Isaiah 14* The destruction of Babylon, and the death of its proudmonarch. (1-23) Assurance of the destruction of Assyria. (24-27)The destruction of the Philistines. (28-32)1-23 The whole plan of Divine Providence is arranged with aview to the good of the people of God. A settlement in the landof promise is of God's mercy. Let the church receive those whomGod receives. God's people, wherever their lot is cast, shouldendeavour to recommend religion by a right and winningconversation. Those that would not be reconciled to them, shouldbe humbled by them. This may be applied to the success of thegospel, when those were brought to obey it who had opposed it.God himself undertakes to work a blessed change. They shall haverest from their sorrow and fear, the sense of their presentburdens, and the dread of worse. Babylon abounded in riches. Theking of Babylon having the absolute command of so much wealth,by the help of it ruled the nations. This refers especially tothe people of the Jews; and it filled up the measure of the kingof Babylon's sins. Tyrants sacrifice their true interest totheir lusts and passions. It is gracious ambition to covet to belike the Most Holy, for he has said, Be ye holy, for I am holy;but it is sinful ambition to aim to be like the Most High, forhe has said, He who exalts himself shall be abased. The devilthus drew our first parents to sin. Utter ruin should be broughtupon him. Those that will not cease to sin, God will make tocease. He should be slain, and go down to the grave; this is thecommon fate of tyrants. True glory, that is, true grace, will goup with the soul to heaven, but vain pomp will go down with thebody to the grave; there is an end of it. To be denied burial,if for righteousness' sake, may be rejoiced in, #Mt 5:12|. Butif the just punishment of sin, it denotes that impenitentsinners shall rise to everlasting shame and contempt. Manytriumphs should be in his fall. God will reckon with those thatdisturb the peace of mankind. The receiving the king of Babyloninto the regions of the dead, shows there is a world of spirits,to which the souls of men remove at death. And that souls haveconverse with each other, though we have none with them; andthat death and hell will be death and hell indeed, to all whofall unholy, from the height of this world's pomps, and thefulness of its pleasures. Learn from all this, that the seed ofevil-doers shall never be renowned. The royal city is to beruined and forsaken. Thus the utter destruction of the NewTestament Babylon is illustrated, #Re 18:2|. When a people willnot be made clean with the besom of reformation, what can theyexpect but to be swept off the face of the earth with the besomof destruction? 24-27 Let those that make themselves a yoke and a burden toGod's people, see what they are to expect. Let those that arethe called according to God's purpose, comfort themselves, thatwhatever God has purposed, it shall stand. The Lord of hosts haspurposed to break the Assyrian's yoke; his hand is stretched outto execute this purpose; who has power to turn it back? By suchdispensations of providence, the Almighty shows in the mostconvincing manner, that sin is hateful in his sight. 28-32 Assurance is given of the destruction of the Philistinesand their power, by famine and war. Hezekiah would be moreterrible to them than Uzziah had been. Instead of rejoicing,there would be lamentation, for the whole land would be ruined.Such destruction will come upon the proud and rebellious, butthe Lord founded Zion for a refuge to poor sinners, who fleefrom the wrath to come, and trust in his mercy through ChristJesus. Let us tell all around of our comforts and security, andexhort them to seek the same refuge and salvation.
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