Isaiah 50:10-11; The Disconsolate Encouraged; What is always the character of a child of God. He is one that fears the Lord with a filial fear, that stands in awe of his majesty and is afraid of incurring his displeasure. This is a grace that usually appears most in good people when they walk in darkness, when other graces appear not; This intimates that it is a case which sometimes happens among the professors of religion, yet not very often; but, whenever it happens, God takes notice of it. It is no new thing for the children and heirs of light sometimes to walk in darkness, and for a time not to have any glimpse or gleam of light. This is not meant so much of the comforts of this life (those that fear God, when they have ever so great an abundance of them, do not walk in them as their light) as of their spiritual comforts, which relate to their souls. They walk in darkness when their evidences for heaven are clouded, their joy in God is interrupted, the testimony of the Spirit is suspended, and the light of God’s countenance is eclipsed. Pensive Christians are apt to be melancholy, and those who fear always are apt to fear too much. B.C. 706.

The Disconsolate Encouraged. B. C. 706. Isaiah 50:10-11 10 Who is among you that feareth the LORD, that obeyeth the voice of his servant, that walketh in darkness, and hath no light? let him trust in the name of the LORD, and stay upon his God.   11 Behold, all ye that kindle a fire, that compass yourselves about with sparks: walk in the light of your fire, and in the sparks that ye have kindled. This shall ye have of Continue Reading

Isaiah 50:4-9; Work and Sufferings of the Messiah; As an acceptable preacher. Isaiah, a a prophet, was qualified for the work to which he was called, so were the rest of God’s prophets, and others whom he employed as his messengers; but Christ was anointed with the Spirit above his fellows; For there is no condemnation to those whom God justifies. There were those that did condemn them, but what became of them? They all shall wax old as a garment. The righteous cause of Christ and his prophets shall outlive all opposition. The moth shall eat them up silently and insensibly; a little thing will serve to destroy them. But the roaring lion himself shall not prevail against God’s witnesses. All believers are enabled to make this challenge, Who is he that shall condemn? It is Christ that died. B.C. 706

Work and Sufferings of the Messiah. B. C. 706. Isaiah 50:4-9 4 The Lord GOD hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary: he wakeneth morning by morning, he wakeneth mine ear to hear as the learned.   5 The Lord GOD hath opened mine ear, and I was not rebellious, neither turned away back.   6 I gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks to them that Continue Reading

Isaiah 50:1-3; Expostulations with Israel; Those to whom God sends are justly charged with bringing all the troubles they were in upon themselves, by their own wilfulness and obstinacy, it being made to appear that God was able and ready to help them if they had been fit for deliverance; Is my hand shortened at all, that it cannot redeem? or have I no power to deliver?; He can, when he pleases, eclipse the lights of heaven, clothe them with blackness, and make sackcloth their covering by thick and dark clouds interposing, which He balances. B.C. 706

I S A I A H. CHAPTER 50 In this chapter, I. Those to whom God sends are justly charged with bringing all the troubles they were in upon themselves, by their own wilfulness and obstinacy, it being made to appear that God was able and ready to help them if they had been fit for deliverance, ver. 1-3. II. He by whom God sends produces his commission (ver. 4), alleges his own readiness to submit to all the services and sufferings he was Continue Reading

Isaiah 49:24-26; Encouragement to Zion. [Part 3]; An objection started against the promise of the Jews’ release out of their captivity in Babylon, suggesting that it was a thing not to be expected; for (v. 24) they were a prey in the hand of the mighty, of such as were then the greatest potentates on earth, and therefore it was not likely they should be rescued by force. Yet that was not all: they were lawful captives; by the law of God, having offended, they were justly delivered into captivity; and by the law of nations, being taken in war, they were justly detained in captivity till they should be ransomed or exchanged; “Who would have thought that ever the prey should be taken from the mighty? Yet it is done.” This is applicable to our redemption by Christ. As to Satan, we were a prey in the hand of the mighty, and yet delivered even from him that had the power of death, by him that had the power of life. As to the justice of God, we were lawful captives, and yet delivered by a price of inestimable value. B.C. 706

Encouragement to Zion. [Part3] B. C. 706. Isaiah 49:24-26 24 Shall the prey be taken from the mighty, or the lawful captive delivered?   25 But thus saith the LORD, Even the captives of the mighty shall be taken away, and the prey of the terrible shall be delivered: for I will contend with him that contendeth with thee, and I will save thy children.   26 And I will feed them that oppress thee with their own flesh; and Continue Reading

Isaiah 49:18-23; Encouragement to Zion [Part Two]; That the church shall be replenished with great numbers added to it.; That multitudes shall flock to the church from all parts.; They come to Jerusalem from all the adjacent countries, for that was then the centre of their unity; but, under the gospel, it is by a spiritual accession to the mystical body of Christ in faith and love.; That such as are added to the church shall not be a burden and blemish to her, but her strength and ornament. This part of the promise is confirmed with an oath: As I live, saith the Lord, thou shalt surely clothe thyself with them all. The addition of such numbers to the church shall complete her clothing; and, when all that were chosen are effectually called, then the bride, the Lamb’s wife, shall have made herself ready, shall be quite dressed, Rev. 19:7. B.C. 708

