The beginning of this chapter (verses Isaiah 44:1-5) contains the gracious promise of the outpouring of the Spirit of God, and a description of the blessing of refreshment and renewal which will come to Israel, and the consequent influence on other people.
In this message the power of Jehovah is compared with that of idols. Jehovah begins by declaring Himself to be the first and the last, the only God, knowing, and declaring, and appointing. Because these things are so, appeal is made to the people not to fear. Then follows a remarkable passage setting forth the folly of idolatry. Those who make the graven image are vanity, and their work is unprofitable. With fine satire, the whole method is described. Men put their strength into fashioning an idol of metal, and yet become hungry, and there is none to feed them. Others work in wood, making gods out of the residue spared from burning. All are so blind that they do not see the folly of their procedure. Israel is called on to remember and turn to Jehovah, who is the God of redemption as well as the God of creation.
The fourth message (verses Isaiah 44:24-28) is a brief one, which yet majestically sets forth the might of Jehovah. He is powerful in the material realm, He governs in the moral, and moves forward toward the restoration of His people, appointing His servant, and declaring His purpose.
the Week of Proper 20 / Ordinary 25