Summary of passage: The Lord says to Cyrus he will subdue nations for him, strip kings of their armor, open doors and gates, level the mountains, and give him treasures and riches so that Cyrus will know He is God. God does this for Jacob’s sake (His people). Cyrus will be the example for others so that they may know He is the only God; He alone brings prosperity and creates disasters; He alone forms the light and dark. He gives righteousness. God warns those who quarrel with Him and questions why they have been formed the way they were. God created us and it is He who will command Cyrus to rebuild His city and free His exiles.
8a) Israel, God’s people. Probably complaints about their punishment of exile to Babylon and being pillaged by them. What do all children quarrel about?
b) Basically, how dare the created challenge the Creator. We are nothing to talk back to God. God as the Creator has the right to do whatever He wants to the created for noble purposes and the common good.
c) I think it’s acceptable to question God in everything. Why? is a fair question. You cross the line when you question God’s authority, competence, power–His character in essence.
9) Personal Question. My answer: Moving, my purpose, pain in my body. Through thanksgiving, prayer, and petition I will have peace. He is faithful and will put me where He wants me and will provide what I need to accomplish His purpose.
Conclusions: Easy day since it was the same passage as yesterday so I was left yearning for more.
I would love to know your thoughts on question 8c. Do you question God?