We read in Isaiah…


1 “This is what the LORD says to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I take hold of to subdue nations before him and to strip kings of their armor, to open doors before him so that gates will not be shut:
2 I will go before you and will level the mountains; I will break down gates of bronze and cut through bars of iron.
3 I will give you hidden treasures, riches stored in secret places, so that you may know that I am the LORD, the God of Israel, who summons you by name.
4 For the sake of Jacob my servant, of Israel my chosen, I summon you by name and bestow on you a title of honor, though you do not acknowledge me.
5 I am the LORD, and there is no other; apart from me there is no God. I will strengthen you, though you have not acknowledged me,
6 so that from the rising of the sun to the place of its setting people may know there is none besides me. I am the LORD, and there is no other.
7 I form the light and create darkness, I bring prosperity and create disaster; I, the LORD, do all these things.

and earlier, he is given the title of “Shepherd” and is said that he would accomplish all that God pleases; and will initiate the rebuilding of the temple.

(Further references : 2 Chronicles 36:22-23)

So just why does the bible give the title of “anointed” to Cyrus, a non-Israelite? Who is recorded as paying homage to Marduk in the Cyrus cylinder?

I have a vague idea, but I’d like to hear other points of view.
Discuss.

Note: I am very specific in what I am asking, so I request christians interested in participating to please stick to the point. So please, dont bring up christian theology involving Jesus Christ etc. (with all due respect to him)

 

http://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread771266/pg1

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