“Glory To The Lamb Jesus”/Isaiah 41, “The Helper of Israel,” III

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“Nobody Like You Lord,” Maranda Willis.  (See Maranda Willis Leads Powerful Worship in Phoenix)

“The Helper of Israel,” lll, Isaiah 41:21) Produce your cause, Saith The Lord; bring forth your strong reasons, Saith The King Of Jacob.  22) Let them bring them forth (idols), and shew us what shall happen:  let then shew the former things, what they be, that we may consider them, and know the latter end of them; or declare us things for to come.  23) Shew the things that are to come hereafter, that we may know that ye are gods; yea, do good, or do evil, that we may be dismayed, and behold it together.  24) Behold, ye are of nothing, and your work nought:  an abomination is he that chooseth you.  25) I Have Raised Up one from the north, and he shall come:  from the rising of the sun shall he call upon My Name:  and he shall come upon princes as upon morter, and as the potter treadeth clay.  Ezra 1:2.  26) Who hath declared from the beginning, that we may know?  and beforetime, that we may say, (H)e is righteous?  yea, there is none that sheweth, yea, there is none that declareth, yea, there is none that heareth your words.  27) The First Shall Say To Zion, Behold, Behold them:  And I will Give To Jerusalem One That Bringeth Good Tidings.  28) For I Beheld, And There Was No Man, even among them, and there was no counsellor, that, When I Asked of them, could answer a word.  Daniel 2:10.  29) Behold, they are all vanity; their works are nothing:  their molten images are wind and confusion.  

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v21, King Of Jacob:  This Title For God Pictures His Special Relationship With His People.  v22, The phrase things to come may refer to The Mighty Acts Of God Would Go Through Cyrus.  Idols cannot tell the past or the future, But The Lord Can.   v23, that you are gods:  This is part of the satire (vv. 21, 22).  Do good or do evil is a way of saying “do anything.” v24, The word indeed assumes a period of silence between v. 23 and v. 24.  The supposed “gods” were mute.  An abomination causes revulsion.  v25, 26 from the north … From the rising of the sun:  The conquest of Media by Cyrus (550 B. C.) made him master of the territories north of Babylon.  v27, The pronoun they refers to the “former things” and “things to come” (of v. 22).  One who brings good tidings refers to the Prophet Isaiah.  v28, 29 These verses present the futility of the nations; they do not have true understanding of reality—past, present, or future (41:26).

Quest Study Bible – v25, “One from the north,”  This is Cyrus, described also as one from the rising sun.  Before his take over of Babylon, he had already defeated the northern Medes and the northwestern Lydians,  so the threat of this eastern ruler came from the north.  Cyrus appears as a redeemer of Israel, Calling On God’s Name.  Historical sources show Cyrus as one who honored the gods of any nation he was conquering at the time.  See One from the east (41:2).  v25, “Why did potters tread in clay?”  To remove air bubbles.  Potters found clay in the ground, added water and some fine sand to get the right consistency, then removed the water.  But it then had to be stomped to squash any air pockets that would weaken the final product.  Builders used a similar process in making mortar for construction with stones or bricks (see Nahum 3:14).

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v21-29, There Needs No More To Show The Folly Of Sin, than to bring to notice the reasons given in defense of it.  There is nothing in idols worthy of regard.  They are less then nothing, and worse than nothing.  Let the advocates of other doctrines than that of Salvation Through Christ, bring their arguments.  Can they tell of a cure for human depravity?  Jehovah Has Power Which Cannot Be Withstood, This He Will Make Appear.  But The Certain Knowledge Of The Future Must Be Only With Jehovah, Who Fulfills His Own Plans.  All Prophecies, Except Those Of The Bible, Have Been Uncertain.  In The Work Of Redemption The Lord Showed Himself Much More Than In The Release Of The Jews From Babylon.  The Good Tidings The Lord Will Send In The Gospel, Is A Mystery Hid From Ages And Generations.  A DELIVERER IS RAISED UP FOR US, Of Nobler Name And Greater Power Than The Deliverer (Cyrus) Of The Captive Jews.  May We Be Numbered Among His Obedient Servants And Faithful Friends.  Amen.

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