I, Even I, Have Spoken

Isaiah 48:14-15.

14 All ye, assemble yourselves, and hear; which among them hath declared these things? The Lord hath loved him: He will do His pleasure on Babylon, and His arm shall be on the Chaldeans.

15 I, even I, have spoken; yea, I have called him: I have brought him, and he shall make his way prosperous.

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It’s always a good idea to figure out all the pronouns in a passage like this. One of the reasons I always try to remember to capitalize any pronoun referring to God is that it helps us know when He is speaking.  For the rest of the pronouns in these verses, we need to understand that there is reference to Cyrus here, repeating a prophecy made earlier that God would life Cyrus up to conquer Babylon.  Again, I’m not a Hebrew scholar.  I have to depend on those who are, and I have found no disagreement among the three sources I use most often.  So let me see if I can clarify what is going on here.

God said, “All ye (Israel), assemble yourselves, and hear.”  Then He asks again, “Which of your idols has told you all these things that will happen?”

Then He changes His direction. “The Lord hath loved Cyrus. Cyrus will do God’s will on Babylon, and Cyrus will destroy the Chaldeans.  I, even I, have spoken; yes, I have called Cyrus, I have brought Cyrus to do my work, and Cyrus will have success.”

Now, it is noticeable that part of this prophecy is in the future tense and part in the past; but in reality every detail pertained to the future, it being uttered about 200 years before its fulfillment (Ezra 1:1-6). God had already predicted the destruction of Babylon by Cyrus on several occasions before this, but here He spoke as if He had already loved Cyrus,  called him, and brought him.

 

 

2 thoughts on “I, Even I, Have Spoken

  1. Kathy Smith

    How are you dear friend? Hoping and praying that you are feeling better. Had my knee surgery yesterday- will be coming home later .🙏🏻. Kathy

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    1. Kathy, I prayed for you all day yesterday. So glad that part is over. Now for the rehab.

      My doctor felt that my pain was from knotted up muscle all across my back just under my waist. He put me on a step-down regimen of Prednisone, which has already made an amazing difference. I’m carefully going back to work today. He also refilled my muscle relaxers and pain meds, which I hope to have to use only sparingly. Thank God, it’s not more bone deterioration!

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