“Glory To The Lamb Jesus”/Isaiah 51, “The Cup Of The Lord’s Wrath”

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“Love Lifted Me,” Bishop Leonard Scott

“The Cup Of The Lord’s Wrath,” Isaiah 51:17) Awake, awake, stand up, O Jerusalem, Which Hast Drunk At The Hand Of The Lord The Cup Of His Fury; thou hast drunken the dregs of the cup of trembling, and wrung them out.  Revelation 14:10.  18) There is none to guide her among all the sons whom she hath brought forth; neither is there any that taketh her by the hand of all the sons that she hath brought up.  19) These two things are come unto thee; who shall be sorry for thee?  desolation, and destruction, and the famine, and the sword:  by whom shall I comfort thee?  Amos 7:2.  20) Thy sons have fainted, they lie at the head of all the streets, as a wild bull in a net:  they are Full Of The Fury of The Lord, The Rebuke Of Thy God.  21) Therefore hear now This, thou afflicted, and drunken, but not with wine:  22) Thus Saith Thy Lord The Lord, And Thy God That Pleadeth The Cause Of His People, Behold, I Have Taken Out Of Thine Hand The Cup Of Trembling, Even The Dregs Of The Cup Of My Fury; Thou Shalt No More Drink It Again:  23) But I Will Put It Into The Hand Of Them That Afflict Thee; Which Have Said To Thy Soul, Bow Down, That We May Go Over:  And Thou Hast Laid Thy Body As The Ground, And As The Street, To Them That Went Over.  Psalm 66:11, 12.    

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary –  v17, 18, Awake, awake:   The same double imperative is found in v. 9 (contrast 40:1).  drunk … the cup:  For similar imagery see Jeremiah 25:15-29; Lamentations 4:21; Ezekiel 23:31-34.  v19, 20, These two things  refer to the desolation of the land and the destruction of the people.  v21-23, The cause of drunkenness was not wine, but the cup of trembling, The Terror Of God’s Judgment.  those who afflict you:  Israel’s oppressors would be made to drink “the cup of … fury (v. 22).

John Gill’s Exposition Of The Bible – v19, These two things are come unto thee  Affliction From The Hand Of God, though by means of enemies, and no friends to help, support, and comfort, as before hinted: or else this respects what follows, after it is said, who shall be sorry for thee?  lament or bemoan thee? they of the earth will rejoice and be glad, and others will not dare to show any concern outwardly, whatever inward grief may be in their breasts, ( Revelation 11:10 ) , desolation, and destruction, and the famine, and the sword;  which may be the two things before mentioned, for though there are four words, they are reducible to two things, desolation, which is the sword, and by it, and destruction, which is the famine, and comes by that, as Kimchi observes: or the words may be rendered thus, “desolation, and destruction, even the famine and the sword”; so that there is no need of making these things four, and of considering them as distinct from the other two, as the Targum makes them, which paraphrases the whole thus,  “two tribulations come upon thee, O Jerusalem, thou canst not arise; when four shall come upon thee, spoiling and breach, and the famine and the sword, there shall be none to comfort thee but I.”  v20, Thy sons have fainted  Through want of food, or at the desolation made, and have no spirit in them to appear in The Interest of True Religion: they lie at the head of all the streets;  emaciated by famine, and not able to walk, but drop down in the streets, and there lie panting and pining away; or slain by the enemy; or with the famine, and the sword, as Aben Ezra, and none to bury them; so the dead bodies of the witnesses shall lie in the street of the great city unburied, ( Revelation 11:8Revelation 11:9 ) as a wild bull in a net;
that is slain, being taken; or, if alive, however it flings about and struggles, cannot extricate itself: so it may denote such that survive the calamity, yet held under the power of the enemy; and though inwardly fretting, and very impatient, cannot help themselves, no more than such a creature taken in a toil or net; which Aben Ezra takes to be a fowl, to which a net best agrees; and the Vulgate Latin version renders it, “as the oryx snared”; which Drusius says is the name of a bird; though it is used for a wild goat. But Kimchi says the word here used signifies a wild ox or bull F26, as we render it: in Hebrew it is called “tho” or “thoa”, and very probably is the same with the “thoos” mentioned by Aristotle F1and Pliny F2, and is rendered a wild ox in ( Deuteronomy 14:5 ) , where it is reckoned among sheep, goats, and deer. It is strange that the Septuagint should render it, “as beet half boiled”; or flaccid and withering, as the Syriac and Arabic versions, taking it for an herb: and as much out of the way is the Targum, which renders it, “as broken bottles:” they are Full Of The Fury Of The Lord, The Rebuke Of Thy God;  that is, Jerusalem’s sons, The Members Of The Church Of God, professors of religion, now full of calamities, which may seem to Flow From The Wrath Of God, ( Revelation 3:19 ) and from whence they shall be delivered, and their enemies punished.  All this was literally true of Jerusalem, both at the destruction of it by the Chaldeans and by the Romans, and will be Mystically True of The Church at the slaying of The Witnesses by the sword of antichrist; when there will be a famine, not of bread, nor of water, but of Hearing The Word Of The Lord; and which will bring great Devastation and Desolation On The Interest Of Christ: by whom shall I comfort thee?There Being No Ministry Of The Word, Nor Administration Of The Ordinances, The Usual Means Of Comfort, The Witnesses Being Slain; see   ( Lamentations 1:9 Lamentations 1:16 Lamentations 1:21 )      ( 2:13 ) .  

