Chapters 46–48 show the greatness of God’s power. We have
previously seen the greatness of His person, the greatness of His
purpose, the greatness of His pardon, and the greatness of His
Today’s reading describes the utter ruin of Babylon. When
Isaiah spoke the words that are written here, Babylon was not yet a
great world power, so some of the Jews must have wondered about his
message. But Babylon did rise to a world power and did conquer
Judah. In spite of the conquest of Babylon against Judah, God said
He would carry His people and would deliver them if they would turn
back to Him.
God’s judgment on Babylon is recorded in chapters 47 and 48.
God was greater than the heathen gods of the Old Testament, just as
He is greater than Satan in the world today. Psalm 37 tells us to
fret not because of evil doers. We have one we can turn to in time
of trouble. He is ever near, always caring for us. His greater
promise is that “him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out”
(John 6:37b). God loves us; He gave His Son for us; His Son died,
rose from the dead, and today is our advocate, or lawyer, and is
seated at the right hand of the Father, making intercession for us.
This same wonderful God of the Old Testament is our God today. He is
just in punishing sin, but He is loving and forgiving to those who
come to Him in repentance and faith.