Isaiah 66* God looks at the heart, and vengeance is threatened for guilt.(1-4) The increase of the church, when Jew and Gentile shall begathered to the Redeemer. (5-14) Every enemy of the church shallbe destroyed, and the final ruin of ungodly men shall be seen.(15-24)1-4 The Jews gloried much in their temple. But whatsatisfaction can the Eternal Mind take in a house made withmen's hands? God has a heaven and an earth of his own making,and temples of man's making; but he overlooks them, that he maylook with favour to him who is poor in spirit and serious,self-abasing and self-denying; whose heart truly sorrows forsin: such a heart is a living temple for God. The sacrifice ofthe wicked is not only unacceptable, but a great offence to God.And he that now offers a sacrifice after the law, does in effectset aside Christ's sacrifice. He that burns incense, putscontempt upon the incense of Christ's intercession, and is as ifhe blessed an idol. Men shall be deceived by the vainconfidences with which they deceive themselves. Unbelievinghearts, and unpurified consciences, need no more to make themmiserable, than to have their own fears brought upon them.Whatever men put in the place of the priesthood, atonement, andintercession of Christ, will be found hateful to God. 5-14 The prophet turns to those that trembled at God's word, tocomfort and encourage them. The Lord will appear, to the joy ofthe humble believer, and to the confusion of hypocrites andpersecutors. When the Spirit was poured out, and the gospel wentforth from Zion, multitudes were converted in a little time. Theword of God, especially his promises, and ordinances, are theconsolations of the church. The true happiness of all Christiansis increased by every convert brought to Christ. The gospelbrings with it, wherever it is received in its power, such ariver of peace, as will carry us to the ocean of boundless andendless bliss. Divine comforts reach the inward man; the joy ofthe Lord will be the strength of the believer. Both God's mercyand justice shall be manifested, and for ever magnified. 15-24 A prophetic declaration is given of the Lord's vengeanceon all enemies of his church, especially that of allantichristian opposers of the gospel in the latter days. Ver
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