V.18. The Ryrie Study Bible 6

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Conclusion – Isaiah 45:18

(Isaiah 45:18)

“For thus saith the LORD that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain (Hebrew - “tohuw”, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the LORD; and there is none else.” (Genesis 1:1, 2)

(V.1) “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.”

(V.2)   “And the earth was without form, and VOID (Hebrew – “bohuw”); and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.”

Notice that the word “VAIN” in Isaiah 45:18 and the word “”VOID” have exactly the same meaning: which is, according to Strong’s Exaustive Concordance of the Bible the following:

  1. An undistinguishable ruin
  2. emptiness
  3. empty place
  4. without form
  5. waste
  6. a desolation.

Isaiah 45:18 states specifically that God did not create the original earth in the above condition, as stated in Isaiah.  “He (God) created it not in VAIN;” i.e., without form, a waste, an undistinguishable ruin, etc.  Since it was not created that way; then, it had to BECOME that way, as asserted in Genesis 1:2a, “And the earth WAS without form and VOID...”  The word “WAS” should be translated “BECAME (or “had become”) without form and void.” It is the same Hebrew word which is translated “BECAME” in Genesis 2:7,  “And man BECAME a living soul.” 

The angels and Lucifer dwelt on the original creation (Isaiah 14:12-17 and Ezekiel 28:12-18).  Ezekiel 28:15 speaks of Satan when he inhabited the original creation.

“Thou (Lucifer) wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee (Satan).”  (Ezekiel 28:15).

God then excommunicated Satan from the earth which, then, became “without form and void” due to God’s judgment. Christ described Satan’s fall in Luke 10:18,

“And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.”

This is just a short briefing to bring you to Dr. Ryrie’s notes concerning Isaiah 45:18, where he states the exact opposite of what this verse teaches.  It would appear that Dr. Ryrie is a young earth advocate who has just followed the crowd in having to believe just the opposite of what the Bible states.

  1. The Bible, in Isaiah 45:18, states that God’s original creation was not created as a waste, an empty place, without form, or a desolation, as found in Genesis 1:2.  Rather, God states that the original creation was just the opposite; having been created as a beautiful garden of Eden, created to be inhabited by Lucifer and the angels.

“...he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: ...” (Isaiah 45:18b)

  1. Dr. Ryrie states exactly the opposite and wants his readers to believe his young earth philosophy, instead of God’s word. Here is his footnote to Isaiah 45:18.

“45:18 He created it not in vain.  Though the original condition of the earth was “without form...”

Notice carefully that Dr. Ryrie quotes from Isaiah 45:18 what God says concerning the original creation.  “He (God) created it (the earth) NOT in vain”; i.e. NOT a waste or desolation, as it later became as described in Genesis 1:2.  After quoting what God says, Dr. Ryrie continues by stating just the opposite.

“Though the original condition of the earth was “without form.”

Here he makes God contradict Himself, if you want to believe Dr. Ryrie.  The contradiction is in Dr. Ryrie’s philosophy and not in God’s inerrant Word.  Dr. Ryrie also refuses to accept the correct translation  of “BECAME without form and void,” instead of the mistranslation of “WAS without form and void.”

Dr. Ryrie states in his notes on Genesis 1:2 that the word “WAS” in the phrase, “And the earth WAS without form and void.” “ may mean “BECAME” as in Genesis 19:26.”  May I also add that the same Hebrew word is also translated “BECAME” in Genesis 2:7.  Dr. Ryrie refuses to accept “BECAME” in this passage, as it would blow his young earth philosophy to pieces!  BUT...it fits perfectly and is complimentary to Isaiah 45:18!

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