to play his part in the
temple being rebuilt for God. King Cyrus began very rich from all the gold and
other precious things he took from those nations he defeated.
Isaiah 45:4 For
Jacob My servant's sake, And Israel My elect, I have even called you by your
name; I have named you, though you have not known Me.† 5 I am the LORD, and there
is no other; There is no God besides Me. I will gird you, though you
have not known Me,† 6 That
they may know from the rising of the sun to its setting That there is none
besides Me. I am the LORD, and there is no other;† 7 I form the light and create
darkness, I make peace and create calamity; I, the LORD, do all these things.'
I have already said, the fact that God called this king by name before he was
born and told exactly what he would do by the power of God proves that God is
control of all things. He can bring about great blessings or He can bring about
great destruction. There is no other like God almighty.
Isaiah 45:8 "
Rain down, you heavens, from above, And let the skies pour down righteousness;
Let the earth open, let them bring forth salvation, And let righteousness
spring up together. I, the LORD, have created it.
This is a beautiful
statement that shows how our God deserves our complete adoration. He is the
Creator of all things and makes righteousness possible. We today should
certainly be thankful for all that God has done for us and how He has made
salvation possible for us all.
Isaiah 45:9 "
Woe to him who strives with his Maker! Let the potsherd strive with
the potsherds of the earth! Shall the clay say to him who forms it, 'What are
you making?' Or shall your handiwork say, 'He has no hands'?† 10 Woe to him who says to his father,
'What are you begetting?' Or to the woman, 'What have you brought forth?'
"† 11 Thus says the LORD,
The Holy One of
Here is another rebuke to
those who continue to rebel against their Maker. Many today do the same because
many refuse to abide in the doctrine of Christ and some deny that they have Maker
at all. How sad it is for the created to deny it Creator or trust in His
wisdom. Godís plans will not be changed by man because God is going to raise up
Cyrus and use this Pagan man to carry out His will to restore His people once
Isaiah 45:14 Thus
says the LORD: "The labor of
Isaiah is talking about
how the enemies of the Jews will also be brought low and be humbled. They will
realize that God had made King Cyrus able to subdue them and free the Jews to
allow them to rebuild. They will also realize that their many false gods have
no power or control over what God almighty can do.
Isaiah 45:18 For
thus says the LORD, Who created the heavens, Who is God, Who formed the earth
and made it, Who has established it, Who did not create it in vain, Who formed
it to be inhabited: "I am the LORD, and there is no
other.† 19 I have not spoken
in secret, In a dark place of the earth; I did not say to the seed of Jacob,
'Seek Me in vain'; I, the LORD, speak righteousness, I declare things that are
Our God is not some
obscure god whose message is vague or hidden. No, God has not kept His way and
what He wants us to do secret. He revealed His message through the Patriarchs,
prophets and through the apostles and other servants of God. We do not have to
guess at what God wants us to do or what it takes to please Him and that should
be comforting to us because when little is known about a false god, man will
create whatever comes to his mind for people to follow. Their teachings will be
all over the place and will contradict. However, the teachings from God are
pure, true, and always accurate as it should be.
Isaiah 45:20 "
Assemble yourselves and come; Draw near together, You who have escaped
from the nations. They have no knowledge, Who carry the wood of their carved
image, And pray to a god that cannot save.† 21 Tell and bring forth your
case; Yes, let them take counsel together. Who has declared this from
ancient time? Who has told it from that time? Have not I, the
LORD? And there is no other God besides Me, A just God and a Savior; There
is none besides Me.† 22
"Look to Me, and be saved, All you ends of the earth! For I am God,
and there is no other.† 23
I have sworn by Myself; The word has gone out of My mouth in righteousness,
And shall not return, That to Me every knee shall bow, Every tongue shall take
an oath.† 24 He shall say,
'Surely in the LORD I have righteousness and strength. To Him men shall
come, And all shall be ashamed Who are incensed against Him.† 25 In the LORD all the descendants
The message is that God
is Supreme and salvation only comes through Him. These other nations that were
doing their own things and following after the own gods will find out that
there is only one true God. Whether someone figures this truth out in this
lifetimeor not, everyone will eventually figure this out. Just as Paul also
Romans 14:10 But why do you judge your
brother? Or why do you show contempt for your brother? For we shall all stand
before the judgment seat of Christ. 11 For it is written: "As
I live, says the LORD, Every knee shall bow to Me, And every tongue shall
confess to God." 12 So then each of us shall give account of
himself to God.
