I have been troubled for some time
about Isaiah 45:7,
which says, “I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create
evil: I the Lord do all these
[things].” Can you help me understand
what this is talking about?
This is one of those texts that, if
taken out of context, can be confusing.
Isaiah 45 begins
with God’s call to Cyrus. Cyrus was the
king who invaded Babylon and took the empire from the control of Belshazzar. Although Cyrus was a heathen king, practicing
a heathen religion, he was used of God to fulfill His Word. God used this king in spite of his belief
structure to accomplish His will in overthrowing Babylon.
The heathen faith of Cyrus was centered
in a concept called dualism. That
is a belief in which two equal gods—one good, one evil—struggle for the
supremacy of the world. This theory is
still prevalent today, in many forms, around the world. Many non-Christians still practice the ying/yang, good/evil, and light/darkness as a
religion. God, in addressing Cyrus,
makes this statement (Isaiah 45:7) about light and darkness and good and evil to let him know
that there were not two equal gods warring but that Jehovah was the only God,
and He was in charge of the universe.
Jehovah God is responsible for everything
that takes place, in the same way that a parent is responsible for what their
child does. The parent does not do the
evil that the child does, but the ultimate responsibility rests with the
parent, by virtue of creation. God
created all of His creatures with free will.
It was a risk, but that is the only way that freedom could exist. When sin entered, through Adam’s
disobedience, God took the responsibility and made possible a way of
escape. (See John 3:16.)
As the plan of salvation is fulfilled,
it will be shown that God is indeed love.
He made Himself vulnerable by taking responsibility for the evil that
came into the world. The mind of the
Hebrew saw God in this way. Jehovah God
was the power and force behind everything that happened.
In the process of all this, Cyrus
needed to understand that the false gods of his kingdom were responsible for
nothing. God was responsible for
everything. The worlds hung in space by
His Word. The light and the darkness
were not the result of a war between rival gods, but God was responsible for it
all. God took the blame for the evil as
well as the good, but He was not the author of evil. Evil existed because of freedom gone awry.
God wanted Cyrus to understand that Someone greater than the gods of his kingdom was in control,
and it was God’s plan that good should prevail, not evil. Notice verse 8 of this chapter: “Drop down,
ye heavens, from above, and let the skies pour down righteousness: let the
earth open, and let them bring forth salvation, and let righteousness spring up
together; I the Lord have created
The Bible holds all the answers, which
will clarify any questions, if we will just study things through by first
starting with the immediate context and then incorporating our understanding of
the plan of salvation. I hope that this
has helped you in your quest for greater understanding of God’s Word.
Pastor Mike Baugher
is Associate Speaker for Steps to Life Ministry. If you have a question you would like Pastor
Mike to answer, e-mail it to: email@example.com, or mail it to: LandMarks, P. O. Box 782828, Wichita, KS 67278.