So who is this Cyrus we read about in chapter 45? You might be surprised to learn that he was a Mede, not a Jew. Yet God called him to make Israel free. Isn’t it interesting that God does not restrict His use of people to only the children of Israel?
As He said so many times in just these three chapters we read today, He is God and there is no other. He can do as He chooses.
Again, as He has said numerous times in these chapters and the chapters we have already read, He knows what will happen before it happens. So He prepared Cyrus, He knew there would be a need for a savior of Israel, this Cyrus, at this specific time in history. And at just the right time, Cyrus was born and God took him by the hand to enable him to be the king that would bring the Israelites freedom.
Notice that Cyrus was a type, a sort of foreshadowing of the coming Messiah. Just as Cyrus was an unlikely choice at his time, Jesus was an unlikely one to be the Anointed One.
And I don’t know about you, but I am certainly an unlikely choice to do the things that God has called me to do in my life. Chances are, you can say the same thing.
But remember this, Jesus said that we would do even greater things than He did. God has great things in mind for you, just as he did for Cyrus. As He knew Cyrus by name, He knows you. And He wants to do something through you so that people will know that He is the Lord.
Isn’t it great to be a child of the king?