“Glory To The Lamb Jesus”/Isaiah 26, “A Song of Praise,” IV

Christian Living

“INTERCESSION,” William McDowell

“A Song of Praise,” lV, Isaiah 26:18) We have been with child, we have been in pain, we have as it were brought forth wind; we have not wrought andy deliverance in the earth; neither have the inhabitants of the world fallen.  Psalm 17:14.  19) Thy dead men shall live, together with my dead body shall they arise.  Awake and Sing, ye that dwell in dust:  for thy dew is as the dew of herbs, and the earth shall cast out the dead.  Daniel 12:2.   20) Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee:  hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until The Indignation Be Overpast.  21) FOR, BEHOLD, THE LORD COMETH OUT OF HIS PLACE TO PUNISH THE INHABITANTS OF THE EARTH FOR THEIR INIQUITY:  THE EARTH ALSO SHALL DISCLOSE HER BLOOD, AND SHALL NO MORE COVER HER SLAIN.  Micah 1:3.

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v12, True Peace Comes Only From The Lord (26:3; John 14:27).  v13, Other masters included rulers of Egypt in the past, rulers of Assyria in the present, and rulers of Babylon in the future.  v14, They are dead:  The Prophet saw the future demise of the enemies of God’s People.  v15, You Have Increased The Nation:  The repetition of this expression emphasizes both its certainty and its magnitude.  v16, The pronoun they refers to the Faithful Nation.  v17, 18, a woman with child:  A woman can endure labor pains for the sake of the joy that follows.  The Faithful Remnant of Isaiah’s time endured oppression, but brought forth wind, a metaphor for meaningless labor.

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v19, Isaiah, addressing his Faithful peers, assures them that their dead will rise in Resurrection.  v20, My people, refers to the Faithful, Righteous Remnant.  Their sufferings under the Assyrian Tyrants were but for a little moment.  v21, Comes, can also be translated “is about to come.”  When the earth discloses the blood of the poor and needy that it has swallowed from the hands of ruthless tyrants, it will bear Testimony against those evil people; The Lord Will Avenge Them (Genesis 4:10).

Quest Study Bible – v18, “Gave birth to wind,” Instead of turn to God, the Jews relied on their own resources and cunning to save themselves from the invaders.  Their efforts were as unproductive as a woman straining to give birth, but delivering nothing but wind.  v19, “To what Resurrection does Isaiah refer?”  Perhaps this is The Resurrection of The Righteous dead In The last Days (Daniel 12:2; 1 Corinthians 15:51-52).  But in the context of the surrounding verses, in which Isaiah complains about the distress Judah is suffering, it seems that he is speaking about the resurrection—the restoration— of the nation.  v19, SCRIPTURE LINK (26:19) Dead will live … bodies will rise.  This imagery parallels that of Ezekiel 31:1-11.  There, dry bones coming to life represented Israel.

 Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v12-19, Every creature, every business, any way serviceable to our comfort, God Makes To Be So; He Makes That Work For Us Which Seemed To Be Against us.  They had been slaves of sin and Satan; But By The Divine Grace They Were Taught To Look To Be Set Free From All Former Masters.  The Cause Opposed To God And His Kingdom Will Sink At Last.  See our need of afflictions.  Before, Prayer Came Drop by Drop; Now They Pour It Out, It comes now like water from a fountain.  Afflictions bring us to Secret Prayer.  Consider Christ As The Speaker Addressing His Church.  His Resurrection From The Dead Was The Deliverance Foretold.  The Power Of His Grace, Like The Dew Or Rain, Which Causes the herbs that Seem Dead To Revive, Would Raise His Church From the Lowest State. But We may Refer To The Resurrection Of The Dead, Especially Of Those United To Christ. 

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v20-21, When dangers threaten, it is good to retire and lie hid; When We Commend Ourselves To God To Hide Us, He Will Hide Us Either Under Heaven Or In Heaven.  Thus We Shall Be Safe And Happy In The Midst Of Tribulations.  It is but for a short time, as it were for a little moment; when over, it will seem as nothing.  God’s Place Is The Mercy-Seat; There He Delights To Be:  When He Punishes, He Comes Out Of His Place, For He Has No Pleasure In The Death Of Sinners.  But there is hardly any Truth more frequently repeated in Scripture, Than God’s Determined Purpose To Punish The Workers Of Iniquity.  Let us keep close To The Lord, And Separate From The World; and let us seek comfort in Secret Prayer.  A Day of Vengeance is coming on the world, and before It comes we are to expect tribulation and suffering.  But because the Christian Looks For These Things, Shall He Be Restless And Dismayed?  No, Let Him Repose Himself In His God.  Abiding In Him, The Believer Is Safe.  And Let Us Wait Patiently The Fulfilling Of God’s Promises.


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