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 ISAIAH 44:24-28

Thus saith the LORD, thy redeemer, and he that formed thee from the womb, I am the LORD that maketh all things; that stretcheth forth the heavens alone; that spreadeth abroad the earth by myself. That frustrateth the tokens of the liars, and maketh diviners mad; that turneth wise men backward, and maketh their knowledge foolish. That confirmeth the word of his servant, and performeth the counsel of his messengers; that saith to Jerusalem, Thou shalt be inhabited; and to the cities of Judah, Ye shall be built, and I will raise up the decayed places thereof. That saith to the deep, Be dry, and I will dry up thy rivers. That saith of Cyrus, He is my shepherd, and shall perform all my pleasure: even saying to Jerusalem, Thou shalt be built; and to the temple, Thy foundation shall be laid.

 

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LESSON 1, verse 24:

The Text we shall study a few days includes Isaiah 44:24-28. It, among other things, includes a prophecy. A prediction, from the lips of our Lord, that is astounding!

He names a man who will not be born for another two hundred years, in round numbers anyway!

Calls him by name!

But that little miracle is not an issue until we reach the last verse of the passage. Until then we are going to study this powerful and interesting little paragraph one verse at a time.

God is talking to Israel, the Nation. "Thus saith the Lord, thy redeemer, and he that formed thee from the womb, I am the Lord that maketh all things; that stretcheth forth the heavens alone; that spreadeth abroad the earth by myself." Isaiah 44:24

God is here taking a minute and, righty so, bragging a little bit on His marvelous Strength! To which I say a hearty and sincere "Amen, Lord!"

He is Israel's Redeemer. He is the One Who restored all she lost due to her sins and rebellion and foolishness. The noun "Redeemer" is "gaal" in Hebrew and is a "kinsman" who is wealthy and willing to help a man or woman "buy back" their lost home-place, their inheritance. Think of what Boaz did for Ruth here, magnanimous generosity!

Jesus' Blood "bought" you and me too, Christian friend! We have been redeemed by that incorruptible Treasure!

But God is more to Israel. "Thus saith the Lord, thy redeemer, and he that formed thee from the womb ...." He "formed" them from the womb! "Yatzsar" means "to fashion" or "to frame" a piece of work. It is 17 times in the Old Testament what the potter does to the clay! Here's proof, unless we explain this clause away somehow, that God oversees the development of the little unborn child while still in the womb! God "builds" us like He wants us, prior to birth even!

"Womb" is "beten" in Hebrew, any "hollow" place in the human body. It is translated "womb" 31 times and "belly" 30 times, for example. It is also rendered "within" 2 times.

Next, and last for today, God says: I am the Lord that maketh all things." All things! The verb "asah" means "to do" usually, but in a constructive sense. God "built" everything! He was both the architect and the contractor! God has no trouble claiming his Place as Creator! Charles Darwin was wrong, I believe.

What a great God This is!

"Thus saith the Lord, thy redeemer, and he that formed thee from the womb, I am the Lord that maketh all things."

Now tomorrow He gets more specific, the Lord does.

And we learn even more about His creative and redemptive power. 

Come again and study with us.

                                                                  --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

LESSON 2, STILL VERSE 24:

The whole sentence may simply be poetry, Bible Poetry, thus inspired of God, but still poetry.

Listen to our great God: "I am the LORD that maketh all things; that stretcheth forth the heavens alone; that spreadeth abroad the earth by myself." Isaiah 44:24, where God is obviously claiming His creative powers!

He made everything! John agrees too. "All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made." John 1:3

But to amplify that statement, about our omni-creative Lord in Heaven, Isaiah had God also stating: "I am He that stretcheth forth the heavens Alone; that spreadeth abroad the earth by Myself."

Two areas of construction!

The heavens.

And the earth.

The noun "heavens" comes from a Hebrew word that means "lofty, elevated."

And "earth" means the "land or ground." God will mention the seas and the rivers in another place.

"I am He that stretcheth forth the heavens Alone; that spreadeth abroad the earth by Myself."

The verb for what God did to the heavens is picturesque. "Stretcheth forth" translates "natah." It means "to extend" or "to turn" in one direction or another. It can even mean "to bend" at times.

