Isaiah 40-42


The Mesha stele as photographed circa 1891. Th...

The Mesha stele as photographed circa 1891. The stele describes King Mesha’s wars against the Israelites. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Isaiah 40-42

 

40[1-5] God says, “Comfort, comfort My people. Speak comfortably to Jerusalem; and call out to the city that its war is over, that its sin is forgiven, that it has been punished doubly for all its sins by Yahweh’s hand.” Listen to the voice of one who calls out, “Get the way of Yahweh ready in the countryside! Make a straight road through the desert for our God. Every valley will be lifted up, and every mountain and hill will be made low. The uneven will be made level, and the rough places will be smoothed out. The beautiful light of Yahweh will be made known, and everyone will see it together; just as Yahweh has said.”

 

[6-9] Listen to the voice of one saying, “Call Out!” I said, “What will I call out?” “All people are like grass, and all their beauty is like the flower of the field. The grass withers, the flower fades, because Yahweh’s breath blows on it. Without a doubt, the people are like grass. The grass withers, the flower fades; but the Word of our God stands forever.” You, who tell this New Word to Zion (Jerusalem), go up on a high mountain. You, who tell the New Word to Jerusalem, call it out with a loud voice. Call it out loudly. Don’t be afraid. Say to the cities of Judah (southern Israel), “Look, See your God!”

 

[10-14] Look, Yahweh God will come as a strong one, whose power will rule. Look, God’s has a reward, and will repay. You’ll take care of Your people and guide them home. You’ll gather the babies in arms, and carry them on Your chest. You’ll gently lead those who have young ones. Who has measured the waters in the hollow of their hand, and marked off the sky with a span, and counted the dust of the earth in a measure, and weighed the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance! Who has directed the Spirit of Yahweh, or has taught God as a counselor? Who did God take counsel with, and who told God, and taught God what was fair, and taught God knowledge, and showed God the way of understanding?

 

[15-20] Look, the nations are like a drop in a bucket, and are thought of as a speck of dust on a balance. Look, God lifts up the nations like a very little thing.Lebanonisn’t enough to burn, nor its animals enough for a burnt offering. All the nations are like nothing before God. They’re thought of by God as less than nothing, and meaningless. To whom then will you liken God? Or what likeness will you compare to God? A worker makes a likeness and the goldsmith overlays it with gold, and puts silver chains on it. Those who are too poor for such an offering chooses a tree that won’t rot. They find a skillful worker to set up a false god that won’t be moved.

 

[21-26] Haven’t you known? Haven’t you heard, yet? Haven’t you been told from the beginning? Haven’t you understood since the earth was made? It’s God who rules over the round earth, whose people are like grasshoppers; who stretches out the heavens like a curtain, and spreads them out like a tent to live in; who brings rulers to nothing; who makes the judges of the earth like nothing. They’ve barely been planted. They’ve barely been planted. Their stump has barely taken root in the ground. God merely blows on them, and they wither, and the strong winds take them away like weeds. “To whom then will you liken Me? Who is My equal?” says the Holy One. Lift up your eyes to heaven, and see who has created these things, who brings out the stars and planets by number and calls them all by name. By the greatness of God, who is strong in power, nothing is missing.

 

[27-31] Why do you say, Jacob, and speak,Israel, “My way is hidden from Yahweh, and the fairness due Me is forgotten by My God?” Haven’t you known? Haven’t you heard? The everlasting God, Yahweh, The Creator of All the Earth, doesn’t get tired. No, You aren’t tired. Your understanding is unsearchable. You give power to the weak and strength to those who have none. Even the youths give up and quit, and the young ones fall out when they’re tired; but those who wait for Yahweh will renew their strength. They’ll fly on wings like eagles. They’ll run, and not give up. They’ll walk, and not quit.

 

41[1-4] “Keep silent before Me, nations, and let the peoples renew their strength. Let them come near and speak. Let’s meet together for judgment. Who has raised up this one (Cyrus) from the east? Whom called him to his foot in goodness? Who hands over the nations to them, and makes him rule over rulers. Who gives them to him for death as if they were already dust, like scattered weeds driven by the wind of his arrow? Who chases them, and passes by safely, by a way that they had not gone before. Who has worked and done it, calling the generations from the beginning? I, Yahweh, the first, and with the last, I am that One.”

