“Declaring the end from the beginning, And from ancient times things which have not been done, Saying, ‘My purpose will be established, And I will accomplish all My good pleasure’; calling a bird of prey from the east, the man of My purpose from a far country. Truly I have spoken; truly I will bring it to pass. I have planned it, surely I will do it.” (46:10-11)
He will do it. He is not weakened, slowed down or discouraged by us. The salvation of the world is in His hands and not on our shoulders. He will use whomever He wants to accomplish His purpose. The man of my purpose from a far country is Cyrus, King of Persia, beautifully intro-ed in 45:1-7.
“I have also called you by your name; I have given you a title of honor though you have not known Me. I am the LORD, and there is no other; Besides Me there is no God. I will gird you, though you have not known Me; that men may know from the rising to the setting of the sun that there is no one besides Me. I am the LORD, and there is no other.” (45:4b-6)
He’s going to use someone who has no idea about Him, because He’s the LORD of creation and He is not limited to time and space, like satan or demons or glorified pieces of wood.
I am the LORD, and there is no other; Besides Me there is no God.” This phrase is repeated many times in Isaiah, and it is our good Bible study practice to always notice repeated phrases. He is not the God of Israel in the way other Canaanite nations had gods. He is God in an exclusive way. No one is on His level, not even close.
Cyrus was probably Zoroastrian, which is interesting to think about. Even though He didn’t know God, God knew him. And isn’t that just the case with all of us?
These chapters move me to worship; marveling at the way God has related to us throughout history. He is supreme and supremely loving. He is the Maker of us all.
“Woe to the one who quarrels with his Maker- An earthenware vessel among the vessels of earth! Will the clay say to the potter, ‘What are you doing?’ Or the thing you are making say, ‘He has no hands’?” (45:9)
Have Thine Own way, LORD.