And get this. The verb is a qal participle in Hebrew. Which means in part that God is still stretching out the universe! This is ongoing action! And the Hubble telescope along with other observation equipment agrees, though their assent is not necessary.

Wow!

God, still at work!

But what God is doing to the earth may be even more exciting! God says in essence, "I am He that spreadeth abroad the earth by Myself."

Two facts are evident here.

God's action on the earth is dramatic, maybe more dynamic than that He performed in the heavens. The verb "spreadeth abroad" is "raqa," a rare little word only found 11 times in all the Old Testament. It means essentially "to stomp on something!" Real hard! To trample it with one's feet! To beat it out, to extend its dimensions!

This is also a qal participle, thus God is apparently still actively working with earth's topography and geography! I know when Jesus comes again, when His feet stand on the Mount of Olives again some day, an earthquake will occur and all kinds of physical changes will happen to earth's surface. See Zechariah 14:4, for example.

God still on the job!

But does this verse have any practical application? Can it help me live for Jesus? Or encourage me in any way? "I am the LORD that maketh all things; that stretcheth forth the heavens alone; that spreadeth abroad the earth by myself."

I think so.

If my God is that big, that powerful, that omni-present, surely He can care for me and my little needs!

If God is that Huge, my problems sure do seem smaller when viewed in His Shadow, in God's wake!

Yes, Jeremiah was right.

"Ah Lord God! Behold, Thou hast made the heaven and the earth by Thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for Thee." Jeremiah 32:18

Amen!

                                                                --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

LESSON 3, VERSE 25:

The Lord can not only build things, constructively. He can demolish things, very destructively! He said so Himself!

Listen to Jeremiah's commission, his job description, straight from the lips of Almighty God. "See, I have this day set thee over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build, and to plant." Jeremiah 1:10, both positive and negative, in the same ministry!

Our Text verse is like this today. It speaks of a great God, "That frustrateth the tokens of the liars, and maketh diviners mad; that turneth wise men backward, and maketh their knowledge foolish." Isaiah 44:25

The first clause will probably claim our attention for a while. God can "frustrate" the liars! I think these men are people who lie professionally. Sort of like false prophets or fake fortune tellers or other futurists. People who make money on their predictions.

I say that because of the word "tokens." A God "That frustrateth the tokens of the liars."

The noun for "tokens" means "signs, signals, marks," but twice in the King James Version means "miracles!"

Things these people promise, "indications" of their accuracy!

And what does God to to these hypocrites?

He "frustrates" their announcements! "Parar" is the verb. It means "to make void, to disannul, to cause to cease."

God, behind the scenes, makes these "liars" to be wrong in all their forecasts! If they say, Peace," then be sure, "War" is coming! God will see to that! If they say "War," don't buy stock in a firearms company! "Peace" is on the way, ordained by God!

Wow!

God, covertly upsetting the plans of men and women who hate His Name!

Causing their words not to come to pass!

And you know what?

This is the same God Who, by stark contrast, always Himself speaks the Truth!

"God cannot lie," says Paul in Titus 1:2.

And Hebrews 6:18 declares that "It is impossible for God to lie."

Whom do you want to follow, to believe, to trust with your eternal destiny?

A bunch of frustrated liars?

Or Almighty God, Who is Truth Personified?

That one is easy!

Paul will close our lesson today, using Romans 3:4. "Yea, let God be true, but every man a liar."

Amen!

                                                     --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

LESSON 4, STILL VERSE 25:

The use of words, Bible words particularly, can be so very interesting. If we Christians believe in the "verbal" inspiration of the Scriptures, and we do, then we must of necessity give special attention to the "words" God uses in His Book, the Bible. Whether they be nouns, verbs, or prepositions, any of the parts of speech, they are important.

And our text today furnishes us an example. It's just a clause from Isaiah 44:24, but still illustrates my point pretty well.

Watch. "God That maketh diviners mad." This line is part of a whole complex sentence describing God's Omniscience and probably His Omnipotence as well.

God can make someone "mad?"

Who is it?

