Isaiah 33* God's judgments against the enemies of his church. (1-14) Thehappiness of his people. (15-24)1-14 Here we have the proud and false destroyer justly reckonedwith for all his fraud and violence. The righteous God oftenpays sinners in their own coin. Those who by faith humbly waitfor God, shall find him gracious to them; as the day, so let thestrength be. If God leaves us to ourselves any morning, we areundone; we must every morning commit ourselves to him, and goforth in his strength to do the work of the day. When Godarises, his enemies are scattered. True wisdom and knowledgelead to strength of salvation, which renders us stedfast in theways of God; and true piety is the only treasure which can neverbe plundered or spent. The distress Jerusalem was brought into,is described. God's time to appear for his people, is, when allother helpers fail. Let all who hear what God has done,acknowledge that he can do every thing. Sinners in Zion willhave much to answer for, above other sinners. And those thatrebel against the commands of the word, cannot take its comfortsin time of need. His wrath will burn those everlastingly whomake themselves fuel for it. It is a fire that shall never bequenched, nor ever go out of itself; it is the wrath of anever-living God preying on the conscience of a never-dying soul. 15-24 The true believer watches against all occasions of sin.The Divine power will keep him safe, and his faith in that powerwill keep him easy. He shall want nothing needful for him. Everyblessing of salvation is freely bestowed on all that ask withhumble, believing prayer; and the believer is safe in time andfor ever. Those that walk uprightly shall not only have breadgiven, and their water sure, but they shall, by faith, see theKing of kings in his beauty, the beauty of holiness. Theremembrance of the terror they were in, shall add to thepleasure of their deliverance. It is desirable to be quiet inour own houses, but much more so to be quiet in God's house; andin every age Christ will have a seed to serve him. Jerusalem hadno large river running by it, but the presence and power of Godmake up all wants. We have all in God, all we need, or candesire. By faith we take Christ for our Prince and Saviour; hereigns over his redeemed people. All that refuse to have Him toreign over them, make shipwreck of their souls. Sickness istaken away in mercy, when the fruit of it is the taking away ofsin. If iniquity be taken away, we have little reason tocomplain of outward affliction. This last verse leads ourthoughts, not only to the most glorious state of the gospelchurch on earth, but to heaven, where no sickness or trouble canenter. He that blotteth out our transgressions, will heal oursouls.
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