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2019 January 5
Isaiah 44

There Is the Temple (Parahi Te Marae) - (1892)
Paul Gauguin (1848-1903)
Post-Impressionist Style
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Image Source: Wikimedia

     [ Illustration: Today's painting depicts a pagan temple and its idol. Today's chapter denounces all such idolatry. ]


[ I will again be working through the Scriptures from Genesis to Revelation. I will be adding links, resources, images, and the like, upgrading the former work-through which began with the 2013-10-12 posting which can be found, along with the full Genesis to Revelation postings, in the Archive Page. Postings will be at midnight Eastern Time, as I am able. However, no chapters will be skipped, even though a posting may be late. And all postings will be housed in the Archive Page. ]

     Explanation: Isaiah 44 contains a strong polemic against idols and idol makers, beginning with the LORD telling his people not to fear, because he has chosen them; and they will prosper under the blessing of God's Spirit (1-5).
     He assures them that he is the only God and that his declarations to them will be fulfilled (6-8).
     Idols, by contrast, are nothing but empty man-made objects which will disappoint those who trust in them (9-11).
     Idols are carefully made with fine wood; but part of the wood becomes fuel for a fire which the workman uses to cook his meal and warm himself; and to the other part he bows down and asks it to deliver him, for it is his god (12-17).
     He has no understanding and does not realize that there is a lie in his right hand (18-20).
     So the LORD encourages his people to return to him (and away from idols) because he has forgiven them; and he will receive them (21-22).
     In response, a call goes out to heaven and earth to rejoice that the LORD has redeemed his people (23).
     For the Lord is their redeemer and creator who makes all things, who spreads out the heavens and stretches out the earth, who drives the false prophets mad but confirms the words of his servants, who tells Jerusalem it will be inhabited; and its temple will be built; and he will do it through his shepherd Cyrus (24-28).

     [ Sermons: Eric Alexander. William Still. Various. ]

Bible Chronologies -- Genesis to Revelation

[Traditional Patriarchal Chronology. Judges Period Chronology 1. Judges Period Chronology 2. Kings of Judah and Israel #1. Kings of Judah and Israel #2].

[Post Exile Chronology 1. Post Exile Chronology 2. Post Exile Chronology 3.]

[Prophets Chronology 1. Prophets Chronology 2. Prophets Chronology 3. Prophets Chronology 4.]

[Intertestamental Period Chronology 1. Intertestamental Period Chronology 2. Intertestamental Period Chronology 3.
Intertestamental Period Chronology 4. Intertestamental Period Chronology 5.]

[New Testament Chronology 1. New Testament Chronology 2. New Testament Chronology 3. New Testament Chronology 4. New Testament Chronology 5.]


PLEASE NOTE: Use the resources on this and other sites thoughtfully, particularly the commentaries and encyclopedias. I have attempted to list conservative, scholarly resources. However, some providers use liberal or liberal-influenced commentaries such as the Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges (in Bible Hub). Such commentaries are undoubtedly included by the provider for the wealth of useful information and comments which they provide. By consulting several commentaries, it should be fairly easy to sort out the wheat from the chaff. If, however, you would like personal assistance, write to me at AD LIB ARTS EMAIL.

