Isaiah 56* A charge to keep the Divine precepts. (1,2) Blessingspromised. (3-8) Reproof to the careless watchmen, the teachersand rulers of the Jews. (9-12)1,2 The Lord tells us what are his expectations of duty fromus. Be honest and just in all dealings. Also strictly observethe sabbath day. To have the blessing of God upon employmentsall the week, make conscience of keeping the sabbath holy. Havenothing to do with sin. Blessed is the man that keeps his handfrom all things displeasing to God and hurtful to his own soul.Those who, through the Spirit, wait for the hope ofrighteousness by faith, will be found walking in ways of holyobedience. 3-8 Unbelief often suggests things to discourage believers,against which God has expressly guarded. Spiritual blessings areunspeakably better than having sons and daughters; for childrenare a care, and may prove a grief and shame, but the blessingswe partake of in God's house, are comforts which cannot be madebitter. Those who love the Lord truly, will serve himfaithfully, and then his commandments are not grievous. Threethings are promised. Assistance: I will not only bid themwelcome, but incline them to come. Acceptance, and comfort:though they came mourning to the house of prayer, they shall goaway rejoicing. They shall find ease by casting their cares andburdens upon God. Many a sorrowful spirit has been made joyfulin the house of prayer. The Gentiles shall be one body with theJews, that, as Christ says, #Joh 10:16|, there may be one foldand one Shepherd. Thanks be to God that none are separated fromhim except by wilful sin and unbelief; and if we come to him, weshall be accepted through the sacrifice of our great HighPriest. 9-12 Desolating judgments are called for; and this severerebuke of the rulers and teachers of the Jewish church, isapplicable to other ages and places. It is bad with a peoplewhen their shepherds slumber, and are eager after the world. Letus pray the Great Shepherd to send us pastors after his ownheart, who will feed us with knowledge, that we may rejoice inhis holy name, and that believers may be daily added to thechurch.
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