Isaiah

Isaiah Chapter 64

CHAPTER SIXTY-FOURJehovah's intervention irresistible. Jehovah'sdiscrimination in judgment. Confession and appeal.This chapter is in such close relation with the preceding one that in the Hebrew Bible the first verse of this is placed in the earlier chapter; and since the second verse, as we have it, speaks of the consequences of Jehovah coming down, we see that there cannot be any real separation between them. The "three" parts may again be discerned thus:1: Verses 1-3: Jehovah's interve...

Isaiah Chapter 63

CHAPTER SIXTY-THREEThe antiphonal character of the opening verses links themwith Psalm 24. The strange misapplication by the "fathers"which has been almost universally followed. The "winepress"judgment always refers to the Jew, as the "harvest" to the Gentile.Meditation, confession, vehement desire, in natural sequence.The first six verses of this chapter are clearly to be taken by themselves, and form the third and closing section of this minor division of our book. The structure is antip...

Isaiah Chapter 62

CHAPTER SIXTY-TWOJerusalem, the metropolitan city of the millennial earth: the centerof light, the focus of all that is beautiful. Her new name.Soul-entrancing have been the visions that have passed before the eye of the prophet, but it is now the Spirit of Christ in the prophet (1 Pet. 1:11) who speaks, and as He in resurrection-joy leads the singing of His people, so here He directs their longings. That same Spirit, indwelling us, directs our desires, and gives expression to them in "gro...

Isaiah Chapter 61

CHAPTER SIXTY-ONEThe Man of Nazareth. His ministry: its result in themillennial day. He leads the praises of His people.Our chapter is not a long one, but it will be found filled with interest and refreshment if we can trace in it the path of our Lord Jesus Christ from His early home in Nazareth, till in a day, yet future, He finds a dwelling with His beloved Israel in a land itself resting under His beams as the Sun of Righteousness.Again the division is so clearly a threefold one that it...

Isaiah Chapter 60

CHAPTER SIXTYJehovah shines on Jerusalem. Jerusalem shines on the earth.This being the third section of this division of our book, the significance of that number is strikingly imprinted upon it; for "God is fully manifested" in His government of the earth by the glory that falls upon Zion, and which makes her in her reflection of it the glory of the earth. There is no clearly marked division throughout the chapter, but the one number "three" is evidently marked on the whole of it. The ve...

Isaiah Chapter 59

CHAPTER FIFTY-NINEThe cause of severance between God and man.This confessed and broken down forever.This chapter forms the second section of this division of our book, and like so many second's, has in it both the idea of the work of an enemy and the salvation of God from that enemy. Here the personality of the enemy is not yet revealed; but his work is, and his dupe, man, is seen having to bear the full responsibility of the rebellion into which that enemy has seduced him.Most clear are ...

Isaiah Chapter 58

CHAPTER FIFTY-EIGHTJehovah's salvation again fully manifested. A renewed insistenceon the observance of the Sabbath, as it shall be by Israel in the future.We now come to the third and last subdivision of the third and last part of Isaiah, and both name and number again remind us that we have "The salvation of Jehovah fully manifested." Here the book begins again, as it were, since we have in these closing addresses a reiteration of the exposure of sins, the pleadings of love, the warnings...

Isaiah Chapter 48

CHAPTER FORTY-EIGHT Final pleading with Israel as to idolatry. The mass not refined as silver, whilst the remnant is. Let me remind my readers that the whole of this third main division of our book, from chapter 40 to chapter 66, is remarkable as being a threefold three, God in this way calling our attention to the complete display of Himself that is to be found in it. The present chapter brings the first of these trilogies to its well-defined close in the words which, like a divine sigh—...

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...

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...
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