We are being told that God can frustrate or confuse or make void the words and speeches and plans of certain wicked men. "Diviners" included!

This Hebrew noun, "diviners," is spelled "qasam" and is related to words like "witchcraft" and "soothsaying."

It here definitely has a bad connotation.

The best I can tell, it means "to act "divine," or "to act like God," especially in the sense of telling the future or bestowing bounty and blessings upon certain people. Which really might imply pronouncing curses on other people.

Men who think they are above God, that's who "diviners" are. Self-appointed Messiahs! Saviors of mankind!

Extremely large egos!

I've met a preacher or two who thought he was "god," I think.

And politicians might do this often, ruling the world!

Some women can be that assertive as well.

And a whole class of people, now called "futurists," can confidently tell us "What's coming," a year from now and a decade from now and a century from now! Or so they promise.

That crowd!

"Diviners!"

God, the Real God in Heaven, opposes these imposters!

Remember Exodus 20:3, where God thunders: "Thou shalt have no other gods before Me."

Maybe too God especially has "religious" false-prophet "diviners" in mind, here in our text.

"God That maketh diviners mad."

But notice this fact. It's a totally different meaning for a Hebrew word we all know!

"To make mad" translates "halal," the usual Old Testament verb for "praise." Normally it means "to glorify and uplift and magnify" the true Lord God in Heaven!

Wow!

How can "praise," again "halal," the verb root of our word "hallelujah" also mean "to make mad?"

It's a verb thing.

It deals with the verb's "stem" in Hebrew.

And the stem for halal here is called "poel," an intensive form of the word. God really makes these people "mad," or crazy we used to say.

Confused.

The Lord makes their prophecies and preaching and philosophies all turn out to be incorrect!

"God That maketh diviners mad." 

Here are the ways our King James Scholars translated "halal" in the Old Testament. "Praise" 117 times, "glory" 14 times, "boast" 10 times, "mad" 8 times, "shine" 3 times, "foolish" 3 times, "fools" 2 times, "commended" 2 times, "rage" 2 times, "celebrate" only 1 time, "give" 1 time, "marriage" 1 time,  and "renowned" 1 time.

Wow!

And the only possible definition that fits the "context" of what God does to the wicked diviners, those liars, is "made mad!"

God can bless someone's speech!

And God can also frustrate and confuse and negate someone's speech!

"God That maketh diviners mad."  

God's Writings, God's Will, God's Ways ... will always prevail!

Stand on God's Word!

It is absolutely True.

                                                        --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

LESSON 5, STILL VERSE 25:

The Lord is all-wise. The theologians say "omniscient." Which really means "knowing everything."

Our Verse today claims such superior knowledge for Almighty God. The One Who ... "turneth wise men backward, and maketh their knowledge foolish." Isaiah 44:25

There are two kinds of wisdom acknowledged in the Bible, God's Wisdom and man's wisdom. They are not the same!

Listen to James 3:13-18. "Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? Let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom. But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work. But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace."

Earthly wisdom and Heavenly wisdom!

It surely is man's wisdom that is the subject of our text today. The kind of wisdom that God refutes.

"God that turneth wise men backward, and maketh their knowledge foolish."

The verb "turneth" is "shub" in Hebrew, the basic word picture behind the idea of "repentance." Making a U-turn! An about face! Doing a full 180 degree maneuver!

The word "backward" is "achor," meaning "the rear, the hinder parts" of something.

When an educator or scientist or politician or whomever "marries" his or her career and reputation to some single idea or theory, one contrary to Scripture, that person is setting himself or herself up for a fall!

A God-induced fall!

Those who oppose God will eventually be demoted!

Psalm 75:6 promises this. "For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south. But God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another."

Back to our Text: "God that turneth wise men backward, and maketh their knowledge foolish."

"Knowledge," the next noun we must discuss, translates "daath," just meaning "skill, perception, learning," or even "discernment."

The sum total of all their education and professional reputations! The information they have accumulated during their whole lives! God will make them look "foolish!"

The verb "make foolish" is "sakal" in Hebrew, a word that indicates "stupidity" nearly!

Absurdly false!

Wrong, very wrong, and everyone now knows it!

