Saturday, August 20, 2016

King for my purpose

Isa 45:1  Thus says the LORD to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have grasped, to subdue nations before him and to loose the belts of kings, to open doors before him that gates may not be closed:
Isa 45:2  "I will go before you and level the exalted places, I will break in pieces the doors of bronze and cut through the bars of iron,
Isa 45:3  I will give you the treasures of darkness and the hoards in secret places, that you may know that it is I, the LORD, the God of Israel, who call you by your name.
Isa 45:4  For the sake of my servant Jacob, and Israel my chosen, I call you by your name, I name you, though you do not know me.
Isa 45:5  I am the LORD, and there is no other, besides me there is no God; I equip you, though you do not know me,
Isa 45:6  that people may know, from the rising of the sun and from the west, that there is none besides me; I am the LORD, and there is no other.
Isa 45:7  I form light and create darkness, I make well-being and create calamity, I am the LORD, who does all these things.

God chose and anointed a pagan king by name because he wanted to use him to restore Israel back into their land. God went before him and all Asia was to be put under his dominion and rule.  The LORD chooses and gives his chosen special abilities for his service. Cyrus was used to bless God's people even though Cyrus was a pagan king. What other god can tell the future even naming the deliverer?
Our LORD also told us about another deliverer who was to be a king and to deliver his people from their sins.
Isa 9:6  For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Jesus Christ was sent to save his people and the lost sheep of all mankind. He is coming again to save all of Israel and to establish his Millennial kingdom on earth.

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