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v17-23, God Calls Upon His People To Mind The Things That Belong To Their Everlasting Peace.  Jerusalem had provoked God, and was made to taste the bitter fruits.  Those who should have been her comforters, were their own tormentors.  They Have No Patience By Which To Keep Possession Of Their Own Souls, Nor Any Confidence In God’s Promise, By Which To Keep Possession Of Its Conduct.  Thou Art Drunken, Not As Formerly, With The Intoxicating Cup Of Babylon’s Idolatries, But With The Cup Of Affliction.  Know, Then, The Cause Of God’s People May For A Time Seem As Lost, But God Will Protect It, By Convincing The Conscience, Or Confounding The Prospects Of Those That Strive Against It.  The oppressors required souls to be subjected to them, that every man should Believe and Worship as they would have them.  But all they could gain by violence was, that people were brought to outward hypocritical (a pretense to have) conformity (behavior that is the same), for consciences (your inner mind) cannot be forced (to do what is Right). 

“Glory To The Lamb Jesus”/Isaiah 51, “Everlasting Salvation For Zion,” cont’d

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“Joy Medley,” Bishop Leonard Scott

“Everlasting Salvation For Zion,” cont’d, Isaiah 51:9) Awake, Awake, Put On Strength, O Arm Of The Lord, Awake, As In The Ancient Days, In The Generations Of Old.  Art Thou Not It That Hath Cut Rahab, And Wounded The Dragon?  Ezekiel 29:3.  10) Art Thou Not It Which Hath Dried The Sea, The Waters Of The Great Deep; That Hath Made The Depths Of The Sea A Way For The Ransomed To Pass Over?  Exodus 14:21.  11) Therefore The Redeemed Of The Lord Shall Return, And Come With Singing Unto Zion; And Everlasting Joy Shall Be Upon Their Head:  They Shall Obtain Gladness And Joy; And Sorrow And Mourning Shall Flee Away.  12) I, Even I, Am He That Comforteth You:  who art thou, that thou shouldest be afraid of a man that shall die, and of the son of man which shall be made grass.  2 Corinthians 1:3; 1 Peter 1:24.  13) And Forgettest The Lord, Thy Maker, That Hath Stretched Forth The Heavens, And Laid The Foundations Of The Earth; and hast feared continually every day because of the fury of the oppressor, as if he were ready to destroy?  and where is the fury of the oppressor?  Job 20:7.  14) The captive exile hasteneth that he may be loosed, and that he should not die in the pit, nor that his bread should fail.  15) But I Am The Lord Thy God, That Divided The Sea, Whose Waves Roared:  The Lord Of Hosts Is His Name.  Exodus 14:21; Psalm 74:13.  16) And I Have Put My Words In Thy Mouth, And I Have Covered Thee In The Shadow Of Mine Hand, That I May Plant The Heavens, And Lay The Foundations Of The Earth, And Say Unto Zion, Thou Art My people. John 3:34.

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v9, Awake implies that The Lord Appeared To Be Asleep (40:27; Psalm 44:23).  Isaiah’s Prayer Is Based On God’s Promise (50:2), and Addressed To God’s Strong Arm (41:10; 51:5).  Rahab was a mythical serpent that resisted God’s Creation Of The Universe.  v10, 11, The Lord’s Miracle At The Red Sea (Exodus 14:21, 22) is probably represented by the imagery of a pagan myth in which the sea opposed The Creating Deity.  The probable allusion is supported by the … deep, a term used for the primeval chaotic waters of Genesis 1:2.  v12, The Lord Responds To The Double Imperative of v. 9, “Awake, awake,” with the double pronoun I, Even I.  v13, oppressor;  For a graphic depiction of the punishment of Israel’s oppressors, see 49:26.  v14, Captive exile literally refers to the exiles in Babylon.  v15, Who Divided The Sea … roared:   The sea represents all that is evil and in Opposition To The Lord (Psalm 93).  v16, Your mouth refers to The Words Of The Servant (41:9; 44:26; 50:4).

Quest Study Bible – v9, “Rahab … that monster,”  A sea monster in ancient mythology, Rahab also became a name for Egypt (30:7).  In This Description Of God’s Power, it could mean either or both.  According to the Babylonian creation myth, the god Marduk cut a monster in two, dividing Heaven and earth.  Here the Prophet may be implying that it was Really The God Of The Jews Who Did That.  v10, SCRIPTURE LINK (51:10), See Exodus 14:29.  The Prophet Begs The Lord To Act Again As He Did When He Parted The Red Sea.