Folks, let's never let our so-called knowledge contradict God's Wisdom!

Some I fear in biology and history and chemistry and political science and medicine and law and yes, the ministry as well, have called God and His Book "wrong!"

Time and time again!

They will not prosper!

Not finally.

Not ultimately.

God promised so in Isaiah 44:25.  "God that turneth wise men backward, and maketh their knowledge foolish."

Well then, where can a man or woman get Wisdom?

The kind God will not destroy?

James again, this time 1:5. "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him."

This too, all of Job 28, the whole chapter, tells how to get Wisdom Here's how it ends, verse 28: "And unto man God said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding."

Our all wise God!

Praise His Name!

                                                               --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

LESSON 6, VERSE 26:

I've prayed the prayer for years. Nearly every time I preach! I first developed the idea from the last verse in Mark. "And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen." Mark 16:20

Yes, I try to consistently ask the Lord God to "confirm" His Word when I preach! And He does answer that prayer, faithfully so!

Now, and just recently too, I have discovered this idea in the Old Testament as well! About God "confirming" the Word of His men, of His preachers!

He is the God ... "That confirmeth the word of His servant, and performeth the counsel of His messengers." Isaiah 44:26

Wow!

How encouraging for anyone who tries to share the Bible, to teach the Scriptures!

The Isaiah Text has God confirming the word of His servants. The Mark Text has God confirming His Own Word! Of course both verses really say the same thing basically. Because God's Word is all that any true preacher will be proclaiming anyway!

Now, let's examine today's verse, word for word.

"God That confirmeth the word of His servant, and performeth the counsel of His messengers."

The noun "servant" translates "ebed," meaning a "slave" really, a common "worker" dedicated to his master. We preachers are just that, obedient errand runners for our Saviour.

And God's "messengers" are just about the same type people, "malak" meaning "ambassadors" or "representatives." Preachers still, I'd say.

"Word" and "counsel" are synonyms too, or nearly so. "Dabar" means what one says, with an emphasis either on the content of the sermon or the manner in which it is delivered. And "counsel" translates "etzsah," meaning "advice" or at times even one's "plans."

Now we have the foundation laid, let's go study the two verbs. They are critical to understanding this sentence.

"Confirmeth" is "qum," meaning "to stand up, to rise up, to be established." Even "to continue, to perform, to be proven!"

Goodness, what wonderful latitude of meaning!

And "performeth" is just as good. "Shalam" means "to be at peace, to reward, to finish, to restore, to be wholly correct!" Obviously "shalam" is related to "shalom," the best known "peace and blessing" word in the world!

Now, let's "plug" these meanings into our words as we think through the verse, following God's thoughts after Him!

That's thrilling!

"God That confirmeth the word of His servant, and performeth the counsel of His messengers."

False prophets, when they speak, cannot claim this great verse! God frustrates their pronouncements. But godly preachers and teachers, those who honestly and diligently preach and teach the Bible, they can claim it! And for 99% of you anyway, you who read these pages, that includes your preacher too!

"God That confirmeth the word of His servant, and performeth the counsel of His messengers."

Thank You, Lord!

I want to claim this new promise now, every time I walk into the pulpit! Or walk out of it too for that matter!

God keeps His promises!

And God answers prayer!

                                                              --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

LESSON 7, VERSE 26 AGAIN:

What God says about the future is always interesting, but more than that, always accurate too!

God never makes a mistake.

And in our Text, Isaiah 44:24-28, God observes some amazing things about the city of Jerusalem, capital of the little nation of Judah.

These facts are somehow linked to God's "confirming" the word of His Servants, too. That's evident earlier in our verse. He is a God ... "That confirmeth the word of his servant, and performeth the counsel of his messengers; that saith to Jerusalem, Thou shalt be inhabited; and to the cities of Judah, Ye shall be built, and I will raise up the decayed places thereof." Isaiah 44:26

Today we study those last two phrases, "That saith to Jerusalem, Thou shalt be inhabited; and to the cities of Judah, Ye shall be built, and I will raise up the decayed places thereof."

There's a bright future for Israel, ultimately!

