113-146 Isaiah Chapter 46
Babylon’s Idols and the True God
Bel and Nebo are the names of two false gods that the worshipping nations served. God personalizes them by saying their names as these false gods are to be brought low. “In chapter 45 Isaiah declared that every knee will bow to the Lord, and here he pictures the gods of great Babylon stooping low in humiliation.” (Grogan)
Isaiah paints the picture of God’s people going into captivity with their beast and carriages loaded with their idols. Not only are the people carried way but also their idols. Even as their false gods could not deliver them they had to deliver their idols.
Their false gods are dead and dumb and must be carried. But God carries His people. God carried them from before their birth and He promises to carry them through their old age.
God speaks of the same Fatherly care as Jesus spoke. “Are not five sparrows sold for two cents? Yet not one of them is forgotten before God. “Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear; you are more valuable than many sparrows.” (Luke 12:6-7) When we understand that it is He that has created us, then we know the value we are to Him and can trust Him to carry us. This begs the question, do you have to carry your gods or does your God carry you?
Much money and resource are sacrificed in the production of false gods and idols. They cry out to their false god but it does not answer them and neither does it save them from their troubles. Isaiah exposes the folly of their idolatry.
When we remember the things that God has done then we gain the courage of men. The Christian suffers so much defeat for the lack of remembering the great things that God has done.
God knows the end of every circumstance and He knows how to make it work for the good. “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28) God sees the end as well as we see the beginning.
God is not a passive observer but is an active participant. His counsel is full of wisdom because He knows the end from the beginning. God’s counsel will always stand while others will fail. God’s works and plans never fail because He will work all to His good pleasure. God is not watching history as a parade but is active and directing the path of the parade. As God knows the end from the beginning He is in control of all things from the beginning to the end. This gives the one who trusts God great courage knowing that God alone is in control of all events.
In this verse, we see another reference to Cyrus. The people of God need to always remember that God has a deliverer for His people. Even if it is a pagan king. God’s timing is always perfect and wise. When we are stubborn-hearted we need to remember that the Lord does not delay and is never late. God always has a deliverer and knows when to bring deliverance.