CONTEMPLATIONS

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

"Is there a God besides Me?"

“Thus says the LORD, the King of Israel,
And his Redeemer, the LORD of hosts:

‘ I am the First and I am the Last;
Besides Me there is no God.
And who can proclaim as I do?
Then let him declare it and set it in order for Me,
Since I appointed the ancient people.
And the things that are coming and shall come,
Let them show these to them.
Do not fear, nor be afraid;
Have I not told you from that time, and declared it?
You are My witnesses.
Is there a God besides Me?
Indeed there is no other Rock;
I know not one.’”
(Isaiah 44:6-8,)



The Book of Isaiah contains some of the most amazing passages. It is quite easy to quote lots from this remarkable book. The above passage is one filled with awe. Here the Lord proclaims He is the First and the Last and there is NO God beside Him! We as Christians worship only One God. We worship a God that there is nothing that compares to Him. The Lord goes on to say "And who can proclaim as I do? Then let him declare it and set it in order for Me.." fully well knowing there is no other god who can say what the Lord says. This was in the context of idol worship. Where the Lord, the True God proclaims that He is God! No idol, no piece of wood, nothing can even answer back against the Majesty that is the LORD of Hosts. The Passage goes on to say " Is there a God besides Me? Indeed there is no other Rock; I know not one." there is not anyone else who can proclaim to be the True God, the Savior, the Rock! MacArthur points out that "The Lord identified Himself as Israel's King (43:15), Redeemer (43:14), Champion in battle (1:9), and Eternal One (41:4; cf. 48:12). Jesus, in a direct affirmation of His deity, called Himself the First and the Last (cf. Rev 1:17,2:8, 22:13)." We do truly worship an amazing God!



It is passages like these and the Bible as a whole that make us think there is no god than our God!

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