 

[5-10] The nations have seen, and are afraid. The ends of the earth shake in fear. They approach, and come, everyone helping their neighbor. They say to them, “Be strong!” So the carpenter encourages the goldsmith. Those who smooth with the hammer encourage those who hit the anvil, saying of the soldering, “It’s good;” and they fasten it with nails, that it might not fall. “But you, Israel, My worker, Jacob, whom I’ve chosen, the descendents of Abraham, My friend, whom I’ve taken hold of from the ends of the earth, and called from its farthest places, and said to you, ‘You are My worker, I’ve chosen you and not thrown you away;’ Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be upset, for I am your God. I’ll strengthen you. Yes, I’ll help you. Yes, I’ll uphold you with the power of My goodness.

 

[11-14] Look, all those who are angry with you will be ashamed and confused. Those who fight with you will be like nothing, and die out. You’ll look for them, and won’t find them, even those who fight with you. Those who war against you will all be gone, as if they never existed. I, Yahweh, your God, will hold your hand, saying to you ‘Don’t be afraid. I’ll help you.’ Don’t be afraid, even as weak and powerless as you are Jacob, and you people of Israel. I Myself will help you,” says Yahweh, I am your Savior, the Holy One of Israel.

 

[15-20] Look, I’ve made you into a new sharp instrument with teeth to thresh the mountains, and beat them small, and to make the hills like chaff. You’ll toss them into the air, and the wind will carry them away, and the strong wind will scatter them. You’ll celebrate in Yahweh. You’ll glory in the Holy One of Israel. The poor and needy look for water, but there’s not any. They’re dying of thirst. I, Yahweh, will answer them. I, the God of Israel, won’t leave them. I’ll open rivers on the bare mountains, and make creeks flow in the middle of the valleys. I’ll make the countryside a pool of water, and the dry land will have creeks of water. I’ll put cedar, acacia, myrtle, and olive oil trees in the countryside. I’ll set fir trees, pine, and box trees together in the desert; that they may see, know, think about, and understand together, that the hand of Yahweh has done this, and the Holy One of Israel has created it.

 

[21-23] Make your case you false gods,” says Yahweh. “Give Me your strong reasons,” says the Ruler of Jacob. “Let them announce, and tell us what will happen. Tell the former things, whatever they are, that we may think about them, and know what happened in the end; or show us the things to come. Tell the things that will happen after this, that we may know that you are gods. Yes, do good, or do evil, that we may be afraid, and see it together.

 

[24-26] Look, you are nothing, and your work is unimportant. The one who chooses a false god is evil. “I’ve raised up someone (Cyrus, 550 B.C.) from the north, and they’ve come from the east, one who calls on My name; and who’ll come on rulers as on mortar, and as the potter stomps clay. Who has told it from the beginning, so that we may know it? And before, that we may say, ‘They were right?’ Without a doubt, there’s no one who said it, but Me. Without a doubt, there’s no one who showed it, but Me. Without a doubt, there’s no one who listens to your words.

 

27-29] I am the first to say to Zion (Jerusalem), ‘Look, look at them;’ and I’ll give you someone who brings the New Word to Jerusalem. When I looked, there was no one; not even a counselor who, when I asked of them, could answer a word. Look, all of them and their works are empty and worthless. Their false gods are nothing but empty air and stupidity.

 

42[1-4] “Look, My worker, You whom I uphold; My chosen, in whom My soul enjoys, whom I’ve put My Spirit on, will judge the nations fairly. You won’t shout, nor raise Your voice, nor let it be heard in the street. You won’t break those who are hurting and won’t put out those whose spiritual flame is barely burning. You’ll faithfully make good judgments. You won’t fail nor be discouraged, until You’ve brought justice to the earth, and the nations will wait for Your law.”

 

[5-9] Yahweh God says this, who created the heavens and enlarged them, who enlarged the earth and what grows on it, who gives breath to its people and spirit to those who walk in it. “I, Yahweh, have called You in goodness, and will hold Your hand, and will keep You, and make You a promise for the people. You will be as a light for the nations; to make the blind eyes see, to bring the prisoners out of the jails, and free those who sit in spiritual darkness. “I am Yahweh. That is My name. I won’t let another get My fame, nor let My praise go to false gods. Look, what has happened has happened, but I tell you something new. I tell you about it before it happens.”

 

[10-13] Sing to Yahweh a new song, praise God from the ends of the earth, you who go down to the sea, and all the nations and their people that is in it. Let the countryside and its cities raise their voices, along with the villages that Kedar lives in. Let the people of city of Sela sing. Let them shout from the top of the mountains! Let them praise Yahweh, and tell the nations of God’s greatness. Yahweh will go out like a strong soldier and will stir up passion like a soldier of war and will raise a war cry. Yes, Yahweh will shout out and will triumph over the enemies of God.

