Isaiah 2:6-9; A Charge against the Israelites; The calling in of the Gentiles was accompanied with the rejection of the Jews; it was their fall, and the diminishing of them, that was the riches of the Gentiles; and the casting off of them was the reconciling of the world [Rom. 11:12-15]; Israel’s doom; Their case sad, very sad; Their case desperate, wholly desperate; Note, Those are in danger of being estranged from God who please themselves with those who are strangers to Him, for we soon learn the ways of those whose company we love; What a shame it is that great men think the service of the true God below them and will not stoop to it, and yet will humble themselves to bow down to an idol! B.C. 758

A Charge against the Israelites. B. C. 758. Isaiah 2:6-9 6 Therefore thou hast forsaken thy people the house of Jacob, because they be replenished from the east, and are soothsayers like the Philistines, and they please themselves in the children of strangers.   7 Their land also is full of silver and gold, neither is there any end of their treasures; their land is also full of horses, neither is there any end of their Continue Reading

Isaiah 2:1-5; Increase of the Church Predicted; Note, Gospel times are the last days; For, They were long in coming, were a great while waited for by the Old-Testament saints, and came at last; We are not to look for any dispensation of Divine grace but what we have in the Gospel, Gal. 1:8, 9; We are to look for the second coming of Jesus Christ at the end of time, as the Old-Testament saints did for His first coming; this is the last time, 1 John 2:18. B.C. 758

I S A I A H. CHAPTER 2 With this chapter begins a new sermon, which is continued in the two following chapters. The subject of this discourse is Judah and Jerusalem, ver. 1. In this chapter the prophet speaks, I. Of the glory of the Christians, Jerusalem, the gospel-church in the latter days, in the accession of many to it (ver. 2, 3), and the great peace it should introduce into the world (ver. 4), whence he infers the duty of the house Continue Reading

Isaiah: Introduction

Isaiah : Introduction PROPHET is a title that sounds very great to those that understand it, though, in the eye of the world, many of those that were dignified with it appeared very mean. A prophet is one that has a great intimacy with Heaven and a great interest there, and consequently a commanding authority upon earth. Prophecy is put for all divine revelation (2 Pet. 1:20, 21), because that was most commonly by dreams, voices, or Continue Reading

Isaiah 1:21-31; The Degeneracy of Jerusalem; Reformation of the Church; The woeful degeneracy of Judah and Jerusalem is sadly lamented; Note, It is a great aggravation of the wickedness of any family or people that their ancestors were famed for virtue and probity; and commonly those that thus degenerate prove the most wicked of all men; “Corruptio optimi est pessima–That which was originally the best becomes when corrupted the worst, Luke 11:26; Eccl. 3:16; God will find out a time and a way to ease Himself of this burden, by avenging Himself on those that thus bear hard upon His patience; He will ease the earth of the burden under which it groans [Rom. 8:21, 22], will ease His own Name of the reproaches with which it is loaded; If God’s professing people conform not to His image, as the Holy One of Israel, they shall feel the weight of His hand as the Mighty One of Israel: His power, which was wont to be engaged for them, shall be armed against them; for what opposition can stand before the arm of the Lord revealed? B.C. 738

The Degeneracy of Jerusalem; Reformation of the Church. B. C. 738. Isaiah 1:21-31 21 How is the faithful city become a harlot! it was full of judgment; righteousness lodged in it; but now murderers.   22 Thy silver is become dross, thy wine mixed with water:   23 Thy princes are rebellious, and companions of thieves: every one loveth gifts, and followeth after rewards: they judge not the fatherless, neither doth the Continue Reading

Isaiah 1:16-20; A Call to Repentance; Repentance and Reformation Urged; As justice and charity will never atone for atheism and profaneness, so prayers and sacrifices will never atone for fraud and oppression; for righteousness towards men is as much a branch of pure religion as religion towards God is a branch of universal righteousness; Note, Those that will not be governed by God’s sceptre will certainly and justly be devoured by His sword. B.C. 738

A Call to Repentance; Repentance and Reformation Urged. B. C. 738. Isaiah 1:16-20 16 Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil;   17 Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.   18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they Continue Reading

Isaiah 1:10-15; The Vanity of Mere Ritual Obedience; Their hearts were empty of true devotion; They came to appear before God, to be seen before Him; they rested in the outside of the duties; they looked no further than to be seen of men, and went no further than that which men see; The most pompous and costly devotions of wicked people, without a thorough reformation of the heart and life, are so far from being acceptable to God that really they are an abomination to Him. B.C. 738

The Vanity of Mere Ritual Obedience. B. C. 738. Isaiah 1:10-15 10 Hear the word of the LORD, ye rulers of Sodom; give ear unto the law of our God, ye people of Gomorrah.   11 To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto me? saith the LORD: I am full of the burnt offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts; and I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he goats.   12 When ye come to appear Continue Reading

Isaiah 1:2-9; The Degeneracy of Israel; The Sinfulness of Israel; The Sufferings of Israel; He laments the universal pravity and corruption of their Church and kingdom; The disease of sin was epidemic, and all orders and degrees of men were infected with it; The wickedness was universal; They were a sinful nation; the generality of the people were vicious and profane; They were so in their national capacity; In the management of their public treaties abroad, and in the administration of public justice at home, they were corrupt; Note, It is ill with a people when sin becomes national. B.C. 738

The Degeneracy of Israel; The Sinfulness of Israel; The Sufferings of Israel. B. C. 738. Isaiah 1:2-9 2 Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth: for the LORD hath spoken, I have nourished and brought up children, and they have rebelled against me.   3 The ox knoweth his owner, and the ass his master's crib: but Israel doth not know, my people doth not consider.   4 Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of Continue Reading

Isaiah 1:1; The Vision of Isaiah; His name signifies ‘the salvation of the Lord’; The nature of the prophecy; It is a vision, being revealed to him in a vision, when he was awake, and heard the words of God, and saw the visions of the Almighty; The prophets were called ‘seers’, it was what he saw with the eyes of his mind, and foresaw as clearly by divine revelation; Note, God’s prophets saw what they spoke of, knew what they said, and require our belief of nothing but what they themselves believed and were sure of, John 6:69; 1 John 1:1; They could not but speak what they saw, because they saw how much all about them were concerned in it, Acts 4:20; 2 Cor. 4:13. B.C. 738

I S A I A H. CHAPTER 1 The first verse of this chapter is intended for a title to the whole book, and it is probable that this was the first sermon that this prophet was appointed to publish and to affix in writing (as Calvin thinks the custom of the prophets was) to the door of the temple, as with us proclamations are fixed to public places, that all might read them (Hab. ii. 2), and those that would might take out authentic copies of Continue Reading