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Isaiah 40:25-26a - To whom will you compare me? Or who is my equal? says the Holy One

NIV "To whom will you compare me?
Or who is my equal?" says the Holy One.
Lift your eyes and look to the heavens:
Who created all these?
KJV To whom then will ye liken me, or shall I be equal? saith the Holy One.Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these things
NASB To whom then will you liken Me
That I would be his equal?" says the Holy One.
Lift up your eyes on high
And see who has created these stars,
Isaiah 40:25-26a

Israel was foolish to compare such a sovereign, almighty Lord with the gods of their Babylonian captors (see v. 18). Rather than worshiping the stars (47:13; Deut. 4:19; Jer. 7:18; 8:2; 44:17), Israel should have seen in them the evidence of God's creatorship (Ps. 19:1).

MacArthur, J. J. (1997, c1997). The MacArthur Study Bible (electronic ed.) (Is 40:25). Nashville: Word Pub.

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The Babylonian deities were identified with the heavenly bodies (stars). The words here would have had particular relevance to Israel as they learned to say no to Babylon and yes to the Lord.

Radmacher, E. D., Allen, R. B., & House, H. W. (1999). Nelson's new illustrated Bible commentary (Is 40:26). Nashville: T. Nelson Publishers.

Deuteronomy 4:39 - the LORD is God in heaven above and on the earth below

NIV Acknowledge and take to heart this day that the LORD is God in heaven above and on the earth below. There is no other.
KJV Know therefore this day, and consider it in thine heart, that the LORD he is God in heaven above, and upon the earth beneath: there is none else.
NASB Know therefore today, and take it to your heart, that the LORD, He is God in heaven above and on the earth below; there is no other.
Deuteronomy 4:39

Since no other God was Creator, Lord of history, Teacher, and the Lover of His people, Israel had to respond to God alone.

Radmacher, E. D., Allen, R. B., & House, H. W. (1997). The Nelson study Bible : New King James Version. Includes index. (Dt 4:39). Nashville: T. Nelson Publishers.

A theological term that refers to the unlimited nature of God or His ability to be everywhere at all times. God is not like the manufactured idols of ancient cultures that were limited to one altar or temple area. God reveals Himself in the Bible as the Lord who is everywhere. God was present as Lord in all creation (Ps. 139:7-12), and there is no escaping Him. He is present in our innermost thoughts. Even as we are formed in the womb, He knows all the days of our future.
God sees in secret and rewards in secret, as Jesus taught His disciples; He looks not only on outward actions, but especially on the inner attitudes of a person's heart (Matt. 6:1-18). Because God is the Creator and Sustainer of time and space, He is everywhere. Being everywhere, He is our great Comforter, Friend, and Redeemer.

Youngblood, R. F., Bruce, F. F., Harrison, R. K., & Thomas Nelson Publishers. (1995). Nelson's new illustrated Bible dictionary. Rev. ed. of: Nelson's illustrated Bible dictionary.; Includes index. Nashville: T. Nelson.