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

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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,” lV, Isaiah 40:27) Why sayest thou, O Jacob, and speakest, O Israel, my way is Hid From The Lord, and my Judgment is Passed Over from my God?  28) Hast thou not Known?  hast thou not Heard, That The Everlasting God, The Lord, The Creator Of The Ends Of The Earth, Fainteth Not, Neither Is Weary?  There Is No Searching Of His Understanding.  Psalm 147:4.  29) He Giveth Power To The Faint; And To Them That Have No Might He Increaseth Strength.  30) Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall:  31) But They That Wait Upon The Lord Shall Renew Their Strength, They Shall Mount Up With Wings As Eagles; They Shall Run, And Not Be Weary; And They Shall Walk, And Not Faint.  Amen.  

 Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v27, My way is hidden from The Lord does not question is Omniscience, but His Good Will.  (See John Gill’s v27).  v28, 29, Have You Not Known:  The Lord Repeats This Rhetorical Question For Emphasis (see v. 21).  God Is Everlasting And Inscrutable (Mysterious and Sometimes Impossible To Understand).  Neither Faints Nor Is Weary:  The Lord Will Never Let His People Down (Psalm 121:3, 4).  v30, youths:  The point is that human strength cannot compare with The Power Of God.  v31, To Wait Entails Confident Expectation And Active Hope In The Lord.  Mount up … run … walk Depicts The Spiritual Transformation That Faith Brings To A Person.  The Lord Gives Power To Those Who Trust In Him.  eagles:  The eagle depicts The Strength That Comes From The Lord. 

John Gill’s Exposition Of The Bible – v27, Why sayest thou, O Jacob, and speakest, O Israel
The Jews, supposed to be in captivity, are here meant, according to (some); whom the Prophet reproves, for murmuring at the calamities and afflictions there endured by them (being in Babylon); but it may be The Church and people of God, in Gospel times, are here intended, being under suffering circumstances, either under Rome Pagan, or Rome Papal; not only inwardly repining, but openly complaining and uttering, as follows:my way is hid from The Lord;  meaning not their course of life, or their religious actions, their Profession of The Gospel, their attendance on public worship, their prayers and other duties of religion; but their sufferings for His Name’s Sake, the tribulations they endured, the afflicted way they walked in, which they imagined God Took No Notice Of, since no way was opened in Providence for their deliverance out of them: and my judgment is passed over from my God;  my cause and case are neglected by HIM; HE does not undertake my cause, Nor plead it against my enemies, or Right my wrongs, and Avenge the injuries done me, or Deliver me out of the hands of those that contend with me. The answer to which complaint follows, and which clearly shows there was no just foundation for it.

 Quest Study Bible – v31, “What Does It Mean To Hope In The Lord?”  The Word Hope Implies Both Trust And Patience.  The Word Trust Implies Confidence In God’s Power To Deliver And Faith That He Will Keep His Promises.  Hoping In The Lord Also Implies The Patience To Wait For God’s Promises Since God Works According To His Own Timing.  Amen.

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v27-31, The People Of God Are Reproved (Chastised) For Their Unbelief And Distrust Of God.  Let Them Remember They Took The Names Jacob And Israel, From One Who Found God Faithful To Him In All His Straits (Trials).  And They Bore Those Names As A People In Covenant With Him.  It Is Bad To Have Evil Thoughts Rise In Our Minds, But Worse To Turn Them Into Evil Words. What They Had Known, And Had Heard, Was Sufficient To Silence All These Fears And Distrusts.  Where God Had Begun The Work Of Grace, He Will Perfect It.  He Will Help Those Who, In Humble Dependence On Him, Help Themselves.  As The Day, So Shall The Strength Be.  In The Strength of Divine Grace Their Souls Shall Ascend Above The World.  They Shall Run The Way Of God’s Commandments Cheerfully.  Let Us Watch Against Unbelief, Pride, And Self-Confidence.  If We Go Forth In Our Own Strength, We Shall Faint, And Utterly Fall; But Having Our Hearts And Our Hopes In Heaven, We Shall Be Carried Above All Difficulties, And Be Enabled To Lay Hold Of The Prize Of Our High Calling In Christ Jesus.  Amen.

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