The proper noun "Judah" is an application of the common Hebrew noun that means "praise." And "Jerusalem" means "teaching of peace."

Look!

Jerusalem will not always be uninhabited. Or in ruins or desolate. Or despised by the other citizens of the world. "Inhabited" translates "yashab," meaning "to dwell or remain" in a place, permanent residents, not wanderers!

And "built" utilizes "banah," as in "established" or "made to continue." Not a here-now and gone-tomorrow nation! In fact, our word can also mean "to rebuild, to repair!" That even fits the statement God just gave "and I will raise up the decayed places thereof."

That's what Romans 9-11 is discussing too, Paul's input about Israel's glorious future!

The Major Prophets of the Old Testament agree. And nearly all the Minor Prophets do too!

There never will be a day when the Jew does not exist!

"That saith to Jerusalem, Thou shalt be inhabited; and to the cities of Judah, Ye shall be built, and I will raise up the decayed places thereof."

Though hard, bleak times remain ahead for these precious people, as in the Tribulation, God will spare them and prosper them and bless them and keep them alive eternally!

That's one Message I want to preach!

Long live the Israelites!

Why preach this?

Here's one reason. "Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee." What a promise, Psalm 122:6.

The God Who created earth also created that Nation, Israel. A Land that will some day experience the greatest Revival known to humankind!

Mark it down!

"God That saith to Jerusalem, Thou shalt be inhabited; and to the cities of Judah, Ye shall be built, and I will raise up the decayed places thereof."

And Brother Bagwell, preach it from time to time as God leads!

Need more proof?

About God's bright plans for Israel, for Judah? About that little Country's perpetual existence? "Thus saith the LORD, which giveth the sun for a light by day, and the ordinances of the moon and of the stars for a light by night, which divideth the sea when the waves thereof roar; The LORD of hosts is his name. If those ordinances depart from before me, saith the LORD, then the seed of Israel also shall cease from being a nation before me for ever." Jeremiah 31:35-36 just said it again! As long as the sun, moon, and stars shine and the sea roars ... so will Israel be a Nation!

Amen!

                                                               --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

LESSON 8, VERSE 27:

God controls the weather!

So says the Bible.

And our verse today, part of a four verse text from the Prophet Isaiah's preaching, certainly agrees. "God That saith to the deep, Be dry, and I will dry up thy rivers." Isaiah 44:27

Now it's true that this brief line of Scripture does not mention thunder or lightning or rain or wind. But it well describes the effects of no thunder and lightning and rain!

"I will dry up thy rivers," The Lord Himself being the Speaker here!

The "deep" here may be the ocean itself too! "God That saith to the deep, Be dry." The word is "tzsulah," meaning "the bottoms of the oceans." It is from a verb that means "to sink." And this term is only found one single time in all the Bible, right here.

The verbs "be dry" and "dry up," are really two translations of the same word, "charab." It means "to make waste, to make desolate, to cause to decay, to destroy" as well as "to dry up." Devastation, for the world's bodies of water? God can do so!

Some day water may become as important a resource to us humans as oil now is. And God is in charge of them both.

"God That saith to the deep, Be dry, and I will dry up thy rivers." Isaiah 44:27

He dried up the Red Sea.

He parted the waters of the Jordan River.

He withheld rain for three years in the days of Elijah.

I say again, God controls the weather.

Often when the rivers are adversely affected like this, God's judgment is being pronounced on a people.

During the coming Tribulation period such things will occur again.

The oceans and the rivers are cursed because of sin.

God still being in control.

It helps me this morning to realize that the God Who lives in my heart, Whose Holy Spirit indwells our bodies, is great enough to also handle earth's water cycles!

Earth's weather patterns!

That helps me worship Him even more today!

How about you?

Psalm 104:3 says that God "walks on the wings of the wind."

And Nahum calls the clouds "the dust of God's feet!"

And Jesus says His Father in Heaven sends rain "on the just and the unjust."

And I say, "Glory to his Name!"

"We worship Thee today, O God, Sustainer of Heaven and earth, including the weather!"

                                                            --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

LESSON 9, VERSE 28:

God knows everything!

