Saturday, November 4, 2017

Cyrus' Creator

"I am the LORD, and there is none else, there is no God beside me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known me: That they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none beside me. I am the LORD, and there is none else. I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things. Drop down, ye heavens, from above, and let the skies pour down righteousness: let the earth open, and let them bring forth salvation, and let righteousness spring up together; I the LORD have created it." (Isaiah 45:5-8)

God protected Cyrus and guarded his path which led to the throne of world domination. The life of young Cyrus is clothed with mystery. Many accounts will never be verified this side of eternity; yet, one thing is certain, God protected this young man and gave him all the riches of the earth in preparation for the release of the Jews. Through the testimony of Israel's release, the world would be faced with the evidence that there is none like God.

By saying that the Lord creates evil, the text is not inferring that God approves of evil. This passage teaches that God is supreme over all things. He alone has the power to permit or to restrain the forces of darkness. When Israel incurred the wrath of God, the Lord permitted Satan to spiritually attack David thus resulting in Israel's punishment (II Samuel 24:1, I Chronicles 21:1). God is not threatened by wickedness. He has it under control, and He uses it for the accomplishment of His ultimate will.  

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