Isaiah 30* The Jews reproved for seeking aid from Egypt. (1-7) Judgementsin consequence of their contempt of God's word. (8-18) God'smercies to his church. (19-26) The ruin of the Assyrian army,and of all God's enemies. (27-33)1-7 It was often the fault and folly of the Jews, that whentroubled by their neighbours on one side, they sought forsuccour from others, instead of looking up to God. Nor can weavoid the dreadful consequences of adding sin to sin, but bymaking the righteousness of Christ our refuge, and seeking forthe sanctification of the Holy Spirit. Men have always beenprone to lean to their own understandings, but this will end intheir shame and misery. They would not trust in God. They tookmuch pains to gain the Egyptians. The riches so spent turned toa bad account. See what dangers men run into who forsake God tofollow their carnal confidences. The Creator is the Rock ofages, the creature a broken reed; we cannot expect too littlefrom man, or too much from God. Our strength is to sit still, inhumble dependence upon God and his goodness, and quietsubmission to his will. 8-18 The Jews were the only professing people God then had inthe world, yet many among them were rebellious. They had thelight, but they loved darkness rather. The prophets checked themin their sinful pursuits, so that they could not proceed withoutfear; this they took amiss. But faithful ministers will not bedriven from seeking to awaken sinners. God is the Holy One ofIsrael, and so they shall find him. They did not like to hear ofhis holy commandments and his hatred of sin; they desired thatthey might no more be reminded of these things. But as theydespised the word of God, their sins undermined their safety.Their state would be dashed in pieces like a potter's vessel.Let us return from our evil ways, and settle in the way of duty;that is the way to be saved. Would we be strengthened, it mustbe in quietness and in confidence, keeping peace in our ownminds, and relying upon God. They think themselves wiser thanGod; but the project by which they thought to save themselveswas their ruin. Only here and there one shall escape, as awarning to others. If men will not repent, turn to God, and seekhappiness in his favour and service, their desires will buthasten their ruin. Those who make God alone their confidence,will have comfort. God ever waits to be gracious to all thatcome to him by faith in Christ, and happy are those who wait forhim. 19-26 God's people will soon arrive at the Zion above, and thenthey will weep no more for ever. Even now they would have morecomfort, as well as holiness, if they were more constant inprayer. A famine of bread is not so great a judgment as a famineof the word of God. There are right-hand and left-hand errors;the tempter is busy courting us into by-paths. It is happy if,by the counsels of a faithful minister or friend, or the checksof conscience, and the strivings of God the Spirit, we are setright when doubting, and prevented from going wrong. They shallbe cured of their idolatry. To all true penitents sin becomesvery hateful. This is shown daily in the conversion of souls, bythe power of Divine grace, to the fear and love of God. Abundantmeans of grace, with the influences of the Holy Spirit, would beextended to places destitute of them. The effect of this shouldbe comfort and joy to the people of God. Light, that is,knowledge, shall increase. This is the light which the gospelbrought into the world, and which proclaims healing to thebroken-hearted. 27-33 God curbs and restrains from doing mischief. With a wordhe guides his people into the right way, but with a bridle heturns his enemies upon their own ruin. Here, in threatening theruin of Sennacherib's army, the prophet points at the final andeverlasting destruction of all impenitent sinners. Tophet was avalley near Jerusalem, where fires were continually burning todestroy things that were hurtful and offensive, and there theidolatrous Jews caused their children to pass through the fireto Moloch. This denotes the certainty of the destruction, as anawful emblem of the place of torment in the other world. Nooppressor shall escape the Divine wrath. Let sinners then fleeto Christ, seeking to be reconciled to Him, that they may besafe and happy, when destruction from the Almighty shall sweepaway all the workers of iniquity.
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