Isaiah 59* Reproofs of sin and wickedness. (1-8) Confession of sin, andlamentation for the consequences. (9-15) Promises ofdeliverance. (16-21)1-8 If our prayers are not answered, and the salvation we waitfor is not wrought for us, it is not because God is weary ofhearing prayer, but because we are weary of praying. See heresin in true colours, exceedingly sinful; and see sin in itsconsequences, exceedingly hurtful, separating from God, and soseparating us, not only from all good, but to all evil. Yetnumbers feed, to their own destruction, on infidel and wickedsystems. Nor can their skill or craft, in devising schemes, asthe spider weaves its web, deliver or save them. No schemes ofself-wrought salvation shall avail those who despise theRedeemer's robe of righteousness. Every man who is destitute ofthe Spirit of Christ, runs swiftly to evil of some sort; butthose regardless of Divine truth and justice, are strangers topeace. 9-15 If we shut our eyes against the light of Divine truth, itis just with God to hide from our eyes the things that belong toour peace. The sins of those who profess themselves God'speople, are worse than the sins of others. And the sins of anation bring public judgments, when not restrained by publicjustice. Men may murmur under calamities, but nothing will trulyprofit while they reject Christ and his gospel. 16-21 This passage is connected with the following chapters. Itis generally thought to describe the coming of the Messiah, asthe Avenger and Deliverer of his church. There was none tointercede with God to turn away his wrath; none to interpose forthe support of justice and truth. Yet He engaged his ownstrength and righteousness for his people. God will make hisjustice upon the enemies of his church and people plainlyappear. When the enemy threatens to bear down all withoutcontrol, then the Spirit of the Lord shall stop him, put him toflight. He that has delivered, will still deliver. A far moreglorious salvation is promised to be wrought out by the Messiahin the fulness of time, which all the prophets had in view. TheSon of God shall come to us to be our Redeemer; the Spirit ofGod shall come to be our Sanctifier: thus the Comforter shallabide with the church for ever, #Joh 14:16|. The word of Christwill always continue in the mouths of the faithful; and whateveris pretended to be the mind of the Spirit, must be tried by theScriptures. We must lament the progress of infidelity andimpiety. But the cause of the Redeemer shall gain a completevictory even on earth, and the believer will be more thanconqueror when the Lord receives him to his glory in heaven.
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