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“May you and I always remember God is in control.” <>< Dona (10/05/20)

Please read Isaiah 46 through 48.  If you don’t have a Bible handy just click here -> Biblegateway.com. The Biblegateway website should open for you to use. Type in the chapters you want to read and select the translation you want to read them from. Click search and the chapters should appear. Once you read the suggested chapters close the screen and you should return here.

Isaiah 46 Theme

Babylonian gods.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, the Babylonians worshipped gods that they had to carry around (v. 1).

Something to think about

These gods the Babylonians worshipped couldn’t help them (v. 2). But God could carry mankind from the womb to old age and deliver them (v. 3-4). The Babylonians gods were man-made, couldn’t move on their own, couldn’t hear and couldn’t save (v. 5-7).

Something to experience

God created us and cares for us.  And He will care for us throughout our life (v. 3-4).  God is indeed in control of our future (v. 8-11).  God offers both help for present needs and future hope.  His righteousness is near to us and we do not have to wait for His salvation (v. 13).

Scriptures to hide in your heart

Isaiah 46:1 Bel (Babylon’s chief deity) and Nebo (god of science and learning) were carried by animals, and on the livestock.  The idols were heavy loads, a burden for the weary. 

Isaiah 46:2 They stoop and they bow down together.  They could not deliver the burden, but they have gone into captivity. 

Isaiah 46:3-4 “Listen to Me, house of Jacob, and all the remnant of the house of Israel, that have been carried from their birth, that have been carried from the womb.  Even to old age I am He, and even to gray hairs I will carry you.  I have made, and I will bear.  Yes, I will carry, and will deliver.

Isaiah 46:5-7 “To whom will you compare Me, and consider My equal, and compare me, as if we were the same?  Some pour out gold from the bag, and weigh silver in the balance.  They hire a goldsmith, and he makes it a god.  They fall down – yes, they worship.  They bear it on their shoulder.  They carry it, and set it in its place, and it stands there.  It cannot move from its place.  Yes, one may cry to it, yet it cannot answer.  It cannot save him out of his trouble.

Isaiah 46:8-11 “Remember this, and show yourselves men.  Bring it to mind again, you transgressors.  Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is no other.  I am God, and there is none like Me.  10 I declare the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things that are not yet done.  I say: My counsel will stand, and I will do all that I please.  11 I call a ravenous bird from the east, the man of My counsel from a far country.  Yes, I have spoken.  I will also bring it to pass.  I have planned.  I will also do it.

Isaiah 46:13 I bring My righteousness near.  It is not far off, and My salvation will not wait.  I will grant salvation to Zion, My glory to Israel.

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Isaiah 47 Theme

The predicted fall of Babylon (v. 1, 5).

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, Isaiah was prophesying the fall of Babylon many years before it happened.

Something to think about

The Babylonians thought highly of themselves (v. 8-11).  They trusted in sorcerers, astrologers, stargazers and prognosticators (v. 12-14).

Something to experience

Are we proud of our “own” accomplishments?  Do we worship man-made idols – power and pleasure? Do we seek counsel from mere man?  Perhaps we should take heed to the last line of verse 15 that God spoke to the Babylonians – “there is not one that can save you.” God was telling the Babylonians trusting in their own accomplishments, their man-made idols, their sorcerers, their astrologers, their stargazers, and their prognosticators was really of no lasting value.  

Scriptures to hide in your heart

Isaiah 47:1, 5 1“Come down and sit in the dust, virgin daughter of Babylon.  Sit on the ground without a throne, daughter of the Chaldeans.  For you will no longer be called tender and delicate. … “Sit in silence, and go into darkness, daughter of the Chaldeans.  For you shall no longer be called the mistress of kingdoms.

Isaiah 46:8-10 “Now therefore hear this, you who are given to pleasures, who sit securely, who say in your heart, ‘I am, and there is no one else besides me.  I won’t sit as a widow, neither will I know the loss of children.’ But these two things will come to you in a moment in one day, the loss of children and widowhood.  They will come on you in their full measure, in the multitude of your sorceries, and the great abundance of your enchantments.  10 For you have trusted in your wickedness. You have said, ‘No one sees me.’ Your wisdom and your knowledge has perverted you.  You have said in your heart, ‘I am, and there is no one else besides me.’  11 Therefore disaster will come on you.  You won’t know when it dawns. Mischief will fall on you.  You won’t be able to put it away. Desolation will come on you suddenly, which you don’t understand.

