Isaiah Chapter 40
9 O Zion, that bringest good tidings, get thee up into the high mountain; O Jerusalem, that bringest good tidings, lift up thy voice with strength; lift it up, be not afraid; say unto the cities of Judah, Behold your God!
12 Who hath measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, and meted out heaven with the span, and comprehended the dust of the earth in a measure, and weighed the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance?
24 Yea, they shall not be planted; yea, they shall not be sown: yea, their stock shall not take root in the earth: and he shall also blow upon them, and they shall wither, and the whirlwind shall take them away as stubble.
26 Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these things, that bringeth out their host by number: he calleth them all by names by the greatness of his might, for that he is strong in power; not one faileth.
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Matthew Henry's Isaiah Chapter 40 Bible commentary...
The preaching of the gospel, and glad tidings of the coming of Christ. (1-11) The almighty power of God. (12-17) The folly of idolatry. (18-26) Against unbelief. (27-31)1-11 All human life is a warfare; the Christian life is the most so; but the struggle will not last always. Troubles are removed in love, when sin is pardoned. In the great atonement of the death of Christ, the mercy of God is exercised to the glory of his justice. In Christ, and his sufferings, true penitents receive of the Lord's hand double for all their sins; for the satisfaction Christ made by his death was of infinite value. The prophet had some reference to the return of the Jews from Babylon. But this is a small event, compared with that pointed out by the Holy Ghost in the New Testament, when John the Baptist proclaimed the approach of Christ. When eastern princes marched through desert countries, ways were prepared for them, and hinderances removed. And may the Lord prepare our hearts by the teaching of his word and the convictions of his Spirit, that high and proud thoughts may be brought down, good desires planted, crooked and rugged tempers made straight and softened, and every hinderance removed, that we may be ready for his will on earth, and prepared for his heavenly kingdom. What are all that belongs to fallen man, or all that he does, but as the grass and the flower thereof! And what will all the titles and possessions of a dying sinner avail, when they leave him under condemnation! The word of the Lord can do that for us, which all flesh cannot. The glad tidings of the coming of Christ were to be sent forth to the ends of the earth. Satan is the strong man armed; but our Lord Jesus is stronger; and he shall proceed, and do all that he purposes. Christ is the good Shepherd; he shows tender care for young converts, weak believers, and those of a sorrowful spirit. By his word he requires no more service, and by his providence he inflicts no more trouble, than he will strengthen them for. May we know our Shepherd's voice, and follow him, proving ourselves his sheep.
12-17 All created beings shrink to nothing in comparison with the Creator. When the Lord, by his Spirit, made the world, none directed his Spirit, or gave advice what to do, or how to do it. The nations, in comparison of him, are as a drop which remains in the bucket, compared with the vast ocean; or as the small dust in the balance, which does not turn it, compared with all the earth. This magnifies God's love to the world, that, though it is of such small account and value with him, yet, for the redemption of it, he gave his only-begotten Son, #Joh 3:16|. The services of the church can make no addition to him. Our souls must have perished for ever, if the only Son of the Father had not given himself for us.
18-26 Whatever we esteem or love, fear or hope in, more than God, that creature we make equal with God, though we do not make images or worship them. He that is so poor, that he has scarcely a sacrifice to offer, yet will not be without a god of his own. They spared no cost upon their idols; we grudge what is spent in the service of our God. To prove the greatness of God, the prophet appeals to all ages and nations. Those who are ignorant of this, are willingly ignorant. God has the command of all creatures, and of all created things. The prophet directs us to use our reason as well as our senses; to consider who created the hosts of heaven, and to pay our homage to Him. Not one fails to fulfil his will. And let us not forget, that He spake all the promises, and engaged to perform them.
27-31 The people of God are reproved for their unbelief and distrust of God. Let them remember they took the names Jacob and Israel, from one who found God faithful to him in all his straits. And they bore these names as a people in covenant with Him. Many foolish frets, and foolish fears, would vanish before inquiry into the causes. It is bad to have evil thoughts rise in our minds, but worse to turn them into evil words. What they had known, and had heard, was sufficient to silence all these fears and distrusts. Where God had begun the work of grace, he will perfect it. He will help those who, in humble dependence on him, help themselves. As the day, so shall the strength be. In the strength of Divine grace their souls shall ascend above the world. They shall run the way of God's commandments cheerfully. Let us watch against unbelief, pride, and self-confidence. If we go forth in our own strength, we shall faint, and utterly fall; but having our hearts and our hopes in heaven, we shall be carried above all difficulties, and be enabled to lay hold of the prize of our high calling in Christ Jesus.
Emmanuel Gbafore's Isaiah Chapter 40 comment on 7/10/2014, 2:29am...
I hope some atheist gets to read this convicting chapter for prove that there exist a sovereign of this universe with whom no man or god compare.. The very complexity of the universe and nature in it own way bears witness to this...!
Marie's Isaiah Chapter 40 comment about verse 28 on 7/07/2014, 9:17pm...
I often reflect back to this scripture when my faith gets weak. God is speaking to us asking a question "don 't you know who I am " "haven 't you learned that I am the creator " God is telling us that he doesn 't get weary that he 's a strong leaning tower. When in times of trouble there 's no where else to look but to him! His love and understanding of what we go through is beyond anything we could comprehend ... He Loves us!
Bongie's Isaiah Chapter 40 comment on 7/05/2014, 1:57am...
Only God can renew our strength even though the enemy may triumph over us but He renew our strength and we triumph.
Meg's Isaiah Chapter 40 comment about verse 31 on 6/29/2014, 2:46pm...
Waiting upon the Lord pays. All my hopes are on You my God.
Shay's Isaiah Chapter 40 comment about verse 28 on 6/18/2014, 11:17am...
No matter how much we know, it should humble us to realize that there is no limit to what can be learned about Jehovah, his works, and his ways.
Ben's Isaiah Chapter 40 comment about verse 31 on 6/01/2014, 12:15am...
Mount up with wings as eagles. That means taking upon you the saviors power and blessing. Rising above the world and serving God
Zukie (eastern cape)'s Isaiah Chapter 40 comment about verse 31 on 5/20/2014, 7:28am...
This verse has kept me going for a very long time, and i have seen the results of waiting upon the Lord. I am strengthened every day and i am moving forward and upward .Glory to God for his word is true and his love endureth forever.
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