          [ THEMATICALLY AND CHRONOLOGICALLY RELATED SCRIPTURES: Isaiah 44: Isaiah 40. Isaiah 41. Isaiah 42. Isaiah 43. Isaiah 44. Isaiah 45. Isaiah 46. Isaiah 47. Isaiah 48. ]
[1] Isaiah 42:23; Isaiah 55:3.
[2] Deuteronomy 32:15.
[3] Psalm 42:1; John 4:13-14; Joel 2:28.
[4] Psalm 137:2; Isaiah 15:7.
[5] Psalm 87:4-5; Ezekiel 9:4; Leviticus 19:28; Revelation 7:3; Revelation 9:4.
[6] Isaiah 33:22; Isaiah 43:15.
[7] Ezekiel 26:20; Job 22:15; Exodus 31:16; Exodus 40:15; 2 Samuel 7:13; 2 Samuel 7:16.
[8] Deuteronomy 32:4; 2 Samuel 22:3; 2 Samuel 23:3.
[9] Isaiah 2:16; Isaiah 64:11; Lamentations 1:10.
[10] Jeremiah 10:5.
[11] Hosea 4:17; Hosea 6:9.
[12] Isaiah 40:19; Isaiah 46:6-7.
[13] Exodus 20:4-5; Deuteronomy 4:16-18, 28; Acts 17:29; Romans 1:23.
[14] Acts 19:35.
[15] Isaiah 44:10.
[16] Isaiah 45:20.
[17] Isaiah 36:19-20.
[18] Romans 1:20-25.
[19] Deuteronomy 27:15.
[20] Hosea 12:1; Ecclesiastes 7:6.
[21] Isaiah 40:27; Isaiah 49:14.
[22] Job 30:15.
[23] Ephesians 4:9; Psalm 6:5; Psalm 88:12; Isaiah 38:18.
[24] Isaiah 44:28; Isaiah 40:13; Isaiah 63:3; Job 9:8.
[25] Jeremiah 23:16-17.
[26] Isaiah 42:19; Malachi 3:1.
[27] Revelation 16:12.
[28] 1 Kings 13:2; Isaiah 11:1; Isaiah 13:7; Isaiah 21:2; 2 Kings 17:6; 2 Kings 18:11.
     -- From Treasury of Scripture Knowledge & Others ]

          [ CHRONOLOGY: GENERAL. Patriarchs (Traditional). Judges # 1. Judges # 2. Kings # 1. Kings # 2. Prophets # 1. Prophets # 2. NT # 1. NT # 2. NT # 3. ]

          [ MAPS: Maps # 1. Maps # 2. Maps # 3. Maps # 4. Maps # 5. ]

          [ COMMENTARIES, ETC: GENERAL: Bible Study Tools; Bible Hub: Study Light; Blue Letter Bible // PSALMS: Monergism: Precept Austin: The Treasury of David; John Gill; John Calvin - Volumes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5]

          [ MUSIC: GENERAL: The Cyber Hymnal // PSALMS: Genevan Psalter (Instrumental). PROVERBS: Book of Proverbs. ECCLESIASTES: Book of Ecclesiastes Dramatized. SONG OF SOLOMON: Song of Solomon Dramatized. ISAIAH: Isaiah Dramatized. VARIOUS ARTISTS: Micha'el Ben David. Sons of Korah. Fernando Ortega. Janet Isaac Morrison. Music of the Bible Revealed - Suzanne Haik-Vantoura. Dr. David Erb. Gregorian Chants. ]


John Calvin - CCEL | Analytical Chart - BLB


Gospel Harmony - Summary | The Harmony of the Gospels - Augustine | Gospel Harmony Chart - Online Bible

Greek Harmony of the Gospels - Robertson - (Downloadable PDF) | Gospel Harmony in English - Robertson - (Downloadable PDF)


Hebrew and Greek Interlinear Download - Scripture 4 All

Bible Hub Interlinear Hebrew and Greek Bible

Bible Hub Hebrew Interlinear | Scripture 4 All Hebrew Interlinear

Mounce Interlinear | Bible Hub Greek Interlinear | Scripture 4 All Greek Interlinear Bible

Isaiah Detailed Outline

Isaiah 44

Map 1: Bible Nations | Map 2: Empire of David and Solomon Map 3: Kingdoms of Judah and Israel | Post Exile Chronology.

2. Post-Exile: The Blessing & Judgment Cycles ( 40:1 - 66:24 ) - 701-681 B.C., Israel
(These 8 groups of prophecies alternate between blessings on Israel and judgment on God's enemies.)

A. Cycle 1 (40:1 - 48:22)

1. Blessing: On God's Chastised People (40:1 - 45:25)

e. Blessing for God's People Through a Redemptive Outpouring of God's Spirit (44:1-28)

1 Yet now hear,
O Jacob my servant;
and Israel, whom I have chosen:
2 Thus saith the LORD that made thee,
and formed thee from the womb,
which will help thee;
Fear not,
O Jacob, my servant;
and thou, Jesurun, whom I have chosen.
3 For I will pour water upon him that is thirsty,
and floods upon the dry ground:
I will pour my spirit upon thy seed,
and my blessing upon thine offspring:
4 And they shall spring up as among the grass,
as willows by the water courses.
5 One shall say,
I am the LORD'S;
and another shall call himself by the name of Jacob;
and another shall subscribe with his hand unto the LORD,
and surname himself by the name of Israel.

