F.C. Jennings

Isaiah Chapter 65

CHAPTER SIXTY-FIVEJehovah repudiates the religion of the mass, tenderly appreciatesthe penitence of the Remnant. The grace of God, if dammedup at one spot, flows with undiminished power in another.The race of men in danger of extermination:what prevents it. Meaning of "dust, the serpent's meat."So portentous is our day, so evidently do we see another day approaching, that every glimmer of light that the Holy Scriptures may afford can only be welcomed with heartfelt gratitude to their Author...

Ecclesiastes Chapter 5

  CHAPTER V. With the opening of this chapter we come to quite a different theme. Like a fever-tossed patient, Ecclesiastes has turned from side to side for relief and rest; but each new change of posture has only brought him face to face with some other evil "under the sun" that has again and again pressed from him the bitter groan of "Vanity." But now, for a moment, he takes his eyes from the disappointments, the evil workings, and the sorrows, that everywhere prevail ...

Ecclesiastes Chapter 4

CHAPTER IV. But we must follow our Preacher, who can only turn away with bitterness from this closed door of Death, once more to take note of what is "under the sun." And sad and sorrowful it is to him to mark that the world is filled with oppression. He has already, in the previous chapter, noted that "wickedness was there in the place of judgment and iniquity in the place of righteousness," and the natural consequence of this is oppression. Wherever men have power they u...

Ecclesiastes Chapter 3

CHAPTER III. Chapter three may be paraphrased, I think, somewhat in this way: Yes, life itself emphasizes the truth that nothing is at one stay here;--all moves. There is naught abiding, like the winds and waters that he has noted in chapter one; man's life is but a wheel that turns: death follows birth, and all the experiences between are but ever-varying shades of good and evil, evil and good. (Let us bear in mind this is not faith's view, but simply that of human wisdom...

Ecclesiastes Chapter 2

CHAPTER II. The wise man, having found that wisdom brought with it but increased sorrow, turns to the other side -- to all those pleasures that the flesh, as we speak, enjoys. Still, he gives us, as in chap. i., the result of his search before he describes it: "I said in my heart, 'Go to now; I will prove thee [that is, I will see if I cannot satisfy thee,] with mirth; therefore enjoy pleasure': and behold, this also is vanity. I said of laughter, 'it is mad'; and of mirth, 'w...

Isaiah Chapter 66

CHAPTER SIXTY-SIXThe final scenes both in blessing and judgment.Our final chapter continues rapid changes from threat to comfort, and back again to threat, as either the impenitent or penitent of Israel come into view, till at the close we see a company of the latter going out of the city to look on the evidences of divine judgment on the former in Gehenna (the Valley of Hinnom), beyond its walls. That scene the Lord Himself uses as a symbol of the Lake of Fire of the New Testament; thi...

Isaiah Chapter 34

CHAPTER THIRTY-FOUR The day appointed. A universal crash. The relation between Edoni and Adam. The heavens share in the infliction, for there rebellion began. Military terms not literal. Distinction between the Millennial day and the Sabbath of God. Truth in words because they cannot be translated. Just as the "burdens" that affected various nations in chapters 12 to 23 were followed by a general crash in chapter 24—the "finale," as Delitzsch calls it, borrowing the figure from an orchestr...

Isaiah Chapter 46

CHAPTER FORTY-SIXDivine Judgment on Babylon's False Deities.The three chapters that now follow form another of those significant trilogies that we have learned to be a characteristic feature of this prophet:1: Chapter 46:Judgment on Babylon's false Deities.2: Chapter 47:On Babylon herself.3: Chapter 48:Restoration of Israel.This short chapter also clearly divides into three parts, thus:1: Verses 1, 2:Babylon's idols go into captivity.2: Verses 3 to 11:The contrast with Israel's Jehovah,with ...

Isaiah Chapter 35

CHAPTER THIRTY-FIVE Another song expressing Israel's joy. Her land corresponding, laughs also with abundance. The enlarged heart. Again the "High- way." How refreshing to turn from the storm of judgment to the calm of blessing! But the very storm affords a foil that increases the sweetness of that calm. Little do they know of the delights of spring who have never felt the pinch of winter; little do they value the "time of the singing of birds" who have never lacked their melody; little shou...

Isaiah Chapter 36

DIVISION TWO Chapters 36 to 39 The Historic Interlude CHAPTER THIRTY-SIX Difference between divine and secular history. Threefold way of using Scripture. Assyria is removed. Babylon takes its place. Importance of the change. Sennacherib's successful invasion of ten tribes; crosses border of Judah. Humiliation of Hezekiah. Silence the best answer to abuse. The return of the intermediaries. In chapters 36 to 39 we now come to the historic interlude, forming a clearly marked second m...
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