Isaiah 62* God's care of his church and people. (1-5) The office ofministers in preaching the gospel. (6-9) Every hinderance shallbe removed from the way of salvation. (10-12)1-5 The Son of God here assures his church of his unfailinglove, and his pleading for her under all trails anddifficulties. She shall be called by a new name, a pleasantname, such as she was never called by before. The state of truereligion in the world, before the preaching of the gospel, noman seemed to have any real concern for. God, by his grace, haswrought that in his church, which makes her his delight. Let usthence learn motives to holiness. If the Lord rejoices over us,we should rejoice in his service. 6-9 God's professing people must be a praying people. He is notdispleased with us for being earnest, as men commonly are; hebids us to cry after him, and give him no rest, #Lu 11:5,6|. Itis a sign that God is coming to a people in mercy, when he poursout a spirit of prayer upon them. See how uncertain ourcreature-comforts are. See also God's mercy in giving plenty,and peace to enjoy it. Let us delight in attending the courts ofthe Lord, that we may enjoy the consolations of his Spirit. 10-12 Way shall be made for Christ's salvation; alldifficulties shall be removed. He brings a reward of comfort andpeace with him; but a work of humiliation and reformation beforehim; and they shall be called, The holy people, and, Theredeemed of the Lord. Holiness puts honour and beauty upon anyplace or person, makes them admired, beloved, and sought after.Many events may have been part fulfilments of this, as earnestsof more glorious times yet to come. The close connexion betweenthe blessedness of the Jews and of the Gentiles, runs throughthe Scriptures. The Lord Jesus will complete his work, and henever will forsake one whom he has redeemed and sanctified.
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