Peter in John 21:17 plainly admitted to Jesus, "Lord Thou knowest all things." And Peter was right.

And in the Old Testament we have today arrived at a verse that proves God knows all things. At least when it concerns world affairs! 

Read with me. "God That saith of Cyrus, He is my shepherd, and shall perform all my pleasure." Isaiah 44:28, the first half of the verse anyway.

What's so special about his, Preacher Bagwell?

The Bible just named a man, King Cyrus of Persia, who will not be born for nearly two hundred more years!

Wow!

History now knows this man.

The Lord did too, long before his history was written!

And this King, a lost Gentile, obeyed God time and time again!

Knowingly or unknowingly, we're not sure.

But he obeyed God's leading in matters of paramount importance. Especially regarding Israel, God's chosen people.

Admittedly, Old Testament political and governmental leaders were at times called "shepherds" of their people. Of their constituency.

But here, in a special way, Cyrus is so entitled.

"Shepherd" translates the noun form of the verb "raah," which means "to pasture, to trend, to feed, to accompany, to defend," and 8 times "to pastor" a flock or gathering or group of subjects! Animal or human, sheep or Christians!

Cyrus is God's Man of the hour!

Sitting on a Throne!

Raised up no doubt for this very purpose!

God has already chosen a name for him, again, well over a hundred years before he arrived on the world scene, really closer to two hundred years before he was born!

That's Bible prophecy, folks!

Fulfilled promises, from the lips of God Almighty!

"God That saith of Cyrus, He is my shepherd."

Then God adds of this Cyrus, "He shall perform all my pleasure."

The noun "pleasure" is the familiar "chephetzs," meaning one's "delight, desire, longing, favor!"

Cyrus pleases God!

Some us of Christians grieve the Holy Spirit!

And quench Him too!

But Cyrus so acted and so loved God's people Israel that he brought great delight to God above!

Wow!

What Solomon wrote in Proverbs 21:1 is correct. "The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: He turneth it whithersoever He will."

Yes!

God controls the weather.

God controls Kings.

God controls everything!

Let us worship Him accordingly!

Let us join the choirs of the future and say, "Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen." Revelation 7:12

God knows the future!

Yes!

                                                      --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

LESSON 10, STILL VERSE 28:

Not only is King Cyrus of the Persians named by the Prophet Isaiah, named over a hundred years before the Monarch was born! But his "work," the crowing achievement of his whole reign, is described too!

"That saith of Cyrus, He is my shepherd, and shall perform all my pleasure: even saying to Jerusalem, Thou shalt be built; and to the temple, Thy foundation shall be laid." Isaiah 44:28

Now let me repeat the words for today, our lesson. The "task" God assigned Cyrus, this gentile king. "Cyrus ... saying to Jerusalem, Thou shalt be built; and to the temple, Thy foundation shall be laid."

Wow!

It's one thing to know a man before his birth!

But to me it's even more amazing to know his life work that far in advance, again well over a century!

And history now tells us that Isaiah was right.

The Prophet's prediction, heard from the lips of the Lord God Almighty, was precisely correct!

Cyrus is the King who allowed the city of Jerusalem to be rebuilt! Partly at his own expense too, the government of Persia help finance some of the project!

Here's a one verse summary of God's attitude toward Jerusalem. "Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is mount Zion, on the sides of the north, the city of the great King." Psalm 48:2, God loves that place!

And Cyrus wants to help "build" the City! "Cyrus ... said to Jerusalem, Thou shalt be built."

Including the City's most important Structure, the Temple of God! Where God is to be worshipped! "And Cyrus also said ... to the temple, Thy foundation shall be laid."

It looks to me like God has some priorities!

Jerusalem and the Temple being two of them!

And when time came to rebuild those places, God raised Himself up a King, Cyrus by name, and led him to do the work!

And here's the point of today's discussion. A God Who can do that, can do anything!

My problems and your problems are not too great for that God!

He can handle them too!

God asks this Himself in Jeremiah 32:27. "Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me?"

No Lord, there is not!

                                                          --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

Christian friends, take note today.

"Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need." Hebrews 4:16

Amen!

 

 

 

 

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