1-2 - THE FALL OF THE GODS OF
direct consequences of the victories of Cyrus will be the downfall, in a
certain sense, of the Babylonian idolatry. The prophet expresses the
downfall by material imagery, graphically describing the fate of the idols
themselves. But we must regard him as exulting mainly in the thought of
the blow that would be dealt to idolatry in general, and to the Babylonian
form of it in particular, by the substitution of the non-idolatrous and almost
monotheistic Persians for the polytheistic and grossly idolatrous
Babylonians, in the sovereignty of the Asiatic world. The Babylonian
religion no doubt maintained itself at
Alexander; but it had lost all its prestige. From the state religion of the
chief empire of
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Every idol made from precious metals was carried off and committed
to the “melting-pot” – the Final Melting-Pot is mentioned in II Peter
3-8 -AN ADMONITION TO
the fate of the Babylonian idols to trust in Jehovah, who can and will
deliver them, rather than in gods of gold and silver, which can give no aid,
either to themselves or others.
v. 3-5 - "which are borne by me from the belly, which are carried from the
womb: And even to your old age I am He; and even to hoar hairs
will I carry you: I have made and I will bear; even I will carry, and
will deliver you. To whom will ye liken me, and make me equal, and
“borne by me” - Carried in the “everlasting arms” - (Deut. 33:27), as a child
in the arms of its nurse or mother (comp.Isaiah 63:9). From the belly… from
the womb. From the very beginning of the national existence – “I have been
young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his
seed begging bread” - Psalm 37:25 - “even to your old age I am He; even
to hoar hairs” – The nurse — even the mother — soon grows tired of carrying
the child, and leaves him to shift for himself. But God’s tender care for His
people lasts from their infancy, through their boyhood and manhood, to their
old age. The everlasting arms never weary. God’s watchfulness, His providence,
His protection, never fail – “I have made, and I will bear” - The maker of a thing
has naturally regard to what he has made, loves it, desires its good, seeks to defend
and save it – “He shall feed His flock like a shepherd: He shall gather the
lambs with His arm, and carry them in His bosom, and shall GENTLY
LEAD those that are with young” – Isaiah 40:11 - “To whom will ye liken
me?” - (comp.Isaiah 40:18.) Am I to be likened to the idols of
you make images of me? Think how contrary an idol is to me, a Spirit!
Jesus said, “true worshippers shall worship the Father in Spirit and in
truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship Him. God is a Spirit and
they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth”
v. 7 – The idol’s immobility and helplessness!
v. 8 - "shew yourselves men"
vs. 9-11 - A FURTHER ADMONITION GROUNDED ON OTHER
v. 9 – “Remember the former things of old” - God’s wonderful dealings with
Israel in times past — the miracles in Egypt, the passage of
Philistines, and Zerah, and Sennacherib — which proved Him God in
a sense in which the word could be applied to no other. “I am God…..
I am God. In the original, “I am El… I am Elohim.” El is “the Mighty
One,” “the Omnipotent;” Elohim, “the Godhead” in all His fulness.
v. 10 – “Declaring the end from the beginning” - i.e. “possessed of the
very highest prophetic power, able to declare from the very beginnings
of history its ultimate issues” (see Genesis 3:15; 16:12; 21:18 etc.).
12-13 - AN ADMONITION TO THE
God’s mercy extends even to those who resist His grace. They who have
been hitherto stiff-necked and “far from righteousness,” have a special
warning addressed to them, SALVATION IS DRAWING NIGH; the
THE TIME IS SHORT (the theme of this web site) will they not east in their
with the true
vs. 11-13 – “yea, I have spoken it, I will bring it to pass; I have
purposed it, I will also do it. Hearken unto me, ye stout-
hearted, that are far from righteousness. I bring near my
righteousness; it shall not be far off, and my salvation shall
tarry: and I will place salvation in
My righteous judgment is approaching - it involves vengeance on my
enemies and mercy and deliverance to my people – it is "salvation that
will not tarry"
SALVATION’S HEADQUARTERS IS TO BE IN
what the Arab world thinks or proposes!