Bible Study-ISA-Chapter 41
Isaiah 41:1 Keep silence before me, O islands; and let the people renew their strength: let them come near; then let them speak: let us come near together to judgment.
O Islands can either be an island or a coastline:
✡ Islands--OT:339 'iy (ee); from OT:183; properly, a habitable spot (as desirable); dry land, a coast, an island:
Father is opening court here, so to speak. He’s asking all of the people of the civilized nations, at that time, to come together. He is calling His remnant together for the second time. Let’s read Isaiah 11:11 first:
Ref: Isaiah 11:11 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the islands of the sea. KJV
From all of these nations, including the islands of the sea or the nations along the sea coast. This is the remnant from His people. The first time can be found in Exodus 15:17-17:
Ref: Exodus 15:16 Fear and dread shall fall upon them; by the greatness of thine arm they shall be as still as a stone; till thy people pass over, O Lord, till the people pass over, which thou hast purchased.
Ref: Exodus 15:17 Thou shalt bring them in, and plant them in the mountain of thine inheritance, in the place, O Lord, which thou hast made for thee to dwell in, in the Sanctuary, O Lord, which thy hands have established. KJV
And He will assemble them together, for what purpose? To deliberate why they would rather make an image out of gold and silver and worship IT, rather than worshipping Him.
Isaiah 41:2 Who raised up the righteous man from the east, called him to his foot, gave the nations before him, and made him rule over kings? he gave them as the dust to his sword, and as driven stubble to his bow.
Who is this righteous man from the east? Father is talking about Cyrus, king of Persia, here and He would use Cyrus to free Judah from captivity eventually.
Who was Cyrus? He was called king Cyrus or Cyrus the Great and he pretty well conquered every nation known to mankind at that time but he was not cruel about it.
And made him rule over kings…he would rule over the kings of the various nations that he would conquer. Although he ruled with a strong hand, as every king must, to some degree, he allowed the individual nations to retain most of their customs, religious or otherwise.
He is one of the very few people that our Father named before he was even born:
Ref: Isaiah 45:4 For Jacob my servant's sake, and Israel mine elect, I have even called thee by thy name: I have surnamed thee, though thou hast not known me. KJV
Other people that were also named before birth include:
✡ Our Savior Jesus Christ: Ref: Luke 1:31 And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. KJV
✡ John the Baptist: Ref: Luke 1:13 But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John. KJV
✡ Isaac: Ref: Genesis 17:19 And God said, Sarah thy wife shall bear thee a son indeed; and thou shalt call his name Isaac: and I will establish my covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his seed after him. KJV
Isaiah 41:3 He pursued them, and passed safely; even by the way that he had not gone with his feet.
King Cyrus did.
Isaiah 41:4 Who hath wrought and done it, calling the generations from the beginning? I the Lord, the first, and with the last; I am he.
I am he. There is no other like Him. He is the first; He is the last.
Who? Our father, of course. He has put everything in place from the beginning. What beginning? The beginning of all Creation and when you go back that far you must understand the three world ages or you will not understand why it is that we’re here in the first place.
Isaiah 41:5 The isles saw it, and feared; the ends of the earth were afraid, drew near, and came.
The people saw it and were afraid. The people from the far reaches of civilization came together.
Isaiah 41:6 They helped every one his neighbour; and every one said to his brother, Be of good courage.
Each country helped the other and they encouraged themselves to be strong.
Isaiah 41:7 So the carpenter encouraged the goldsmith, and he that smootheth with the hammer him that smote the anvil, saying, It is ready for the sodering: and he fastened it with nails, that it should not be moved.
So they all got together and made a golden image and just to make sure that it didn’t fall over, they nailed it down.
Isaiah 41:8 But thou, Israel, art my servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, the seed of Abraham my friend.
You, Israel, are the descendants of My friend Abraham.
Isaiah 41:9 Thou whom I have taken from the ends of the earth, and called thee from the chief men thereof, and said unto thee, Thou art my servant; I have chosen thee, and not cast thee away.
Ends of the earth, means from the farthest place you can find. It also means all encompassing. It also means that there is no place on earth that you can go that our Father cannot find you and help you. He created this earth and He knows every nook and cranny.
Just like the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel. Mankind may have lost them but our Father did not. They may have migrated across the Caucasus Mountains and been assimilated into world populations but our Father still knows where they are and who they are. Each and every one of them.
