Isaiah 22* The siege and taking of Jerusalem. (1-7) The wicked conduct ofits inhabitants. (8-14) The displacing of Shebna, and thepromotion of Eliakim, applied to the Messiah. (15-25)1-7 Why is Jerusalem in such terror? Her slain men are notslain with the sword, but with famine; or, slain with fear,disheartened. Their rulers fled, but were overtaken. Theservants of God, who foresee and warn sinners of comingmiseries, are affected by the prospect. But all the horrors of acity taken by storm, faintly shadow forth the terrors of the dayof wrath. 8-14 The weakness of Judah now appeared more than ever. Nowalso they discovered their carnal confidence and their carnalsecurity. They looked to the fortifications. They made sure ofwater for the city. But they were regardless of God in all thesepreparations. They did not care for his glory in what they did.They did not depend upon him for a blessing on their endeavours.For every creature is to us what God makes it to be; and we mustbless him for it, and use it for him. There was great contemptof God's wrath and justice, in contending with them. God'sdesign was to humble them, and bring them to repentance. Theywalked contrary to this. Actual disbelief of another life afterthis, is at the bottom of the carnal security and brutishsensuality, which are the sin, the shame, and ruin of so great apart of mankind. God was displeased at this. It is a sin againstthe remedy, and it is not likely they should ever repent of it.Whether this unbelief works by presumption or despair, itproduces the same contempt of God, and is a token that a manwill perish wilfully. 15-25 This message to Shebna is a reproof of his pride, vanity,and security; what vanity is all earthly grandeur, which deathwill so soon end! What will it avail, whether we are laid in amagnificent tomb, or covered with the green sod? Those who, whenin power, turn and toss others, will be justly turned and tossedthemselves. Eliakim should be put into Shebna's place. Thosecalled to places of trust and power, should seek to God forgrace to enable them to do their duty. Eliakim's advancement isdescribed. Our Lord Jesus describes his own power as Mediator,#Re 3:7|, that he has the key of David. His power in the kingdomof heaven, and in ordering all the affairs of that kingdom, isabsolute. Rulers should be fathers to those under theirgovernment; and the honour men bring unto their families, bytheir piety and usefulness, is more to be valued than what theyderive from them by their names and titles. The glory of thisworld gives a man no real worth or excellence; it is but hungupon him, and it will soon drop from him. Eliakim was comparedto a nail in a sure place; all his family are said to dependupon him. In eastern houses, rows of large spikes were built upin the walls. Upon these the moveables and utensils were hung.Our Lord Jesus is as a nail in a sure place. That soul cannotperish, nor that concern fall to the ground, which is by faithhung upon Christ. He will set before the believer an open door,which no man can shut, and bring both body and soul to eternalglory. But those who neglect so great salvation will find, thatwhen he shutteth none can open, whether it be shutting out fromheaven, or shutting up in hell for ever.
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