I S A I A H.
God, by the prophet here, designing shortly to
deliver them out of their captivity, prepared them for that
deliverance by possessing them with a detestation of idols and with
a believing confidence in God, even their own God. I. Let them not
be afraid of the idols of Babylon, as if they could in any way
obstruct their deliverance, for they should be defaced (ver. 1, 2); but let them trust in
that God who had often delivered them to do it still, to do it now,
ver. 3, 4. II. Let them
not think to make idols of their own, images of the God of Israel,
by them to worship him, as the Babylonians worship their gods,
ver. 5-7. Let them not be
so sottish (ver. 8), but
have an eye to God in his word, not in an image; let them depend
upon that, and upon the promises and predictions of it, and God's
power to accomplish them all, ver.
9-11. And let them know that the unbelief of man shall
not make the word of God of no effect, ver. 12, 13.