Isaiah 48 – God of the Pool Table

Isaiah 48 Bible with Endangered Species Dark Chocolate with Forest Mint

Today’s Chocolate: Endangered Species Dark Chocolate with Forest Mint

Today’s PassageIsaiah 48

In today’s chapter, God himself tells us the purpose of predictive prophecy.

For the majority of the chapter, God is speaking to Israel, chastising them for their stubbornness. Regarding the prophecies he’s given for Isaiah to declare, he says, “Before they took place I proclaimed them to you, so that you would not say, ‘My idol has done them, and my graven image and my molten image have commanded them’” (48:5). Prophecy is for God’s glory: it’s to show us that he is who he says he is, and that he (rather than some other being like an idol that some guy made) is worthy of our worship. But, much like Israel in this chapter, we humans tend toward stubbornness, refusing to acknowledge God when his prophecies are fulfilled.

Interestingly, God isn’t just predicting an event when it comes to prophecy. He’s often predicting an event that he himself will orchestrate, something he’ll do. He says, “I declared the former things long ago and they went forth from My mouth, and I proclaimed them. Suddenly I acted, and they came to pass” (48:3). In a sense, every Biblical prophecy is self-fulfilling, because God makes it come true. Think of a pool player who, instead of simply calling the final shot–“Eight ball, corner pocket”–calls every single one of his shots in the game, in as much detail as is necessary. Perhaps he even sinks no balls on purpose for one of his shots, just so he can call your shot. According to Isaiah 48, that’s Biblical prophecy in a nutshell.

I’m glad to have this week over with. You might have noticed, but it’s been a rough one as far as getting things done is concerned. See you guys next week, which hopefully will go more smoothly.


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