F.C. Jennings

Isaiah Chapter 27

CHAPTER TWENTY-SEVENLeviathan; its meaning and application. What the close scales stand for.Rome's scales; Rationalism's scales. Israel as the fruit-bearing vine ofthe future. The nation, but not the same individuals, restored. This is the closing chapter of this part of Isaiah; the next evidently introduces another sub-division. Whilst the strange mystic language of the first verse evidently has direct reference to Israel's literal enemies, we should really miss much of the divine intent wer...

Isaiah Chapter 42

CHAPTER FORTY-TWOThe Servant of Jehovah, threefold applicationof the term. Who is the blind servant?As in the Epistle to the Hebrews dignity after dignity is brought into prominence, only to wane and disappear like the stars at sunrise when our Lord Jesus is seen, so here. We have looked at Cyrus as the servant of Jehovah, but now he disappears, for brighter rays than any that could shine from that honored man have eclipsed him. Even Israel, the people that Jehovah constantly owns among ...

Isaiah Chapter 26

CHAPTER TWENTY-SIX    The Tale of Two Cities. Is Jehovah the Name that is intended for Christians?The resurrection of the nation of the Jews a figure of the personal resurrection. In chapters 25 and 26, as in our prophecy called "Revelation," we have what might be termed The Tale of Two Cities; the one representing that proud city which man is building, contemptuously called (chap. 24:10) "the city of tohu," or confusion; the other, the building of God. When one is up, the other is ...

Isaiah Chapter 24

CHAPTER TWENTY-FOUR The whole world comes into judgment. What is the everlasting covenant?The city that becomes "tohu." The pessimism of prophecy.The song turned to a groan. The earth's regeneration, precededby judgment on both heavens and earth. So interesting and valuable have I found the writing of Delitzsch on this section, that I could wish that space permitted the transcription of most of it; but as it is, I must give a word or two that shall pass on some measure of that interest to my re...

Isaiah Chapter 23

CHAPTER TWENTY-THREE The Burden of Tyre. What Tyre symbolizes. Significance of Tyre distributingcrowns. The strange recovery of Tyre, as still a harlot and yet herhire to be "holiness to the Lord"; explanation of the apparent anomaly. We are now brought to the last "burden" of the series of five. The first was on Babylon, and the last on Tyre. Both have far more than a superficial interest for us, since the one as here seen is the representative of the last imperial world-power, attaining and...

Isaiah Chapter 22

CHAPTER TWENTY-TWO The burden of the Valley of Vision: the meaning of that term. The merriment of the doomed; preparations for resistance; the vision told in order that penitence may avert it. Whom does Shebna represent? His deposition; his place taken by Eliakim. Who is thus named? The difficulty of the last verse. The chapter to which we have now come clearly divides into two parts: the earlier, verses 1 to 14, following in regular course the "burdens" of the previous chapter, on some pla...

Isaiah Chapter 41

CHAPTER FORTY-ONE Jehovah's challenge to idolatrous Gentiles. The hasty constructionof gods that are to protect from a threatened danger. Jehovah's lovefor Israel expressed by every form of wording. The paradise on earth.Where and what is "Har-mageddon"? None but God can tell howthe earth came, so none but He can reveal the future. The significant "three" is clearly impressed on this chapter. Jehovah challenges the idolatrous Gentiles, next turns to His beloved Israel, and then there is agai...

Isaiah Chapter 21

CHAPTER TWENTY-ONE The Burdens of countries, known by emblems. Babylon first; why emblemed by "desert of the sea." The prophets grief at the vision. The watchman and what he sees. Significance of the roar of a lion. The second scene, the return of theexpedition. Babylon fallen. Burden of Dumah: the source and meaning of that word. God hears the cry of a condition. Burden of Arabia. In the next two chapters we have four "burdens," linked together by each of their subjects being expressed, not i...

Isaiah Chapter 2

CHAPTER TWO The second vision. Jerusalem is not the Church. Jerusalem to become the metropolis of the earth. Peace impossible under human government. Man's day must end, and the Lord Jesus alone be exalted, for fallen man is nothing but frailty. This second vision goes to the end of chapter five, and again gives a synopsis of the book, forming another introduction. The first verse, reading, The word that Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem,is a divinely given guard a...

Isaiah Chapter 3

CHAPTER THREE Divine chastening is to be seen in feeble governments. How miserable the condition when men even shun, instead of seeking the place of rule; those least qualified then come to the head. A woman's dress not beneath divine notice. There ever comes a time when God intervenes in human affairs. History repeats itself, and in what occurs here in "Judah and Jerusalem" we may see divinely-given forecasts of what shall occur in that sphere of the present witness for God upon the eart...
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