Isaiah Chapter 54
1 Sing, O barren, thou that didst not bear; break forth into singing, and cry aloud, thou that didst not travail with child: for more are the children of the desolate than the children of the married wife, saith the LORD.
4 Fear not; for thou shalt not be ashamed: neither be thou confounded; for thou shalt not be put to shame: for thou shalt forget the shame of thy youth, and shalt not remember the reproach of thy widowhood any more.
17 No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD.
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Matthew Henry's Isaiah Chapter 54 Bible commentary...
The increase of the church by the conversion of the Jews and Gentiles. (1-5) Its certain deliverance. (6-10) Its triumphant state is described. (11-17)1-5 Observe the low state of religion in the world, for a long time before Christianity was brought in. But by preaching the gospel, multitudes were converted from idols to the living God. This is matter of great rejoicing to the church. The bounds of the church were extended. Though its state on earth is but mean and movable, like a tent or tabernacle, it is sometimes a growing state, and must be enlarged as the family increases. But the more numerous the church grows, the more she must fortify herself against errors and corruptions. Thy Maker is thy Husband. Christ is the Holy One of Israel, the Mediator of the covenant made with the Old Testament church. Long he had been called the God of Israel; but now he shall be called the God of the whole earth. And he will cleanse from sin, and cause every true believer to rejoice in this sacred union. We never can enough admire this mercy, or duly value this privilege.
6-10 As God is slow to anger, so he is swift to show mercy. And how sweet the returns of mercy would be, when God should come and comfort them! He will have mercy on them. God's gathering his people takes rise from his mercy, not any merit of theirs; and it is with great mercies, with everlasting kindness. The wrath is little, the mercies great; the wrath for a moment, the kindness everlasting. We are neither to despond under afflictions, nor to despair of relief. Mountains have been shaken and removed, but the promises of God never were broken by any event. Mountains and hills also signify great men. Creature-confidences shall fail; but when our friends fail us, our God does not. All this is alike applicable to the church at large, and to each believer. God will rebuke and correct his people for sins; but he will not cast them off. Let this encourage us to give the more diligence to make our calling and election sure.
11-17 Let the people of God, when afflicted and tossed, think they hear God speaking comfortably to them by these words, taking notice of their griefs and fears. The church is all glorious when full of the knowledge of God; for none teaches like him. It is a promise of the teaching and gifts of the Holy Spirit. All that are taught of God are taught to love one another. This seems to relate especially to the glorious times to succeed the tribulations of the church. Holiness, more than any thing, is the beauty of the church. God promises protection. There shall be no fears within; there shall be no fightings without. Military men value themselves on their splendid titles, but God calls them, "Wasters made to destroy," for they make wasting and destruction their business. He created them, therefore he will serve his own designs by them. The day is coming when God will reckon with wicked men for their hard speeches, #Jude 1:15|. Security and final victory are the heritage of each faithful servant of the Lord. The righteousness by which they are justified, and the grace by which they are sanctified, are the gift of God, and the effect of his special love. Let us beseech him to sanctify our souls, and to employ us in his service.
Vanna M Sandison's Isaiah Chapter 54 comment on 10/20/2014, 2:55am...
in 1979 my 3 year old daughter passed away. Shortly thereafter my cousin living in the same town told me that God had told her to tell me to read Isaiah 54. A few days later I received a letter from an associate living about 600 miles away who told me God had told her to tell me to read Isaiah 54. These two individuals had never met each other. They never did meet each other. They lived hundreds of miles apart. I believe there are 1074 chapters in the Old and New Testament both individuals told me God told them to have me read Isaiah 54. It is an lifting chapter. It gives courage and perhaps that 's all the meaning that was intended for me. My life has continued to be filled with tragedy, so it wouldn 't be that a promise was given to be that there would be no more pain. I am curious as to any comments of interpretation that could be helpful even today 35 years later. Thank you.
M's Isaiah Chapter 54 comment on 10/06/2014, 9:36am...
thank You LORD for your protection from all of my enemies, verse they will come but no weapon that is formed against me shall prosper, than you thank you again LORD.
Ndanu's Isaiah Chapter 54 comment about verse 17 on 9/30/2014, 2:03am...
Three main important words righteous, servant OF God and heritage. Being righteous will give u the key to be called a servant of God, and being a servant of God you are sure of the heritage.
Cynthia Baker's Isaiah Chapter 54 comment on 9/21/2014, 8:05am...
I am so thankful that God is full of mercy and LOVE and He will never forget His people. He cares greatly about us.
Mrs. Ruth Musela's Isaiah Chapter 54 comment on 9/09/2014, 1:42am...
Isa. 54 has been an encouragement to me this morning in a mighty way. When you seem to be alone please always know that God is with you and He cares over every nity gritty thing about you when you are hurting, where you are hurting His word comes so really and live in every situation glory and honour to God
Benjamin malala's Isaiah Chapter 54 comment about verse 9 on 7/30/2014, 12:06pm...
the gret protection and Gods favour, loving kindndnes.an a surance of total care of our mighty father is upon his own chosen chjildren.
Abdu Bekele's Isaiah Chapter 54 comment on 7/16/2014, 1:16pm...
This verse made me to have faith in GOD that God may change things from nothing to full from zero to infinitive! Glory to God! Have faith from God your zero will be filled with bless!
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