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v9-16, The People Whom Christ Has Redeemed With His Blood, As Well As By His Power, Will Obtain Joyful Deliverance From Every Enemy.  He That Designs Such Joy For Us At Last, Will He Not Work Such Deliverance In The Mean Time, As Our Cases Require?  In this world of changes, it is a short step from joy to sorrow, But In That World (The New Heaven And Earth), Sorrow Shall Never Come In View.  They Prayed For The Display Of God’s Power; He Answers Them With Consolations Of His Grace.  (Do) We Dread To Sin Against God, We Should Not Fear The Frowns Of Men.  Happy Is The Man That Fears God Always.  And Christ’s Church Shall Enjoy Security By The Power And Providence Of The Almighty.  Amen. 

“Glory To The Lamb Jesus”/Isaiah 51, “Everlasting Salvation For Zion”

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GTR Praise Team – Fill Me Up, Maranda Curtis Willis

“Everlasting Salvation For Zion,” Isaiah 51:1) Hearken Unto Me, Ye That Follow After Righteousness, Ye That Seek The Lord:  Look Unto The Rock Whence Ye Are Hewn, And To The Hole Of The Pit Whence Ye Are Digged.  Matthew 6:33; Romans 9:30.  2) Look unto Abraham your father, and unto Sarah that bare you:  For I Called him alone, And Blessed Him, And Increased Him.  3) For The Lord Shall Comfort Zion:  He Will Comfort All Her Waste Places; And He Will Make Her Wilderness Like Eden, And Her Desert Like The Garden Of The Lord; Joy And Gladness Shall Be Found Therein, Thanksgiving, And The Voice Of melody.  Hebrews 11:11.  4) Hearken Unto Me, My People, And Give Ear Unto Me, O My Nation:  For A Law Shall Proceed From Me, And I Will Make My Judgment To Rest For A Light Of The People.  5) My Righteousness Is Near; My Salvation Is Gone Forth, And Mine Arms Shall Judge The People; The Isles Shall Wait Upon Me, And On Mine Arm Shall They Trust.  6) Lift up your eyes to the Heavens, and look upon the earth beneath:  for the Heavens shall vanish away like smoke, and the earth shall wax old like a garment, and they that dwell therein shall die in like manner:  But My Salvation Shall Be For Ever, And My Righteousness Shall Not Be Abolished.  Matthew 24:35; 2 Peter 3:10.  7) Hearken Unto me, Ye That Know Righteousness, The People In Whose Heart Is My Law; Fear Ye Not The Reproach Of Men, Neither Be Ye Afraid Of Their Revilings.  8) For the moth shall eat them up like a garment, and the worm shall eat them like wool:  But My Righteousness Shall Be For Ever, And My Salvation From Generation To Generation.  

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v1, 2, Look links the metaphor of v. 1 with its interpretation in v. 2.  The metaphors (a figure of speech) rock and pit are interpreted in v. 2 as referring to Abraham and Sarah.  v3, Zion replaced Eden.  Both were places of Fellowship With God, Free From Sin, And Guarded By Cherubim.  v4, The Servant Is The Light Of The peoples (42:6; 49:6; John 3:17, 18).   v5, The Day Of The Lord Is Near.  wait:  The verb translated wait has to do with confident expectation and active Hope (40:31; Psalm 40:1).  v6, The old cosmos will vanish away and grow old (34:4; Hebrews 1:10, 11), and those who dwell in it will die (v. 8).  Righteousness, a synonym (means the same) for Salvation in (Israel) will last forever (45:17; 56:1).  v7, In whose heart is My Law refers to those that are Bound To God By The Provisions Of The New Covenant (42:6; Jeremiah 31:33).  The reproach of the Exiles Anticipates The Rejection Of The Servant (50:4-11).  v8, Righteousness … Forever … Salvation:  The Interrelationship of Salvation, Righteousness and eternity can also be seen in v. 6.

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v1-3, It Is Good For Those Privileged To The New Birth, To Consider That They Were Shapen In Sin.  This should cause low thoughts of ourselves, And High Thoughts Of Divine Grace.  It Is The Greatest Comfort To Be Made Serviceable To The Glory Of God.  The More Holiness Men Have, And The More Good They Do, The More Gladness They Have.  Let Us Seriously Reflect Upon Our Guilt.  To Do So Will Tend To Keep The Heart Humble, And The Conscience Awake And Tender.  They Make Christ More Precious To The Soul, And Give Strength To Our Attempts And Prayers For Others.  v4-8, The Gospel Of Christ Shall Be Preached And Published.  How Shall We Escape If We Neglect It?  There Is No Salvation Without Righteousness.  The Soul Shall, As To This World, Vanish Like Smoke, And The Body Be Thrown (Out) Like A Worn-out Garment.  But Those Whose Happiness Is In Christ’s Righteousness And Salvation, Will Have The Comfort Of It When Time And Days Shall Be No More.  Clouds darken the sun, but do not stop its course.  The Believer Will Enjoy his Portion, While Revilers Of Christ Are In Darkness.

