“Fill Me Up,” Maranda Willis, Greater Travelers Rest (GTR) Praise Team
“Israel Blind and Deaf,” Isaiah 42:18) Hear, ye deaf; and look, ye blind, that ye may see. 19) Who is blind, But My Servant? or deaf, As My Messenger That Is Sent? who is blind As He That Is Perfect, and blind As The Lord’s Servant? John 7:49. 20) Seeing many things, but thou observest not; opening the ears, but he hearth not. 21) The Lord Is Well Pleased For His Righteousness’ Sake; He Will Magnify The Law, And Make It Honourable. 22) But this is a people robbed and spoiled; they are all of them snared in holes, and they are hid in prison houses: they are for a prey, and none delivereth: for a spoil, and none saith, Restore. 23) Who among you will give ear to this? who will hearken and hear for the time to come? 24) Who gave Jacob for a spoil, and Israel to the robbers? Did Not The Lord, He Against Whom we have sinned? for they would Not Walk In His Ways, Neither were they Obedient Unto His Law. 25) Therefore he Hath Poured Upon him The Fury OF His Anger, And The Strength of Battle: And It Hath Set him on fire round about, yet he knew not; and it burned him, yet he laid it not to heart.
Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v18, 19, The people were deaf because they would not listen and blind because they would not see. My servant: Isaiah uses the title servant for Israel because that nation was to be God’s messenger to the nations. v20, 21, For His Righteousness’ Sake: In Punishing Israel For Its Sin, The Lord Exalted His Law. v22-24, Israel was robbed and plundered by the Assyrians and Babylonians. No one said Restore until Cyrus commanded the exiles to return to Jerusalem (Ezra 1:2-4). v25, For Similar Descriptions Of God’s Anger, see 10:5; 28:21.
Quest Study Bible – v18-20, “What Made The Lord’s servant Blind?” The servant in this context appears to be Israel and the blindness seems to be a willful resistance to the Truth. They see, but they don’t pay attention. Elsewhere, The Lord Comments On A Similar Blindness And Deafness Of His People (see 6:9-10). God Expresses Some Frustration In These Verses, But Also His Determination To Turn The Darkness Into Light (v.16). v22, “How was Israel plundered and looted?” The Assyrians overran the Northern Kingdom of Israel in 722 B. C., deporting its people. The Babylonians raided the Southern Kingdom of Judah in a series of invasions, 606-586 B. C., looting and taking prisoners each time. Thus the nation was not only looted, but the people themselves were made loot, being taken by force from their homeland.
Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v18-25, Observe The Call Given To This People, and the character given of them. Multitudes are ruined for want of observing that which they cannot help seeing, they perish, not through ignorance, but carelessness. The Lord Is Well-Pleased In The Making Known His Own Righteousness. For their sins they were spoiled (robbed) of all their possessions. This fully came to pass in the destruction of the Jewish Nation. There Is No Resisting, Nor Escaping God’s Anger. See The Mischief Sin Makes, It Provokes God To Anger. And Those Not Humbled By Lesser Judgments, Must Expect Greater. Alas! how many professed Christians are blind as the benighted (overtaken by darkness) heathen! While The Lord Is Well-Pleased In Saving Sinners Through The Righteousness Of Christ He Will Also Glorify His Justice By Punishing All Proud Despisers. Seeing God Has Poured Out His Wrath On His Once-Favored People, Because Of Their Sins, Let Us FEAR, Lest (The) Promise Being Left Us Of Entering Into His Rest, (Should Find Any Of Us Short Of It). Amen.