“Glory To The Lamb Jesus”/Isaiah 40, “Comfort For God’s People,” cont’d

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Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – Chapter 40, This Chapter Begins The Latter Part Of The Prophecy Of This Book.  All The Mercies Of God To The Jewish Nation Bore Some Resemblance Of Those Glorious Things Performed By Our Savior For Man’s Redemption.  So While The Prophet Is Speaking Of The Redemption Of The Jews He Had In His Thoughts A More Glorious Deliverance.  We Need Not Look For Any Further Accomplishment Of These Prophecies.  For If Jesus Is He, And His Kingdom Is It, We Are To Look For No Other But The Carrying On And Completing Of The Same Blessed Work That Was Begun In The First Preaching And Planting Of Christianity In The World. 

“Comfort For God’s People,” cont’d, Isaiah 40:12) 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?  13) Who hath Directed The Spirit Of The Lord, or being His counsellor hath taught Him?  14) With whom took He Counsel, and who instructed Him, and taught Him In The Path Of Judgment, and taught Him Knowledge, and shewed to Him The Way Of Understanding?  15) Behold, the nations are as a drop of a bucket, and are counted as the small dust of the balance:  Behold, He Taketh Up The Isles As A Very Little Thing.  16) And Lebanon is not sufficient to burn, nor the beasts thereof sufficient for a burnt offering.  17) All nations before Him are as nothing; and they are counted To Him Less Than Nothing, and vanity.

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v12, Who:  The Answer Is “God, Creator Of The Cosmos, And Israel’s Lord” (vv.15-17).  A Span is the width of a stretched-out hand.  The Verse Dramatically Imposes Images Of God’s Might.  v13, 14, Directed:  These Questions are an attack against Marduk, a Babylonian deity, who needed the assistance of other gods in creating the world.  v15, 16 a drop in a bucket;  Wicked nations have no power to thwart The Purposes Of God (Psalm 2:1-6).  The word scales links the answer in this Verse to the question in v. 12:  Who has measured the dust of the earth?  It’s Sovereign Creator Has.  v17, Worthless is the same term used to describe the primeval chaos (Genesis 1:2).

Quest Study Bible – v17, “Why Does God Consider All Nations To Be Worthless?”  Saying that nations are worthless and less than nothing Doesn’t Mean That God Cares Nothing About Nations.  This is a literary device known as hyperbole—acknowledged exaggeration to emphasize a point.  In Comparison To God’s Greatness, the nations are nothing more than a drop in the bucket or a heap of dust.

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v12-17, 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, 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, John 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.  Amen.    


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