Isaiah 46

 

vs. 1-2 - THE FALL OF THE GODS OF BABYLON. Among the

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 Babylon until and beyond the time of

Alexander; but it had lost all its prestige. From the state religion of the

chief empire of Western Asia, it had sunk to the position of a provincial

cult.

 

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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

3:10-12.

 

vs. 3-8 -AN ADMONITION TO ISRAEL. Israel should learn from

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

            compare me?"

 

“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 Babylon? Will

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”

                                                                                    John 4:23-24

 

 

 

v. 7 – The idol’s immobility and helplessness!

 

v. 8 - "shew yourselves men"

 

vs. 9-11 - A FURTHER ADMONITION GROUNDED ON OTHER

MOTIVES.  Israel is exhorted to continue firm in the faith:

 

  • by the recollection of God’s mercies in the past (v. 9);

 

  • by the consideration of his prophetic power (v. 10); and

 

  • by a renewed promise of coming deliverance through Cyrus (v. 11).

 

 

v. 9 – “Remember the former things of old” - God’s wonderful dealings with

            Israel in times past — the miracles in Egypt, the passage of

            the Red Sea, the deliverances from Midian, and Ammon, and the

            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 ElI 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.).

 

 

vs. 12-13 - AN ADMONITION TO THE OBDURATE IN ISRAEL.

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

 deliverance of Israel is approaching; THERE IS NO TIME TO LOSE –

THE TIME IS SHORT (the theme of this web site) will they not east in their

lot with the true Israel, and take advantage of the deliverance when it comes?

 

 

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

            not tarry:  and I will place salvation in Zion for Israel my

            glory”

 

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 ZION irregardless of

what the Arab world thinks or proposes!