Isaiah 25* A song of praise. (1-5) A declaration of the gospel blessings.(6-8) The destruction of the enemies of Christ's church. (9-12)1-5 However this might show the deliverance of the Jews out ofcaptivity, it looked further, to the praises that should beoffered up to God for Christ's victories over our spiritualenemies, and the comforts he has provided for all believers.True faith simply credits the Lord's testimony, and relies onhis truth to perform his promises. As God weakens the strong whoare proud and secure, so he strengthens the weak that arehumble, and stay themselves upon him. God protects his people inall weathers. The Lord shelters those who trust in him from theinsolence of oppressors. Their insolence is but the noise ofstrangers; it is like the heat of the sun scorching in themiddle of the day; but where is it when the sun is set? The Lordever was, and ever will be, the Refuge of distressed believers.Having provided them a shelter, he teaches them to flee unto it. 6-8 The kind reception of repentant sinners, is often in theNew Testament likened to a feast. The guests invited are allpeople, Gentiles as well as Jews. There is that in the gospelwhich strengthens and makes glad the heart, and is fit for thosewho are under convictions of sin, and mourning for it. There isa veil spread over all nations, for all sat in darkness. Butthis veil the Lord will destroy, by the light of his gospelshining in the world, and the power of his Spirit opening men'seyes to receive it. He will raise those to spiritual life whowere long dead in trespasses and sins. Christ will himself, inhis resurrection, triumph over death. Grief shall be banished;there shall be perfect and endless joy. Those that mourn for sinshall be comforted. Those who suffer for Christ shall haveconsolations. But in the joys of heaven, and not short of them,will fully be brought to pass this saying, God shall wipe awayall tears. The hope of this should now do away over-sorrow, allweeping that hinders sowing. Sometimes, in this world God takesaway the reproach of his people from among men; however, it willbe done fully at the great day. Let us patiently bear sorrow andshame now; both will be done away shortly. 9-12 With joy and praise will those entertain the glad tidingsof the Redeemer, who looked for him; and with a triumphant songwill glorified saints enter into the joy of their Lord. And itis not in vain to wait for him; for the mercy comes at last,with abundant recompence for the delay. The hands once stretchedout upon the cross, to make way for our salvation, will atlength be stretched forth to destroy all impenitent sinners.Moab is here put for all adversaries of God's people; they shallall be trodden down or threshed. God shall bring down the prideof the enemies by one humbling judgment after another. Thisdestruction of Moab is typical of Christ's victory, and thepulling down of Satan's strong holds. Therefore, belovedbrethren, be ye stedfast, unmovable, always abounding in thework of the Lord; for your labour is not in vain in the Lord.
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