Through the Bible with Les Feldick
LESSON 1 * PART 3 * BOOK 61
ISAIAH 42:8 – 45:3
"Yet now hear, O Jacob (This is the Lord speaking, and again He refers to them as:) my servant; and Israel, whom I have chosen:" Now, you’ve got to remember God uses those two terms interchangeably and sometimes together. Isaiah 44:2
By His Grace He chose them and set them aside to be the chosen or the covenant people. All right, reading on, verse 5:
"One shall say, I am the LORD’s and another shall call himself by the name of Jacob, and another shall subscribe with his hand unto the LORD, and surname himself by the name of Israel. King of Israel,…" Now, I want you to see these things, this constant reference to the Lord, Jehovah, God the Son as Israel’s King. Isaiah 44:6b:
"…and beside me there is no God. Isaiah 44:8
Is there a God beside me? yea, there is no God, I know not any." God has every right to be anything He wants to be. I’ve been stressing that in all the years I’ve been on television, the God of this Bible is Sovereign. All right, verse 9, now we come back to the idolatry again.
Now verse 10.
"Who hath formed a god, (small ‘g’, so it’s an idol) or molten a graven image that is profitable for (How much?) nothing? (Those idols can’t accomplish anything.) Come on, you older people know that. White hot. It’s right out of the Book! Isaiah 44:12a
Idols. Isaiah 44:12b
All right, reading on:
As an (what?) idol. Unbelievable! This is Israel! This is Israel, not Babylon, not Egypt. God’s chosen people!
"Then shall it be for a man to burn: (Now, you want to remember that fire was intrinsic for cooking, or warmth, or forging the metal. The same tree! Unbelievable! All right, so he makes a god.
Depending on idols. Okay, read on, our time’s going fast. Isaiah 44:16
"He burneth part thereof in the fire; (for his wood, for his baking, his cooking) and with part thereof he eateth flesh; (cooking. He’s roasting.) Then, he turns right around and with the rest of the tree he does what? Makes a god! Isaiah 44:17a-18
"And the residue thereof he maketh a god:… 18. All right, I’m going to take you up to show you how Paul puts it. The human race has not changed one iota.
I Corinthians 2:9
"But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him." The believers. We’re talking about the believer.
I Corinthians 2:10-11
"But God has revealed them unto us by his Spirit: (that in-dwelling Holy Spirit that is part and parcel of the believer’s life) yea, the deep things of God. 11. For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? We’re just like anybody else) even so the things of God knoweth no man, but by the Spirit of God." I Corinthians 2:10:12
"Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God." The believer. I Corinthians 2:13a
I Corinthians 2:13b
"…not in the words which man’s wisdom teaches, but which the Holy Spirit teaches (How does the Holy Spirit teach?) comparing spiritual things with spiritual." I think it’s God’s way of enlightening us. I Corinthians 2:14
God doesn’t expect him to understand. Why? Isaiah 44:18
"They have not known nor understood: (Now, of course, we’re talking about Israel.) "God gave them up." Isaiah 44:19
Don’t lose that tree.) yea, I have baked bread upon the coals thereof; (I’ve used it to heat the ovens.) Fall down and worship it.
(God comes back and speaks again to the Nation.) 21. Remember these, O Jacob and Israel; for thou art my servant: (God hasn’t given up on them. Anybody else would have, but the God of Grace doesn’t. I have formed thee; thou are my servant: Oh Israel, thou shall not be forgotten of me. I’ve got time, and I think it’s chapter 33. Let’s drop down to verse 19, the last half of the verse. In spite of all that, look what God reminds Moses in the last half of verse 19.
God hasn’t changed. I think I want chapter 5, I want you to see God hasn’t changed. Really, the human race hasn’t changed. The same God. Oh, we’re under a whole different economy, but look what God says now through the Apostle Paul in Romans chapter 5, let’s start at verse 19. This is before Israel. Romans 5:19
(That sin might be seen for what it is, and so the Law shows man’s sin. Because the Sovereign God says, "I will show mercy on whom I will show mercy. What a message - What a God!