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October 26, 2018

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Reading along with us in Isaiah & 2 Kings? Here’s today’s reading:

Isaiah 45 (ESV)

Thus says the Lord to his anointed, to Cyrus,
    whose right hand I have grasped,
to subdue nations before him
    and to loose the belts of kings,
to open doors before him
    that gates may not be closed:
“I will go before you
    and level the exalted places,
I will break in pieces the doors of bronze
    and cut through the bars of iron,
I will give you the treasures of darkness
    and the hoards in secret places,
that you may know that it is I, the Lord,
    the God of Israel, who call you by your name.
For the sake of my servant Jacob,
    and Israel my chosen,
I call you by your name,
    I name you, though you do not know me..
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  1. And there is no other god besides me,
    a righteous God and a Savior;
    there is none besides me.
    22 “Turn to me and be saved,
    all the ends of the earth!
    For I am God, and there is no other.
    23 By myself I have sworn;
    from my mouth has gone out in righteousness
    a word that shall not return:

  2. Was it not I, the Lord?
    And there is no other god besides me,
    a righteous God and a Savior;
    there is none besides me.
    22 “Turn to me and be saved,
    all the ends of the earth!
    For I am God, and there is no other.
    23 By myself I have sworn;
    from my mouth has gone out in righteousness
    a word that shall not return:
    ‘To me every knee shall bow,
    every tongue shall swear allegiance.’

  3. God will reveal His wonder in using King Cyrus even though Cyrus does not acknowledge Him. He will bless and provide for him so he can ultimately provide for the people of Judah. They are the ones who are dear to God’s heart. And that is just how it unfolds. Cyrus was the great king of Persia that ended the captivity of Judah and gave permission for the temple to be rebuilt and the Jews to return to Palestine. It is that time that the end of the chapter points to. What an exciting time it would be for the Jews to end captivity and return to the promised land. It would be a chance for God to show His favor again toward His people and restore them to the place that He had purposed them to hold. How gracious and merciful is He!

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