“Glory To The Lamb Jesus”/Psalm 28, “Unto Thee Will I Cry, O Lord, My Rock,” cont’d, A Psalm of David

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“I Am,” Nicole C. Mullen 

Psalm 28, A Psalm of lament, is attributed to David.  The Psalm Includes A Prayer against David’s enemies and a royal invocation (the act or process of petitioning for help or support) of Praise To The Lord. 

“Unto Thee Will I Cry, O Lord, My Rock,” cont’d, Psalm 28:6) Blessed Be The Lord, Because He Hath Heard The Voice Of my Supplications.  7) The Lord Is my Strength And my Shield; my Heart Trusted In Him, And I Am Helped:  Therefore my Heart Greatly Rejoiceth; and with my song Will I Praise Him. Psalm 18:2.  8) The Lord Is their Strength, And He Is The Saving Strength Of His Anointed.  9) Save Thy People, And Bless Thine Inheritance:  Feed them Also, And Lift them Up For Ever.  Amen.  

Nelson’s Concise Bible Commentary – v6, 7, Because the plea of the Psalmist has been heard, the last section of the poem is a Hymn of Praise (138:1).  v8, 9, The Term His Anointed Acknowledges God’s Covenant With David, His Promise That He Would Be David’s God and David would be His Representative.  This passage became a heritage of the monarchy, a Treasure for each godly king in the Davidic line to go back to for Strength and Encouragement.  Shepherd them:  As in Psalms 23 and 80, The Comparison Of God with a shepherd is an Image Of The Loving Care Of A Great King (Ecclesiastes 12:11).

Quest Study Bible – v58:6-8, “Is it right to pray for revenge?”   Several Psalms call Upon God To Take Revenge On The Enemy.  Yet Jesus Taught That We Should Love Our Enemies (Matthew 5:44).  And the Apostle Paul wrote, Do not take revenge, my friends, But Leave Room For God’s Wrath … (Romans 12:19).  How, then, do we interpret Psalms that call a curse on the enemy?  Several points help to put this question into perspective:  (1) Cursing the wicked was, for Old Testament Saints, more a Plea For God’s Justice than a cry for personal revenge.  Their reasoning:  sinners tarnish God’s Honor when they cause the innocent to suffer.  The writers of the Psalms could not tolerate the Idea of God Standing By, Permitting These Wrongs To Go On Unpunished.  They begged for His Justice and His Wrath To be Carried Out.  (2) Though David asked God To Show No Mercy to the wicked (59:5, for example), he himself showed Mercy several times when he could have taken revenge on the guilty:  to Saul (1 Samuel 24:8-13; 26:8-11), to Shimei (2 Samuel 16:5-13) and to Absolom (2 Samuel 18:5).  In those cases, David left the Judgment of sinners In The Hands Of God, The Judge Of The Earth (94:2).  (3) The writers of the Psalms, though they had the benefit of Old Testament Law, had not experienced The New Dimensions That Were Given Through Christ.  It’s hardly fair to expect Old Testament people to act “Christian” Before Christ Ever Came.  No, We Should NOT Pray For Revenge.  Like the Psalmists, We Must Trust God To Right The Wrongs Of This World.  And With Christ’s Help, We Can Love And Pray For Those Who Mistreat Us.  Amen.

Quest Study Bible – v8, “Anointed One,” See “Anointed One,” (2:2).  Psalm 2:2, (3)) The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, Against The Lord, And Against His Anointed, Saying,  Psalm 45:7; John 1:41.  3) Let us break Their Bands Asunder, and Cast Away Their Cords From Us.  Luke 19:14.  v2, Messiah comes from the Hebrew word for Anointed.  When the Israelites read This, they thought of their king.  But The Early Followers Of Jesus Recognized These Words As A Foreshadowing Of The Son Of God.  See NIV text note at Matthew 1:17.  

