I read Isaiah 46 this week. A short chapter, but so good and God-exalting. In this chapter, Isaiah contrasts the idols of Babylon and the One True God. The idols of Babylon, weighed out by men, then fashioned by goldsmiths, are heavy burdens transported on the backs of oxen and cattle and carried about on the shoulders of men. They are mute, blind, dumb, immobile, and unworthy of our worship.
But our God, who does not age, reminds us that, unlike idols which must be carried by men, he carries us from before birth, from the womb, even to old age when our heads are covered with gray. He has made us, he will carry us, and he will save (verse 4). He hears when we cry out, he answers, and he saves. What he speaks, comes to pass. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth (John 1:14). What he purposes, he will do. After this, Jesus, knowing that all was now finished, said (to fulfill the Scripture), ‘I thirst’…When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, ‘It is finished,’ and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit (John19:28, 30). Indeed, God’s promised salvation has come. Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows (Isaiah 53:4). He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed (1 Peter 2:24).
Bel bows down; Nebo stoops; their idols are on beasts and livestock; these things you carry are borne as burdens on weary beasts. They stoop; they bow down together; they cannot save the burden, but themselves go into captivity.
Listen to me, O house of Jacob, all the remnant of the house of Israel, who have been borne by me from before your birth, carried from the womb; even to your old age I am he, and to gray hairs I will carry you. I have made, and I will bear; I will carry and will save.
To whom will you liken me and make me equal, and compare me, that we may be alike? Those who lavish gold from the purse, and weigh out silver in the scales, hire a goldsmith, and he makes it into a god; then they fall down and worship!
They lift it to their shoulders, they carry it, they set it in its place, and it stands there; it cannot move from its place.
If one cries to it, it does not answer or save him from his trouble.
Remember this and stand firm, recall it to mind, you transgressors, remember the former things of old; for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose,’ calling a bird of prey from the east, the man of my counsel from a far country. I have spoken, and I will bring it to pass;
I have purposed, and I will do it.
Listen to me, you stubborn of heart, you who are far from righteousness: I bring near my righteousness; it is not far off, and my salvation will not delay; I will put salvation in Zion, for Israel my glory.
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