21 Remember these things, O Jacob, O Israel, for you are my servant. I formed you to be my servant; O Israel, I will not forget you. 22 I remove the guilt of your rebellious deeds as if they were a cloud, the guilt of your sins as if they were a cloud. Come back to me, because I will protect you.” 23 Shout for joy, O sky, for Yahveh intervenes; shout out, you lower regions of the land. O mountains, give a joyful shout; you too, O forest and all your trees! For Yahveh protects Jacob; he reveals his splendour through Israel. 24 This is what Yahveh, your protector, says, the one who formed you in the womb: “I am Yahveh, who made everything, who alone stretched out the sky, who fashioned the earth all by myself, 25 who frustrates the omens of the empty talkers and humiliates the omen readers, who overturns the counsel of the wise men and makes their advice seem foolish, 26 who fulfils the oracles of his prophetic servants and brings to pass the announcements of his messengers, who says about Jerusalem, ‘She will be inhabited,’ and about the towns of Judah, ‘They will be rebuilt, her ruins I will raise up,’ 27 who says to the deep sea, ‘Be dry, I will dry up your sea currents,’ 28 who commissions Cyrus, the one I appointed as shepherd to carry out all my wishes and to decree concerning Jerusalem, ‘She will be rebuilt,’ and concerning the temple, ‘It will be reconstructed.'”
remember these things
The role of Isaiah’s predictive prophecies was to serve as a sign that the God who created all things is still at work in the lives of his special people. He will send his appointed shepherd, Cyrus, and will see to it that Jerusalem is rebuilt and the temple reconstructed. He will do this because he wants his people to know that he is able to remove, guilt just like he removes clouds on a cloudy day, by the blowing of his wind upon them. The prophecies, now fulfilled, continue to remind us of God’s power and wisdom, but we must be careful that we do not forget that these things are demonstrations of his heart for the lost.
LORD, we are amazed at what you have done. May we never forget the reason that you have done it. May we seek to save the lost by bringing them to you.