Isaiah 2

* The conversion of the Gentiles, Description of the sinfulness

of Israel. (1-9) The awful punishment of unbelievers. (10-22)

1-9 The calling of the Gentiles, the spread of the gospel, and

that far more extensive preaching of it yet to come, are

foretold. Let Christians strengthen one another, and support one

another. It is God who teaches his people, by his word and

Spirit. Christ promotes peace, as well as holiness. If all men

were real Christians, there could be no war; but nothing

answering to these expressions has yet taken place on the earth.

Whatever others do, let us walk in the light of this peace. Let

us remember that when true religion flourishes, men delight in

going up to the house of the Lord, and in urging others to

accompany them. Those are in danger who please themselves with

strangers to God; for we soon learn to follow the ways of

persons whose company we keep. It is not having silver and gold,

horses and chariots, that displeases God, but depending upon

them, as if we could not be safe, and easy, and happy without

them, and could not but be so with them. Sin is a disgrace to

the poorest and the lowest. And though lands called Christian

are not full of idols, in the literal sense, are they not full

of idolized riches? and are not men so busy about their gains

and indulgences, that the Lord, his truths, and precepts, are

forgotten or despised?
10-22 The taking of Jerusalem by the Chaldeans seems first

meant here, when idolatry among the Jews was done away; but our

thoughts are led forward to the destruction of all the enemies

of Christ. It is folly for those who are pursued by the wrath of

God, to think to hide or shelter themselves from it. The shaking

of the earth will be terrible to those who set their affections

on things of the earth. Men's haughtiness will be brought down,

either by the grace of God convincing them of the evil of pride,

or by the providence of God depriving them of all the things

they were proud of. The day of the Lord shall be upon those

things in which they put their confidence. Those who will not be

reasoned out of their sins, sooner or later shall be frightened

out of them. Covetous men make money their god; but the time

will come when they will feel it as much their burden. This

whole passage may be applied to the case of an awakened sinner,

ready to leave all that his soul may be saved. The Jews were

prone to rely on their heathen neighbours; but they are here

called upon to cease from depending on mortal man. We are all

prone to the same sin. Then let not man be your fear, let not

him be your hope; but let your hope be in the Lord your God. Let

us make this our great concern.

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