Scofield Reference Notes (1917 Edition)Chapter 45
45:1 Thus saith the LORD to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have holden, to subdue nations before him; and I will loose the loins of kings, to open before him the two leaved gates; and the gates shall not be shut;
45:7 I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things.
The only instance where the word is applied to a Gentile. Nebuchadnezzar is called the "servant" of Jehovah Jeremiah 25:9; 27:6; 43:10 This, with the designation "My shepherd" Isaiah 44:28 also a Messianic title, marks Cyrus as that startling exception, a Gentile type of Christ. The points are:
(1) both are irresistible conquerors of Israel's enemies. Isaiah 45:1; Revelation 19:19-21
(2) both are restorers of the holy city Isaiah 44:28; Zechariah 14:1-11
(3) through both is the name of the one true God glorified Isaiah 45:6; 1 Corinthians 15:28.
Heb. "ra" translated "sorrow," "wretchedness," "adversity," "afflictions," "calamities," but never translated sin. God created evil only in the sense that He made sorrow, wretchedness, etc., to be the sure fruits of sin.