“Glory To The Lamb Jesus”/Isaiah 46, “Gods of Babylon”

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“Be Blessed,” Yolanda Adams

Key Verse:  Isaiah 46:9) REMEMBER THE FORMER THINGS OF OLD:  FOR I AM GOD, AND THERE IS NONE ELSE; I AM GOD, AND THERE IS NONE LIKE ME,  Deuteronomy 32:7.    

“Gods of Babylon,” Isaiah 46:1) Bel boweth down, Nebo stoopeth, their idols were upon the beasts, and upon the cattle:  your carriages were heavy loaden; they are a burden to the weary beast.  Jeremiah 51:44; Jeremiah 10:5.  2) They stoop, they bow down together; they could not deliver the burden, but themselves are gone into captivity.   3) Hearken Unto Me, O house of Jacob, and all the remnant of the house of Israel, Which Are Borne By Me From The Belly, Which Are Carried From The Womb:  Exodus 19:4; Deuteronomy 1:31.  4) And even to your old age I Am He; and even to hoar hairs (your gray hairs) Will I Carry You:  I Have Made, And I Will Bear; Even I Will Carry, And Will Deliver You.  Malachi 3:6.  

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v1, 2,  Bel, meaning “Lord,” was a title of Marduk, Babylon’s chief deity.  Nebo, Marduk’s son, was the god of fate, writing, and wisdom.  The heavy idols that were expected to bring deliverance were themselves dragged away into captivity.  v3, An unbelieving remnant (1:9; 10:20) is likely being referred to here.  v4, 5, Old age indicates The Lord’s Never Ceasing Care.  I Am He:  The Lord Himself And No One Else Would Save Israel (41:4).

Quest Study Bible – v1, “Bel … Nebo”   Gods of Babylon.  Bel means lord and referred to Marduk, the chief god of Babylon.  Nebo (sometimes called Nabu) was Marduk’s son, honored in the name of Babylonian kings such as Nebuchadnezzar.  Here the Prophet may be seeing a procession of refugees, fleeing the conquering Persians, with their idols unable to save them.

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v-4, The Heathen Insulted The Jews, as if their idols Bel and Nebo were too strong for Jehovah.  But their worshipers cannot help them; both the idols and the idolaters are gone into captivity.  Let Not God’s People Be Afraid Of Either.  Those things from which ungodly men expect safety and happiness, will be found unable to save them from death and hell.  The True God Will Never Fail His Worshipers.  The History Of The Life Of Every Believer Is A Kind Of Abstract Of The History Of Israel.  Our Spiritual life Is Upheld By His Grace, As Constantly As Our Natural Life By His Providence (Will).  And God Will Never Leave Them.  The Author Will Be The Finisher Of Their Well-Being, When, By Decay, They Need Help As Much As In Infancy.  This Promise To Israel, Enfeebled and Grown Old As A Nation, Is Applicable To Every Aged Follower Of Christ.  When Compassed About With Infirmities, And Perhaps Those Around Begin To Grow Weary of You, Yet I Am He That I Have Promised To Be, He That You Would Have Me To Be.  I Will Bear You Up; Carry You On In Your Way, And Carry You Home At Last.  If We Learn To Trust In And Love Him, We Need Not Be Anxious About Our Remaining Days Or Years, He Will Still Provide For Us And Watch Over Us, Both As The Creatures Of His Power, And As New-Created By His Spirit.  Amen.     

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