Still Not Settled On This.

In case I may have misled anyone, I am not settled on the issue of who to vote for President nor have I ruled out Donald Trump. I HAVE ruled out anyone on the Democratic ticket simply because abortion is such a firm plank in their platform and especially the forceful direction they are going with it. Nope, I cannot in good conscience vote for that. No way.

I have had a couple people point out that perhaps it’s not so bad to vote for Donald Trump. After all, God used Cyrus, an ungodly ruler to specifically favor the Israelites. If you recall, Nebuchadnezzar is the one who God used to take Israel captive. Cyrus is the one he used to bring them back to the homeland.

Isaiah 45:1-7 Thus says the Lord to his anointed, to Cyrus,
    whose right hand I have grasped,
to subdue nations before him
    and to loose the belts of kings,
to open doors before him
    that gates may not be closed:
“I will go before you
    and level the exalted places,[a]
I will break in pieces the doors of bronze
    and cut through the bars of iron,
I will give you the treasures of darkness
    and the hoards in secret places,
that you may know that it is I, the Lord,
    the God of Israel, who call you by your name.
For the sake of my servant Jacob,
    and Israel my chosen,
I call you by your name,
    I name you, though you do not know me.
I am the Lord, and there is no other,
    besides me there is no God;
    I equip you, though you do not know me,
that people may know, from the rising of the sun
    and from the west, that there is none besides me;
    I am the Lord, and there is no other.
I form light and create darkness;
    I make well-being and create calamity;
    I am the Lord, who does all these things.

What does Isaiah mean in this by the term “anointed”? According to John MacArthur’s commentary on Isaiah 45:1:

“45:1 His anointed. This word is the one translated from the Hebrew by the transliteration – “Messiah.” It is the word used for the messianic Redeemer King in Psalm 2:2 and Daniel 9:25, 26, but here refers to Cyrus, as the king set apart by God’s providence for divine purposes. Though not a worshiper of the Lord, the Persian monarch played an unusual role as Israel’s shepherd (44:28) and God’s anointed judge on nations.”

The Reformed Study Bible has this entry:

“45:1 his anointed. This title is not used elsewhere of anyone outside Israel, and its application to Cyrus would have shocked Isaiah’s original audience. It stresses the fact that the Lord can use anyone to accomplish His purposes, even pagan emperors. Identifying Judah’s deliverer by name many years ahead of time is a clear mark of the Lord’s sovereign power to predict and control the future.”

Is Donald Trump “anointed” like Cyrus? On one hand, Trump has made the mark as the most pro-life president, self-proclaimed or otherwise. But has he actually made lasting change like Cyrus did? After all, Cyrus set the nation of captives free with a blank check to rebuild their capital. Any changes Trump has made will be quickly overturned as soon as the Democrats get into power.

Trump is certainly an instrument of God because God establishes all kings, as we discussed yesterday. Is he in the same category as Cyrus? Perhaps. If Trump IS God’s extra-special man, then would we know for sure? Isaiah prophesied about Cyrus, specifically with a name. I’m not aware of anything like that for Donald Trump. That doesn’t mean he isn’t anointed, it’s just that we don’t have anything so specific as Isaiah 45:1.

I’m afraid that none of this has swayed me either way. Tomorrow, God willing, I hope to look at a candidate who seems at first look to be the only born-again candidate on the Presidential ballot.

Oh, one last thing. Let’s take a look at the last verse of Isaiah’s:

Isaiah 45:7 I form light and create darkness;
    I make well-being and create calamity;
    I am the Lord, who does all these things.

Somehow, this needs to be part of our worldview. It’s just as applicable now as in Cyrus’ time.

Father, what an interesting exercise. Thank you. Amen.

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