Isaiah 9* The Son that should be born, and his kingdom. (1-7) Thejudgments to come upon Israel, and on the enemies of the kingdomof Christ. (8-21)1-7 The Syrians and Assyrians first ravaged the countries herementioned, and that region was first favoured by the preachingof Christ. Those that want the gospel, walk in darkness, and inthe utmost danger. But when the gospel comes to any place, toany soul, light comes. Let us earnestly pray that it may shineinto our hearts, and make us wise unto salvation. The gospelbrings joy with it. Those who would have joy, must expect to gothrough hard work, as the husbandman, before he has the joy ofharvest; and hard conflict, as the soldier, before he dividesthe spoil. The Jews were delivered from the yoke of manyoppressors; this was a shadow of the believer's deliverance fromthe yoke of Satan. The cleansing the souls of believers from thepower and pollution of sin, would be by the influence of theHoly Spirit, as purifying fire. These great things for thechurch, shall be done by the Messiah, Emmanuel. The Child isborn; it was certain; and the church, before Christ came in theflesh, benefitted by his undertaking. It is a prophecy of himand of his kingdom, which those that waited for the Consolationof Israel read with pleasure. This Child was born for thebenefit of us men, of us sinners, of all believers, from thebeginning to the end of the world. Justly is he calledWonderful, for he is both God and man. His love is the wonder ofangels and glorified saints. He is the Counsellor, for he knewthe counsels of God from eternity; and he gives counsel to men,in which he consults our welfare. He is the WonderfulCounsellor; none teaches like him. He is God, the mighty One.Such is the work of the Mediator, that no less power than thatof the mighty God could bring it to pass. He is God, one withthe Father. As the Prince of Peace, he reconciles us to God; heis the Giver of peace in the heart and conscience; and when hiskingdom is fully established, men shall learn war no more. Thegovernment shall be upon him; he shall bear the burden of it.Glorious things are spoken of Christ's government. There is noend to the increase of its peace, for the happiness of itssubjects shall last for ever. The exact agreement of thisprophecy with the doctrine of the New Testament, shows thatJewish prophets and Christian teachers had the same view of theperson and salvation of the Messiah. To what earthly king orkingdom can these words apply? Give then, O Lord, to thy peopleto know thee by every endearing name, and in every gloriouscharacter. Give increase of grace in every heart of thy redeemedupon earth. 8-21 Those are ripening apace for ruin, whose hearts areunhumbled under humbling providences. For that which Goddesigns, in smiting us, is, to turn us to himself; and if thispoint be not gained by lesser judgments, greater may beexpected. The leaders of the people misled them. We have reasonto be afraid of those that speak well of us, when we do ill.Wickedness was universal, all were infected with it. They shallbe in trouble, and see no way out; and when men's ways displeasethe Lord, he makes even their friends to be at war with them.God would take away those they thought to have help from. Theirrulers were the head. Their false prophets were the tail and therush, the most despicable. In these civil contests, men preyedon near relations who were as their own flesh. The people turnnot to Him who smites them, therefore he continues to smite: forwhen God judges, he will overcome; and the proudest, stoutestsinner shall either bend or break.
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