In verse 23, Isaiah says God swears by Himself.
Only Deity could do this. The fact that He can do this shows that all these
things He was saying was going to happen, would happen. This is the all
powerful God that we serve.
In Chapter 46, Isaiah focuses on the downfall of
Isaiah 46:1 Bel bows down, Nebo stoops;
Their idols were on the beasts and on the cattle. Your carriages were heavily
loaded, A burden to the weary beast.†
2 They stoop, they bow down together; They could not deliver
the burden, But have themselves gone into captivity.
Bel and Nebo were two
Babylonian gods. One easy way to show that a god or gods are either weak or not
gods at all is by defeating those that put their faith and trust in them.† Not only would the Babylonians be taken into
captivity, their supposed gods would be too.
Isaiah 46:3 "
Listen to Me, O house of Jacob, And all the remnant of the house of Israel, Who
have been upheld by Me from birth, Who have been carried from the
womb:† 4 Even to your old
age, I am He, And even to gray hairs I will carry you! I
have made, and I will bear; Even I will carry, and will deliver you.† 5 " To whom will you liken
Me, and make Me equal And compare Me, that we should be alike?† 6 They lavish gold out of the bag,
And weigh silver on the scales; They hire a goldsmith, and he makes it a god;
They prostrate themselves, yes, they worship.†
7 They bear it on the shoulder, they carry it And set it in
its place, and it stands; From its place it shall not move. Though one cries
out to it, yet it cannot answer Nor save him out of his trouble.
Here is a call to Godís
people to listen and remember that He is with them and will always be with
them. While some wanted to make gods of gold and other materials, God makes it
clear that it is utter foolishness to do so because those gods made by hands
cannot hear your cries or deliver you from your troubles. Only God can do that.
In a similar way, we all
need to remember that our technology nor or wisdom can save us today. Yes, we
can do amazing things and cure many diseases, but eternal salvation can only
come through God and we must never forget it.
Isaiah 46:8 "
Remember this, and show yourselves men; Recall to mind, O you
transgressors.† 9 Remember the
former things of old, For I am God, and there is no other; I
am God, and there is none like Me,†
10 Declaring the end from the beginning, And from ancient
times things that are not yet done, Saying, 'My counsel shall
stand, And I will do all My pleasure,'† 11
Calling a bird of prey from the east, The man who executes My counsel, from a
far country. Indeed I have spoken it; I will also bring it to pass. I
have purposed it; I will also do it.
The plea is a familiar
one because God never stopped trying to get His people to wake up from their
stupor and remember how awesome He is and what He has done. No matter how much
man may think he is in control of things, he is wrong because God is the one in
control. Nothing was going to stop God from using this future King named Cyrus
to carry out His judgment on surrounding nations and to restore His people. To
me, it is comforting to know that God is control. Finally, we read:
" Listen to Me, you stubborn-hearted, Who are far from
righteousness:† 13 I bring My
righteousness near, it shall not be far off; My salvation shall not linger. And
I will place salvation in
This described the
rebellious Jew back then and it describes the rebellious people of today. Many
are so stubborn that they would rather feel they are right than admit that they
are wrong according to Scripture. We must be careful that we are not stubborn
people who are unwilling to be humble enough to change our ways to Godís ways and
embrace the blessings the God can bring into our lives. Part of being faithful
is giving 100% of yourself to God. We must trust in Him even when our heart of
hearts tells us differently because our heart and feeling can mislead us, but
Godís never will.
If these Jews at the time
were listening carefully to what Isaiah was saying, it should have moved them
to be ashamed of their sinful behavior but at the same time gave them great
hope in the future of their nation because God was still with them and He
wanted them all to turn back to His ways. He was going to bless them once
We should learn from this
as Christians to never put anything before God and to realize that He loves and
will always be there for us, but we must choose to serve Him. As Isaiah has
pointed out, salvation cannot be found in anyone other than God Almighty. We
are so blessed to have such a wonderful loving God who is so patient with us,
cares for us, and give us so many opportunities to be in fellowship with Him.