Isaiah 46

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After the last few chapters promising Judah that Babylon that they won’t get away with what they are trying to do to Judah, this chapter begins telling of the fall of Babylon – and explains that it is because of their pride and foolishness in worshiping false idols.  Specifically, the Lord refutes the gods of Bel (Marduk) and his “son” Nebo.  Statues of these gods were carried around on cattle, too big for the animals to pull on carts (verse 1).  The Lord asks how the people can worship something that can’t even move around by itself?  These idols will not be able to deliver Babylon from Persia (verse 2). The Lord promises, though, that He will keep delivering His people (verse 4).

The Lord compares these gods, who can’t even hold themselves up, to the Lord who has carried the burden of the Jews for them (verse 3).   These fake gods can’t do anything, so in no way even compare to the Lord (verse 5).  The Lord describes the foolishness of those with idols, pointing out how they pay in silver to have gold melted down, losing twice the money (verse 6), and then bow down before a statue in hopes it will do something for them (when it can do nothing but waste their money) (verse 7).

Instead, the people should come to their senses and return to the Lord, who is able to help them and is powerful in doing so (verse 8).  The Lord reminds the people that He has proven Himself already, and no one else can provide or bless them the way He has already (verse 9).  Not only that, but He will continue to do so – and is even able to tell His prophets what the future is like and how He will lead and care for the People of Holiness (verse 10).   The Lord will accomplish His work, and no false idol can stop Him (verse 11).

The Lord calls on those who have worshiped idols to repent, and return to Him (verse 12).  He will deliver even them if they return to Him.  This is part of the plan of salvation, which He is here to deliver (verse 13).   He wants to rescue all of us, and waits for us to choose.

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