3 “I have declared the former things from the beginning;
They went forth from My mouth, and I caused them to hear it.
Suddenly I did them, and they came to pass.
5 Even from the beginning I have declared it to you;
Before it came to pass I proclaimed it to you,
Lest you should say, ‘My idol has done them,
And my carved image and my molded image
Have commanded them.’
Isaiah wrote to a people who were constantly straying from following the one true God to the worship of worthless and empty idols. Isaiah’s messages are filled with the aspects of God’s truth and proof of God’s existence as the one and only God. Yet the people continued to stray from God who alone is God to follow the idols that they could see: the idols of pagans who said that their gods were the true ones. We do not bow down to images today but we do have idols in our hearts, things and ideas that we trust above the God of heaven and above His written Word. So the messages from Isaiah are pertinent to us today.
In this passage, God tells His people that He alone predicts future events and then brings them to pass. Fulfilled prophesy is exclusive to the God of heaven. God told Noah that there was going to be a flood 100 years before it happened. God told Abraham that He would make of him a great nation. God told Moses that He would bring Israel out of Egypt with a mighty hand. God promised the young nation that He would bring them into a land with cities they did not build and to vineyards they did not plant. God predicted that the walls of Jericho would fall down.
In the books of Ezekiel and Daniel there were prophesies given regarding Israel and Babylon, and all of the kingdoms yet to come up until the end of time. Isaiah prophesied the birth of Christ by a virgin, the killing of the innocent babies in Galilee, the suffering of Christ and even His pierced hands and feet. The fact that none of the bones of Christ would be broken was also prophesied.
There are prophesies that have not yet been fulfilled but we have confidence that all that God has spoken will come to pass in His time.
My friends, no other religious writings have their gods or their leaders predicting events with the exact details coming true as our God’s writings do. When you are tempted to believe another way or to put your faith in some other system of thought, remember the God who prophesies and fulfills all that He says; then worship Him and Him alone.
We are again thanking God for the children that He is bringing out each night. Even in the rain last night we had 49 children come to VBS. And of that group, six boys placed their faith in Jesus Christ as Savior! Hallelujah! This is why we put so much into this week. Our staff is doing a fantastic job and each part of the evening is fun, fulfilling, and a reason for the children to come back the next night.
Tonight is our parent night. We invite the parents to come and to hear the verses and songs that their children have learned. It is a great opportunity to preach Christ to the parents and then to get to know them around the ice cream table. Pray with us for redemptive conversations tonight both with children and with parents.
Some time back I asked prayer for a friend named Tom who had cancer. Tom lost the battle to cancer and died two nights ago. Pray for his family during this difficult time.
Have a great day in the Lord,