After 39 chapters of pronouncing judgment for the apostasy of God’s people, Isaiah dramatically changes his tone in ch. 40 with the words, “Comfort ye, comfort ye my people!” In the following chapters, he begins to preach sermons of the hope and life that come with repentance. In our text this morning, Isaiah demonstrates the almost laughable hypocrisy, foolishness, and delusion that accompany those who participate in idol worship.
So what we are considering in our text are the sinful habits of the people of God, those who had themselves known God, those who had experienced his mighty works and deliverance on their behalf, those who possessed his divine revelation, those who were unique benefactors of his presence and worship, are now forsaking all these things in favor of the idolatrous worship of the heathen- and Isaiah is intent to point out how absurd these practices were.
Isaiah’s study is laid out in a series of contrasts between false idols and the one true God, so we will consider the text this way this morning.