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March 1, 2019

ISAIAH 45-50   


Focus Verse For Today: Isaiah 50:10-11


Take some time to ask the Lord to give you His understanding of our journey through Isaiah today. After you have finished reading Isaiah 45-50, let’s begin our journey!


Chapter 45 reveals that God will use King Cyrus to execute His (God’s) will in delivering God’s people, Israel. King Cyrus was a pagan, not a Jew, so the people of Israel could not understand why God would use him. God made it clear throughout the chapter that He (God) is the creator of all that is and that He will use whomever He desires to fulfill His will.  (Isiah 45:1-25)


In chapter 46, the Lord takes to task the god’s of Babylon. The Lord God exposes them as nothing more than man-made images, which can do nothing to advance or destroy man, other than separating man from the Lord God, making folly of them demanding the Babylonians call upon them for protection from God as He destroys Babylon. God makes it clear to the Babylonians that, “I am God and there is no other; I am God and there is none like me.” (Isaiah 46:9b, NIV) (Isaiah 46:1-13)


In chapter 47, the Lord destroys Babylon. God declares Himself as the Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel, as He pronounces judgment on Babylon. God tells the people of Babylon that spells, incantations, and sorcery cannot save them from His wrath. God’s warning is also an opportunity to turn from sorcery and incantations by turning to Him, God, to deliver them from their idol worship. (Isaiah 47:1-15)


In chapter 48, God speaks to Israel while they are captive in Babylon, telling them that their captivity is a result of worshiping Him in name only and not their daily lives.  God speaks of Israel as being stubborn, with neck muscles of iron, and a forehead of bronze, meaning Israel was trying to change God rather than reform to God’s will. The result was Israel being captive to Babylon. (Isaiah 48:1-11) God delivers Israel from Babylon. (Isaiah 48:12-22)


Chapter 49 foretells of Jesus’ coming to rescue the Jews and Gentiles who chose to surrender their lives to Him. (Isaiah 49:1-7) God tells his people, Israel, through Isaiah, that Jerusalem shall be restored at the time He chooses. (Isaiah 49:8-26)


Chapter 50 reveals that Israel does not seek God’s deliverance by reaching out to Him as His servants. They chose to malign God’s ability to deliver them. God’s response is revealed in our focus verse for today:


10Who among you fears the Lord

    and obeys the word of his servant?

Let the one who walks in the dark,

    who has no light,

trust in the name of the Lord

    and rely on their God.

11But now, all you who light fires

    and provide yourselves with flaming torches,

go, walk in the light of your fires

    and of the torches you have set ablaze.

This is what you shall receive from my hand:

    You will lie down in torment. (Isaiah 50:10-11, NIV)


No human being fully understands the mystery of God. Can we comprehend someone who always was? Can we comprehend someone who makes something from nothing? The complexity of the world indicates that something more than coincidence resulted in the formation of the world as we know it. It all boils down to trust. Do you put your trust in your torch? Your torch! Your understanding!  Yourself! Do you put your trust in God’s servant? God’s servant, His son, who came to us as the light that delivers those who trust in Him from darkness. Where do you place your trust? In yourself! In Jesus! Godspeace! 


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