Isaiah 46:12-14 12 “Stand now with your enchantments and with the multitude of your sorceries, in which you have labored from your youth, as if you might profit, as if you might prevail.  13 You are wearied in the multitude of your counsels.  Now let the astrologers, the stargazers, and the monthly prognosticators stand up and save you from the things that will happen to you. 14 Behold, they are like stubble. The fire will burn them.  They won’t deliver themselves from the power of the flame.  It won’t be a coal to warm at or a fire to sit by.

Isaiah 46:15 The things that you labored in will be like this: those who have trafficked with you from your youth will each wander in his own way.  There will be no one to save you.

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Isaiah 48 Theme

Israel’s unfaithfulness to God (v. 1-2).

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, You knew the Israelites were a obstinate (stubborn) people and yet You were faithful to them (v. 3-4).

Something to think about

Neither Israel’s actions, attitudes or behavior was the cause of God loving and saving them.  It was because of who He was and what He could do (v. 9-11).  God gave Israel a little lesson in who He was and what He had done in the past (v. 12-13). God called Cyrus to save Israel from the Babylonians (v. 14-15).  For those who do not repent and turn to God there is no peace (v. 22).

Something to experience

God loves us not because of who we are but because of who He is. He loves us and wants to save us when we turn to Him (v. 9-11). Any affliction we Christians encounter has been allowed by God to refine us, to make us more like His Son (v. 10). Just like the Israelites, if we’ll listen to His Word, God will teach us and lead us. And then we will experience His peace and His righteousness (v. 16-18). When we allow the Lord to redeem us from our sin we too will want to shout for joy (v. 20-21).

Scriptures to hide in your heart

Isaiah 48:1-2 1“Hear this, house of Jacob, you who are called by the name of Israel, and have come out of the waters of Judah.  You swear by the Lord’s name, and make mention of the God of Israel, but not in truth, nor in righteousness for they call themselves citizens of the holy city, and rely on the God of Israel; the Lord of Armies is His name.

Isaiah 48:3-4 I have declared the former things from of old.  Yes, they went out of My mouth, and I revealed them.  I did them suddenly, and they happened.  Because I knew that you are obstinate, and your neck is an iron sinew, and your brow bronze;

Isaiah 48:9-11 For My name’s sake, I will defer My anger, and for My praise, I hold it back for you so that I don’t cut you off.  10 Behold, I have refined you, but not as silver.  I have chosen you in the furnace of affliction.  11 For My own sake, for My own sake, I will do it; for how would My name be profaned?  I will not give My glory to another.

Isaiah 48:12-13 12 “Listen to Me, O Jacob, and Israel My called: I am He.  I am the first.  I am also the last.  13 Yes, My hand has laid the foundation of the earth, and My right hand has spread out the heavens.  when I call to them, they stand up together. 

Isaiah 48:14-15 14 “Assemble yourselves, all of you, and hear!  Who among them has declared these things?  He (Cyrus) whom the Lord loves will do what He likes to Babylon, and His arm will be against the Chaldeans.  15 I, even I, have spoken.  Yes, I have called him.  I have brought him and he shall make his way prosperous.

Isaiah 48:16-18 16 “Come near to me and hear this: “From the beginning I have not spoken in secret; from the time that it happened, I was there.” Now the Sovereign Lord has sent me with His Spirit.  17 the Lord, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel says: “I am the Lord your God, who teaches you to profit, who leads you by the way that you should go.  18 Oh that you had listened to My commandments!  Then your peace would have been like a river and your righteousness like the waves of the sea.

Isaiah 48:20-21 20 Leave Babylon! Flee from the Chaldeans!  With a voice of singing announce this, tell it even to the end of the earth: say, “the Lord has redeemed his servant Jacob!”  21 They didn’t thirst when He led them through the deserts.  He caused the waters to flow out of the rock for them.  He also split the rock and the waters gushed out.

Isaiah 48:22 “There is no peace”, says the Lord, “for the wicked.”

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Prayer

Lord, thank You for creating and caring for us throughout our life (Isaiah 46:3-4).  Lord, thank You for being in control of our present and our future life (Isaiah 46:8-11).  Lord, thank You for help us in the present and for giving us hope for now and the future (Isaiah 46:13). Lord, thank You for saving us (Isaiah 47:15).  Lord, thank You for loving us even when we’re unlovable (Isaiah 48:9-11). Lord, thank You for refining us and making us more like Your Son, even when we have to walk through something we’d rather not experience (Isaiah 48:10). Lord, I pray we will listen to Your Word, learn from You and follow You (Isaiah 16-18). Lord, I pray we will shout for joy because of what You’ve done in our life (Isaiah 4:20-21).  In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

“May you and I shout for joy because God is in our life.” <>< Dona