This chapter contrasts the Babylonian gods, who are carried in a procession and cannot move or answer people's burdens, with the God of Israel, who carries His people from birth to old age. It emphasizes that God will fulfill His purpose for Babylon and Israel, asserting His sovereignty and power. God declares that He is unique and incomparable, with the ability to declare the end from the beginning. He reassures His people that His righteousness and salvation will not be delayed, and He will accomplish all that He has planned. The chapter criticizes those who lavish gold and silver on idols that cannot speak or save. It calls for the stubborn-hearted to remember this and acknowledge God's supremacy and the futility of idol worship. The overarching message is about trusting in God's unchanging nature and His ability to carry and save His people throughout their lives.

Isaiah 46

1  Bel boweth down, Nebo stoopeth, their idols were upon the beasts, and upon the cattle: your carriages were heavy loaden; they are a burden to the weary beast.

2  They stoop, they bow down together; they could not deliver the burden, but themselves are gone into captivity.

3  Hearken unto me, O house of Jacob, and all the remnant of the house of Israel, which are borne by me from the belly, which are carried from the womb:

4  And even to your old age I am he; and even to hoar hairs will I carry you: I have made, and I will bear; even I will carry, and will deliver you.

5  To whom will ye liken me, and make me equal, and compare me, that we may be like?

6  They lavish gold out of the bag, and weigh silver in the balance, and hire a goldsmith; and he maketh it a god: they fall down, yea, they worship.

7  They bear him upon the shoulder, they carry him, and set him in his place, and he standeth; from his place shall he not remove: yea, one shall cry unto him, yet can he not answer, nor save him out of his trouble.

8  Remember this, and shew yourselves men: bring it again to mind, O ye transgressors.

9   Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me,

10  Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:

11  Calling a ravenous bird from the east, the man that executeth my counsel from a far country: yea, I have spoken it, I will also bring it to pass; I have purposed it, I will also do it.

12  Hearken unto me, ye stouthearted, that are far from righteousness:

13  I bring near my righteousness; it shall not be far off, and my salvation shall not tarry: and I will place salvation in Zion for Israel my glory.

End of Isaiah 46

1 Year Plan:  Sept 27 - Isa 46, Isa 47, 1 Ti 2

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