Isaiah 46 Turning From Idols To The LORD.
The Babylonian gods Bel and Nebo were carried into battle, no doubt with hopes of them giving their owners victory, but they would fall with the nation, even as the beasts carrying the idols found them too heavy to bear (vv. 1-2 Cf. 21:9; Jer. 10:5; 50:2). Through Isaiah the LORD told the remnant to listen, that it was he who had upheld them from their birth, and would continue to uphold them to old age (vv. 3-4 Cf. Dt. 32:11; Ps. 48:14). This was also the activity of “The Angel of His Presence” (63:9). They should have understood that he had no equal (v. 5 Cf. 40:18-25). Pagans worship idols which they cover with silver and gold (v. 6 Cf. 40:19). These idols have to be carried because they are powerless inanimate objects (v. 7 Cf. 45:20; 46:1; Jer. 10:4). The LORD calls upon the people to remember that they were transgressors-particularly their idolatry (v. 8 Cf. 44:19).
His people ought to have also remembered that it was he, the LORD alone, who knows the end from the beginning, whose counsel shall stand, that he would do all his pleasure (vv. 9-10 Cf. 14:24; 25:1; 42:9; 45:5, 21; 48:3; 65:17; Dt. 32:7; Ps. 33:11; Pr. 19:21; Pr. 21:30; Acts 5:39; Heb. 6:17). The LORD would use a leader and nation from the east to effect his judgment (v. 11 Cf. 41:2, 25; 44:28). What the LORD had spoken would come to pass (Cf. Nu. 23:19). His stubborn-hearted people needed to listen, since they were far from righteousness (v. 21). They were obstinate (48:4), and needed to humble themselves (Ps. 76:5; Zech. 7:11-12; Mal. 3:13-15). The righteousness they needed had to be given to them through their salvation-they did not have it within themselves (Cf. 62:11-12; Joel 3:17; Rom. 10:3). There would be no delay.