What does the text say? – The Lord tells Cyrus (who will not come to power for over 150 years) that He will open gates before him and give him treasures and secret riches, so that he knows the God of Israel has called him by name for the benefit of His people, he has also equipped Cyrus for battle so everyone, all over the world, will know there is no other God, and that He creates light and makes darkness. He sends good times and bad times and will enable Salvation and Righteousness to spring up together, and only sorrow awaits those who argue with their Maker, for a clay pot cannot argue with the potter. The Holy One of Israel has created the heaven’s, earth and mankind, and will raise Cyrus and Guide his actions to fulfil His Purpose; he will restore His chosen city and free His captive people without seeking a reward. The Egyptians, Ethiopians and Sabeans will be their prisoners and acknowledge the one true God, and those who make idols will be humbled but the Lord will give Israel an eternal Salvation. The Lord publicly proclaims bold Promises that will come to pass. There is no other God beside Him, every tongue will confess allegiance to Him, and in Him all the descendants of Israel will be joyful.
Application? – The Lord controls my life, so everything that happens is under His control. Do I praise Him for the good times, and seek to learn from the bad? He has offered me Salvation, have I accepted His offer or do I argue with, or disregard, my Maker? Have I made anything into an idol? Have I confessed allegiance to the God of Israel?