Encouragement to Zion.[Part Two] B. C. 706. Isaiah 49:18-23 18 Lift up thine eyes round about, and behold: all these gather themselves together, and come to thee. As I live, saith the LORD, thou shalt surely clothe thee with them all, as with an ornament, and bind them on thee, as a bride doeth. 19 For thy waste and thy desolate places, and the land of thy destruction, shall even now be too narrow by reason of the Continue Reading

Isaiah 49:13-17; Encouragement to Zion [Part One]; God’s people are the blessings and ornaments of the world, and therefore let there be universal joy, for God has comforted his people that were in sorrow and he will have mercy upon the afflicted because of his compassion, upon his afflicted because of his covenant.; The troubles of the church have given some occasion to question God’s care and concern for it; Weak believers, in their despondency, are ready to say, “God has forsaken his church and forgotten the sorrows of his people.” But we have no more reason to question his promise and grace than we have to question his providence and justice. He is as sure a rewarder as he is a revenger. Away therefore with these distrusts and jealousies, which are the bane of friendship. B.C. 706

Encouragement to Zion. B. C. 706. Isaiah 49:13-17 13 Sing, O heavens; and be joyful, O earth; and break forth into singing, O mountains: for the LORD hath comforted his people, and will have mercy upon his afflicted.   14 But Zion said, The LORD hath forsaken me, and my Lord hath forgotten me.   15 Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? yea, they may forget, yet Continue Reading

Isaiah49:7-12; Encouragement to the Gentiles. [Part Two]; The humiliation and exaltation of the Messiah; He takes notice of his humiliation, the instances of which were uncommon, nay, unparalleled. He was one whom man despised. He is despised and rejected of men; To be despised by so mean a creature (man, who is himself a worm) bespeaks the lowest and most contemptible condition imaginable. Man, whom he came to save and to put honour upon, yet despised him and put contempt upon him; so wretchedly ungrateful were his persecutors. The ignominy he underwent was not the least of his sufferings. They not only made him despicable, but odious. B.C. 706

Encouragement to the Gentiles. [Part2] B. C. 706. Isaiah 49:7-12 7 Thus saith the LORD, the Redeemer of Israel, and his Holy One, to him whom man despiseth, to him whom the nation abhorreth, to a servant of rulers, Kings shall see and arise, princes also shall worship, because of the LORD that is faithful, and the Holy One of Israel, and he shall choose thee.   8 Thus saith the LORD, In an acceptable time have I heard Continue Reading

Isaiah 49:1-6; Encouragement to the Gentiles [Part One]; The tidings of a Redeemer are sent to the Gentiles, and to those that lie most remote; and they are concerned to listen to them.; The Gentiles listened to the gospel when the Jews were deaf to it.; The great author and publisher of the redemption produces his authority from heaven for the work he had undertaken.; Concealment. The gospel of Christ, and the calling in of the Gentiles by it, were long hidden from ages and generations, hidden in God (Eph. 3:5, Rom. 16:25), hidden in the shadow of the ceremonial law and the Old-Testament types.; Christ is given for a light to all those to whom he is given for salvation. It is in darkness that men perish. Christ enlightens men’s eyes, and so makes them holy and happy. B.C. 706

I S A I A H. CHAPTER 49 Glorious things had been spoken in the previous chapters concerning the deliverance of the Jews out of Babylon; but lest any should think, when it was accomplished, that it looked much greater and brighter in the prophecy than in the performance, and that the return of about 40,000 Jews in a poor condition out of Babylon to Jerusalem was not an event sufficiently answering to the height and grandeur of the Continue Reading

Isaiah 48:16-22; Encouragement to God’s People; Note, Those that would hear and understand what God says must come near, and approach to him; let them come as near as they can. Let those that have hearkened to the tempter now come near, and hear this, that they may be confirmed in their resolutions to serve God. Those that draw nigh to God may depend upon this, that his secret shall be with them. B.C. 708

Encouragement to God's People. B. C. 708. Isaiah 48:16-22 16 Come ye near unto me, hear ye this; I have not spoken in secret from the beginning; from the time that it was, there am I: and now the Lord GOD, and his Spirit, hath sent me.   17 Thus saith the LORD, thy Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; I am the LORD thy God which teacheth thee to profit, which leadeth thee by the way that thou shouldest go.   18 O that thou Continue Reading

Isaiah 48:9-15; Encouragement to God’s People; It is true they were very corrupt and ill-disposed, but God would himself refine them, and make them fit for the mercy he intended for them: “I have refined thee, that thou mightest be made a vessel of honour.” Though he does not find them meet for his favour, he will make them so. B.C. 708

Encouragement to God's People. B. C. 708. Isaiah 48:9-15 9 For my name's sake will I defer mine anger, and for my praise will I refrain for thee, that I cut thee not off.   10 Behold, I have refined thee, but not with silver; I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction.   11 For mine own sake, even for mine own sake, will I do it: for how should my name be polluted? and I will not give my glory unto another.   12 Continue Reading