4/09/2015

No Other God (Isaiah 44)

Isaiah 44:6-28; 6, 24

"This is what the Lord says—Israel's King and Redeemer, the Lord Almighty: I am the first and I am the last; apart from me there is no God" "This is what the Lord says—your Redeemer, who formed you in the womb: I am the Lord, the Maker of all things, who stretches out the heavens, who spreads out the earth by myself" (Isa 44:6, 24, NIV).
Who is the only God?
  1. The first and the last (6-8; 46:10). There is no other like God.
  2. The one offended by our idolatry (9-20). Idolatry is the worst sin.
  3. The Redeemer of his people (21-23, 6, 24). God desires his people to remember him and return to him.
  4. The Creator who delivers his people (24-28). God is faithful to his people.
References:
  1. Outline of Isaiah 40, 41, 42, 43, 44 — Messages to Judah and the remnant of Israel.
    • Do not fear! (44:1-8).
    • A satire on idolatry (44:9-20).
    • Remember these things (44:21-28).
  2. Study Guide for Isaiah 44 (David Guzik): The Lord, Your Redeemer.
    1. A promise to pour out the Spirit (1-5).
      • Fear not, knowing the promise of the outpoured Spirit (1-4).
      • The promise of belonging to the Lord (5).
    2. The Lord alone is God.
      • The LORD declares to witnesses that He alone is God (6-8).
      • The folly of idol makers (9-20).
      • Remembering and praising the greatness and the glory of the true God (21-23).
      • The LORD demonstrates He is the true God by prophesying a future deliverer of Israel (24-28).