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Isaiah 42:13-17

The End of Patience

13 The LORD shall go forth as a mighty man, he shall stir up jealousy like a man of war: he shall cry, yea, roar; he shall prevail against his enemies. 14 I have long time holden my peace; I have been still, [and] refrained myself: [now] will I cry like a travailing woman; I will destroy and devour at once. 15 I will make waste mountains and hills, and dry up all their herbs; and I will make the rivers islands, and I will dry up the pools. 16 And I will bring the blind by a way [that] they knew not; I will lead them in paths [that] they have not known: I will make darkness light before them, and crooked things straight. These things will I do unto them, and not forsake them. 17 They shall be turned back, they shall be greatly ashamed, that trust in graven images, that say to the molten images, Ye [are] our gods.


Here are more reasons to praise the LORD with a new song. He will go forth against His enemies like a mighty man of war, a great hero. "And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him [was] called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. (Revelation 19:11) He would stir up, or awaken, in His followers the jealousy and zeal for His cause. Then, with a shout, with the roar of the Lion of Judah, He will prevail against His enemies.

God has held His peace and been quiet for a long time; in fact, He has been patient with us since man first sinned in the Garden of Eden. It is one of His glorious characteristics. "The LORD [is] longsuffering, and of great mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression, and by no means clearing [the guilty], visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth [generation]." (Numbers 14:18) He is longsuffering, but He has placed limits on Himself. "And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man..." (Genesis 6:3)

Now, He says that He will cry like a woman giving birth. These words should not be literally applied to Yahweh. He is not a man and is only using these particular words to demonstrate to us how patient He has been. It must be difficult for the author of righteousness to sit for thousands of years and remain patient while His creation runs around in defiant rebellion. God will experience an explosive sense of satisfaction as He destroys and devours His enemies.

God will make waste the mountains and hills. This could mean a complete leveling of anything that attempts to stand in His way or it could mean the destruction of governments. The herbs are the fruit upon which His enemies depended or the people who support the wicked governments of the earth. The rivers that supplied the enemy will be dried up and become like islands in a desert.

Yahweh will lead the blind on paths they had never known before. There is debate over whether this means that the physically blind will now be able to see and walk in areas they had never been through before or whether it means that the spiritually blind will have their eyes opened to the truths of divine grace. It could mean both of these things would happen. The important thing is that God will have pity on the unfortunate. He promises to never forsake them.

However, those who trust in their graven images or other worldly things will be made greatly ashamed. "The heavens declare his righteousness, and all the people see his glory. Confounded be all they that serve graven images, that boast themselves of idols: worship him, all [ye] gods." (Psalms 97:6-7)

There is no evidence that any of the events in this passage have anything to do with the exodus from Babylon. They seem to relate to the Second Coming of our Lord Jesus. They are additional reasons for the singing of a new song, and they are events to which you and I can look forward. They are good news for all believers and they have a message that needs to be carried to the modern world.

The Spirit of God will not always strive with men. He is infinitely patient but has placed limits on Himself. There will come a time when it will be too late for men to receive Christ as their Savior and repent of their sins. The moment will come, either at their death or at the return of Christ. Every lost soul needs to know this and we, as God's people, must deliver the message.

"How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?" (Romans 10:14) Will you be that preacher?

Before The Throne:

We like to make people feel warm and fuzzy all over by telling them, "God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life." Pray, however, for the boldness and the courage to tell people what will happen when they reject His plan. That is the only way that they can make an intelligent choice. Pray for the full message of the gospel to be conveyed to every living soul. Right now, 2 billion people do not know that there is a Christ for them to receive. They have never heard His name. Pray for them and the missionaries who are trying to reach them. The church needs many more laborers to send into the field. Ask God whether you are to be one of them.

For Further Study:

(v.13) ** as a mighty. Isa 59:16-19; 63:1-4; Ex 15:1-3; Ps 78:65; 110:5,6; Jer 25:30; ** jealousy. Na 1:2; Zep 1:18; 3:8; ** shall cry. Isa 31:4; Ho 11:10; Joe 3:16; Am 1:2; ** prevail. Ps 118:16;

(v.14) ** long time. Job 32:18,20; Ps 50:2; 83:1,2; Ec 8:11,12; Jer 15:6; 44:22; Lu 18:7; 2Pe 3:9,10,15; ** devour.

(v.15) Isa 2:12-16; 11:15,16; 44:27; 49:11; 50:2; Ps 18:7; 107:33,34; 114:3-7; Jer 4:24; Na 1:4-6; Hab 3:6-10; Hag 2:6; Zec 10:11; Re 6:12-17; 8:7-12; 11:13; 16:12,18; 20:11;

(v.16) ** I will bring. Isa 29:18,24; 30:21; 32:3; 35:5,8; 48:17; 54:13; 60:1,2,19,20; Jer 31:8,9; Ho 2:14; Lu 1:78,79; Eph 5:8; ** lead. Isa 41:3; Jos 3:4; Ho 2:6; ** crooked. isa 40:4; 45:2; Ec 1:15; 7:13; Lu 3:5; ** and not. Ps 94:14; Jer 32:39-41; Eze 14:23; Ro 5:8-10; 8:29-31; 2Th 2:13,14; 1Pe 1:3-5; Heb 13:5;

(v.17) ** be greatly. Isa 1:29; 44:11; 45:16,17; Ps 97:7; Jer 2:26,27; Hab 2:18-20; ** say to. Isa 44:17; Ex 32:4,8;

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