I have chosen thee. That brings up a good question: why did He choose some and not others? Again, you have to have knowledge of what happened in the first heaven/earth age, the age before this one that we’re now living in.
When the war in heaven broke out, the katabole’, when Satan/Lucifer and his angelic followers attempted to dethrone our Father, there were some souls that stood out above others in their allegiance to our Father.
They justified themselves during that time and pretty much convinced the Father, by demonstration, that they would stand by Him no matter what happened. So when those souls come into this life, through the womb of women, they don’t necessarily have to “prove” their love of our Father now, they did that back in the previous age.
They still have free will and can make their choices just like everyone else but our Father can use them to help further His Divine Plan in this life.
They have been chosen. They are the remnant. They are called His Elect.
Isaiah 41:10 Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.
He doesn’t just do that for Israel or for His Elect but He does it for each and every one of us. That’s why it’s so important to keep your soul free of sin and live a life that shows that you love Him.
Stay out of bars and strip clubs. Stay away from porn sites on the web. Stay away from the drug dealer at work. Stay away from whatever place it is that pleases the worldly side of you. It’s impossible NOT to sin when the temptation is put right in your face.
And the younger you are and the more hormones that you have coursing through your bloodstream, the more difficult it is to resist some of these temptations. An old fart like myself doesn’t have near the temptations that young people have.
Just don’t wait until you’re my age to start coming around to understanding that. Do it the way that our Father intended us to do: find a good woman, hook up with her for life and live out whatever fantasies y’all may have in your own bedroom.
Isaiah 41:11 Behold, all they that were incensed against thee shall be ashamed and confounded: they shall be as nothing; and they that strive with thee shall perish.
All those nations that were against you, ultimately, they’re going to lose out. Even in today’s world Syria continues to hate Israel, the Muslims continue to hate Israel, the Palestinians continue to hate Israel and our current president hates Israel because he is a Muslim.
They will end up as nothing.
Isaiah 41:12 Thou shalt seek them, and shalt not find them, even them that contended with thee: they that war against thee shall be as nothing, and as a thing of nought..
This will not happen until the Lord’s Day. As long as this age is still in effect, the enemies of Israel will continue to hate them.
Isaiah 41:13 For I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.
Simply getting down on your knees and asking for His help will attain the same result. You don’t have to be a nation or an Israelite for Him to love you and listen to your prayers.
Revelation tells us that Father collects all of our prayers in little golden vials:
Ref: Revelation 5:8 And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints. KJV
He saves each and every one of them.
What’s happening here? Our Father is reassuring His people and the peoples of this entire world, whatever nation that you may come from, that you need to love Him and depend on Him and not some carved or molded image that cannot help you.
Praying to and worshipping an idol of any sort is like going up to a tree and asking it to take you to town. It’s not that it WON’T do it, it’s that it CAN’T do it. For one thing, it can’t move. For another, it can’t hear you.
And He’s telling you what He will do in return if you do worship Him. He will be with you always. His right hand will defend you. Probably not from a mugger in some large city but certainly and ALWAYS in the spiritual sense.
Isaiah 41:14 Fear not, thou worm Jacob, and ye men of Israel; I will help thee, saith the Lord, and thy redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.
The word worm is used to show a state of weakness. If you ask, He will help you.
Isaiah 41:15 Behold, I will make thee a new sharp threshing instrument having teeth: thou shalt thresh the mountains, and beat them small, and shalt make the hills as chaff.
A threshing machine, in farming, separates the chaff from the wheat. During the days when this Scripture was written they would cut the wheat down with scythes, bring it into the barn and pound it against the floor. Then they would take shovels and toss it into the air while women with large hand-held fans blew away the chaff, allowing only the wheat to fall to the floor.
Father is going to make them, and you, if you so desire to do it, a spiritual thrashing machine. Your job is to plant spiritual seeds of truth, through whatever means you have at your disposal, and then allow the Holy Spirit to take control and see if that seed grows in that person or not.
Isaiah 41:16 Thou shalt fan them, and the wind shall carry them away, and the whirlwind shall scatter them: and thou shalt rejoice in the Lord, and shalt glory in the Holy One of Israel.
The good souls are going to be separated from the bad, if I can put it that way. There will be no bad souls in the eternity because some will be culled out even before the Millennium begins. Those that do go through the Millennium will be checked out by Satan afterwards and even then, some will still choose to follow him.
