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Gary H. Everett's Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures
Isaiah 44

 

 

Verses 1-28

Isaiah 44:2 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.

Isaiah 44:2 — "Thus saith the LORD that made thee, and formed thee from the womb" - Comments- In her book A Divine Revelation of Heaven Mary K. Baxter writes, "An angel of the Lord said to me, ‘From the time of conception, a baby is an eternal soul…'" 64]

64] Mary K. Baxter, A Divine Revelation of Heaven (New Kensington, Pennsylvania: Whitaker House, 1998), 117.

Isaiah 44:2Word Study on "Jesurun" - PTW says the Hebrew name "Jesurun," or "Jeshusun," literally means, "blessed." It was a symbolic name for Israel ( Deuteronomy 32:15).

Deuteronomy 32:15, "But Jeshurun waxed fat, and kicked: thou art waxen fat, thou art grown thick, thou art covered with fatness; then he forsook God which made him, and lightly esteemed the Rock of his salvation."

Isaiah 44:3 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:

Isaiah 44:3Comments- The words "water" and "floods" are figurative in Isaiah 44:3 of the Holy Spirit. It is structured in Hebrew poetry so that "water" and floods" are parallel and synonymous with the words "My Spirit" and "My blessing" mentioned in the second half of this verse.

The phrase "dry ground" used in Isaiah 44:3 refers to him that is thirsty, God"s seed and God"s offspring, terms all used in this verse. Note Isaiah 53:2, where "a dry ground" refers to people in darkness with no fruit:

Isaiah 53:2, "For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him."

People are compared to the earth bearing fruit ( Hebrews 6:7-8).

Hebrews 6:7-8, "For the earth which drinketh in the rain that cometh oft upon it, and bringeth forth herbs meet for them by whom it is dressed, receiveth blessing from God: But that which beareth thorns and briers is rejected, and is nigh unto cursing; whose end is to be burned."

The Holy Spirit is poured out upon those who have desire God's presence and power. Benny Hinn writes,

"That longing is very important. In fact it is the first key when it comes to experiencing the work of the Holy Spirit: You must have a passion for His power. You must have a starvation in your heart that causes you to search and search until you experience in your own life the miracles recorded in the Bible, the very same miracles that are available today.

As we open our hearts to the Holy Spirit, He will pour His presence out upon our thirsty souls like torrential rains upon the parched earth. His presence will become so real and so tangible. Broken lives are healed because of this presence and lives are changed forever.

Here's one of the most powerful lessons I've learned about the work of the Holy Spirit: He manifests His presence and power to those who yearn for His touch upon their lives. Spiritual thirst draws His anointing like a siphon draws fluid from a full container to an empty one.

That is why the Lord promised through the prophet Isaiah when He said, ‘I will pour water upon him who is thirsty, and floods on the dry ground' I will pour My Spirit on your descendants, and My blessing on your offering.'" 65]

65] Benny Hinn, Welcome, Holy Spirit (Nashville, Tennessee: Thomas Nelson Publishers, c 1995, 1997), 14.

Isaiah 44:18 They have not known nor understood: for he hath shut their eyes, that they cannot see; and their hearts, that they cannot understand.

Isaiah 44:18Comments- How does this process take place in the human heart? God will turn people over to a reprobate mind ( Romans 1:22-24).

Romans 1:22-24, "Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible Prayer of Manasseh , and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:"

Isaiah 44:19 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?

Isaiah 44:20 He feedeth on ashes: a deceived heart hath turned him aside, that he cannot deliver his soul, nor say, Is there not a lie in my right hand?

Isaiah 44:21 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.

Isaiah 44:21 — "I have formed thee" - Comments- Man does not create God, as illustrated in Isaiah 44:9-20, but rather, God creates man. In this earlier passage, God shows the foolishness of making an idol for worship and burning the remaining part in a fire for warmth.

Isaiah 44:22 I have blotted out, as a thick cloud, thy transgressions, and, as a cloud, thy sins: return unto me; for I have redeemed thee.

Isaiah 44:23 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.

