Isaiah 42* The character and coming of Christ. (1-4) The blessings of hiskingdom. (5-12) The prevalence of true religion. (13-17)Unbelief and blindness reproved. (18-25)1-4 This prophecy was fulfilled in Christ, #Mt 12:17|. Let oursouls rely on him, and rejoice in him; then, for his sake, theFather will be well-pleased with us. The Holy Spirit not onlycame, but rested upon him, and without measure. He patientlybore the contradiction of sinners. His kingdom is spiritual; hewas not to appear with earthly honours. He is tender of thoseoppressed with doubts and fears, as a bruised reed; those whoare as smoking flax, as the wick of a lamp newly lighted, whichis ready to go out again. He will not despise them, nor lay uponthem more work or more suffering than they can bear. By a longcourse of miracles and his resurrection, he fully showed thetruth of his holy religion. By the power of his gospel and gracehe fixes principles in the minds of men, which tend to make themwise and just. The most distant nations wait for his law, waitfor his gospel, and shall welcome it. If we would make ourcalling and election sure, and have the Father delight over usfor good, we must behold, hear, believe in, and obey Christ. 5-12 The work of redemption brings back man to the obedience heowes to God as his Maker. Christ is the light of the world. Andby his grace he opens the understandings Satan has blinded, andsets at liberty from the bondage of sin. The Lord has supportedhis church. And now he makes new promises, which shall ascertainly be fulfilled as the old ones were. When the Gentilesare brought into the church, he is glorified in them and bythem. Let us give to God those things which are his, taking heedthat we do not serve the creature more than the Creator. 13-17 The Lord will appear in his power and glory. He shallcry, in the preaching of his word. He shall cry aloud in thegospel woes, which must be preached with gospel blessings, toawaken a sleeping world. He shall conquer by the power of hisSpirit. And those that contradict and blaspheme his gospel, heshall put to silence and shame; and that which hinders itsprogress shall be taken out of the way. To those who by naturewere blind, God will show the way to life and happiness by JesusChrist. They are weak in knowledge, but He will make darknesslight. They are weak in duty, but their way shall be plain.Those whom God brings into the right way, he will guide in it.This passage is a prophecy, and is also applicable to everybeliever; for the Lord will never leave nor forsake them. 18-25 Observe the call given to this people, and the charactergiven of them. Multitudes are ruined for want of observing thatwhich they cannot but see; they perish, not through ignorance,but carelessness. The Lord is well-pleased in the making knownhis own righteousness. For their sins they were spoiled of alltheir possessions. This fully came to pass in the destruction ofthe Jewish nation. There is no resisting, nor escaping God'sanger. See the mischief sin makes; it provokes God to anger. Andthose not humbled by lesser judgments, must expect greater.Alas! how many professed Christians are blind as the benightedheathen! While the Lord is well-pleased in saving sinnersthrough the righteousness of Christ he will also glorify hisjustice, by punishing all proud despisers. Seeing God has pouredout his wrath on his once-favoured people, because of theirsins, let us fear, lest a promise being left us of entering intohis rest, any of us should be found to come short of it.
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