The unbelievers, the scorners, the murderers and all will be scattered from us and made to walk to the Lake of Fire and after that has been accomplished we will happily spend eternity and glory in the Holy One of Israel.
Isaiah 41:17 When the poor and needy seek water, and there is none, and their tongue faileth for thirst, I the Lord will hear them, I the God of Israel will not forsake them.
The water that we receive from our Father is unlike the water that we have here on earth. His water is a spiritually healing water. Christ is oft times called the Living Water and so He is. During the eternity we will eat of the fruit of twelve different trees that line either side of the river of water that flows from our Father:
Ref: Revelation 21:6 And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. KJV
Our Father is describing the benefits of worshipping Him and following Him and loving Him as opposed to worshipping idols. Useless, senseless, lifeless things that may bring pleasure in this worldly life but have nothing to offer us in the spiritual.
Isaiah 41:18 I will open rivers in high places, and fountains in the midst of the valleys: I will make the wilderness a pool of water, and the dry land springs of water.
That mirage in the desert that makes one think that there is water up ahead, to satisfy their thirst, will actually be spiritual water provided by Him.
Isaiah 41:19 I will plant in the wilderness the cedar, the shittah tree, and the myrtle, and the oil tree; I will set in the desert the fir tree, and the pine, and the box tree together:
That box tree should remind you of Satan and his desire to be a great cedar tree of Lebanon, of which our Father has been likened to many times. But Satan always ended up being that little scrub cedar, never grew higher than a foot or two, never able to provide strength or shade.
Isaiah 41:20 That they may see, and know, and consider, and understand together, that the hand of the Lord hath done this, and the Holy One of Israel hath created it.
Those aforementioned trees don’t naturally grow in the desert so they had to be put there by the hand of someone that was powerful. Can an idol put trees like that in the desert and make them grow? Hardly.
Isaiah 41:21 Produce your cause, saith the Lord; bring forth your strong reasons, saith the King of Jacob.
What Father is saying here is put up or shut up. Give Him your reasons as to why you would rather depend on a stone or a carving over His loving, saving hands.
Isaiah 41:22 Let them bring them forth, and shew us what shall happen: let them shew the former things, what they be, that we may consider them, and know the latter end of them; or declare us things for to come.
Bring a couple of those suckers up here and let’s see what they can do. Have these idols give us a prophesy. Have them tell us what THEIR first heaven/earth age was all about. Have them tell us what the future holds.
Isaiah 41:23 Shew the things that are to come hereafter, that we may know that ye are gods: yea, do good, or do evil, that we may be dismayed, and behold it together.
Have these idols tell us what the future holds so we can be glad about it or cry about it.
Our Father is bringing it down to where the rubber meets the road.
Isaiah 41:24 Behold, ye are of nothing, and your work of nought: an abomination is he that chooseth you.
Anyone who creates or worships these worthless idols is an abomination to Him. They are disgusting to Him:
✡ Abomination-- OT:8441 tow`ebah (to-ay-baw'); or to`ebah (to-ay-baw'); feminine active participle of OT:8581; properly, something disgusting (morally), i.e. (as noun) an abhorrence; especially idolatry or (concretely) an idol: KJV - abominable (custom, thing), abomination.
Isaiah 41:25 I have raised up one from the north, and he shall come: from the rising of the sun shall he call upon my name: and he shall come upon princes as upon morter, and as the potter treadeth clay.
I have raised up one from the north. Father brings up king Cyrus again. He’s coming from the east, he comes with His blessings and he’s going to break down these leaders of these heathen nations like a potter steps on clay.
Our Father is making this prophesy, concerning this man from the east, 137 years before he is born and He’s telling them even what his name will be. Can your idols do something like this?
Isaiah 41:26 Who hath declared from the beginning, that we may know? and beforetime, that we may say, He is righteous? yea, there is none that sheweth, yea, there is none that declareth, yea, there is none that heareth your words.
Who told you this before the beginning of heaven and earth? There is none by Almighty God Himself.
Isaiah 41:27 The first shall say to Zion, Behold, behold them: and I will give to Jerusalem one that bringeth good tidings.
Isaiah 41:28 For I beheld, and there was no man; even among them, and there was no counsellor, that, when I asked of them, could answer a word.
They couldn’t return a word back.
Isaiah 41:29 Behold, they are all vanity; their works are nothing: their molten images are wind and confusion. KJV
Wind and confusion. Hot air and deception. Our churches are filled with this today.
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