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v6-9, Has God Heard Our Supplications?  Let Us Then Bless His Name.  The Lord Is My Strength, To Support Me, And Carry Me On Through All My Services And Sufferings.  The Heart That Truly Believes, Shall In Due Time Greatly Rejoice:  We Are To Expect Joy And Peace In Believing.  God Shall Have The Praise Of It:  Thus Must We Express Our Gratitude.  The Saints Rejoice In Others’ Comfort As Well As Their Own.  The Psalmist concludes with a short, but comprehensive Prayer.  God’s People Are His Inheritance, And Precious In His Eyes.  He Prays That God Would Save Them;  That He Would Bless Them With All Good, Especially The Plenty Of His Ordinances, Which Are Food To The Soul.  And Direct Their Actions And Overrule Their Affairs For Good.  Also, Lift Them Up For Ever; Not Only Those Of That Age, But His People In Every Age To Come; Lift Them Up As High As Heaven.  There, And Only There, Will Saints Be Lifted Up For Ever, Never More To Sink, Or Be Depressed.  Save Us, Lord Jesus, From Our Sins; Bless Us, Thou Son of Abraham, With The Blessing Of Righteousness; Feed Us, Thou Good Shepherd Of The Sheep, And Lift Us Up Forever From The Dust, O THOU, WHO ART THE RESURRECTION AND THE LIFE!  Amen.  

“Glory To The Lamb Jesus”/Psalm 28, “Unto Thee Will I Cry, O Lord, My Rock,” A Psalm of David

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Psalm 28, A Psalm of lament, is attributed to David.  The Psalm Includes A Prayer against David’s enemies and a royal invocation (the act or process of petitioning for help or support) of Praise To The Lord. 

“Unto Thee Will I Cry, O Lord, My Rock,” Psalm 28:1) Unto Thee Will I Cry, O Lord, My Rock; be not silent to me:  lest, if Thou Be Silent To me, I become like them that go down into the pit.  2) Hear the voice of my supplications, when I Cry Unto Thee, when I lift up my hands Toward Thy Holy Oracle.  3) Draw me not away with the wicked, and with the workers of iniquity, which speak peace to their neighbours, but mischief is in their hearts.  4) Give them according to their deeds, and according to the wickedness of their endeavours:  give them after the work of their hands; render to them their desert.  2 Timothy 4:14.  5) Because they Regard Not The Works Of The Lord, Nor The Operation Of His hands, He Shall Destroy Them, And Not Build Them Up.  

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v1, 2, Do not be silent:  One of the ways David senses The Distance Of God Is His “Silence” (13:1; 22:1).  David might be referring only to his lack of a Sense of Intimacy With God (27:4, 5), but it is also possible that he is awaiting a Specific Word From The Lord Through a Prophet or a Priest.  The pit is one of the terms for death in the Psalms (9:17, 18; 16:10; 143:7).  David asks to be Rescued From Death So That He Might Live To Praise God.  v3-5, Do not take me away:  Again, the Psalmist is asking to be delivered from death (6:5).  according to their deeds:  David pronounces his curse on the wicked, from whom he wishes to be distinguished (4:3).  they do not regard:  The language here is similar to that of Paul in Romans 1:18-32.  One day even the wicked will have To Acknowledge God As their Creator and Give Him The Glory He Deserves.

Quest Study Bible – v1, “Rock,” See “How Is God Like A Rock?”  18:2, God Is Firm, Solid, Impregnable and Immovable–Just The Kind Of Stability Needed By An Emotional Man Like David.  He writes of a Rock large enough that he could hide on top of it from his enemies below.  A few soldiers could defend a high rock bluff against a much larger army.  Perhaps David was recalling the rocks and caves that kept him safe from Saul (1 Samuel 23:25).  v1, “Pit,”  Pits were dug to bury the dead (graves were dug into the sides of the hole).  In this way, pit became a figure of speech for death–the meaning David intends here.  See “What kind of pit was David in?”  (40:2).  v4, “Is it right to pray for revenge?”  See article:  “Is it right to pray for revenge?”  (58:6-8). 

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v1-5, David Is Very Earnest In Prayer.  Observe his Faith In Prayer; God Is My Rock, On Whom I Build My Hope.  Believers Should Not Rest Till They Have Received Some Token That Their Prayers Are Heard.  He Prays That he May Not Be Numbered With The Wicked.  Save Me From Being Entangled In The Snares They Have Laid For Me.  Save Me From Being Infected With Their Sins, And From Doing As They Do.  Lord, Never Leave Me To Use Such Arts Of Deceit And Treachery For My Safety, As They Use For My Ruin.  Believers Dread The Way Of Sinners, The Best Are Sensible Of The Danger They Are In Of Being Drawn Aside (Drawn Apart from God):  We Should All Pray Earnestly To God For His Grace To Keep Us.  Those who are careful not to partake with sinners in their sins, have reason to Hope that they shall not receive their Plagues.  He Speaks Of The Just Judgments Of The Lord On The Workers Of Iniquity, ver. 4.  This is not the language of passion or revenge.  It Is A Prophecy That There Will Certainly Come A Day, When God Will Punish Every man Who Persists In His Evil Deeds.  Sinners Shall Be Reckoned With (Will Stand In Judgment For Their Sins), Not Only For The Mischief They Have Done, But For The Mischief They Designed (Planned), And Did What They Could To Effect (or, Cause).  Disregard Of The Works Of The Lord, Is The Cause Of The Sin Of Sinners, And Becomes The Cause of Their Ruin.    

