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Isaiah

This heavenly eagle

But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary. (Matthew 14: Ver. 24.)

Tossed with waves – So is the Church often therefore styled, “O thou afflicted and tossed with tempest, that hast no comfort,” #Isa 54:11.

Jesus was absent all the while: so he seemeth to be from his darlings in their desertions; he leaveth them, as it were, in the suburbs of hell, and (which is worst of all) himself will not come at them. Howbeit as the eagle when she flieth highest of all from the nest, doth evermore cast a jealous eye upon her young; so doth this heavenly eagle.

Le berger et son troupeau : peinture de Julien Dupré.

Other blood polluteth

I have trodden the winepress alone; and of the people there was none with me: for I will tread them in mine anger, and trample them in my fury; and their blood shall be sprinkled upon my garments, and I will stain all my raiment. (Isaiah 63:4)

Stain my raiment.” Heb., Pollute it; for other blood polluteth, {#1,  2} but “the blood of Jesus Christ cleanseth us from all sin.” {#3} Continue reading “Other blood polluteth”

The voice of Jacob, but the hands of Esau

Hear ye this, O house of Jacob, which are called by the name of Israel, and are come forth out of the waters of Judah, which swear by the name of the Lord, and make mention of the God of Israel, but not in truth, nor in righteousness. (Isaiah 48:1)

Which are called by the name of Israel.

Sed nomen inane crimen immane.

Ye are “called Jews, and make your boast of God,” {#Ro 2:17, see footnote 1}

having a form of knowledge, {#Ro 2:20, see footnote 2} and

of godliness, {#2Ti 3:5, see footnote 3} and that is all; the voice of Jacob, but the hands of Esau. Continue reading “The voice of Jacob, but the hands of Esau”

Thy wizards and diviners, those deceivers of the people

Thus shall they be unto thee with whom thou hast laboured, even thy merchants, from thy youth: they shall wander every one to his quarter; none shall save thee. (Isaiah 47:15)

Thus shall they be unto thee with whom thou hast laboured.

But all in vain; viz., with thy wizards and diviners, those deceivers of the people, concerning whom Cato once said, Potest Augur Augurem videre et non ridere?  Can those fellows look one on another and not laugh, when they consider how they deceive people, and cheat them of their moneys?

Hence they are called merchants also in the next words.

 

Painting: The Opening of Waterloo Bridge seen from Whitehall Stairs, 18 June 1817, oil on canvas, c. 1832. Tate Britain, by John Constable

 

Be pleased to deal with us rather according to thy mercy

O Lord, why hast thou made us to err from thy ways,
and hardened our heart from thy fear?
Return for thy servants’ sake,
the tribes of thine inheritance. (Isaiah 63:17)

“O Lord, why hast thou made us to err from thy ways?” i.e., Given us up to error and obstinance? Why dost thou thus punish sin with sin, for the illustration of thy justice and jealousy against us, who have rebelled and vexed thine Holy Spirit? {1} Oh, be pleased to deal with us rather according to thy mercy. Continue reading “Be pleased to deal with us rather according to thy mercy”

God calleth that “wickedness” which they counted wisdom.

For thou hast trusted in thy wickedness: thou hast said, None seeth me.

Thy wisdom and thy knowledge, it hath perverted thee; and thou hast said in thine heart, I am, and none else beside me. (Isaiah 47:10)

Thou hast trusted in thy wickedness. God calleth that “wickedness” which they counted wisdom.

 

Painting: Seascape Study with Rain Cloud(c.1824), by John Constable

The daughter of pride

Remember these, O Jacob and Israel; for thou art my servant:

I have formed thee; thou art my servant:

O Israel, thou shalt not be forgotten of me. (Isaiah 44:21)

Remember these, O Jacob and Israel, i.e., Remember these abominable idolaters, and enjoy their madness: learn wisdom by their folly.

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Therefore hear now this, thou

  • that art given to pleasures,
  • that dwellest carelessly,
  • that sayest in thine heart, I am, and none else beside me; I shall not sit as a widow, neither shall I know the loss of children. (Isaiah 47:8)

The daughter of pride is security, and pleasure is her niece.

 

Painting: The Hay Wain (1821), by John Constable

How should all the saints be

I have set watchmen upon thy walls, O Jerusalem,
which shall never hold their peace day nor night:
ye that make mention of the Lord,
keep not silence. (Isaiah 62:6)

Ye that make mention of the Lord.

Or, Ye that are the Lord’s remembrancers, that jogged him as it were, and remind him of his people’s necessities and miseries. The kings of Israel, Persia, and of other nations, had their Mazkirim, or remembrancers, to mind them of those matters that concerned the weal public, and to these he here alludeth.

All the saints are such like officers, and must be active. Continue reading “How should all the saints be”

We are God’s glory

Thou shalt also be a crown of glory in the hand of the Lord,
and a royal diadem in the hand of thy God. Isaiah 62:3

And thou shalt be a crown of glory in the hand of the Lord.

Or,

A glorious crown by the hand, the good hand, of the Lord upon thee. Continue reading “We are God’s glory”

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