Isaiah 45* The deliverance of the Jews by Cyrus. (1-4) God calls forobedience to his almighty power. (5-10) The settlement of hispeople. (11-19) The conversion of the Gentiles. (20-25)1-4 Cyrus is called God's anointed; he was designed andqualified for his great service by the counsel of God. The gatesof Babylon which led to the river, were left open the night thatCyrus marched his army into the empty channel. The Lord wentbefore him, giving entrance to the cities he besieged. He gavehim also treasures, which had been hidden in secret places. Thetrue God was to Cyrus an unknown God; yet God foreknew him; hecalled him by his name. The exact fulfilment of this must haveshown Cyrus that Jehovah was the only true God, and that it wasfor the sake of Israel that he was prospered. In all the changesof states and kingdoms, God works out the good of his church. 5-10 There is no God beside Jehovah. There is nothing donewithout him. He makes peace, put here for all good; and createsevil, not the evil of sin, but the evil of punishment. He is theAuthor of all that is true, holy, good, or happy; and evil,error, and misery, came into the world by his permission,through the wilful apostacy of his creatures, but are restrainedand overruled to his righteous purpose. This doctrine isapplied, for the comfort of those that earnestly longed, yetquietly waited, for the redemption of Israel. The redemption ofsinners by the Son of God, and the pouring out the Spirit, togive success to the gospel, are chiefly here intended. We mustnot expect salvation without righteousness; together the Lordhath created them. Let not oppressors oppose God's designs forhis people. Let not the poor oppressed murmur, as if God dealtunkindly with them. Men are but earthen pots; they are brokenpotsherds, and are very much made so by mutual contentions. Tocontend with Him is as senseless as for clay to find fault withthe potter. Let us turn God's promises into prayers, beseechinghim that salvation may abound among us, and let us rest assuredthat the Judge of all the earth will do right. 11-19 Believers may ask in prayer for what they need; if fortheir good, it will not be withheld. But how common to hear Godcalled to account for his dealings with man! Cyrus provided forthe returning Jews. Those redeemed by Christ shall be providedfor. The restoration would convince many, and convert some; andall that truly join the Lord, find his service perfect freedom.Though God be his people's God and Saviour, yet sometimes helays them under his frowns; but let them wait upon the Lord whohides his face. There is a world without end; and it will bewell or ill with us, according as it shall be with us in thatworld. The Lord we serve and trust, is God alone. All that Godhas said is plain, satisfactory, and just. As God in his wordcalls us to seek him, so he never denied believing prayers, nordisappointed believing expectations. He gives grace sufficient,and comfort and satisfaction of soul. 20-25 The nations are exhorted to draw near to Jehovah. Nonebesides is able to help; he is the Saviour, who can save withoutthe assistance of any, but without whom none can save. If theheart is brought into the obedience of Christ, the knee willcheerfully obey his commands. To Christ men shall come fromevery nation for blessings; all that hate his cause shall be putto shame, and all believers shall rejoice in him as their Friendand Portion. All must come to him: may we now come to him as theLord our Righteousness, walking according to his commandments.
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