“Glory To The Lamb Jesus”/Isaiah 44, “Jerusalem To Be Inhabited”

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“Jerusalem To Be Inhabited,” Isaiah 44:24) Thus Saith The Lord, Thy Redeemer, And he That Formed Thee From The Womb, I Am The Lord That maketh All Things; Tht Stretcheth Forth The heavens Alone:  That Spreadeth Abroad The Earth By Myself;  Job 9:8; Psalm 104:2.  25) That Frustrateth The Tokens Of The Liars, And Maketh Diviners Mad; That Turneth Wise Men Backward, And Maketh Their Knowledge Foolish;  1 Corinthians 1:20.  26) That Confirmeth The Word Of His Servant, And Performeth The Counsel of His Messengers; That Saith To Jerusalem, Thou Shalt Be Inhabited; And To The Cities Of Judah, Ye Shall Be Built, And I Will Raise Up The Decayed Places Thereof:  27) That Sayeth To The Deep, Be Dry, And I Will Dry Up Thy Rivers:  28) That Saith Of Cyrus, He Is My Shepherd, And Shall perform All my Pleasure:  Even Saying To Jerusalem, Thou Shalt Be Built; And To The Temple, Thy Foundation Shall Be Laid.

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v24, Thus Says The Lord:  Because The Lord Says This, It Will Come To Pass (43:1; 14; 44:2, 6, 24).  v25, Babblers refers to the diviners.  wise, people wise in their own eyes, but not wise to The Lord.  v26, built:  The rebuilding of The Temple and the resettlement of the land after the devastation of Babylon inaugurated the new age (58:12; 61:4).  v27, Deep refers either to the moat protecting Babylon or to the obstacles blocking the returning exiles (42:15)v28, Cyrus:  Isaiah mentions by name the king of Persia who would allow the Israelites to return to Jerusalem in 538 B. C.

Quest Study Bible – v28, “Cyrus,”   Cyrus ll (the great) ruled Persia from 558 to 530 B.C.  Whereas previous empires had dominated the Middle East with military might, Cyrus combined might with diplomacy by allowing various captured nations to return home and by setting up a decentralized government.  God Used This Leader’s Rise To Power To Save His People (Ezra 1:2-4) And Spark The Rebuilding Of The Temple.  See “One from the east” (41:2).

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v24-28, Those That Learn To Know Christ, See All Knowledge To Be Foolishness, In Comparison With The Knowledge Of Him.  And His Enemies Will Find Their Counsels Turned Into Foolishness, And Themselves Taken In Their Craftiness.  The Exact Fulfilling (Of) The Prophecies Of Scripture Confirms The Truth of The Whole, And Proves Its Divine Origin.  The Particular Favors God Designed For His people In Captivity, Were Foretold Here, Long Before They Went Into Captivity.  Very Great Difficulties Would Be In The Way Of Their Deliverance, But It Is Promised That By Divine Power They Should All Be Removed.  God Knew Who Should Be The Deliverer Of His People; And Let His Church Know It, That When They Heard Such A Name Talked Of They Might Know Their Redemption Drew Nigh.  It Is The Greatest Honor Of The Greatest Men, To Be Employed As Instruments Of The Divine Favor To His People.  In Things Wherein Men Serve Themselves, And Look No Further, God makes Them Do All His Pleasure (Will).  And A Nobler Shepherd Than Cyrus, (Jesus The Christ), Does His Father’s Will, Till His (God’s) Work Is Fully Completed.  Amen.

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