Isaiah 65* The calling of the Gentiles, and the rejection of the Jews.(1-7) The Lord would preserve a remnant. (8-10) Judgments uponthe wicked. (11-16) The future happy and flourishing state ofthe church. (17-25)1-7 The Gentiles came to seek God, and find him, because theywere first sought and found of him. Often he meets somethoughtless trifler or profligate opposer, and says to him,Behold me; and a speedy change takes place. All the gospel day,Christ waited to be gracious. The Jews were bidden, but wouldnot come. It is not without cause they are rejected of God. Theywould do what most pleased them. They grieved, they vexed theHoly Spirit. They forsook God's temple, and sacrificed ingroves. They cared not for the distinction between clean andunclean meats, before it was taken away by the gospel. Perhapsthis is put for all forbidden pleasures, and all that is thoughtto be gotten by sin, that abominable thing which the Lord hates.Christ denounced many woes against the pride and hypocrisy ofthe Jews. The proof against them is plain. And let us watchagainst pride and self-preference, remembering that every sin,and the most secret thoughts of man's heart, are known and willbe judged by God. 8-10 In the bunch of unripe grapes, at present of no value, thenew wine is contained. The Jews have been kept a distinctpeople, that all may witness the fulfilment of ancientprophecies and promises. God's chosen, the spiritual seed ofpraying Jacob, shall inherit his mountains of bliss and joy, andbe carried safe to them through the vale of tears. All thingsare for the display of God's glory in the redemption of sinners. 11-16 Here the different states of the godly and wicked, of theJews who believed, and of those who persisted in unbelief, areset against one another. They prepared a table for that troop ofdeities which the heathen worship, and poured outdrink-offerings to that countless number. Their worshippersspared no cost to honour them, which should shame theworshippers of the true God. See the malignity of sin; it isdoing by choice what we know will displease God. In every ageand nation, the Lord leaves those who persist in doing evil, anddespise the call of the gospel. God's servants shall have thebread of life, and shall want nothing good for them. But thosewho forsake the Lord, shall be ashamed of vain confidence intheir own righteousness, and the hopes they built thereon.Wordly people bless themselves in the abundance of this world'sgoods; but God's servants bless themselves in him. He is theirstrength and portion. They shall honour him as the God of truth.And it was promised that in him should all the families of theearth be blessed. They shall think themselves happy in havinghim for their God, who made them forget their troubles. 17-25 In the grace and comfort believers have in and fromChrist, we are to look for this new heaven and new earth. Theformer confusions, sins and miseries of the human race, shall beno more remembered or renewed. The approaching happy state ofthe church is described under a variety of images. He shall bethought to die in his youth, and for his sins, who only lives tothe age of a hundred years. The event alone can determine whatis meant; but it is plain that Christianity, if universal, wouldso do away violence and evil, as greatly to lengthen life. Inthose happy days, all God's people shall enjoy the fruit oftheir labours. Nor will children then be the trouble of theirparents, or suffer trouble themselves. The evil dispositions ofsinners shall be completely moritified; all shall live inharmony. Thus the church on earth shall be full of happiness,like heaven. This prophecy assures the servants of Christ, thatthe time approaches, wherein they shall be blessed with theundisturbed enjoyment of all that is needful for theirhappiness. As workers together with God, let us attend hisordinances, and obey his commands.
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