Isaiah 46* The idols could not save themselves, but God saves his people.(1-4) The folly of worshipping idols. (5-13)1-4 The heathen insulted the Jews, as if their idols Bel andNebo were too hard for Jehovah. But their worshippers cannothelp them; both the idols and the idolaters are gone intocaptivity. Let not God's people be afraid of either. Thosethings from which ungodly men expect safety and happiness, willbe found unable to save them from death and hell. The true Godwill never fail his worshippers. The history of the life ofevery believer is a kind of abstract of the history of Israel.Our spiritual life is upheld by his grace, as constantly as ournatural life by his providence. And God will never leave them.The Author will be the Finisher of their well-being, when, bydecays, they need help as much as in infancy. This promise toIsrael, enfeebled and grown old as a nation, is applicable toevery aged follower of Christ. When compassed about withinfirmities, and perhaps those around begin to grow weary ofyou, yet I am He that I have promised to be, He that you wouldhave me to be. I will bear you up; carry you on in your way, andcarry you home at last. If we learn to trust in and love him, weneed not be anxious about our remaining days or years; he willstill provide for us and watch over us, both as the creatures ofhis power, and as new-created by his Spirit. 5-13 Here the folly of those who made idols, and then prayed tothem, is exposed. How does the profuseness of idolaters shamethe niggardliness of many who call themselves God's servants,but are for a religion which costs them nothing! The service ofsin always costs a great deal. God puts it to them whatsenseless, helpless things idols are. Let, then, the Jews showthemselves men, avoiding such abominations. Many Scriptureprophecies, delivered long ago, are not yet fulfilled; but thefulfilling of some is an earnest that the rest will come topass. Nothing can help more to make us easy, than to be assuredthat God will do all his pleasure. Even those who know not andmind not God's revealed will, are called and used to fulfil thecounsels of his secret will. Heaven and earth shall pass away,sooner than one tittle of the word of God. Obstinate sinners areaddressed. Such were far from acceptance, but they were summonedto hearken to the word of the Lord. The salvation of a sinnerbegins with a humble and contrite heart, that trembles at God'sword, with godly sorrow working true repentance, and faith inhis mercy, through the obedience unto death of our DivineSurety. Christ, as the Divine righteousness and salvation to hispeople, would come in the appointed time. His salvation abidesin his church for all believers.
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