A Word To The Nations And Comfort For The Bride,A Drop In The Bucket

Isa 40:15  Behold, the nations are as a drop of a bucket, and are counted as the small dust of the balance: behold, he taketh up the isles as a very little thing.

Isa 40:17  All nations before him are as nothing; and they are counted to him less than nothing, and vanity.

Isa 40:22  It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers; that stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in:

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Isaiah 40:15

Behold, the nations - All the nations of the earth. This is designed to show the greatness of God, in comparison with that which strikes man as great - a mighty nation; and the main object seems to be, to show that God could accomplish his purposes without their aid, and that they could not resist him in the execution of his plans. If they were as nothing in comparison with him, how easily could he execute his purposes! If they were as nothing, how little could they resist the execution of his plans!

Are as a drop of a bucket - In comparison with him; or are so esteemed by him. The drop that falls from the bucket in drawing water is a trifle. It has no power, and compared with the waters of the ocean it is as nothing. So small is the power of the nations in comparison with God. “And are counted.” Are thought of, regarded, esteemed by him, or in comparison with him.

As the small dust of the balance - The small, fine dust which collects on the best finished and most accurate balance or scales, and which has no effect in making the scales uneven, or making either side preponderate. Nothing can be a more striking representation of the fact that the nations are regarded as nothing in comparison with God.

Behold, he taketh up the isles - Or he is able to do it; he could remove the isles as the fine dust is driven before the whirlwind. A more literal translation of this passage would be, ‘Lo, the isles are as the dust which is taken up,’ or which one takes up; that is, which is taken up, and carried away by the wind. There is something unusual in the expression that God takes up the isles, and the idea is rather that the isles in his sight are regarded as the fine dust which the wind sweeps away. So the Chaldee renders it, ‘Lo, the isles are like ashes which the wind drives away.’ The word ‘isles,’ Vitringa and Jerome regard as denoting not the small portions of land in the sea that are surrounded by water, but lands which are encompassed and enclosed Mesopotamia.

As a very little thing - (כדק  keddaq). The word דק  daq means theft which is beaten small, or fine; and then fine dust, chaff, or any light thing which the wind easily sweeps away.


Isaiah 40:15
Behold, the nations are as a drop of a bucket,.... Not only the Chaldeans and Babylonians, and other nations most known, and most troublesome to the Jews, but all the nations of the world; these, in comparison of God, of his infinite and immense Being, are but as a drop of water that hangs upon the bucket, or falls from it, when water is drawn by it, or is left in it, when poured out of it; which is nothing in comparison of the well out of which the water is drawn, or even of the water in the bucket drawn out of it:


Isaiah 40:15

From His exaltation as Creator, the prophet now proceeds to His exaltation as Governor of the world. “Behold, nations like a little drop on a bucket, and like a grain of sand in a balance, are they esteemed; behold, islands like an atom of dust that rises in the air.”

Upon Jehovah, the King of the world, does the burden rest of ruling over the whole human race, which is split up into different nations; but the great masses of people over whom Jehovah rules are no more burden to Him than a drop hanging upon a bucket is a burden to the man who carries it (min is used in the same sense as in Son_4:1; Son_6:5), no more than the weight in a balance is perceptibly increased or diminished by a grain of sand that happens to lie upon it (shachaq, from shâchaq, to grind to powder).

The islands, those fragments of firm ground in the midst of the ocean (אִי = ivy, from אָוָה, to betake one's self to a place, and remain there), upon which the heathen world was dispersed (Gen 10), are to Him who carries the universe like the small particle of dust (דַּק from דָּקַק, to crush or pulverize), which is lifted up, viz., by the slightest breath of wind (יִטּוֹל metaplastic fut. niph. of tūl = nâtal, cf., Isa_63:9). The rendering of Knobel, “dust which is thrown,” would require עָפָר (Isa_41:2); and neither that of Gesenius, viz., “He takes up islands like a particle of dust,” nor that of Hitzig, “He carries islands,” etc., is admissible, for טוּל = נָטַל signifies tollere, not portare; and the former, viz., insulas tollit, furnishes no answer to the question, “How so, and to what end?”

I did an illustrative teaching on this, illustrations stick with you and make a big point, I wish I recorded it on vid, it was great and had really put into prospective the message today.

I will give a recap, try and visualize the illustration.

I read the verses, than I had a plastic, see through cup, I also had  red food die in hand, as I said this is America the greatest power on earth, the mighty war machine, the best that ever was, I than dropped one drop of red die in the empty glass, and said this , see this one drop, small insignificant, it would take hundreds  of drops to fill the cup, that one drop in this cup, that is America.

 I swished it around the cup became partly read, but no liquid was on the bottom, That is what this is all about, than I mention another nation, England the glories of the British empire that the sun never settles on, still true and said that’s it, one single drop no more, just a drop.

 Than I repeated it with other nations, vicinities, each time just one drop. I used red to show the lords judgment, and the cup as the Earth, filled with blood, than I ended with filling the cup slowly with water until it ran over a reddish color, and said the cup of iniquity is full, not one more drop will be tolerated.

 This alluded to an old prophecy I gave that went viral, wild, that one word, that spoke of the cup of iniquity was so full it was running over and not one more drop could be added.

National Patriotic thoughts of various nations, nothing but pride, as they are all just one single drop in the lords bucket a speck pf dust.

As we read the islands did not mean a little island, but nations surrounded and cities surrounded by water like N.Y. the far away Islands is the only way we can see America in bible prophecy. Its former glory gone, its blood shed upon us, as many nations are being judged right now, look at the devastations.

Think of this , Many Americans used to have, some still do, a great pride in our nation, the best of the best, the empires of empires, but as Rome and Babylon fell, so will we soon, they also were just a speck of dust a drop in the lords holy bucket.

Isa 40:17  All nations before him are as nothing; and they are counted to him less than nothing, and vanity.

ALL NATIONS, not some but ALL are as nothing to our lord. Our earth to him is a spec, a drop, he loves his creation, and loves us so much, he comes and manifests himself to this tiny little planet, that is but a drop, as nothing. The true Christian is much more than a drop in the bucket due to one drop of blood, the blood of Christ, that is all it took to become his elect, his apple of His eye, and his beloved bride redeemed by one single drop of blood.

Vrs 17. not only says all the nations are as nothing, it moves on into stronger wording as we read, less than nothing, less, much less than nothing.

 We are all as filthy rags, we are sinners saved by grace, but by one drop of blood we become totally white, clean and than his bride is much more than a drop in a bucket it his  holy work, we as believers are not less than nothing to our lord, we are everything to him, what comfort. as the chapter opens with, these words I will close with.

Isa 40:1  Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God.

Isa 40:2  Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned: for she hath received of the LORD'S hand double for all her sins.

Isa 40:3  The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.

Isa 40:4  Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain:

Isa 40:5  And the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.