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Putting the Past Aside

Putting the Past Aside

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Published by: Derek Talley on Jan 16, 2011
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Putting the Past Aside
Devotional Reading:I Kings 8:33-40Background Scripture:Isaiah 48Print: Isaiah 48:14-19, 21-22
Introduction to the Lesson
God’s strongest case against idolatry has been made in Isaiah chapters 40-47. Chapter 48ends this section from chapter 40-48 which talks about the greatness of God the Father, before we go to the next section of Isaiah, verses 49-57, which focuses on the Son, as thesuffering servant to redeem Israel from Her sins.
Verse 1 & 2
When ever there is a name change of a person in scripture, that person is never referred to by their old name again. Example: Abraham, Sarah, and Paul. But in chapter 48 Israel isreferred to as Jacob.The nation is Israel is claiming to be like the prince of God and swear by the name of theLORD, and make mention of the God of Israel, but God is calling them Jacob in chapter 48 because the do not do it in truth, or in righteousness and their idolatry would makethem better be described as "heel holder" or "supplanter".
(yah-ak-obe'); Proper Name Masculine, Strong #: 3290Jacob = "heel holder" or "supplanter"
לאֵרָשְ ׂיִ
(yis-raw-ale'); Proper Name Masculine, Strong #: 3478Israel = "God prevails" or “Prince of God”
 Now therefore fear the LORD, and serve him in sincerity and in truth: and put away thegods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serveye the LORD.
In Isaiah 48, God validates all the previous prophets of God. (Verse 3) They have a two fold obligation to respond to prophecy.a. Respond to the command of God.b. Believe God regarding the far predictions.Fulfillment of prophecy brings with it certain obligations.
I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shallcommand him.
And it shall come to pass, that whosoever will not hearken unto my words whichhe shall speak in my name, I will require it of him.
In chapter 48, God is subjecting Himself to the test of a prophet.
But the prophet, which shall presume to speak a word in my name, which I havenot commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of other gods, eventhat prophet shall die.
And if thou say in thine heart, How shall we know the word which the LORDhath not spoken?
When a prophet speaketh in the name of the LORD, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD hath not spoken, but the prophethath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him.
 The Spirit of Prophecy is the testimony of Jesus Christ:
And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I amthy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus:
worshipGod: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.
God knows the ending from the beginning. (Verse 5 & 6)That is why it is an offence to God to seek horoscopes and fortune telling from witches,soothsayers, divinators, and fortune tellers.There are three reasons that God didn’t totally destroy Israel when Judgment and totaldestruction was warranted:1. For God’s own name's sake and for His glory, God is not going to cut off Israel. If Israel were to be cut off, it would not glorify God. (Verse 9)(Exe 20:14 & 22)2. For Israel’s refinement. (Verse 10)3. So the gentiles could not claim that it was their gods who destroyed Israel. (Verse 11)In Chapter 48 of Isaiah, God is speaking to the Nation of Israel 150 years later.In Chapter 48 God reveals Himself as the God of:1. Eternity (Verse 12)2. Creation (Verse 13)3. Human affairs (Verse 14)4. Prophecy (Verse 15)5. The Trinity (Verse 16)I.
God is in Control (Isaiah 48:14-16)
All ye, assemble yourselves, and hear; which among them hath declared these things? TheLORD hath loved him: he will do his pleasure on Babylon, and his arm shall be on the
which among them hath declared these things?
And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the LORD of hosts, that I willcut off the names of the idols out of the land, and they shall no more beremembered: and also I will cause the prophets and the unclean spirit to pass out of the land.
And it shall come to pass, that when any shall yet prophesy, then his father and his mother that begat him shall say unto him, Thou shalt not live; for thou speakest lies in the name of the LORD: and his father and his mother that begat him shall thrust him through when he prophesieth.
And it shall come to pass in that day, that the prophets shall be ashamedevery one of his vision, when he hath prophesied; neither shall they wear arough garment to deceive:
But he shall say, I am no prophet, I am an husbandman; for man taught meto keep cattle from my youth.
For a certain man named Demetrius, a silversmith, which made silver shrines for Diana, brought no small gain unto the craftsmen;
Whom he called together with the workmen of like occupation, and said, Sirs,ye know that by this craft we have our wealth.
Moreover ye see and hear, that not alone at Ephesus, but almost throughout allAsia, this Paul hath persuaded and turned away much people, saying that they be no gods, which are made with hands:
So that not only this our craft is in danger to be set at nought; but also that thetemple of the great goddess Diana should be despised, and her magnificenceshould be destroyed, whom all Asia and the world worshippeth.
And when they heard these sayings, they were full of wrath, and cried out,saying, Great is Diana of the Ephesians.
And the whole city was filled with confusion: and having caught Gaius andAristarchus, men of Macedonia, Paul's companions in travel, they rushed withone accord into the theatre.
 The LORD hath loved him: he will do his pleasure on Babylon, and hisarm shall be on the Chaldeans. God is the one who knows and controlsthe future. Only God had the ability to the historical events that wereabout to unfold in the conquest of King Cyrus of Persia.
I, even I, have spoken; yea, I have called him: I have brought him, and he shall make hisway prosperous.
King Cyrus, amazing rise to power was because of God.
Come ye near unto me, hear ye this; I have not spoken in secret from the beginning; fromthe time that it was, there am I: and now the Lord GOD, and his Spirit, hath sent me.
We see a single voice speaking throughout this chapter speaking in thefirst person about all that He has done, but who is speaking? To theHebrew, it was God, but in verse 16 the Speaker is revealed to beSomeone other than God the Father.

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