“Glory To The Lamb Jesus”/Isaiah 50, “Israel’s Sin And The Servant’s Obedience,” III

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“I’m Gonna Be Ready,” Yolanda Adams

“Israel’s Sin And The Servant’s Obedience,” III, Isaiah 50:10) Who Is Among You That Feareth The Lord, That Obeyeth The Voice Of His Servant, That Walketh In Darkness, And Hath No Light?  Let him Trust In The Name Of The Lord, And Stay Upon His God.  2 Chronicles 20:20.  11) Behold, All Ye That Kindle A Fire, That Compass Yourselves About With Sparks:  Walk In The Light Of Your Fire, And In The Sparks That Ye Have Kindled.  This Shall Ye Have Of Mine Hand; Ye Shall Lie Down In Sorrow. 

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v10, Who … Fears The Lord:  The Fear Of The Lord Is The Beginning Of True Wisdom (see Proverbs 1:7).  v11, Those who kindle a fire means those who are self-reliant, instead of Walking In The Light Of The Lord And His Servant (2:5; 42:6).  

Quest Study Bible – v10-11, “Why torment those with torches and reward those who walk in darkness?”   The Jews in Babylonian captivity must have felt hat they were in the dark.  God Asked For Their Trust–He Would Lead Them.  But many were tempted to abandon God, to try to find their own way, to light fires.  (Ironically, this Phrase could read play with fire.)  This would only lead to disaster.

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v10-11, A Child Of God Is Afraid Of Incurring His Displeasure.  This Grace Usually Appears In Believers When In Darkness, When Other Graces Appear Not.  Those That Truly Fear God, Obey The Voice Of Christ.  A Sincere Servant Of God May For A Long Time Be Without Views Of Eternal Happiness.  What Is Likely To Be An Effectual Cure In This Sad Case?  Let him Trust In The Name Of The Lord; And Let him Stay himself Upon The Promises Of The Covenant, And Build his Hopes On Them.  Let him Trust In Christ, Trust In That Name Of His.  The Lord Our Righteousness; Stay himself Upon God As his God, In And Through A Mediator (Jesus Christ, The Great Mediator).  Presuming sinners are warned not to trust in themselves.  Their own merit and sufficiency are light and heat to them.  Creature-comforts are as sparks, short-lived, and soon gone; yet the children of this world, while they last, seek to warm themselves by them, and walk with pride and pleasure to the light of them.  Those that make the world their comfort, and their own righteousness their confidence, will certainly meet with bitterness in the end.  A godly man’s way may be dark, But his End Shall Be Peace And Everlasting Light.  A Wicked Man’s Way May Be Pleasant, But His End And Abode For Ever Will Be Utter Darkness.    

“Glory To The Lamb Jesus”/Isaiah 50, “Israel’s Sin And The Servant’s Obedience,” cont’d

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“I’m Gonna Be Ready,” Yolanda Adams

God’s Elect – Saved through Justification:  The Action of Declaring or Making Righteous In The Sight Of God Through The Shed Blood Of His Son Jesus Christ.

 “Israel’s Sin And The Servant’s Obedience,” cont’d, Israel 50:4) The Lord God Hath Given Me The Tongue Of The Learned, A Word In Season To him that is weary:  He Wakeneth Morning By Morning, He Wakeneth Mine Ear To Hear As The Learned.  Matthew 11:28.  5) The Lord God Hath Openeth Mine Ear, And I Was Not Rebellious, Neither Turned Away Back.  Philippians 2:8; Hebrews 10:5.  6) I Gave My Back To The Smiters, And My Cheeks To Them That Plucked Off The Hair:  I Hid Not My Face From Shame And Spitting.  7) For The Lord God Will Help Me; Therefore Shall I Not Be Confounded:  Therefore Have I Set My Face Like A Flint, And I Know That I Shall Not Be Ashamed.  8) He Is Near That Justifieth Me;  Who Will Contend With Me?  Let Us Stand Together:  Who Is Mine Adversary?  Let him Come Near To Me.  1 Corinthians 4:4.  9) Behold, The Lord God Will Help Me; Who Is he That Shall Condemn Me?  Lo, They All Shall Wax Old As A Garment; The Moth Shall Eat Them Up.  Hebrews 1:11, 12.

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v4, The Title Lord God is emphasized in this section (vv. 5, 7 , 9).  The Lord Educated The Servant’s Tongue.  The word Learned is translated elsewhere as “disciple” (8:16).  The Lord Awakens The Servant’s Ear To Hear.  v5, Opened:  The Opening Of The Ear Canal as a Symbol For Hearing And Obeying.  v6, People sometimes struck the back of a fool.  Pulling someone’s beard was a sign of contempt and disrespect ( 2 Samuel 10:4, 5).  v7, The Lord Is The Servant’s Only Source Of Help (41:10; 49:8).  The phrase not be Disgraced (Ashamed) means to be Honored (49:7; 52:13).  Like a flint indicates determination.  v8, Justifies:  God Would View This One As Completely Righteous.  v9, The Lord God Will Help Me:  See the same Voice Of Confidence In The Lord in Psalm 118:6-12.

