Isaiah 41 ✒️ God Keeps His Promises

May 3, 2024 • Dr. Dave Burnette

1 Keep silence before me, O islands; and let the people renew their strength: let them come near; then let them speak: let us come near together to judgment.

 2Who raised up the righteous man from the east, called him to his foot, gave the nations before him, and made him rule over kings? he gave them as the dust to his sword, and as driven stubble to his bow.

 3He pursued them, and passed safely; even by the way that he had not gone with his feet.

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

 5The isles saw it, and feared; the ends of the earth were afraid, drew near, and came.

 6They helped every one his neighbour; and every one said to his brother, Be of good courage.

 7So 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.

 8But thou, Israel, art my servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, the seed of Abraham my friend.

 9Thou whom I have taken from the ends of the earth, and called thee from the chief men thereof, and said unto thee, Thou art my servant; I have chosen thee, and not cast thee away.

 10Fear 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.

 11Behold, all they that were incensed against thee shall be ashamed and confounded: they shall be as nothing; and they that strive with thee shall perish.

 12Thou shalt seek them, and shalt not find them, even them that contended with thee: they that war against thee shall be as nothing, and as a thing of nought.

 13For I the LORD thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.

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

 15Behold, I will make thee a new sharp threshing instrument having teeth: thou shalt thresh the mountains, and beat them small, and shalt make the hills as chaff.

 16Thou shalt fan them, and the wind shall carry them away, and the whirlwind shall scatter them: and thou shalt rejoice in the LORD, and shalt glory in the Holy One of Israel.

 17When the poor and needy seek water, and there is none, and their tongue faileth for thirst, I the LORD will hear them, I the God of Israel will not forsake them.

 18I will open rivers in high places, and fountains in the midst of the valleys: I will make the wilderness a pool of water, and the dry land springs of water.

 19I 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:

 20That 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.

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

 22Let 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.

 23Shew 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.

 24Behold, ye are of nothing, and your work of nought: an abomination is he that chooseth you.

 25I have raised up one from the north, and he shall come: from the rising of the sun shall he call upon my name: and he shall come upon princes as upon morter, and as the potter treadeth clay.

 26Who hath declared from the beginning, that we may know? and beforetime, that we may say, He is righteous? yea, there is none that sheweth, yea, there is none that declareth, yea, there is none that heareth your words.

 27The first shall say to Zion, Behold, behold them: and I will give to Jerusalem one that bringeth good tidings.

 28For I beheld, and there was no man; even among them, and there was no counsellor, that, when I asked of them, could answer a word.

 29Behold, they are all vanity; their works are nothing: their molten images are wind and confusion.

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: God Will Help Israel (v 1-29)

Isaiah 41 Commentary 

(41:1) Cyrus the II - The "righteous man from the east" (41:2) was Cyrus II of Persia, who would be king within a century and a half (and who is mentioned by name in 44:28). He conquered Babylon in 539 BC and was responsible for the decree releasing the exiled Jews to return to Jerusalem. Because God is in control of all world empires and politics, he could even use a pagan ruler to protect and care for Israel. He has people everywhere to do his work. 

(41:4) Generation to Generation - Each generation gets caught up in its own problems, but God's plan embraces all generations. When your great-grandparents lived, God worked personally in the lives of his people. When your great-grandchildren are alive, God will still be working personally in the lives of his people. He can see 100 years from now as clearly as 100 years ago. When you are concerned about the future, talk with God, who knows the generations of the future as well as he knows the generations of the past. 

(41:8-10) A Responsibility - God chose Israel through Abraham because he wanted to, not because the people deserved it (Deuteronomy_7:6-8; 9:4-6). Although God chose the Israelites to represent him to the world, they failed to do this, so God judged them for their disobedience and sent them into captivity. Now all believers are God's chosen people, and all share the responsibility of representing him to the world. One day God will bring all his faithful people together. We need not fear because (1) God is with us ("I am with thee"); (2) God has established a relationship with us ("I am thy God"); and (3) God gives us assurance of his strength, help, and victory over sin and death. Are you aware of all the ways God has helped you? 

(41:21-24) False gods - Israel was surrounded by many nations whose gods supposedly had special powers, such as helping crops grow and granting victory in war. These gods, however, failed to deliver. A god with limited or no power at all is not really a god. When we are tempted to put our trust in something other than the living God--money, career, family, or even military power--we should stop and ask some serious questions: Will this thing come through? Will it unfailingly provide what I need? Does it have a perfect plan for my future? Will it help me right now to work through adversity? God delivers. When he makes a promise, he keeps it. He is completely trustworthy.

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 41. Today's text shows how God will help Israel because of His promise. God keeps His promises even when we reject Him. In making application, we see many promises in the Bible, and we can be encouraged by looking at this Example of Israel to stand firm on the promises of God that are given to us in the Bible. How about you? Do you understand how God keeps His promises? Let us learn from our text today and the words of Isaiah to remember that God keeps His Promises. 

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