Introduction

\\INTRODUCTION TO ISAIAH 45\\

This chapter contains prophecies concerning Cyrus, the deliverer of the
Jews from captivity; and concerning the grace, righteousness, and
salvation of Christ; and the conversion of the Gentiles. An account is
given of Cyrus, and of the great things God would do for him, and by him,
\\#Isa 45:1-3\\ and the ends for which he would do these things, for the
sake of his people Israel; and that he might be known to be the only
true God, who is the Maker of all things, \\#Isa 45:4-7\\ an intimation is
given of the Messiah, as the author of righteousness and salvation; and
of the contention and murmuring of the Jews about him, \\#Isa 45:8-10\\,
encouragement is given to pray for and expect good things by him for the
children of God, in consideration of the greatness of God as the
Creator, who would raise him up in righteousness, the antitype of Cyrus,
\\#Isa 45:11-13\\, the conversion of the Gentiles, the confusion of
idolaters, and the salvation of the Israel of God, are prophesied of,
\\#Isa 45:14-17\\, which are confirmed by his works and his word, what he
had done and said, \\#Isa 45:18,19\\, the vanity of idols is exposed, and
Christ the only Saviour asserted, to whom persons in all nations are
directed to look for salvation, \\#Isa 45:20-22\\ when it is affirmed with
an oath that all shall be subject to him; that his people shall come to
him for righteousness and strength; that his enemies shall be ashamed,
and the spiritual Israel of God shall be justified, and glory in him,
\\#Isa 45:23-25\\.