By Mae Stallard
March 18, 2014
“They have not known nor understood; for he hath shut their eyes, that they cannot see; and their hearts that they cannot understand.” (Isaiah 44:18)
The Book of Isaiah gives detailed prophecies that are clear about what will take place in Judah in years to come. He first prophecies a message of condemnation aimed at his own countrymen. They are filled with moral and spiritual disease: the people are neglecting as they bow to ritualism and selfishness. But the Lord graciously invites them to repent and to return to Him because this is their only hope of avoiding judgment.
The prophet then moves from local to regional judgment as he proclaims a series of revelations against the surrounding nations. It depicts universal tribulation followed by the blessings of the kingdom. Isaiah also looks back to the Assyrian invasion of Judah in 701 B.C. and anticipates the coming Babylonian invasion of Judah.
After Isaiah pronounced Judah’s divine condemnation, he comforts them with God’s promises of hope and restoration.
The basis for this hope is the sovereignty of God. Of the 216 verses in the nine chapters (40-48) One hundred and fifteen verses speak of God’s greatness and power. The Creator is contrasted with idols, the creations of men. His sovereign character is Judah’s assurance of future restoration.
Isaiah reminds us of the words spoken by the Lord—Israel’s King and Redeemer, the Lord Almighty. “I am the first and I am the last; apart from me there is no God.” (44:6) He revealed that all who make idols are nothing, and the things they treasure are worthless. They shape a god and cast an idol, which can profit them nothing. He says that those who worship idols know nothing and understand nothing. Their eyes are plastered over so they cannot see, and their minds are closed. May we worship only our Creator and our God, only He alone is worthy of our love, praise, worship, and glory.
The Lord wants us to understand,
That He alone is worthy of our love,
And by our words and actions,
We give our best to the Father above,
So guide and keep us close to you,
As through this world we go.
And help us O Lord and Savior
To continue to spiritually grow.
Dear Father, please help us to worship you alone and to be obedient to you in all areas of our lives. In Jesus holy name we pray. Amen.