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Isaiah 40 begins a new major section in Isaiah
It is mostly prophetic and future.
Chapters 40-48 deal with things that will happen 170 plus years in the future when Judah is in captivity in Babylon.
God gives Isaiah words of comfort for His people that even though they are in captivity and times are hard, He has not forgotten them.
Last week we saw words of comfort that God is AWESOME.
He’s able to do great things.
Today we will see God as PROTECTOR.
God’s Power over Nations
God invites the people to look at the evidence.
We walk by faith, but not blind faith.
Isaiah speaks of the islands many times (14 of the 15 times in the OT).
Seems to reference people groups of the world.
Verses 2 and 3, the King of Persia, Cyrus, (Isaiah calls him by name in chapter 44… 170 years before Cyrus came on the scene) who was come quickly on the scene, and conquer everything he came across.
He would eventually be instrumental in Judah returning home.
God takes credit for orchestrating all the affairs of the Nations… their rising.. their progress.. and their falling.
ALL from the beginning.
God is orchestrating all the things that go on with you.
Are you walking in step with Him?
Or are you fighting His will for your life?
Do you believe that He will take care of all the things going on around you?
God’s Insult to Idol Worship
Verse 5 shows the arrival of Cyrus’ armies and the negative reaction of the peoples
Verse 6 shows the futility of godless people when they try to hold one another up… It’s gonna be ok!
You’ve got this!
They have no real relationship with God who can provide protection and comfort, so they try to give to each other what can only come from God.
Verses 7 amplifies the futility of idol worship.
Each person that had a hand in making the idol congratulates the other person.
The last line “Fastens with nails so it won’t fall over.”
It is hard work to make your maker.
What idol are you working on ?
Isaiah is teaching that when these people got in a panic, they ramped up their devotion to, and creation of, their gods.
This is pure looking for comfort.. looking for answers.
looking for protection. in all wrong places.
God’s Protection of His People
Chosen- verses 8 and 9 remind Israel that God chose them.
There are lots of passages in the NT that remind believers that God chose us.
Basis for choosing; Abraham, Friend of God… Jesus, Son of God.
Do not be afraid… verse 10, verse 13, verse 14
REASONS TO NOT BE AFRAID
God is with them verse 10
God is their God verse 10
God is their strength verse 10
God is their stability (hold on with right hand )10
God will deal with their adversaries 11-12
God is their help 13-14.
Even though they are as a WORM
God is their redeemer 14
God is their promoter 15-16 (Psalm 75.6-7 says exaltation does not come from the east, west, or the desert, for God is the Judge: He brings down one and exalts the other.)
Promotion comes from the Lord.
God is their provider 17-19
God is GOD! 20
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