 

[14-20] “I’ve been silent too long. I’ve been quiet and controlled myself. Now I’ll cry out like a woman in childbirth. I’ll both gasp and pant. I’ll destroy mountains and hills, and dry up all their herbs. I’ll make the rivers islands, and will dry up the ponds. I’ll bring the blind a way they don’t know. I’ll lead them in paths that they don’t know. I’ll shine a light on the darkness before them, and make winding paths straight. I’ll do these things, and I won’t leave them. “Those who trust in false gods, who tell those man-made likenesses, ‘You are our gods’, will be turned back. They’ll be completely ashamed. “Hear, you deaf people, and look, you blind people, so that you may see. Who is blind, but My people,Israel? Or who is as deaf as My messenger whom I send? Who are as blind as those who are at peace, and as blind as Yahweh’s workers?  You see many things, but don’t know what they mean. Your ears are open, but they don’t really listen.

 

[21-25] It pleased Yahweh, for goodness’ sake, to make the law great, and to teach people to honor it. But these people have been robbed of their treasure. All of them are trapped in holes, and they’re locked in prisons. They’ve become prisoners, and no one frees them; and they’ve lost everything, and no one says, ‘ Return it to them!’ Who is there among you who will listen to this? Who will listen and hear for the time to come? Who let Jacob and Israel be broken into and robbed? Didn’t Yahweh do it, against whom we’ve sinned? For they wouldn’t walk in God’s ways, and they disobeyed the law God gave them. So the fierceness of God’s anger fell on them, and they were troubled by war; and it set them on fire all around, but they didn’t know it; and it burned them, and they didn’t think about why it was happening to them.”

 

About mamaheartfilled

I am a mother of eight wonderful children and three grandkids, who I am very proud of. I am also a bi-vocational ordained evangelical minister, and a Christian Counselor. I received my B.S. degree in 2004, studying primarily in the areas of Psychology, with minors in Religion and English. I received my Masters Degree in 2009 in Psychological Counseling with an emphasis in Christian Counseling. My ministry is geared toward victims of sexual and domestic violence, including victims of childhood sexual abuse, whether currently or in the past. Since I have personally experienced the healing hand of God in overcoming many of the life issues that Christians may face, I feel qualified and compelled to discuss them in a truthful and open manner, as God’s word tells us that “We shall know the truth and the truth shall set us free.” God has brought me through such diverse tribulations as sexual, physical, and mental abuse, being a victim of a drunk driving accident, spousal pornography addiction, adultery, divorce, remarriage, a very brief, though unjust, incarceration, and having experienced multiple miscarriages and various other trials. I have been asked to leave two Southern Baptist Churches, due to my being a female, ordained as a minister, and fired from a SBC sponsored Christian School (mostly white) for speaking out against racial prejudice in the Family of God. Through God’s merciful forgiveness of my own sins and inadequacies and God’s grace given to me to forgive those who have been a stumbling block to me, I have overcome many of these adversities. God’s word tells us that “All things work together for good to those who love the Lord and are called according to the purposes of God." Since I have this hope, I believe that God has blessed me with the ability to confront and relate these issues to the Christian community, and that I have been called to the homeland mission field of North America. I hope to be able to use my personal experiences as a ministry of God’s grace and in the comforting of the people of God with the truth of God's mercy. I claim II Corinthians 1: 3 & 4 as my calling, which states: “Blessed be God, the Origin of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Origin of mercies, and the God of comfort; who comforts us in all our troubles, that we may be able to comfort those who are in trouble, by the comfort we ourselves have been given by God.” As I have received the gift of God’s healing, I hope to be able to bring the peace beyond understanding to others with the message of God’s mercy and grace. My love for the Sovereign Lord of my life, Jesus Christ, along with my passion for writing has drawn me to explore these commonly experienced crisis issues from the perspective of my own experience in the hope that I may bring an empathetic and compassionate insight to God’s people. I am now a published author and have several books in publication, including my autobiography, "A Little Redneck Theology." The views expressed in my writings are strictly my own insights, acquired from personal experience and diligent study of the related topics and God’s word concerning them. Though I am an ordained minister, my views should not be considered authoritative. I believe that the Christian community’s ultimate authority is the guidance of the human heart by the Holy Spirit and the Word of God.
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