Isaiah

Isaiah 60:6-62:3

The abundance of things, in the form of earthly blessings, that will be poured into Israel, is given in much detail from verse 6 of Isaiah 60. In that verse Sheba is mentioned, the land from which came the Queen, who visited Solomon with much gold and spices. When she arrived, as related in 1 Kings 10, she shewed forth the praises of Solomon. In the day contemplated in our chapter, "they shall shew forth the praises of the Lord." This will come to pass in the way that is intimated in ...

Isaiah 62:4-12

If verse 3 of our chapter predicts how the Israel of God in the coming age will be a crown of glory and a diadem in the hand of God, verse 4 declares the place of blessing that shall be theirs, in contrast with all that has characterized them hitherto. Several times already in reading this prophet we have seen that both they and their land have been forsaken by God because of their sins. To this day no interposition of God on their behalf, comparable to what He did, when He delivered th...

Isaiah 63:1-64:3

But there is another side to this matter, which confronts us as we begin to read chapter 63. Israel's redemption will involve drastic judgment falling on all those who are foes of them and of God, just as judgment fell on the Egyptians, when Israel was typically redeemed in the bygone age. And He, who is to become Israel's Redeemer in power, is the One who will overthrow them. In verse 1 of our chapter, however, Edom is specially singled out as the one on whom the judgment is to fall....

Isaiah 64:4-65:12

It is striking how verse 4 follows what we have dwelt upon in the first three verses. Isaiah desired a mighty display of the power of God such as had been manifested at the outset of Israel's history: yet he was conscious that God had in reserve things beyond all human knowledge, and prepared for those who waited for Him to act. To this verse the Apostle Paul referred in 1 Corinthians 2: 9, showing that though in ordinary matters men arrive at knowledge by the hearing of the ear-tradi...

Isaiah 65:13-66:24

Though God has to pronounce judgment upon the evildoers, which must be executed in due time, He delights in the mercy and blessing that He bestows upon His true servants. This He makes manifest in the passage which begins with verse 13. We notice, of course, that earthly blessings and earthly judgments are in view; food, drink, rejoicing and song, on the one hand; hunger, thirst, shame and sorrow, on the other. A curse and death will come upon them; their very name being considered a cu...

Remembering and Rejoicing over Christ's Birth

"For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given..." -- Isaiah 9:6. "This is My body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of Me...also the cup...saying, This cup is the new testament in My blood, which is shed for you." -- Luke 22:19-20. -------------------- It is ironic that it is in the last month of the year that the birth of our Lord Jesus is celebrated; yet it is, without question, the biggest holiday of the year. It is the season for givin...

Lecture 5 - The Books of the Prophets

We are now to take up the books of the prophets, the third division of the Old Testament, and that in which we are most of all brought face to face with God Himself. The vail is of course not yet removed; yet as more and more the condition of the people was discovered hopeless, and even as judgment more and more, stroke upon stroke, fell upon them, to faith God began to speak with increasing plainness. That the just shall live by faith was witnessed by a prophet, and how full...

Chapter 1 - A Coal from the Altar

A GOSPEL ADDRESS. (ISA, Chap. vi.) The lesson of this chapter, as we in our day may read it, is very full in its evangelic teaching. Its two broad features are these, that, let man but take his true place before God, he shall surely find God’s mercy for him; and then, also, that this mercy is, and must be, also righteousness. As the apostle puts it concerning the gospel: "It is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth." And then, why? "For therein ...

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 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...
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