Isaiah 50* The rejection of the Jews. (1-3) The sufferings and exaltationof the Messiah. (4-9) Consolation to the believer, and warningto the unbeliever. (10,11)1-3 Those who have professed to be people of God, and seem tobe dealt severely with, are apt to complain, as if God had beenhard with them. Here is an answer for such murmurings; God neverdeprived any of their advantages, except for their sins. TheJews were sent into Babylon for their idolatry, a sin whichbroke the covenant; and they were at last rejected forcrucifying the Lord of glory. God called on them to leave theirsins, and prevent their own ruin. Last of all, the Son came tohis own, but his own received him not. When God calls men tohappiness, and they will not answer, they are justly left to bemiserable. To silence doubts concerning his power, proofs of itare given. The wonders which attended his sufferings and death,proclaimed that he was the Son of God, #Mt 27:54|. 4-9 As Jesus was God and man in one person, we find himsometimes speaking, or spoken of, as the Lord God; at othertimes, as man and the servant of Jehovah. He was to declare thetruths which comfort the broken, contrite heart, those weary ofsin, harassed with afflictions. And as the Holy Spirit was uponhim, that he might speak as never man spake; so the same Divineinfluence daily wakened him to pray, to preach the gospel, andto receive and deliver the whole will of the Father. The Fatherjustified the Son when he accepted the satisfaction he made forthe sin of man. Christ speaks in the name of all believers. Whodares to be an enemy to those unto whom he is a Friend? or whowill contend with those whom he is an Advocate? Thus St. Paulapplies it, #Ro 8:33|. 10,11 A child of God is afraid of incurring his displeasure.This grace usually appears most in believers when in darkness,when other graces appear not. Those that truly fear God, obeythe voice of Christ. A sincere servant of God may for a longtime be without views of eternal happiness. What is likely to bean effectual cure in this sad case? Let him trust in the name ofthe Lord; and let him stay himself upon the promises of thecovenant, and build his hopes on them. Let him trust in Christ,trust in that name of his, The Lord our Righteousness; stayhimself upon God as his God, in and through a Mediator.Presuming sinners are warned not to trust in themselves. Theirown merit and sufficiency are light and heat to them.Creature-comforts are as sparks, short-lived, and soon gone; yetthe children of this world, while they last, seek to warmthemselves by them, and walk with pride and pleasure in thelight of them. Those that make the world their comfort, andtheir own righteousness their confidence, will certainly meetwith bitterness in the end. A godly man's way may be dark, buthis end shall be peace and everlasting light. A wicked man's waymay be pleasant, but his end and abode for ever will be utterdarkness.
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