Isaiah Chapter 42
5 Thus saith God the LORD, he that created the heavens, and stretched them out; he that spread forth the earth, and that which cometh out of it; he that giveth breath unto the people upon it, and spirit to them that walk therein:
16 And I will bring the blind by a way that they knew not; I will lead them in paths that they have not known: I will make darkness light before them, and crooked things straight. These things will I do unto them, and not forsake them.
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The character and coming of Christ. (1-4) The blessings of his kingdom. (5-12) The prevalence of true religion. (13-17) Unbelief and blindness reproved. (18-25)1-4 This prophecy was fulfilled in Christ, #Mt 12:17|. Let our souls rely on him, and rejoice in him; then, for his sake, the Father will be well-pleased with us. The Holy Spirit not only came, but rested upon him, and without measure. He patiently bore the contradiction of sinners. His kingdom is spiritual; he was not to appear with earthly honours. He is tender of those oppressed with doubts and fears, as a bruised reed; those who are as smoking flax, as the wick of a lamp newly lighted, which is ready to go out again. He will not despise them, nor lay upon them more work or more suffering than they can bear. By a long course of miracles and his resurrection, he fully showed the truth of his holy religion. By the power of his gospel and grace he fixes principles in the minds of men, which tend to make them wise and just. The most distant nations wait for his law, wait for his gospel, and shall welcome it. If we would make our calling and election sure, and have the Father delight over us for good, we must behold, hear, believe in, and obey Christ.
5-12 The work of redemption brings back man to the obedience he owes to God as his Maker. Christ is the light of the world. And by his grace he opens the understandings Satan has blinded, and sets at liberty from the bondage of sin. The Lord has supported his church. And now he makes new promises, which shall as certainly be fulfilled as the old ones were. When the Gentiles are brought into the church, he is glorified in them and by them. Let us give to God those things which are his, taking heed that we do not serve the creature more than the Creator.
13-17 The Lord will appear in his power and glory. He shall cry, in the preaching of his word. He shall cry aloud in the gospel woes, which must be preached with gospel blessings, to awaken a sleeping world. He shall conquer by the power of his Spirit. And those that contradict and blaspheme his gospel, he shall put to silence and shame; and that which hinders its progress shall be taken out of the way. To those who by nature were blind, God will show the way to life and happiness by Jesus Christ. They are weak in knowledge, but He will make darkness light. They are weak in duty, but their way shall be plain. Those whom God brings into the right way, he will guide in it. This passage is a prophecy, and is also applicable to every believer; for the Lord will never leave nor forsake them.
18-25 Observe the call given to this people, and the character given of them. Multitudes are ruined for want of observing that which they cannot but see; they perish, not through ignorance, but carelessness. The Lord is well-pleased in the making known his own righteousness. For their sins they were spoiled of all their possessions. This fully came to pass in the destruction of the Jewish nation. There is no resisting, nor escaping God's anger. See the mischief sin makes; it provokes God to anger. And those not humbled by lesser judgments, must expect greater. Alas! how many professed Christians are blind as the benighted heathen! While the Lord is well-pleased in saving sinners through the righteousness of Christ he will also glorify his justice, by punishing all proud despisers. Seeing God has poured out his wrath on his once-favoured people, because of their sins, let us fear, lest a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of us should be found to come short of it.
Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.
Val's Isaiah Chapter 42 comment about verse 8 on 4/29/2015, 7:03am...
I Am, is Gods name, and what exactly do most say to themselves, I am reading, going shopping, cooking. Therefore to say to One self I Am is,
Tee's Isaiah Chapter 42 comment about verse 3 on 3/24/2015, 12:34pm...
When i read this verse it gives me hope..there ate those situations in life that leave you on the verge of breaking into tiny pieces,it might be sickness or lack of something you need but God will not let it get any worse dan it already is,in all honesty will he set you free
Insight 777's Isaiah Chapter 42 comment on 1/31/2015, 9:31am...
Verse 19, Blind and deaf is used in an abstract way not a literal blindness or deafness. The message is talking about servants of the Lord following orders completely, without reservation, trusting the Lord regardless of any outside influence that they may see or hear. This is further substantiated in verse 24 where being obedient to the law is shown to be important. The law Jesus gave is love one another. If people refuse to love one another the result is war and the Lord will respond. Verse 23 the time to come is the end of days war. The meaning of verse 24 is if a law or order is given then boundaries of behavior are set because they are defined. Also the law defines behavior outside of the boundary of the law. If one follows the law that is good and if one does not follow the law that is evil. So what behavior is good and what is evil are both defined or created, at the same time. If everyone loved one another, evil and war would not exist.
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