Isaiah

Isaiah Chapter 51

CHAPTER FIFTY-ONE A threefold call to listen directed to Israel; first, as a nation following after righteousness; second, as in relation to the Gentiles; third, as in relation to Jehovah. The cry from the Remnant to the Arm of the Lord to awake, answered by Jehovah's cry to Jerusalem to awake. Again the three divisions that experience has led us to expect are clearly marked in the first section, verses 1-8. As in the preceding chapter there were three speakers, here we have a threefold cal...

Isaiah Chapter 52

CHAPTER FIFTY-TWO Verses 1 to 12 A further call for Zion to awake. Feet speed that are well shod. The Lord, neither in the Old Testament nor New, uses unclean vessels. A greatly misunderstood text. It is scarcely necessary to say that the introduction of a new chapter here is an intrusion that mars the beauty of the divine arrangement. This portion is clearly unified by the cry, "Awake, Awake!" three times repeated; nor is there much difficulty in discerning the same number again imprinte...

Isaiah Chapter 53

CHAPTERS FIFTY-TWO (Verses 13 to 15) AND FIFTY-THREE The construction of the Heart of the Book: its significance. Correspondences with the Pentateuch of Moses. Exposition of this Pentateuch. We are now standing on the very threshold of the Holy of Holies of our book, and we do well to fear lest a carnal touch should make its defiling mark on this sanctuary, the walls of which are surely whiter than any fuller on earth could whiten them. Is there not at least one of my readers who will join ...

Isaiah Chapter 54

CHAPTER FIFTY-FOURThe joy that ever follows faith in the atoning sufferings of Christ.The harmony between heaven and earth. The one city composedof street and wall. The old limits of Jerusalem must be extended.The everlasting strength and tenderness of Jehovah's love for Israel.How fitting it is that the very first word that we hear, whether it be in the original Hebrew or in our translation of it, is "Sing." Dispensations may change, a heavenly calling may replace an earthly, but wherever ...

Isaiah Chapter 55

CHAPTER FIFTY-FIVEThe third of a triad of chapters, in which the glad tidings goto the Gentiles. The only prerequisite is thirst. What are thesure mercies of David? No man that ever lived capable ofinventing the gospel of God, it must be therefore divine.A parable of nature. All nature called to assist in praise.These three chapters, 53, 54 and 55, form in themselves one of those significant triads that characterize our book. The first—chapter 53—gives the groundwork in the sufferings of...

Isaiah Chapter 56

CHAPTER FIFTY-SIXThe Sabbath linked with the Covenant. True Rest linked withthe Cross. The institution of the Sabbath and our presentrelation to it considered. Israel's watchmen so torpid thatthe nations are invited to spoil. Our present day "dumb dogs."On the surface we now appear to be led back rather than forward, to law-keeping and strict Sabbath observance as the ground for acceptance and blessing. But, as we know this is impossible, we must not be satisfied with the surface, but must ...

Isaiah Chapter 57

CHAPTER FIFTY-SEVENThe Final cleavage between the Penitent and Impenitent.We are now looking at the closing scenes on this earth, just prior to the revelation of its true King. The preceding chapter has given a picture of the profusion, luxury, and sensuous pleasure in which the mass are living, and now, in the strongest contrast with this, we have another smaller company who have for their portion, prison and death.1: The righteous man perishes; none lays it to heart!The pious1 are taken,...

Isaiah Chapter 40

CHAPTER FORTY Jerusalem comforted. The expiation of national sins. The three voices.The incomparable grandeur of Jehovah. The blessedness of waiting on Him. The marvelous structure of this chapter may merely provoke wonder without attracting the heart; let us then consider its lovely contents, taking the three parts in order. The prophet is transported into another scene altogether than that in which he corporeally was. Precisely as the New Testament prophet, John, "became in Spirit in the ...

Isaiah Chapter 16

CHAPTER SIXTEEN The Burden of Moab, continued. Pride the cause of sorrow. The burden of Moab is continued, and the chapter, a continuation of its predecessor, begins with the Spirit's counsel to Moab by the pen of the prophet thus: 1: Send ye the lambs to the Lord of the land, Send them from Sela through desert, To the mount of the daughter of Zion. 2: As little birds flutter when frighted from nests, So shall the daughters of Moab Tremble at fords of the Arnon. 3: Take counsel, and come ...

Isaiah Chapter 17

CHAPTER SEVENTEEN The Burden of Damascus. History ever repeats itself. Once more the rod of the Lord falls, and now it strikes Damascus, the representative city of Syria. But as the ten tribes have joined themselves to Syria, entering into an offensive alliance with it against Judah and the House of David (chaps. 7 and 8), they too must share in the infliction, for such a communion always means a "partaking of the evil deeds," and so necessarily of their punishment (2 John 11). In looking b...
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