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Isaiah 44:9-28 / IDOLATRY!
Isaiah 44:9-28 / Idolatry Exposed!
The LORD exposes the absurdity of idolatry! Tragically, those who are given over to idolatry (in any one of its many forms) are blind to the futility of their allegiance. The MESSAGE paraphrases verse 20: "This lover of emptiness, of nothing, is so out of touch with reality, so far gone, that he can't even look at what he's doing, can't even look at the no-god stick of wood in his hand and say, 'This is crazy.'"
Isaiah 44:1-8 - "But now... My Spirit"
Isaiah 44:1-8 / From early on in Genesis and continuing for thousands of years, humankind's sinfulness and rebellion against GOD is on full display. I expect GOD to end His dealings with any/all of us with a "Therefore" of final judgment. Quite unexpectedly, GOD's last word is not a "Therefore" of judgment; rather, it is a "But now" of sovereign grace!
Isaiah 43 - "Behold, I am doing a new thing!"
Isaiah 43:8-28 / Verse 8 opens with the LORD convening (another) court. Who qualifies to be God? Who possesses the knowledge and the power to accomplish all He has purposed? On His behalf, the LORD announces His witnesses . . . Israel! (but with two significant problems — they are blind and they are deaf!)
Isaiah 43:1-7 - "But now... Fear not!"
Isaiah 43:1-7 / Chapter 42 began with great promise, but it ended bitter disappointment and failure! CHAPTER 43 opens with, "BUT NOW". Understanding what GOD is going to do cannot be attributed to any change (improvement) in Israel; rather, it can only be explained by GOD's own character, faithfulness, promises -- that is, His Grace!
Chapter 42: "Behold, My servant!"
GOD's plan and promise to "bring forth justice (and blessing) to the nations" will flow through His chosen servant. This chapter contains fantastic drama, as we discover the terrific disparity between the LORD's "ideal" servant and the servant that actually is...
Isaiah 41: "Fear Not, For I Am with You"
The LORD God summons the nations before Him to answer the important question: "Who qualifies as God?" God presents His own credentials and challenges the nations (along with their idols) to do the same. They have no answer; they remain silent (save for the noise of creating new idols!)
But Israel has no reason to fear, because of the LORD's own gracious purposes on their behalf.