An Analysis of Downfall

Alec Motyer

READ : Isaiah 47:1-15

Our Redeemer . . . is the Holy One. (v. 4)

The fall of Babylon in 539 b.c. is pretty remote, is it not? Can long-ago battles say
anything to us? First of all, it happened. Babylon was the superpower of the day, and its
capital city was thought to be so impregnable that there was actually a feast going on
when the city was taken by the Persian army in a bloodless conquest.

Isaiah foresaw the steady approach of Cyrus the conqueror (41:2-4); he even named him
in advance (45:1). He predicted Babylon’s downfall, and what he foretold happened! Very
well, then. There is no power on earth that can resist the Lord God, nor is there any way
in which he will fail to do what he has promised. And he will never, never fail to deliver
his people and overthrow their oppressors.

The year was 539 b.c. and it actually happened. That’s the point! We can recall it and
say, See! The Lord is the Almighty. He identifies with his people; when his time comes
nothing will stop him from delivering us. His title Redeemer (v. 4) belongs to him as our
great Kinsman who (as with Boaz and Ruth, Ruth 2:20; 4:5-6) takes our cause upon himself,
provides for our needs, and discharges our debts as if they were his own.

PRAYER

Prayer: Teach me to trust your power and await your time.