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Prediction of Cyrus

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Prediction

God said that we should serve our Creator. Idolaters do the opposite by serving or worshiping what they have made rater than the One who make them. Having pointed out the foolishness of idolatry, Isaiah reminds His people of their proper relationship to God (vv 21-22). All of creation is to burst forth in singing and praise because of the Lord’s redemption (v. 23). He is the one who has called Israel to be His people from eternity past (v. 24).  He frustrates the liars and makes the soothsayers mad by overturning their false predictions (v. 25). He will make the message of His prophets come true (vv. 26-27).

The fact that God predicted more than 150 years in advance that a man named Cyrus would release the Jews from exile is a great stumbling block to liberal theologians who refuse to acknowledge the reality of predictive prophecy (v. 28). He also predicted that the temple would be rebuilt about 200 years before it happened. At the same time it causes the believing scholars to accept this statement as the prediction of a future event, as an established fact that it is going to happen.

The God who created the world and is sovereign over history itself can predict the future. It actually leaves you with a choice of believing that god either spoke through his prophets, or He did not.

The purpose of their deliverance is from the Lord and not from Cyrus. In contrast to God, Cyrus is as nothing; for he is merely an instrument in the hand of God. He will not only allow the people of Judah to return to their homeland, but he will personally decree the rebuilding of Jerusalem and the temple. In doing this he was serving God’s purposes as if he were God’s shepherd.

Application

I can always trust God’s word as absolute truth and with it I can measure all other teachings.  If I am unsure about something, I just need to test it against God’s word.

Isaiah 44:21-28 (English Standard Version)

Remember these things, O Jacob, and Israel, for you are my servant; I formed you; you are my servant; O Israel, you will not be forgotten by me. I have blotted out your transgressions like a cloud and your sins like mist; return to me, for I have redeemed you. Sing, O heavens, for the LORD has done it; shout, O depths of the earth; break forth into singing, O mountains, O forest, and every tree in it! For the LORD has redeemed Jacob, and will be glorified in Israel. Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer, who formed you from the womb: "I am the LORD, who made all things, who alone stretched out the heavens, who spread out the earth by myself, who frustrates the signs of liars and makes fools of diviners, who turns wise men back and makes their knowledge foolish, who confirms the word of his servant and fulfills the counsel of his messengers, who says of Jerusalem, 'She shall be inhabited,' and of the cities of Judah, 'They shall be built, and I will raise up their ruins'; who says to the deep, 'Be dry; I will dry up your rivers'; who says of Cyrus, 'He is my shepherd, and he shall fulfill all my purpose'; saying of Jerusalem, 'She shall be built,' and of the temple, 'Your foundation shall be laid.'"

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