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Gary H. Everett's Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures
Isaiah 41

 

 

Verses 1-29

Isaiah 41:1-9Comments- What a great passage of Scripture on church growth. First, man tries his own way to succeed in life ( Isaiah 41:5-7). God can raise up a church in a desert ( Isaiah 41:18-19). God is saying he can grow a church anywhere.

Isaiah 41:4 Who hath wrought and done it, calling the generations from the beginning? I the LORD, the first, and with the last; I am he.

Isaiah 41:4 — "Who hath wrought and done it, calling the generations from the beginning?" - Comments- The genealogies of the Lord Jesus Christ serve as testimonies that God has orchestrated the history of mankind from the beginning of time ( Matthew 1:1-17 and Luke 23-38).

Isaiah 41:7 So the carpenter encouraged the goldsmith, and he that smootheth with the hammer him that smote the anvil, saying, It is ready for the sodering: and he fastened it with nails, that it should not be moved.

Isaiah 41:7 — "that it should not be moved" - Comments -The NIV reads, "so it will not topple." These small idols were crafted so that they did not topple over ( Isaiah 40:20). I have seen poor quality carvings in craft shops that were too crooked to stand up right.

Isaiah 40:20, "He that is so impoverished that he hath no oblation chooseth a tree that will not rot; he seeketh unto him a cunning workman to prepare a graven image, that shall not be moved."

Isaiah 41:10 Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

Isaiah 41:10Comments- The Lord's right hand is mentioned numerous times in the Old Testament as a figure of speech to refer to His mighty power. In contrast to the idols of men being crafted out of God's creation and toppling over, God will not allow His people to grow weary and faint.

Isaiah 41:14 Fear not, thou worm Jacob, and ye men of Israel; I will help thee, saith the LORD, and thy redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.

Isaiah 41:14 — "Fear not, thou worm Jacob, and ye men of Israel" - Comments- In Isaiah 41:14 the Lord calls Israel by the descriptive name of "worm Jacob." Within the context of this verse the Lord reveals His majesty as the Creator of the universe and exposes man in his weakness and frailty. The idea of comparing the children of Israel to a worm is done to express their position of absolute weakness before their God, the Creator of all things, and their total dependence upon Him. The worm reflects one of the weakest and frailest of God's creatures to these ancient Jews, who did not have modern technology to discover and examine life much smaller than worms.

Isaiah 41:17-18Comments - Praise Refreshes the Soul of Prayer of Manasseh - Note these words from Frances J. Roberts regarding this passage of Scripture:

"Behold, I have placed within thee a spring of living water. For My Spirit shall be a continual flowing forth of life from thine innermost being. This I have promised to all My children, and this ye may experience as ye claim it by faith. For all My promises are received by faith. None are gained by merit, nor are they awards for human achievements.

"It is My Life that I am giving you. It is not an emotion; it is not a virtue, though these may follow subsequently. It is Myself. Divine grace, heavenly love, infinite mercy, fathomless peace, - all these shall spring forth unbeckoned and irrepressible out of the deeps within thee because My Spirit has taken residence there."

"If there be dryness within thy soul and ye have not this life flowing forth, ye need not grieve, neither chide thyself for being empty. Fill up the empty place with praise. Thou mayest by praise open to Me the gates of the temple of thy soul. The King shall enter and bring His glory. The Rose of Sharon shall bloom in thy heart and His fragrance shall be shed abroad." 58]

58] Frances J. Roberts, Come Away My Beloved (Ojai, California: King's Farspan, Inc, 1973), 42.

"Let thy praises rise in the daytime and in the night. Yea, when thou are utterly spent, then shall My speech fall upon thee. Then shalt thou lie down in peace and rise up in joy, and thou shalt be partaker of a perpetual fountain. As it is written: Out of thine innermost being shall gush forth rivers of living water." 59]

59] Frances J. Roberts, Come Away My Beloved (Ojai, California: King's Farspan, Inc, 1973), 44.

Isaiah 41:19 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:

Isaiah 41:19Comments- The trees represent redeemed souls from all nations around the earth.

Isaiah 41:20 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.

Isaiah 41:20Comments- When God raises up a church, all people will see that it was the hand of God doing this, because with man such deeds are impossible.

Isaiah 41:21 Produce your cause, saith the LORD bring forth your strong reasons, saith the King of Jacob.

Isaiah 41:22 Let them bring them forth, and shew us what shall happen: let them shew the former things, what they be, that we may consider them, and know the latter end of them; or declare us things for to come.

Isaiah 41:23 Shew the things that are to come hereafter, that we may know that ye are gods: yea, do good, or do evil, that we may be dismayed, and behold it together.

Isaiah 41:21-23Comments- God's Challenge to Israel- God challenges Israel to demand from their pagan gods such revelation as Him Himself had been declaring to His people over the centuries through His prophets. These chapters refer numerous times to the idols that Israel had been serving ( Isaiah 40:19-20; Isaiah 41:21-23; Isaiah 41:29; Isaiah 42:8; Isaiah 42:17; Isaiah 44:9-20). The Lord made a similar demand to Job by asking Him to justify himself in light of the revelation of His divine attributes as revealed in Job 38-41 ( Job 38:1-3). Elijah challenged the prophets of Baal to call fire down from heaven to consume their pagan sacrifices ( 1 Kings 18:21-40).

Job 38:1-3, "Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said, Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge? Gird up now thy loins like a man; for I will demand of thee, and answer thou me."

 


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Everett, Gary H. "Commentary on Isaiah 41:4". Gary H. Everett's Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ghe/isaiah-41.html. 2013.

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Thursday, October 17th, 2019
the Week of Proper 23 / Ordinary 28
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