Only God Knows the Future
Today’s passage is Isaiah 41:21-42:9. Let’s go!
Isaiah 41:21-29 (NIV)
21 “Present your case,” says the LORD. “Set forth your arguments,” says Jacob’s King.
22 “Bring in [your idols] to tell us what is going to happen. Tell us what the former things were, so that we may consider them and know their final outcome. Or declare to us the things to come,
23 tell us what the future holds, so we may know that you are gods. Do something, whether good or bad, so that we will be dismayed and filled with fear.
On verses 21-29: Here Isaiah shares another way that the idols of the nations cannot compare to the LORD: the idols of the nations are useless in helping their worshipers discern the future (v21-23). Thus these idols are “detestable” (v24), false (v29), and reduce those who worship them to “less than nothing” (v24), leaving their worshippers with “no one among them to give counsel” (v28).