Isaiah 8* Exhortations and warnings. (1-8) Comfort for those who fearGod. (9-16) Afflictions to idolaters. (17-22)1-8 The prophet is to write on a large roll, or on a metaltablet, words which meant, "Make speed to spoil, hasten to theprey:" pointing out that the Assyrian army should come withspeed, and make great spoil. Very soon the riches of Damascusand of Samaria, cities then secure and formidable, shall betaken away by the king of Assyria. The prophet pleads with thepromised Messiah, who should appear in that land in the fulnessof time, and, therefore, as God, would preserve it in the meantime. As a gentle brook is an apt emblem of a mild government,so an overflowing torrent represents a conqueror and tyrant. Theinvader's success was also described by a bird of prey,stretching its wings over the whole land. Those who rejectChrist, will find that what they call liberty is the basestslavery. But no enemy shall pluck the believer out of Emmanuel'shand, or deprive him of his heavenly inheritance. 9-16 The prophet challenges the enemies of the Jews. Theirefforts would be vain, and themselves broken to pieces. Itconcerns us, in time of trouble, to watch against all such fearsas put us upon crooked courses for our own security. Thebelieving fear of God preserves against the disquieting fear ofman. If we thought rightly of the greatness and glory of God, weshould see all the power of our enemies restrained. The Lord,who will be a Sanctuary to those who trust in him, will be aStone of stumbling, and a Rock of offence, to those who make thecreature their fear and their hope. If the things of God be anoffence to us, they will undo us. The apostle quotes this as toall who persisted in unbelief of the gospel of Christ, #1Pe2:8|. The crucified Emmanuel, who was and is a Stumbling-stoneand Rock of offence to unbelieving Jews, is no less so tothousands who are called Christians. The preaching of the crossis foolishness in their esteem; his doctrines and preceptsoffend them. 17-22 The prophet foresaw that the Lord would hide his face;but he would look for his return in favour to them again. Thoughnot miraculous signs, the children's names were memorials fromGod, suited to excite attention. The unbelieving Jews were proneto seek counsel in difficulties, from diviners of differentdescriptions, whose foolish and sinful ceremonies are alludedto. Would we know how we may seek to our God, and come to theknowledge of his mind? To the law and to the testimony; forthere you will see what is good, and what the Lord requires. Wemust speak of the things of God in the words which the HolyGhost teaches, and be ruled by them. To those that seek tofamiliar spirits, and regard not God's law and testimony, thereshall be horror and misery. Those that go away from God, go outof the way of all good; for fretfulness is a sin that is its ownpunishment. They shall despair, and see no way of relief, whenthey curse God. And their fears will represent every thing asfrightful. Those that shut their eyes against the light of God'sword, will justly be left to darkness. All the miseries thatever were felt or witnessed on earth, are as nothing, comparedwith what will overwhelm those who leave the words of Christ, tofollow delusions.
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