Isaiah 45:5-6 (ESV) I am the LORD, and there is no other, besides me there is no God; I equip you, though you do not know me, that people may know, from the rising of the sun and from the west, that there is none besides me; I am the LORD, and there is no other.

This chapter has so much in it, but there is one overarching truth that runs through the entire chapter. Isaiah 45:5 expresses it like this, “I am the LORD, and there is no other.” In this chapter Isaiah names Cyrus as the king that God will use to protect and bless his people. Cyrus is unknown in Isaiah’s time. He will not show up in history for another 150-200 years. Yet God is calling him by name. Only God knows the future from eternity past. Only God hears and answers his people. Only God can call out a pagan king 150 years before he is born and use him to protect his people even though he has no relationship with God. Only God works his purposes without fail.

How does one respond to a God like that? First, don’t question him. …
Isaiah 44:6-8 (ESV)
Thus says the LORD, the King of Israel and his Redeemer, the LORD of hosts: “I am the first and I am the last; besides me there is no god. Who is like me? Let him proclaim it. Let him declare and set it before me, since I appointed an ancient people. Let them declare what is to come, and what will happen. Fear not, nor be afraid; have I not told you from of old and declared it? And you are my witnesses! Is there a God besides me? There is no Rock; I know not any.”

God is God. That seems fairly obvious, but it is not. The world is filled with gods, every one manmade. Isaiah describes the process of creating a god. A man cuts down a tree. Part of it is used for heat and cooking. Part of it is used to fashion an idol to which he bows down in worship. It is a god fashioned by his own hand, but he is blind to this reality. Every philosophy, theology, or belief system that does not recognize God as God is manmade. Just because we may use the same words to refer to God does not mean …
Isaiah 43:1-2 (ESV)
But now thus says the LORD, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.

Isaiah 43 starts with a promise that the God who formed Israel would protect her. It ends with a warning.
Isaiah 43:27-28 (ESV) Your first father sinned, and your mediators transgressed against me. Therefore I will profane the princes of the sanctuary, and deliver Jacob to utter destruction and Israel to reviling.

The same God who promised to protect Israel also promised to “deliver Jacob to utter destruction and Israel to reviling” (Is 43:28). The people of God, who had been created and formed by God, could be assured of both his protection and his discipline. Why? Because he is faithful even as they failed to honor him as …
Isaiah 42:1-4 (ESV) Behold my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights; I have put my Spirit upon him; he will bring forth justice to the nations. He will not cry aloud or lift up his voice, or make it heard in the street; a bruised reed he will not break, and a faintly burning wick he will not quench; he will faithfully bring forth justice. He will not grow faint or be discouraged till he has established justice in the earth; and the coastlands wait for his law.

This is an interesting chapter. The servant of the Lord will bring about justice on the Earth. The enemies of God will be turned to him. Yet the people of God, when they experience his judgment, fail to recognize that he is the source of their pain. It is interesting that we always want to blame someone else.

The servant of the Lord will bring about justice, but what is justice? Justice seems to be defined in a variety of ways. Some people equate Justice with fairness. Some would equate Justice with judgment and law.…
Isaiah 41:13-14 (ESV) For I, the LORD your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, “Fear not, I am the one who helps you.” Fear not, you worm Jacob, you men of Israel! I am the one who helps you, declares the LORD; your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel.

Isaiah 40 has long been one of my favorite chapters as it reveals the greatness of God, but Isaiah 41 is a close second. The nations are gathered before God for judgment. They are looking to their gods for protection, and find none. God lays a challenge before them. Which of the gods of the world can tell the future? Their gods are helpless creations of mankind. In the presence of Creator God, they are powerless.

In the press for inclusive globalism and peaceful coexistence I find it fascinating in our day that there is little outrage when Christians are beheaded for their faith, but it is an incredible scandal when teachers, politicians, or public figures speak of their faith. There is a double-standard that makes no sense exce…
Isaiah 40:1 (ESV)
Comfort, comfort my people, says your God.
Isaiah 40:28-29 (ESV) Have you not known? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength.

Isaiah 40 is one of my favorite chapters in the Bible. It speaks of the awesome greatness of God. But that is not its point. The chapter starts with “Comfort my people, says your God” (Is 40:1). The first eleven verses speak comfort to the People of God who have been told repeatedly that God’s discipline is coming. After eleven verses of comfort, the chapter moves into a powerful description of the greatness of God.

Isaiah 40:12 (ESV) Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand and marked off the heavens with a span, enclosed the dust of the earth in a measure and weighed the mountains in scales and the hills in a balance?

One of my favorite lines is…
Isaiah 39:1-2 (ESV)
At that time Merodach-baladan the son of Baladan, king of Babylon, sent envoys with letters and a present to Hezekiah, for he heard that he had been sick and had recovered. And Hezekiah welcomed them gladly. And he showed them his treasure house, the silver, the gold, the spices, the precious oil, his whole armory, all that was found in his storehouses. There was nothing in his house or in all his realm that Hezekiah did not show them.

This is a troubling chapter to me. After crying out to the Lord and being healed, Hezekiah makes a grave error in judgment with the Babylonian king. Worse still, in my mind, is Hezekiah’s response. Isaiah tells him that because of his actions, there will be a day when Babylon will take away everything and make Hezekiah’s sons eunuch’s in the Babylonian court. Hezekiah’s response? “Then Hezekiah said to Isaiah, ‘The word of the LORD that you have spoken is good.’ For he thought, ‘There will be peace and security in my days’” (Is 39:8)…