Isaiah 45-46

Isaiah 45-46

                These two chapters got me thinking… we know that there is no other god, besides God the Father… but verse 7 states that God creates evil and peace, lightness and darkness. But why, why would God create evil?

This is where most people who start to hate the idea of religion or God start to point fingers and say that if God loves us, why is there pain and suffering? To answer this question we have to go back to Deuteronomy 8:2-3; 5-6 during the 40 years Israel wandered in the wilderness… which states:

“…thou shalt remember all the way which the Lord thy God led thee these forty years in the wilderness, to humble thee, and to prove thee, to know what was in thine heart, whether thou wouldest keep his commandments, or no. And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna… man doth not live by bread only, but by ever good word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the Lord doth man live.”

                “Thou shalt also consider in thine heart, that, as man chasteneth his son, so the Lord thy God chasteneth thee.” (Deuteronomy 8:2-3; 5)

In the Book of Mormon we read further that “…it must needs be, that there is an opposition in all things. If not so… righteousness could not be brought to pass, neither wickedness, neither holiness nor misery, neither good nor bad…” (2 Nephi 2:11)

                Even though it sounds weird, God does love us and that is why bad things happen. We look at things as time is now… God looks at an eternal perspective which cannot be compared to our time here on earth and is ultimately for our own good.

Chapter 45: Come unto Christ

The Lord calls upon Cyrus to subdue nations. Cyrus and Israel will know the Lord, who formed the light and created darkness.

“I for the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the Lord do all these things.” (Isaiah 45:7)

The skies are commanded to rain down righteousness, and the earth to bring forth salvation. Resisting the creator is foolish. God’s role as the creator of heaven and earth is emphasized alongside the deliverance of Israel via Cyrus. When the Lord is revealed as the true God, idolaters will submit and God’s people will be saved. The Lord has not concealed Himself, but let Himself be known. “Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth…” (Isaiah 45:22)

Chapter 46: Idols are not to be compared to God

False gods are carried away on carriages. The Lord will carry His people into old age. Golden idols are mute and incapable of offering help. The Lord knew the end from the beginning. A bird of prey shall be called from the East. Salvation will be placed in Zion, and glory in Israel.

Psalms 83-84

Psalms 83-84

Chapter 83: Jehovah Most High over the Earth

A Song or Psalm of Asaph

Those who are against Israel and against the Lord have consulted together as one consent to destroy them. Asaph asks the Lord to confound the enemies of his people, to “Fill their faces with shame; that they may seek thy [The Lord] name…” (Psalms 83:16)

Asaph asks “Let them be confounded… That men may know that thou, whose name alone is Jehovah, are the most high over all the earth” (Psalms 83:18)

Chapter 84: Cry unto God

To the chief Musician upon Gittith, A Psalm for the sons of Korah

                This Psalm was written for the sons of Korah, the author is not as clear. However, the author says that his “…soul longeth, yea… my heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God.” (Psalms 84:2)

The author also says that he would “…rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.” (Psalms 84:10) in other words… being servant of the Lord is way better than being a King of the wicked, because your state is much happier and in better conditions.

The author leaves us with some great wisdom; “…no good thin will he [The Lord] withhold from them that walk uprightly.” (Psalms 84:11) Essentially he is saying that if you are good, and are following the commandments of God and you have a righteous desire, God will answer it. In fact, He has an obligation to answer your righteous desire. For example, asking to win the lottery would not be a righteous desire. But a man, trying to feed his family, asks for help to find a job to provide for them, this will be granted as it is a righteous desire.

 

2 Chronicles 7-8

2 Chronicles 7-8

Chapter 7: The Lord Appears Unto Solomon

Solomon ended his dedicatory prayer when The Lord came down from heaven and consumed his burnt offerings and sacrifices and the priests could not even enter  into the temple, because the glory of The Lord had filled the entire temple. When everyone sees tv glory of God in the temple, the children of Israel bow to the earth, and worshiped and praised God. Solomon then offered 22,000 oxen and 22,000 sheep as sacrifices. Solomon had to use the middle court, because the altar in the temple could not accept all of the fat and meat offerings. But the children of Israel keep the feast for 8 days, and on the eighth day they made a Solomon assembly.

 

The Lord appeared to Solomon by night and tells him that his prayers have been answered and that he will overlook the little things that men do, if they turn away from their evil ways and do good He will be patient and kind to the children of Israel. The Lord also promises to bless Solomon with many things if he follows The Lord, but if he did not follow The Lord he would be cut off.

 

Chapter 8: Solomon Builds Cities

Hurman restores cities to Solomon and Solomon causes that his people dwell in those cities. Solomon goes on to build more cities, like; Beth-horon and Baalath and all the other cities. Solomon offers sacrifices to The Lord according to the law of Moses and priests and Levites are appointed to serve The Lord.