God calleth Cyrus for his Church's sake.
Isaiah 45:1 Thus saith the LORD to his Anointed, to Cyrus whose right hande I haue holden, to subdue nations before him: and I will loose the loines of kings to open before him the two leaued gates, and the gates shall not be shut. Isaiah 45:2 I will goe before thee, and make the crooked places straight, I wil break in pieces the gates of brasse, and cut in sunder the barres of yron. Isaiah 45:3 And I will giue thee the treasures of darkenesse, & hidden riches of secret places, that thou mayest know, that I the LORD which call thee by thy name, [am] the God of Israel. Isaiah 45:4 For Iacob my seruants sake, and Israel mine elect, I haue euen called thee by thy name: I haue surnamed thee, though thou hast not knowen me.
By his omnipotency he challengeth obedience.
Isaiah 45:5 I [am] the LORD, and [there is] none els, [there is] no God besides me: I girded thee, though thou hast not knowen me: Isaiah 45:6 That they may knowe from the rising of the Sun, and from the West, that [there is] none besides me, I [am] the LORD, and [there is] none else. Isaiah 45:7 I forme the light, and create darkenesse: I make peace, and create euill: I the LORD do all these things. Isaiah 45:8 Drop downe, ye heauens, from aboue, and let the skies powre downe righteousnesse: let the earth open, and let them bring forth saluation, and let righteousnesse spring vp together: I the LORD haue created it. Isaiah 45:9 Woe vnto him that striueth with his maker: Let the potsheard [striue] with the potsheards of the earth: shal the clay say to him that fashioneth it, What makest thou? or thy worke, he hath no hands? Isaiah 45:10 Woe vnto him that saith vnto [his] father, What begettest thou? or to the woman, What hast thou brought forth? Isaiah 45:11 Thus saith the LORD, the Holy One of Israel, and his maker, Aske me of things to come concerning my sonnes, and concerning the worke of my hands command ye me. Isaiah 45:12 I haue made the earth, and created man vpon it: I, [euen] my handes haue stretched out the heauens, and all their hoste haue I commanded. Isaiah 45:13 I haue raised him vp in righteousnesse, and I will direct all his wayes: he shall build my citie, and hee shall let goe my captiues, not for price nor reward, saith the LORD of hosts. Isaiah 45:14 Thus saith the LORD, The labour of Egypt, and merchandise of Ethiopia, and of the Sabeans, men of stature shall come ouer vnto thee, and they shall be thine, they shall come after thee, in chaines they shall come ouer: and they shal fall downe vnto thee, they shal make supplication vnto thee, [saying], Surely God [is] in thee, and [there is] none else, [there is] no god. Isaiah 45:15 Uerely thou [art] a God that hidest thy selfe, O God of Israel the Sauiour. Isaiah 45:16 They shall be ashamed, and also confounded all of them: they shall goe to confusion together that are makers of idoles. Isaiah 45:17 [But] Israel shall bee saued in the LORD with an euerlasting saluation: ye shall not be ashamed nor confounded world without end. Isaiah 45:18 For thus saith the LORD that created the heauens, God himselfe that formed the earth and made it, hee hath established it, he created it not in vaine, he formed it to be inhabited, I [am] the LORD, and [there is] none else. Isaiah 45:19 I haue not spoken in secret, in a darke place of the earth: I said not vnto the seed of Iacob, Seeke ye mee in vaine: I the LORD speake righteousnesse, I declare things that are right.
He convinceth the idols of vanity by his saving power.
Isaiah 45:20 Assemble your selues and come: draw neere together ye that are escaped of the nations: they haue no knowledge that set vp the wood of their grauen image, and pray vnto a god [that] cannot saue. Isaiah 45:21 Tell ye and bring [them] neere, yea let them take counsell together, who hath declared this from ancient time? [who] hath told it from that time? Haue not I the LORD? and [there is] no God else beside me, a iust God and a Sauiour, [there is] none beside me. Isaiah 45:22 Looke vnto mee, and be ye saued all the endes of the earth: for I [am] God, and [there is] none else. Isaiah 45:23 I haue sworne by my selfe: the word is gone out of my mouth [in] righteousnes, and shall not returne, that vnto me euery knee shall bowe, euery tongue shall sweare. Isaiah 45:24 Surely, shall one say, In the LORD [haue] I righteousnesse and strength: euen to him shall men come, and all that are incensed against him, shalbe ashamed. Isaiah 45:25 In the LORD shall all the seed of Israel be iustified, and shall glory.