In this chapter Prophet Isaiah is addressing the Anointed One who is yet to come, which is a kangaroo word for persons as well as events. At the end of the previous chapter Cyrus the King of Persia is called by name, who shall in time smash the Babylonian Empire. He is addressed as,’my shepherd, and shall perform all my pleasure…(Is.44:28a).’Obviously it is to a Gentile king and also to Jesus, the Shepherd who is the Good Shepherd. By the selfsame narrative style of the Spirit we are given a glimpse of the end times when Jerusalem shall be built. It shall be new. We have been going through the burden of the prophet in the face of calamities that would befall Judah and Jerusalem and also relieve their distress by the coming of Cyrus. He assures them what the King of Persia shall do. So Jerusalem shall be built and the remnant shall return. God had given it as a sign at the beginning of the book. Now let us go back to the verse ‘….Thou shalt be built: and to the temple, Thy foundation shall be laid (v.28b). Here two ideas converge and rest on the Priest-King Messiah. The foundation is the risen Christ and it is laid in heaven. In the Book of the Revelation we read of ‘new Jerusalem coming down from heaven(Re.21:1).’
In the present passage what we need fix in our mind is that God can make use of a Gentile King as Cyrus who is also used in context of the Messiah, Christos. He as the Anointed One foreshadows Jesus Christ the Servant King, Messiah and as ‘the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords.’ Glory of the city is such there is no need for the sun in the holy city of God. Yes its foundation was laid on the risen Christ. So whatever church-building was done on the earth was for what was secure and laid out in heaven. It is perfect as the single sacrifice (He.10:14) He offered and there shall no more another temple in the manner of Solomon or of Herod be found, -and animal sacrifices have been done away with. Instead it shall be the city of God where his elect are the priests and kings forever. Having said this we shall focus on the divine nature of God.
“ I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the Lord do all these things(v.7)”
In the previous post we were discussing the Power principle which helps us understand the above verse better. His Power makes such consideration light and darkness, gentiles and Jews as applied to Him as meaningless. It is what Power and Wisdom would mean. It was not intentional to have skipped the present text but just as well,- the previous post actually serves as additional material to explain the divine Nature that has not been well handled in times past. Principle of Power explains one of the hard sayings of Jesus: “For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath(Mat.13:12)” In the Gospel of Luke we have the same idea but emphasis is laid on servants of God as to what God demands. “From everyone who has been given much, much will be required; and from him who has been entrusted with much, even more will be demanded(Lk.12:48)”.
Christian Living explains living while in bodies as though we are already living in heavenly places . Principle of Power enables man who was ungodly in former times to leave his old ways and accept the Lord Jesus as the savior. Water baptism is a manifestation of divine Power with which we die to the world. Is it not Principle of Wisdom that helps us to live thereafter as a new creation? Those who work with principle of Power shall have life after life abundant. In order to live in eternity as kings and priests ‘even more will be demanded(Lk.12:48)’. Fruitful service is what demanded.
Principle of Power wherever God dispenses adds additional aspect of divine nature so Wisdom simultaneously comes to bear on it as in the example of Adam. God made him a living soul and the spiritual discernment (in the divine breath) empowered him to think on the same lines as God would have. Consequently ‘whatsoever Adam called every living creature that was the name thereof (Ge.2:19). Of course the Principle of Wisdom was the basis and it helped him acquire a woman as his helpmeet and the episode of the creation of Eve is not merely an afterthought but Power of God working through Adam so he now working as an associate, actively providing the Lord God his material to work on.
Let us examine the dust of the ground (Ge.2:7) with which God formed man. It is a symbol as the bone, another symbol and when Adam exclaims, “This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh…’ what do we gather from it? God did not put there anything from outside but what was there in the first place. The power with which He made man a living soul also brings another living soul. This is the basis for Principle of Association. Principle of Power added also wisdom in man to know good and evil. In obeying the serpent he let sin come in. Problem of sin owes to Satan the father of lies. Jesus Christ was manifest in order to deal with this.(1 Jn.3:8).
I am the Lord, and there is none else, there is no God beside me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known me:
6 That 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.
7 I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the Lord do all these things.