Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Hebrew Israelite Myth #14: God hates all nations except Israel (Isaiah 40:15)

Hebrew Israelite Myth #14 : God hates all nations except Israel (Isaiah 40:15) Verse used to support: Isaiah 40:15
  • Isaiah 40:15 - Behold, the nations are as a drop of a bucket, and are counted as the small dust of the balance: behold, he taketh up the isles as a very little thing.
Type of error: Lack of Context Category: Salvation only for Israel Response: Hebrew Israelites use Isaiah 40:15 to wrongly state  God showing his disgust for all other nations except Israel. The correct reading of Isaiah 40 shows God showing that God can not be compared to any material thing, that next to God there is no equal. All created beings shrink to nothing in comparison with the Creator. When the Lord, by his Spirit, made the world, none directed his Spirit, or gave advice what to do, or how to do it. The nations, in comparison of him, are as a drop which remains in the bucket, compared with the vast ocean; or as the small dust in the balance, which does not turn it, compared with all the earth. This is very obvious if you read the complete 40th from verse 18-31. Statements like : 
  • 18To whom then will ye liken God? or what likeness will ye compare unto him
  • 22It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers; that stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in:  
  • 25To whom then will ye liken me, or shall I be equal? saith the Holy One.
This is not condemning the nations of the world but talking of God's greatness, and that nothing can grasp his holiness. This is a very common theme in the old testament and was highlighted in : 

Isaiah 40:15 just as Daniel 4:35 is making the following claims: 

   

(1) That man has no power to prevent the fulfillment of the Divine purposes.

(2) That God will accomplish his design in all things, whatever opposition man may make.

(3) That he has absolute control over every human being, and over all that pertains to anyone and everyone.

(4) That he will overrule all things so as to make them subservient to his own plans.

(5) That he will make use of men to accomplish his own purposes. Compare the note at Isaiah 10:7.

(6) That there is a great and glorious scheme of administration which God is carrying out by the instrumentality of men. 

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