“Glory To The Lamb Jesus”/Isaiah 44, “The Lord, Not Idols”

Christian Living

“Be Still,”  Yolanda Adams 

Redeemed –  Purchased By The Shed Blood Of Jesus Christ On The Cross At Calvary

“The Lord, Not Idols,” Isaiah 44:6) Thus Saith The Lord The King Of Israel, And His Redeemer The Lord Of Hosts; I Am The First, And I Am The Last, And Beside Me There Is No God.  7) And Who, As I, Shall Call, And Declare It, And Set It In Order For Me, Since I Appointed The Ancient People?  And The Things That Are Coming, And Shall Come, Let Them Shew Unto Them.  8) Fear Ye Not, Neither Be Afraid:  Have Not I Told Thee From That Time, And Have Declared It?  Ye Are Even My Witnesses.  Is There A God Beside Me?  Yea, There Is No God; I Know Not Any.  9) They That Make A Graven Image Are All Of Them Vanity; And Their Delectable Things Shall Not Profit; And They Are Their Own Witnesses; They See Not, Nor Know; That They May Be Ashamed.  10) Who Hath Formed A god, Or Molten A Graven Image That Is Profitable For Nothing?  Habakkuk 2:18.  11) Behold All his Fellow Shall Be Ashamed:  And The Workmen, They Are Of Men:  Let Them All Be Gathered Together, Let Them Stand Up, Yet They Shall Fear, And They Shall Be Ashamed Together.  12) The Smith With The Tongs Both Worketh In The Coals, And Fashioneth It With Hammers, And Worketh It With The Strength Of His Arms; Yea he Is Hungry, And his Strength Faileth:  he Drinketh No Water, And Is Faint.  13) The Carpenter Stretcheth Out his Rule; he Marketh It Out With The Compass, And Maketh It After The Figure Of A man; That It May Remain In The House.  14) He Heweth him Down Cedars, And Taketh The Cypress And The Oak, Which he Strengtheneth For himself Among The Trees Of The Forest:  he Planteth An Ash, And The Rain Doth Nourish It.

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v6, 7 Redeemer:   This term is also used in 41:14 and refers to the Zeal With Which The Lord Acts To Defend His People.  First … Last:  God Is Completely Sovereign Over Time (41:4).  v8, Do Not Fear:  When God Is On Your Side, You Do Not Need To Fear Anything Or Anyone Else.  Rock:  The image of a rock represents stability and protection (Psalm 62:2, 6, 7).  v9, an image:  This is the term used in The Second Commandment to describe an idol (Exodus 20:4).  Useless Is translated “without form” in Genesis 1:2.  v10, The Hebrew has the words god and image together, emphasizing the absurdity of worshiping an image molded by human hands.  v11, be ashamed:  When all people come face to face with God, it will be a day of shame for those who Rejected Him In This Life.  v13, 14 While people were made in the image of God (Genesis 1:26-28), idolaters made gods in the figure of a man. 

John Gill’s Exposition Of The Bible – Regarding IdolIsaiah 44:13, 14, see Genesis 1:13) And God Said, Let Us Make Man In Our Image, After Our Likeness  These words are directed not to the earth, out of which man was made, as consulting with it, and to be assisting in the formation of man, as Moses Gerundensis, and other Jewish writers F6, which is wretchedly stupid; nor to the Angels, as the Targum of Jonathan, Jarchi, and others, who are not of God’s Privy Council, nor were concerned in any part of The Creation, and much less in the more Noble Part Of It: nor are The Words Spoken after the manner of kings, as Saadiah, using the plural number as expressive of honour and majesty; since such a way of speaking did not obtain very early, not even till the close of the Old Testament: but They Are Spoken By God The Father To The Son And Holy Ghost, Who Were Each Of Them Concerned (Included) In The Creation Of All Things, And Particularly Of Man: hence we read of Divine Creators and Makers in the plural number,        ( Job 35:10 ) ( Psalms 149:2 )    ( Ecclesiastes 12:1 ) and Philo the Jew acknowledges that these Words declare a plurality, and are expressive of others, being Co-Workers With God In Creation F7: and man being the principal part of The Creation, and for the sake of whom the world, and all things in it were made, and which being finished, he is introduced into it as into an house ready prepared and furnished for him; a consultation is held Among The Divine Persons about the formation of him; not because of any difficulty attending it, but as expressive of his honour and dignity; it being proposed he should be made not in the likeness of any of the creatures already made, but as near as could be in The Likeness And Image Of God. The Jews sometimes say, that Adam and Eve were created in The Likeness Of The Holy Blessed God, And His Shechinah F8;    ( Proverbs 8:30 ) and to this ancient Adam He Said, “Let Us Make Man In Our Image, After Our Likeness”: And Again, “Let Us Make Man”; To Whom Did He Say This?  the cause of causes said to “`Jod’, He, `Vau’, He”; that is, To Jehovah, which is in the midst of the ten numerations. What are the ten numerations? “`Aleph’, He, `Jod’, He”, that is, (Hyha) , “I Am That I Am, ( Exodus 3:14 ) And He That Says Let Us Make, Is Jehovah; I Am The First, And I Am The Last, And Beside Me There Is No God: and three Jods (YYY) Testify Concerning Him, That There Is None Above Him, Nor Any Below Him.

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v1-8, Israel is here called Jeshurun, which means “The Upright One.”  Such only are Israelites indeed, in whom is no guile (deviousness, deceit).  Those That Serve God He Will Own.  He Will Help Them Over Difficulties, And In Their Services.  Water Is The Emblem (Symbol) Of The Holy Spirit; as water refreshes, cleanses, and makes the earth fruitful, So His Influences Make The Soul Fruitful.  This Gift Of The Holy Ghost Is The Great Blessing, The Plentiful Pouring Out Of Which God Kept For The Latter Days.  Where God Gives His Spirit, He Will Give All Other Blessings.  Hereby, Shall Be A Great Increase Of The Church; Thus It Shall Be Spread To Distant Places.  Was There Any Other Rock, Or Protector, That Could Defend Them?  None Besides Could Foretell These Things To Come, Of Which God By His Prophets Gave Notice.  All Was Set In Order In The Divine Predictions, As Well As In The Divine Purposes.  Could Any Other Have Done So?  Who Can Compare With Israel’s Redeemer And King?  v9-20, Image-making is described to expose the folly of idolaters.  Though A man had used part of a log for fuel, he would fall down before an image made of the remainder, praying it to deliver him.  Man greatly dishonors God, when he represents Him after the image of man.  Satan binds the eyes of unbelievers, causing absurd reasoning’s in matters of Religion.  Whenever men seek happiness in worldly things, or run into unbelief, superstition, or any false system, they feed on ashes.  A heart deceived by pride, love of sin, and departure from God, turns men aside from His Holy Truth And Worship.  When the affections are depraved, a man holds fast the lie as his best treasure.  Are our hearts set upon the wealth of the world and its pleasures?  They will certainly prove a lie.  If we trust to outward professions and doings, as if those would save us, we deceive ourselves.  Self-suspicion is the first step towards self-deliverance.  He that would deliver his soul, must question his conscience.  Is there not a lie in my right hand?  Amen.

*Man Was Created With A Soul And A Heart To Love And Care For Others; And To Love, Obey, Worship And Praise The Lord God For Ever.  (This Person’s Opinion).

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