6 Thus saith the LORD the King of Israel,
and his redeemer the LORD of hosts;
I am the first,
and I am the last;
and beside me there is no God.
7 And who, as I, shall call,
and shall declare it,
and set it in order for me,
since I appointed the ancient people?
and the things that are coming,
and shall come,
let them shew unto them.
8 Fear ye not,
neither be afraid:
have not I told thee from that time,
and have declared it?
ye are even my witnesses.
Is there a God beside me?
yea, there is no God;
I know not any.

     9 They that make a graven image are all of them vanity; and their delectable things shall not profit; and they are their own witnesses; they see not, nor know; that they may be ashamed. 10 Who hath formed a god, or molten a graven image that is profitable for nothing? 11 Behold, all his fellows shall be ashamed: and the workmen, they are of men: let them all be gathered together, let them stand up; yet they shall fear, and they shall be ashamed together.
     12 The smith [A craftsman of iron] with the tongs both worketh in the coals, and fashioneth it with hammers, and worketh it with the strength of his arms: yea, he is hungry, and his strength faileth: he drinketh no water, and is faint. 13 The carpenter [A craftsman of woods] stretcheth out his rule; he marketh it out with a line; he fitteth it with planes, and he marketh it out with the compass, and maketh it after the figure of a man, according to the beauty of a man; that it may remain in the house. 14 He heweth him down cedars, and taketh the cypress and the oak, which he strengtheneth for himself among the trees of the forest: he planteth an ash, and the rain doth nourish it. 15 Then shall it be for a man to burn: for he will take thereof, and warm himself; yea, he kindleth it, and baketh bread; yea, he maketh a god, and worshippeth it; he maketh it a graven image, and falleth down thereto. 16 He burneth part thereof in the fire; with part thereof he eateth flesh; he roasteth roast, and is satisfied: yea, he warmeth himself, and saith, Aha, I am warm, I have seen the fire: 17 And the residue thereof he maketh a god, even his graven image: he falleth down unto it, and worshippeth it, and prayeth unto it, and saith, Deliver me; for thou art my god.
     18 They have not known nor understood: for he hath shut their eyes, that they cannot see; and their hearts, that they cannot understand. 19 And none considereth in his heart, neither is there knowledge nor understanding to say, I have burned part of it in the fire; yea, also I have baked bread upon the coals thereof; I have roasted flesh, and eaten it: and shall I make the residue thereof an abomination? shall I fall down to the stock of a tree? 20 He feedeth on ashes: a deceived heart hath turned him aside, that he cannot deliver [this] his soul, nor say, Is there not a lie in my right hand?

21 Remember these,
O Jacob and Israel;
for thou art my servant:
I have formed thee;
thou art my servant:
O Israel,
thou shalt not be forgotten of me.
22 I have blotted out,
as a thick cloud,
thy transgressions,
and, as a cloud,
thy sins:
return unto me;
for I have redeemed thee.

23 Sing,
O ye heavens;
for the LORD hath done it:
shout ye,
lower parts of the earth:
break forth into singing,
ye mountains,
O forest,
and every tree therein:
for the LORD hath redeemed Jacob,
and glorified himself in Israel.

24 Thus saith the LORD,
thy redeemer,
and he that formed thee from the womb,
I am the LORD that maketh all things;
that stretcheth forth the heavens alone;
that spreadeth abroad the earth by myself;
25 That frustrateth the tokens of the liars,
and maketh diviners mad [and diviners he causes to rave];
that turneth wise men backward,
and maketh their knowledge foolish;
26 That confirmeth the word of his servant,
and performeth the counsel of his messengers;
that saith to Jerusalem,
Thou shalt be inhabited;
and to the cities of Judah,
Ye shall be built,
and I will raise up the decayed places thereof:
27 That saith to the deep,
Be dry,
and I will dry up thy rivers:
28 That saith of Cyrus,
He is my shepherd,
and shall perform all my pleasure:
even saying to Jerusalem,
Thou shalt be built;
and to the temple,
Thy foundation shall be laid.

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