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Cyrus the Great in Isaiah 45

Cyrus the Great in Isaiah 45

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Cyrus the Great played a major role in God's plan for history, and many verses of Scripture deal with this great leader of the world.
Cyrus the Great played a major role in God's plan for history, and many verses of Scripture deal with this great leader of the world.

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CYRUS THE GREAT I ISAIAH 45
Written and edited by Glenn Pease
PREFACE
As in all my commentaries I here quote many others, and sometimes I do not have the author'sname. If you know the author of any quotes please let me know and I will give credit. If anyonewho is quoted does not wish their material to be included in this work, they can let me know andI will delete it. You can contact me atglenn_p86@yahoo.comSome of the quotes have technicallanguage that I have eliminated because it is poorly copied and has no value having lost all of itoriginal format.
ITRODUCTIO
1. The reason I have chosen to comment on this particular chapter is because it is very unusual. Itreveals God to be sovereign over all people, and that he is able to use a pagan man to illustratethe love and mercy of his own Son who would come and liberate his people. Cyrus is a pagan, buthe is an example of the Messiah. He was a liberator of God's people. He made a major differencein history because he was chosen by God to do so. We tend to think that God only works throughthose who are his chosen people, but here we see God declaring that this man did not evenacknowledge Him, and yet God chose him to do good and mighty things. We can never again,after reading this chapter, assume that a person is not God's chosen tool to be providentially usedfor his purpose in history just because they are not Christians. on-Christian leaders are doingthings all the time that can be rightly seen as godly and beneficial acts that fulfill the will of Godin their time. In the light of this chapter it is folly to limit God's working to believers only. Theworld is filled with pagan leaders who are a positive force in the world for good, and we are blindif we do not see this common grace of God in his universal providence to bless a needy world.People are not saved by being used of God, but they can be the means of saving others, just asCyrus saved the people of God.2. Henry, “Cyrus was nominated, in the foregoing chapter, to be God's shepherd; more is said tohim and more of him in this chapter, not only because he was to be instrumental in the release of the Jews out of their captivity, but because he was to be therein a type of the great Redeemer, andthat release was to be typical of the great redemption from sin and death; for that was thesalvation of which all the prophets witnessed. We have here, I. The great things which God woulddo for Cyrus, that he might be put into a capacity to release God's people, ver. 1-4. II. The proof God would hereby give of his eternal power and godhead, and his universal, incontestable,sovereignty, ver. 5-7. III. A prayer for the hastening of this deliverance, ver. 8. IV. A check to theunbelieving Jews, who quarreled with God for the lengthening out of their captivity, ver. 9, 10. V.Encouragement given to the believing Jews, who trusted in God and continued instant in prayer,assuring them that God would in due time accomplish this work by the hand of Cyrus, ver. 11-15.VI. A challenge given to the worshipers of idols and their doom read, and satisfaction given to theworshipers of the true God and their comfort secured, with an eye to the Mediator, who is made
 
of God to us both righteousness and sanctification, ver. 16-25. And here, as in many other parts of this prophecy, there is much of Christ and of gospel grace.”3. Cyrus the Great was not just great in the eyes of man, but also in the eyes of God, and theresult is, he was the most famous pagan in the Bible for his role in doing the will of God out of apositive willing spirit. It is amazing how many times Cyrus is mentioned in the Bible as beingGod's servant. Below is a list of some of the most positive text where he is mentioned beside thoseof Isa. 45. Most of them have to do with his role in building the temple in Jerusalem.2CH 36:22 In the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, in order to fulfillthe word of the LORD spoken by Jeremiah, the LORD moved the heart of Cyrusking of Persia to make a proclamation throughout his realm and to put it inwriting:2CH 36:23 "This is what Cyrus king of Persia says: "'The LORD, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth and he has appointed meto build a temple for him at Jerusalem in Judah. Anyone of his people amongyou--may the LORD his God be with him, and let him go up.'"EZR 1:1 In the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, in order to fulfill theword of the LORD spoken by Jeremiah, the LORD moved the heart of Cyrus kingof Persia to make a proclamation throughout his realm and to put it inwriting:EZR 1:2 "This is what Cyrus king of Persia says: "'The LORD, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth and he has appointed meto build a temple for him at Jerusalem in Judah.EZR 1:3 Anyone of his people among you--may his God be with him, and lethim go up to Jerusalem in Judah and build the temple of the LORD, the Godof Israel, the God who is in Jerusalem.EZR 1:4 And the people of any place where survivors may now be living areto provide him with silver and gold, with goods and livestock, and withfreewill offerings for the temple of God in Jerusalem.'"EZR 1:5 Then the family heads of Judah and Benjamin, and the priests andLevites--everyone whose heart God had moved--prepared to go up and buildthe house of the LORD in Jerusalem.EZR 1:6 All their neighbors assisted them with articles of silver andgold, with goods and livestock, and with valuable gifts, in addition to allthe freewill offerings.EZR 1:7 Moreover, King Cyrus brought out the articles belonging to thetemple of the LORD, which ebuchadnezzar had carried away from Jerusalemand had placed in the temple of his god.
 
EZR 1:8 Cyrus king of Persia had them brought by Mithredath the treasurer,who counted them out to Sheshbazzar the prince of Judah.EZR 1:9 This was the inventory: gold dishes 30 silver dishes 1,000 silverpans 29EZR 1:10 gold bowls 30 matching silver bowls 410 other articles 1,000EZR 1:11 In all, there were 5,400 articles of gold and of silver.Sheshbazzar brought all these along when the exiles came up from Babylon toJerusalem.EZR 3:7 Then they gave money to the masons and carpenters, and gave foodand drink and oil to the people of Sidon and Tyre, so that they would bringcedar logs by sea from Lebanon to Joppa, as authorized by Cyrus king of Persia.EZR 4:3 But Zerubbabel, Jeshua and the rest of the heads of the familiesof Israel answered, "You have no part with us in building a temple to ourGod. We alone will build it for the LORD, the God of Israel, as King Cyrus,the king of Persia, commanded us."EZR 5:13 "However, in the first year of Cyrus king of Babylon, King Cyrusissued a decree to rebuild this house of God.EZR 5:14 He even removed from the temple of Babylon the gold and silverarticles of the house of God, which ebuchadnezzar had taken from thetemple in Jerusalem and brought to the temple in Babylon. "Then King Cyrusgave them to a man named Sheshbazzar, whom he had appointed governor,EZR 6:3 In the first year of King Cyrus, the king issued a decreeconcerning the temple of God in Jerusalem: Let the temple be rebuilt as aplace to present sacrifices, and let its foundations be laid. It is to beninety feet high and ninety feet wide,ISA 44:28 who says of Cyrus, 'He is my shepherd and will accomplish allthat I please; he will say of Jerusalem, "Let it be rebuilt," and of thetemple, "Let its foundations be laid."'4. Max A Forsythe, “Our passage may be divided into four sections for our consideration today.The first section of eight verses is devoted to prophesying an event a century and a half in thefuture. The second section, in verses nine to thirteen, challenges the unbelief of those in every agewho doubt the prophecies of the prophets. The third section, in verses fourteen to nineteen, opensup a promise of the gentiles coming unto the Father with an invitation to Israel. The last section,from verse twenty to twenty-five, ends with an invitation to all people in every age to turn to Godand be saved.

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