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2019 January 2
Isaiah 41

Nautilus Cup (1592)
Nicolaes de Grebber? (fl. 1574-1613)
Flemish Baroque Style, Antwerp School
Stedelijk Museum het Prinsenhof, Delft, Province of South Holland, Netherlands
Image Source: Web Gallery of Art

     [ Illustration: Today's painting is of a golden drinking cup in the form of a monster or an idol (such as those mentioned in verse 7). Scripture points out that idols are made by craftsmen, sometimes with great skill and beauty, but having no power. ]


[ 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: In Isaiah 41, (around 701 B.C.) the LORD continued (as in the last chapter) to encourage his hearers to put their trust in him. He promised that he would raise up a deliverer; and he challenged the idols of the heathen to match him as deliverers. He promised to send them a Prince who would deliver them. He sent this Prince about 165 years later in 536 B.C. He was Cyrus the Great [c. 600 or 576 - 530 B.C.], the Medo-Persian king, from the east (v. 2), which was the Persian portion of the Medo-Persian Empire (1-5). The LORD reminded his hearers that the nations had sought in vain for help from their golden idols (6-7). But he reminded his hearers of the covenant love he had for them and promised that he would confound their enemies and would help them (8-14). He would give his people power in war and would give them rivers to quench their thirst (15-20). By contrast, he challenged the heathen gods to make valid predictions of the future (21-24). He again said that he would raise up a deliverer (Cyrus); and he again exposed the false prophets and the idol makers as worthless "wind and confusion" (25-29).

     [ Sermons: Eric Alexander. William Still. David Jackman. 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.]


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          [ THEMATICALLY AND CHRONOLOGICALLY RELATED SCRIPTURES: Isaiah 41: Isaiah 40. Isaiah 41. Isaiah 42. Isaiah 43. Isaiah 44. Isaiah 45. Isaiah 46. Isaiah 47. Isaiah 48. ]
[1] Isaiah 14:9-12; Numbers 24:20; Psalm 46:10; Habakkuk 2:20; Zechariah 2:13.
[2-3] Isaiah 42:6; Isaiah 45:2; Isaiah 45:13; Jeremiah 27:6.
[4] Exodus 3:14; Psalm 90:2; Psalm 102:26; Revelation 1:11; Revelation 4:8; Isaiah 43:10; Isaiah 43:13; Isaiah 46:4; Isaiah 48:12; John 8:58.
[5] Jonah 1:5; 1 Samuel 4:5-7.
[6] 1 Samuel 4:7-9.
[7] Isaiah 40:19.
[8] Romans 9:7; Galatians 3:7; Galatians 3:16; 2 Chronicles 20:7; James 2:23.
[9] 2 Peter 1:10.
[10] Isaiah 35:3; Psalm 89:21.
[11] Isaiah 45:24; Isaiah 54:17.
[12] Job 20:7-9; Psalm 37:35-36.
[13] Deuteronomy 33:26-29; Psalm 109:31.
[14] Psalm 22:6; Deuteronomy 7:7; Leviticus 25:43-49; Job 19:25.
[15] Micah 4:13; Jeremiah 15:7; Jeremiah 51:2.
[16] Isaiah 17:13; Psalm 1:4; Jeremiah 15:7; Jeremiah 51:2.
[17] Psalm 72:12-13; Isaiah 55:1; Psalm 42:2.
[18] Isaiah 35:7.
[19] Isaiah 51:3; Romans 11:17; Nehemiah 8:15; Zechariah 1:8; Zechariah 1:10-11.
[20] Isaiah 45:6-8.
[21] Micah 6:1-2.
[22] Isaiah 7:10-14; Isaiah 38:7-8.
[23] 1 Kings 18:27.
[24] 1 Corinthians 8:4; 1 Corinthians 10:20.
[25] Jeremiah 18:6; Jeremiah 19:10.
[26] Isaiah 43:9; Isaiah 44:7; Isaiah 45:21.
[27] Isaiah 43:10.
[28] Isaiah 63:5.
[29] Isaiah 44:9-20; Psalm 115:4-8; Psalm 135:15-18; Jeremiah 10:2-16; Habakkuk 2:18; Jeremiah 5:13.
     -- 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 41

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)

b. Blessing for God's People Through God's Alliance with Them (41:1-29)

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.
3 He pursued them,
and passed safely;
even by the way that he had not gone with his feet.
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.

5 The isles saw it,
and feared;
the ends of the earth were afraid,
drew near,
and came.
6 They helped every one [this] his neighbour;
and every one said to his brother,
Be of good courage.
7 So the carpenter encouraged [this] the goldsmith,
and he that smootheth with the hammer
[this] him that smote the anvil,
It is ready for the sodering:
and he fastened it with nails,
that it should not be moved.

8 But thou, Israel, art my servant,
Jacob whom I have chosen,
the seed of Abraham my friend.
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.
10 Fear thou not;
for I am with thee:
be not dismayed;
for I am thy God:
I will strengthen thee;
I will help thee;
I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

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.
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.
13 For I the LORD thy God
will hold thy right hand,
saying unto thee,
Fear not;
I will help thee.

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.
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.
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:
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.

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.
26 Who hath declared from the beginning,
that we may know?
and beforetime [from before],
that we may say,
He is righteous?
there is none that sheweth,
there is none that declareth,
there is none that heareth your words.
27 The first shall say to Zion,
behold them:
and I will give to Jerusalem
one that bringeth good tidings.
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.
29 Behold,
they are all vanity;
their works are nothing:
their molten images are wind and confusion

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