F.C. Jennings

Isaiah Chapter 39

CHAPTER THIRTY-NINE The embassage from Babylon and its consequences. We again drop poetry and return to prose, which certainly appears more harmonious with the contents of our short chapter, recording the failure in the testimony of a true saint, followed by the announcement of divine chastening on the nation. The beloved Hezekiah, whose sincere intention was to "walk softly," has a more dangerous trial to undergo than the threatening of an open and powerful enemy, or the suffering from an ...

Isaiah Chapter 14

CHAPTER FOURTEEN A complete revolution; the slave becomes the master, issuing in a song of triumph over Babylon. Sh'ohl and its shades. Lucifer; for whom does that word stand? The problem of the existence of evil in the world: whence could it come, the one Creator being absolute Good? Our foe's first appellation now borne by the Lord Jesus. Significance of the points of the compass. Philistia; its teachings. Who is the "flying serpent" here? Israel expects no "rapture." No deliverance shall...

Isaiah Chapter 13

CHAPTER THIRTEEN Burden of Babylon. Force of the word "sanctified." The strange creatures that take up abode in Babylon; why their names are not to be translated. A thorough change now comes over the spirit of our book. Assyria is no longer the prominent oppressor. The stout heart of the Assyrian has been brought low and that punishment has induced Israel's song. But now the song dies away, and its place is taken by every terrible accompaniment of divine chastening. The whole earth, nation ...

Isaiah Chapter 38

CHAPTER THIRTY-EIGHT Hezekiah's Sickness and Recovery Although the chapter begins with the words, "In those days," the event of which it tells did not occur in chronological sequence to the deliverance of Jerusalem by the destruction of the Assyrian army, for that is here promised and must therefore have been still in the future. Hezekiah reigned twenty-nine years (2 Kings 18:2), and it was fifteen years prior to his decease that he was dangerously ill, as here told. That would bring the si...

Isaiah Chapter 12

CHAPTER TWELVEIsrael's song when Jerusalem's walls become no longerwailing-places, but resound with joyful praise. It will be noted that, in these later chapters, the past deliverance of Israel from Egypt has provided a pattern of the future and final deliverance from every yoke; and as then, as soon as they had crossed the sea, they burst into song, so here again we hear the same outburst of joy That praise of old soon gave place to the unbelieving groan at the waters of Marah, but this song...

Isaiah Chapter 11

CHAPTER ELEVEN Israel's revival in The Branch. His divine qualifications. picture of earth's happiness under His rule. In what we have just considered, we have seen the Imperial World-power, here termed the Assyrian, in its pride and doom (chap. 10:3-19). Then an assumed picture of the last attack of that World-power on Jerusalem (vers. 20-34), which brings us to the third step, the resurrection or revival of this nation in, and as identified with, their divine Messiah. The chapter opens ...

Isaiah Chapter 10

CHAPTER TEN A corrupt judiciary means the destruction of the basis on which the social structure rests. Who is the Assyrian? Where shall he be found in the last days of Israel's history? His pride insures his doom. A picture drawn of an invasion in order that it may be averted. This chapter should not be severed from the foregoing, for again we must hear, but for the last time, that doleful refrain of His wrath not turned away, of His hand still outstretched in smiting. 1: Woe to decreers ...

Isaiah Chapter 9

CHAPTER NINE Light appears where least expected. Can these words be applied to Christmas Day?Peace at last! What is in the Name? Growth here suggests growth in heaven.Is Christ's kingdom everlasting if it be given up? The sad refrain. Dense indeed was the darkness in which the last chapter closed, but as it is ever darkest before dawn, so we might expect the brightest dawning to follow such darkness. That expectation would not be unjustified by the scripture itself, for the last verse of...

Isaiah Chapter 8

CHAPTER EIGHT Hebrew names are divinely intended to teach truths: The refusal of Shiloah: Where those waters are still flowing: The invasion of Immanuel's Land: Counsel as to consulting the dead: The Rock of the Word: Sorrowful condition of the deluded. The opening words, "Moreover the Lord said," mark a new subsection of the prophecy, which we may say began with the child Shear-Jashub in chapter 7, ascended to the Son, Immanuel; descends again to the lad Maher-shalal (ver. 1), and finally ...

Isaiah Chapter 7

CHAPTER SEVEN The commission carried out. The intense significance of the spot at which the prophet is directed to stand. Meaning and significance of the name of his son. Strange double meaning of the words, the one suited to unbelief, the other to faith. The words "Virgin" and "Son" also considered: both admit a twofold fulfilment. The feeding that ever results in divine intelligence. The chapter closes in judgment. Of measureless importance to the universe, to this world, to every individu...
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