Isaiah 34* God's vengeance against the enemies of his church. (1-8) Theirdesolation. (9-17)1-8 Here is a prophecy of the wars of the Lord, all which areboth righteous and successful. All nations are concerned. And asthey have all had the benefit of his patience, so all mustexpect to feel his resentment. The description of bloodshedsuggests tremendous ideas of the Divine judgments. Idumea heredenotes the nations at enmity with the church; also the kingdomof antichrist. Our thoughts cannot reach the horrors of thatawful season, to those found opposing the church of Christ.There is a time fixed in the Divine counsels for the deliveranceof the church, and the destruction of her enemies. We mustpatiently wait till then, and judge nothing before the time.Through Christ, mercy is exercised to every believer,consistently with justice, and his name is glorified. 9-17 Those who aim to ruin the church, can never do that, butwill ruin themselves. What dismal changes sin can make! It turnsa fruitful land into barrenness, a crowded city into awilderness. Let us compare all we discover in the book of theLord, with the dealings of providence around us, that we may bemore diligent in seeking the kingdom of God and hisrighteousness. What the mouth of the Lord has commanded, hisSpirit will perform. And let us observe how the evidences of thetruth continually increase, as one prophecy after another isfulfilled, until these awful scenes bring in more happy days. AsIsrael was a figure of the Christian church, so the Edomites,their bitter enemies, represent the enemies of the kingdom ofChrist. God's Jerusalem may be laid in ruins for a time, but theenemies of the church shall be desolate for ever.
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