God’s Word Speaks for Itself

Posted on August 29, 2019

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By David Ettinger

I posted this on Facebook yesterday in an abbreviated version, but thought I should do so in its entirety here. Very often, God’s Word speaks for itself and no explanation is needed. This is one of those instances.

And just as a word of encouragement: If you do not read the Old Testament, this is the kind of momentous truths you are missing out on. I would suggest you find a good reading plan which will guide you through the entire Bible.

Without further ado, here is the dynamic and soaring Isaiah 45:5-12:

“I am the Lord, and there is no other;
    apart from me there is no God.
I will strengthen you,
    though you have not acknowledged me,
so that from the rising of the sun
    to the place of its setting
people may know there is none besides me.
    I am the Lord, and there is no other.
I form the light and create darkness,
    I bring prosperity and create disaster;
    I, the Lord, do all these things.

“You heavens above, rain down my righteousness;
    let the clouds shower it down.
Let the earth open wide,
    let salvation spring up,
let righteousness flourish with it;
    I, the Lord, have created it.

“Woe to those who quarrel with their Maker,
    those who are nothing but potsherds
    among the potsherds on the ground.
Does the clay say to the potter,
    ‘What are you making?’
Does your work say,
    ‘The potter has no hands’?
Woe to the one who says to a father,
    ‘What have you begotten?’
or to a mother,
    ‘What have you brought to birth?’

“This is what the Lord says –
    the Holy One of Israel, and its Maker:
Concerning things to come,
    do you question me about my children,
    or give me orders about the work of my hands?
“It is I who made the earth
    and created mankind on it.
My own hands stretched out the heavens;
    I marshaled their starry hosts.”