Isaiah 44:21-23Comments - Israel's Redemption Precedes Creation's Redemption- Isaiah 44:21-23 supports the truth that when Israel prospers, the entire earth and all of creation are blessed. Since Israel was recreated in 1947, we have been able to predict the events coming on the earth by watching what the Lord was doing in the nation of Israel. As we watch the events unfolding in Israel each day, we can be sure that these same events will overflow into the nations on the earth. For example, when the Palestinians began to wage war against the nation of Israel from 2000 to 2003, these events overflowed into the U.S, where the Islamic Revolution caused the tragedy of September 11, 2001, where almost three thousand people were killed in the destruction of the World Trade Centers. As the events of the tribulation gear up into full force, this travail upon earth for seven years will overflow into the heavens ( Matthew 24:29). The Jews consider Jerusalem to be the center of the Universe, 66] so that everything that affects the earth and heavens proceeds from the events around Jerusalem.

66] The Babylonian Talmud reads, "The sages, however, said: The world was created beginning with Zion. As it is written [Ps. l 1, 2]: ‘The God of Gods, the Lord Speaketh,' etc. ‘Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty'; That signifies, from Zion began to be the beauty of the whole world. In another Boraitha we have learned: R. Eliezer the Great said, It is written [Gen. ii 4]: ‘These are the generations of the heavens and the earth when they were created, on the day that the Lord God made earth and heaven.' The luminous stars, etc, were created from the heavens, and all earthly things from the earth. But the sages say: Everything was created from Zion. As it is written [Ps. l. i]: ‘A Psalm of Assaph. The God of gods,' etc. ‘The perfection of beauty,' i.e, the beauty of the whole world." See Michael L. Rodkinson, "Tract Yomah (Day of Atonment)," in New Edition of the Babylonian Talmud, vol 6 (Boston: New Talmud Publishing Company, 1903), 78; Louis Ginzberg writes, "The construction of the earth was begun at the centre, with the foundation stone of the Temple, the Eben Shetiyah, for the Holy Land is at the central point of the surface of the earth, Jerusalem is at the central point of Palestine, and the Temple is situated at the centre of the Holy City. In the sanctuary itself the Hekal is the centre, and the holy Ark occupies the centre of the Hekal, built on the foundation stone, which thus is at the centre of the earth." See Louis Ginzberg, Legend of the Jews, vol 1, trans. Henrietta Szold (Philadelphia, PA: The Jewish Publication of America, 1909), 12.

Matthew 24:29, "Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:"

Isaiah 44:26 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:

Isaiah 44:26 — "That confirmeth the word of his servant" - Illustrations:

1 Kings 17:1, "And Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the inhabitants of Gilead, said unto Ahab, As the LORD God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word."

2 Kings 23:16, "And as Josiah turned himself, he spied the sepulchres that were there in the mount, and sent, and took the bones out of the sepulchres, and burned them upon the altar, and polluted it, according to the word of the LORD which the man of God proclaimed, who proclaimed these words."

Isaiah 44:28 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.

Isaiah 44:28 — "That saith of Cyrus" - Comments- Isaiah prophesied for at least forty years, from 740 to 701 B.C. King Cyrus conquered the Median king in 559 B.C. and became the first ruler of the Persian Empire. Thus, this prophecy was spoken almost two hundred years before it took place. This prophetic decree is recorded in Ezra 1:1-4, when Cyrus declared that God had told him to build Jerusalem. The books of Ezra and Nehemiah are historical records of this event taking place.

Ezra 1:1-4, "Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah might be fulfilled, the LORD stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom, and put it also in writing, saying, Thus saith Cyrus king of Persia, The LORD God of heaven hath given me all the kingdoms of the earth; and he hath charged me to build him an house at Jerusalem, which is in Judah. Who is there among you of all his people? his God be with him, and let him go up to Jerusalem, which is in Judah, and build the house of the LORD God of Israel, (he is the God,) which is in Jerusalem. And whosoever remaineth in any place where he sojourneth, let the men of his place help him with silver, and with gold, and with goods, and with beasts, beside the freewill offering for the house of God that is in Jerusalem."

 


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Everett, Gary H. "Commentary on Isaiah 44:4". Gary H. Everett's Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ghe/isaiah-44.html. 2013.

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