Isaiah 45 ✒️ The Only One True God

May 7, 2024 • Dr. Dave Burnette

1 Thus saith the LORD to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have holden, to subdue nations before him; and I will loose the loins of kings, to open before him the two leaved gates; and the gates shall not be shut;

 2I will go before thee, and make the crooked places straight: I will break in pieces the gates of brass, and cut in sunder the bars of iron:

 3And I will give thee the treasures of darkness, and hidden riches of secret places, that thou mayest know that I, the LORD, which call thee by thy name, am the God of Israel.

 4For Jacob my servant's sake, and Israel mine elect, I have even called thee by thy name: I have surnamed thee, though thou hast not known me.

 5I am the LORD, and there is none else, there is no God beside me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known me:

 6That they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none beside me. I am the LORD, and there is none else.

 7I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things.

 8Drop down, ye heavens, from above, and let the skies pour down righteousness: let the earth open, and let them bring forth salvation, and let righteousness spring up together; I the LORD have created it.

 9Woe unto him that striveth with his Maker! Let the potsherd strive with the potsherds of the earth. Shall the clay say to him that fashioneth it, What makest thou? or thy work, He hath no hands?

 10Woe unto him that saith unto his father, What begettest thou? or to the woman, What hast thou brought forth?

 11Thus saith the LORD, the Holy One of Israel, and his Maker, Ask me of things to come concerning my sons, and concerning the work of my hands command ye me.

 12I have made the earth, and created man upon it: I, even my hands, have stretched out the heavens, and all their host have I commanded.

 13I have raised him up in righteousness, and I will direct all his ways: he shall build my city, and he shall let go my captives, not for price nor reward, saith the LORD of hosts.

 14Thus saith the LORD, The labour of Egypt, and merchandise of Ethiopia and of the Sabeans, men of stature, shall come over unto thee, and they shall be thine: they shall come after thee; in chains they shall come over, and they shall fall down unto thee, they shall make supplication unto thee, saying, Surely God is in thee; and there is none else, there is no God.

 15Verily thou art a God that hidest thyself, O God of Israel, the Saviour.

 16They shall be ashamed, and also confounded, all of them: they shall go to confusion together that are makers of idols.

 17But Israel shall be saved in the LORD with an everlasting salvation: ye shall not be ashamed nor confounded world without end.

 18For thus saith the LORD that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the LORD; and there is none else.

 19I have not spoken in secret, in a dark place of the earth: I said not unto the seed of Jacob, Seek ye me in vain: I the LORD speak righteousness, I declare things that are right.

 20Assemble yourselves and come; draw near together, ye that are escaped of the nations: they have no knowledge that set up the wood of their graven image, and pray unto a god that cannot save.

 21Tell ye, and bring them near; yea, let them take counsel together: who hath declared this from ancient time? who hath told it from that time? have not I the LORD? and there is no God else beside me; a just God and a Saviour; there is none beside me.

 22Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.

 23I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear.

 24Surely, shall one say, in the LORD have I righteousness and strength: even to him shall men come; and all that are incensed against him shall be ashamed.

 25In the LORD shall all the seed of Israel be justified, and shall glory.

COMMENTARY by Dr. Dave Burnette


Written By: God through Inspiration

Penned By: Isaiah

Date Penned: (700-681 BC)

Overview: To Tell of God's Salvation through the Messiah (c 1-66)

Theme: Words of Comfort (c 40-66)

Message: Jehovah is the One True God (v 1-25)

Isaiah 45 Commentary 

(45:1-8) Power Over All - This is the only place in the Bible where a Gentile ruler is said to be "anointed." God is the power over all rulers and powers, and he anoints those whom he chooses for his special tasks. Cyrus's kingdom spread across 2,000 miles (the largest of any empire then known), including the territories of both the Assyrian and the Babylonian empires. Why did God anoint Cyrus? Because he had a special task for him to do for Israel. Cyrus would allow God's city, Jerusalem, to be rebuilt, and he would set the exiles free without expecting anything in return. Few kings of Israel or Judah had done as much for God's people as Cyrus would. 

(45:7) God Rules - God rules over light and darkness, over prosperous times and times of disaster, over our struggles and our victories. Our lives are sprinkled with all types of experiences, and all are needed for us to grow spiritually. When good times come, thank God and use your blessings for him. When bad times come, don't resent them, but ask what you can learn from these refining experiences to make you a better servant of God. 

(45:14) The Sabeans - The Sabeans were people from Seba in southern Arabia. This prophecy anticipated the future conversion of the Gentiles. 

(45:17) A Everlasting Salvation - Until this time, Israel had anticipated temporal salvation--God would save them and their land from their enemies in their particular day. Here Isaiah tells of a future everlasting salvation with God. 

(45:18-19) Doubting God -God's promises are public, and their fulfillment is sure. So why do we ever doubt him? We never have to be uncertain when we have a God of truth and righteousness. We can totally count on God and what he says. His truth and righteousness are in plain view. We must keep our eyes open to all the evidence from creation and from the promises he has kept in the past. 

(45:22) Salvation For All - God desires salvation for all nations, not just the Israelites. Many times throughout Scripture, it seems as though Israel had an inside track on salvation. But God makes it clear that his people include all those who follow him. Israel was to be the means through which the whole world would come to know God. Jesus, the Messiah, fulfilled Israel's role and gave all people the opportunity to follow God. (See also Romans 11:11; Galatians 3:28; Ephesians 3:6; Philippians 2:9-11.)

LIFE APPLICATION by Dr. Dave Burnette

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today, we continue in the Book of Isaiah with Chapter 45. Today's text shows that Jehovah is the one true God. Yesterday, we looked at many who make idols or little gods. Some believe a god exists but don't believe in the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. In making an application, we see there is one God above all gods. Today, many worship and claim allegiance to their god, but according to the Bible, there is only One God. The God of the Bible and according to the Bible, the only way to God the Father is through God the Son - Jesus Christ. How about you? Do you believe in the God of the Bible? Let us learn from our text today and the prophesy of Isaiah to remember that according to the Bible, there is only one God, the God of the Bible.

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