Come to Me – Day 12
It’s all in the details
Cyrus Commands the Jews to Return
There is something a little different about this particular prophecy. It mentions someone specifically by name, rather than simply giving a description. Remember what we read previously – God knows each of our names and we are his. More than that, he shares the future with us.
In this passage, God not only predicts the future, but he does it by naming the specific individual! He knew Cyrus’ name before he was born. From the clues Isaiah gives us and from reading Ezra 1:1-3, we can deduce that this Cyrus would be the king of Persia – the king who ordered the rebuilding of Jerusalem and the temple. Bible scholars agree that Isaiah predicted the rise of Cyrus 150 years in advance!
Notice the reference to the “watery deep” and the drying up of streams. What has this to do with Cyrus? In 539 BC, Cyrus had laid siege to the city of Babylon. The people inside were not concerned because they had stored up supplies to last 20 years. However, the Persian army diverted the Euphrates River, which ran under the city of Babylon, and when the water level dropped, his army entered the city by going under the gate in the riverbed. Babylon fell to Cyrus.
We have a God who not only knows the future, he knows the details about what is to come and he has a detailed plan for his people. This God who knows you by name, has a detailed plan for your life as well.