F.C. Jennings

Ecclesiastes Chapter 1

Chapter I. Perhaps there is no book within the whole canon of Scripture so perplexing and anomalous, at first sight, as that entitled "Ecclesiastes." Its terrible hopelessness, its bold expression of those difficulties with which man is surrounded on every side, the apparent fruitlessness of its quest after good, the unsatisfactory character, from a Christian standpoint, of its conclusion: all these points have made it, at one and the same time, an enigma to the superficial student ...

Isaiah Chapter 57

CHAPTER FIFTY-SEVENThe Final cleavage between the Penitent and Impenitent.We are now looking at the closing scenes on this earth, just prior to the revelation of its true King. The preceding chapter has given a picture of the profusion, luxury, and sensuous pleasure in which the mass are living, and now, in the strongest contrast with this, we have another smaller company who have for their portion, prison and death.1: The righteous man perishes; none lays it to heart!The pious1 are taken,...

Isaiah Chapter 56

CHAPTER FIFTY-SIXThe Sabbath linked with the Covenant. True Rest linked withthe Cross. The institution of the Sabbath and our presentrelation to it considered. Israel's watchmen so torpid thatthe nations are invited to spoil. Our present day "dumb dogs."On the surface we now appear to be led back rather than forward, to law-keeping and strict Sabbath observance as the ground for acceptance and blessing. But, as we know this is impossible, we must not be satisfied with the surface, but must ...

Isaiah Chapter 55

CHAPTER FIFTY-FIVEThe third of a triad of chapters, in which the glad tidings goto the Gentiles. The only prerequisite is thirst. What are thesure mercies of David? No man that ever lived capable ofinventing the gospel of God, it must be therefore divine.A parable of nature. All nature called to assist in praise.These three chapters, 53, 54 and 55, form in themselves one of those significant triads that characterize our book. The first—chapter 53—gives the groundwork in the sufferings of...

Isaiah Chapter 54

CHAPTER FIFTY-FOURThe joy that ever follows faith in the atoning sufferings of Christ.The harmony between heaven and earth. The one city composedof street and wall. The old limits of Jerusalem must be extended.The everlasting strength and tenderness of Jehovah's love for Israel.How fitting it is that the very first word that we hear, whether it be in the original Hebrew or in our translation of it, is "Sing." Dispensations may change, a heavenly calling may replace an earthly, but wherever ...

Isaiah Chapter 53

CHAPTERS FIFTY-TWO (Verses 13 to 15) AND FIFTY-THREE The construction of the Heart of the Book: its significance. Correspondences with the Pentateuch of Moses. Exposition of this Pentateuch. We are now standing on the very threshold of the Holy of Holies of our book, and we do well to fear lest a carnal touch should make its defiling mark on this sanctuary, the walls of which are surely whiter than any fuller on earth could whiten them. Is there not at least one of my readers who will join ...

Isaiah Chapter 52

CHAPTER FIFTY-TWO Verses 1 to 12 A further call for Zion to awake. Feet speed that are well shod. The Lord, neither in the Old Testament nor New, uses unclean vessels. A greatly misunderstood text. It is scarcely necessary to say that the introduction of a new chapter here is an intrusion that mars the beauty of the divine arrangement. This portion is clearly unified by the cry, "Awake, Awake!" three times repeated; nor is there much difficulty in discerning the same number again imprinte...

Isaiah Chapter 50

CHAPTER FIFTY Continuation of Jehovah's pleading with Israel for the rejection of Christ. Three divisions are again very clearly marked in this little chapter, which, although short, is of entrancing interest. Even before considering the details, we may again discern three different Speakers; and in these are suggestions—by no means obscure—of the Persons of the Divine Trinity, although in different relations with men, and so under names differing from Father, Son and Holy Ghost. In the...

Isaiah Chapter 51

CHAPTER FIFTY-ONE A threefold call to listen directed to Israel; first, as a nation following after righteousness; second, as in relation to the Gentiles; third, as in relation to Jehovah. The cry from the Remnant to the Arm of the Lord to awake, answered by Jehovah's cry to Jerusalem to awake. Again the three divisions that experience has led us to expect are clearly marked in the first section, verses 1-8. As in the preceding chapter there were three speakers, here we have a threefold cal...

Isaiah Chapter 49

CHAPTER FORTY-NINE We approach the heart of the book: the holiest of all. The Gentiles called to listen to the Lord Jesus speaking. His ministry. Rejected by Israel, God gives Him a wider sphere. Zion mourns, Jehovah comforts. Application to both the earthly and heavenly seed. This brings us to the very heart of this book of Isaiah, to the very heart of "the Salvation of God," nor surely do we need to be told whom we may expect to find there! For the very "heart of the heart" is the 53rd ch...
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