The Book of Isaiah: Is.44:1-8 “Calling”

Before the worlds began the voice of the Lord was sent out. In the book of Psalms we read of it having a range as waves and billows, “Deep calleth unto deep at the noise of thy waterspouts: all thy waves and thy billows are gone over me(Ps.42:7)”. In short glory of the Lord God is what His Power and Wisdom in action would mean for us. On this aspect we have the testimony of King David. ‘thou hast beset me behind and before…(Ps.139:2) It is a knowledge which is simply called spiritual discernment. Foreknowledge is a manifestation of life forms in secular context and it has significance. How life forms evolve and find their niches is not haphazard or serendipitous discovery. Where a species when crowded on land take to sea as in the case of the fossil of a four legged whale(Peregocetus pacificus) off the coast of Peru is not an accident. It simply made an intelligent guess some 42.4 million years ago.
In theological terms glory of the Lord is imparted to His creation so faith connects man with God. Separation of light before the creation of the sun, moon and the stars was the means to separate carnal from spiritual aspects. Consequently spirit of man has its uses whereas spirit of faith sets him entirely at His disposal. It is how children of light and children of wrath are formed. Glory of the Lord shined on them as natural as it made Abraham trust that He who has called him was also faithful. Prophet Isaiah faulted Judah and Jerusalem saying the ox knew his master and the ass his master’s crib whereas they did not know the Lord God. If man cannot produce as much sense as these beasts of burden what was preventing them? Problem of sin had muddied the entire body and each one went after their own course. The city of Jerusalem was once full of judgment or spiritual discernment but sin made them murderers (Is.1:21).
Without the glory of God their silver had become dross and they were like a garden that had no water(1:30).

Yet now hear, O Jacob my servant; and Israel, whom I have chosen:(v.1)
Compare the burden of Isaiah at the beginning:”Hear, O heavens(Is.1:2).”The prophet is calling the heaven and the earth as witnesses. Here he is directly addressing the nation to hearken the promises of God that never turned out to be hollow. Only their spiritual blindness failed them. He was going to remedy their spiritual vacuum. The passages that predicted the coming of the Servant his messenger were meant for their spiritual awakening.

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(v.2)
God had foreordained Jacob is signified here.Compare the expression ‘Formed thee from the womb’ with the wonderful psalm of David where he affirms that God did possess his reins.” My substance was not hid from thee…when as yet there was none of them (Ps.139:13-16).”

“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:(v.3)”
In the latter days God shall pour out his Spirit is a promise we read in the Book of Joel(Joel.2:28-29). At the Jacob’s well Jesus obviously referred to this(Jn.4:14). ‘Water that I shall give him’ is a gift, blessing that fortifies him to receive eternal life. So the Suffering servant is God’s Promise and it was intended to restore the nation of Israel back to health and blessedness of being His people.

4 And they shall spring up as among the grass, as willows by the water courses.

5 One shall say, I am the Lord’s; and another shall call himself by the name of Jacob; and another shall subscribe with his hand unto the Lord, and surname himself by the name of Israel.

6 Thus saith the Lord the King of Israel, and his redeemer the Lord of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God.

7 And who, as I, shall call, and shall declare it, and set it in order for me, since I appointed the ancient people? and the things that are coming, and shall come, let them shew unto them.

8 Fear ye not, neither be afraid: have not I told thee from that time, and have declared it? ye are even my witnesses. Is there a God beside me? yea, there is no God; I know not any.
Benny

 

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About bennythomas

I am a Dutch citizen. An architect by profession I am married and have six grandchildren. I am still keen on expressing myself and each day is new and an occasion where I might bring out from within something worthwhile.
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