Quest Study Bible – v4-6, “How was Isaiah physically and verbally abused?  Although Jeremiah was abused (Jeremiah 36-38) and other Prophets insulted, we don’t have any record of Isaiah being mistreated.  This Text Must Refer To The Servant, Who Would Be Faithful To God Despite The Abuse That Might Result.  Verse 6 Describes Treatment Jesus Endured Before His Crucifixion (see Matthew 26:67, 68; 27:30, 31.  v7, “Flint,”  A hard rock abundant in the Middle East.  Its hardness, made it useful in tool such as hammers, chisels and knives.  It also became a symbol for stubborn endurance, as it is used here.

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v-9, As Jesus Was God And Man In One person, We Find Him Sometimes Speaking, Or Spoken Of, As The Lord God, At Other Times, As Man And The Servant of Jehovah.  He Was To Declare The Truths Which Comfort The Broken, Contrite Heart, Those Weary of Sin, Harassed With Afflictions.  And As The Holy Spirit Was Upon Him, That He Might Speak As Never Man Spake; So The Same Divine Influence Daily Wakened Him To Pray, To Preach The Gospel, And To Receive And Deliver The Whole Will Of The Father.  THE FATHER JUSTIFIED THE SON WHEN HE ACCEPTED THE SATISFACTION HE (CHRIST) MADE FOR THE SIN OF MAN.  Christ Speaks In The Name Of All Believers.  Who Dares To Be An Enemy To Those Unto Whom He Is A Friend?  Or Who Will Contend (Fight) With Those For Whom He Is An Advocate?  Thus St Paul Applies It , Romans 8:33) Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s Elect?  It Is God That Justifieth.   John Gill’s Exposition Of  The Bible – v33, Who shall lay anything to the charge of God’s Elect?  &c.] The Elect Of God are a certain select number of persons, whom He Has So Loved, As Of His Sovereign Good Will And Pleasure, To Choose In Christ Before The Foundation Of The World, Unto Eternal Life And Salvation, by certain ways and means of His Own Appointing, As Sanctification and Faith, so that they are Peculiarly His: but are these persons chargeable with nothing criminal? yes, with Adam’s sin; with a want of Original Righteousness; with multitudes of sins before conversion, some of them with very great ones; and all, even after conversion, with frequent infirmities and backslidings: and will none rise up and exhibit charges of this nature against them? yes, even now, they very often bring charges against themselves; they are very apt to charge one another; Satan, the accuser of the brethren, lays many things to their charge very frequently, and so do the men of the world; BUT ALL THESE CHARGES AVAIL NOTHING, SINCE NONE OF THE DIVINE PERSONS, Father, Son, and Spirit, Lay Anything Against Them: Not God The Father, For It Is God That Justifieth;  He Against Whom (Against Him) Sin Is Committed, Who Is The Lawgiver, And The Righteous Judge, Justifies Them From Every Charge; not by teaching them the way of Justification, nor by Infusing Righteousness into them, or on account of any Works of Righteousness done by them, but by Pronouncing Them Righteous Through The Imputation Of The Righteousness Of His Son Unto Them: Observe, That “God’s Elect”, as such, are The Objects Of Justification (Made Righteous); Which Proves The Eternity Of It; The Speciality Of It As Belonging To Particular Persons, And The Everlasting Security And Continuance Of It.  Amen.

“Glory To The Lamb Jesus”/Isaiah 50, “Israel’s Sin And The Servant’s Obedience”

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“I’m Gonna Be Ready,” Yolanda Adams

“Israel’s Sin And The Servant’s Obedience,” Isaiah 50:1) Thus Saith The Lord, Where Is The Bill Of Your Mother’s Divorcement, Whom I Have Put Away?  Or Which Of My Creditors Is It To Whom I Have Sold You?  Behold, For Your Iniquities Have Ye Sold Yourselves, And For Your Transgressions Is Your Mother Put Away.  Deuteronomy 24:1; 2 Kings 4:1.  2) Wherefore, When I Came, Was There No Man?  When I Called, Was There None To Answer?  Is My Hand Shortened At All, That It Cannot Redeem?  Or Have I No Power To Deliver?  Behold, At My Rebuke I Dry Up The Sea, I Make The Rivers A Wilderness:  Their Fish Stinketh, Because There Is No Water, And Dieth For Thirst.  Numbers 11:23.  3) I Clothe The Heavens With Blackness, And I Make Sackcloth Their Covering.

 Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v1, Permanent exile would have required a certificate of divorce.  If The Lord Had Issued One, He Could Not Have Taken Israel Back (see Deuteronomy 24:1; Jeremiah 3;1, 8).  If The Lord Had Sold Israel To Creditors He Would Not Have Any Authority Over Their Destiny.  But the Israelites had sold themselves.  So, God As Their Redeemer Could Buy Them Back (see 41:14; 52:3).  God Came To Israel At The Exile Through The Prophets.  Later God Came To Earth Through His Servant And Son, Jesus (41:9).  v3, Blackness may be an allusion to the ninth plague of Egypt, When The Lord Made Darkness Cover The Earth (see Exodus 10:21).

Quest Study Bible – v1, “Certificate of Divorce.”   Jewish law allowed a man to divorce his wife by writing out a certificate.  There was some debate about acceptable grounds for divorce; the view that prevailed allowed for any and every reason (Matthew 19:3, 7).  The divorce, though, was irrevocable.  Here, God Explains That There Is No Certificate And Thus His Separation From His People Can Be Rescinded.

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v1-3, Those who have professed to be People of God, and seem to be dealt severely with, are apt to complain, as if God Had Been hard With Them.  Here is an Answer For Such Murmurings; God Never Deprived Any Of Their Advantages, Except For Their Sins     (Because Of Their Sins).  The Jews were sent into Babylon for their idolatry, a sin which broke The Covenant; and they were at last rejected For Crucifying The Lord Of Glory.  God Called On Them To Leave Their Sins, And Prevent Their Own Ruin.  Last of all, The Son Came To His Own, But His Own Received Him Not.  When God Calls Men To happiness, And They Will Not Answer, They Are Justly Left To Be Miserable.  To Silence Doubts Concerning His Power, Proofs Of It Are Given.  The Wonders Which Attended His Sufferings And Death, Proclaimed That He Was The Son of God.  Matthew 27:54.

“Glory To The Lamb Jesus”/Psalm 20, “The Lord Hear Thee In The Day Of Trouble,” A Psalm of David

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“No Greater Love,” Smokie Norful

Psalm 20 – A Royal Psalm, is a Psalm of Trust ascribed to David.  The tone of the Psalm is one of Blessing, such as a king might bestow on his people, perhaps on the eve of battle.

“The Lord Hear Thee In The Day Of Trouble,” Psalm 20:1) The Lord Hear Thee In The Day Of Trouble; The Name Of The God of Jacob Defend Thee;  Isaiah 50:10.  2) Send Thee Help From The Sanctuary, And Strengthen Thee Out Of Zion;  3) Remember All Thy Offerings, And Accept Thy Burnt Sacrifice;  Selah.  4) Grant Thee According To Thine Own Heart, And Fulfil All Thy Counsel.  1 John 5:14, 15.  5) We Will Rejoice In Thy Salvation, And In The Name Of Our God We Will Set Up Our Banners:  The Lord Fulfil All Thy Petitions.  6) Now Know I That The Lord Saveth His Anointed; He Will Hear him From His Holy Heaven With The Saving Strength Of His Right Hand.  7) Some Trust In Chariots, And Some In Horses But We Will Remember The Name Of The Lord Our God.  Judges 7:7.  8) They Are Brought Down And Fallen; But We Are Risen, And Stand Upright.  9) Save, Lord; Let The King Hear Us When We Call.  Amen. 

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v1-5, The day of trouble likely refers to the day of battle.  But it has wide application for any troubled day in the life of the Believer.  Sanctuary:  Help From God was perceived to come The Temple in Jerusalem.  Ultimately It Comes From God’s Dwelling In Heaven, Of Which The Earthly Sanctuary Was A Symbol.  In the immediate context, Salvation is used to describe daily deliverance from the rigors of the battle and the victory over the enemy.  But The Lord’s Deliverance Of Us From Our Spiritual Troubles Should Prompt The Same Type Of Praise.  v6, King David was the Anointed Of The Lord (18:50).  His Right Hand:  This Is A Slogan That Describes God’s Powerful Deliverance Of The Israelites From Egypt (17:7; 44:3; 118:16; see also Exodus 15:6).  v7-9, Chariots were the leading weapon on the ancient battlefield.  The instruments of warfare are mere tools In God’s Hand.  The Wise Trust In God Because The Battle Belongs To Him.  May The King Answer:  Above King David Was God The Great King; Moreover, One Day King Jesus Would Rule From Sea To Sea.

Quest Study Bible – v1, “How Does God’s Name Offer Protection?”  God’s Name Is Not A Magical Charm, But It Represents His Authority And All That He Is.  His Name Is Synonymous With His Power And Protects Us, much as the name of the president or the governor can authorize privileges for citizens.  v2, “Sanctuary,”  Means Holy Place, suggesting (1) the Tent in Jerusalem that Housed The Ark, The Symbol Of God’s Presence, or, (2) Zion, The Holy Mountain Where The Temple Was Later Built.  v4, “Does Knowing God Guarantee Success?”  See articles:  “Does Seeking God Guarantee Success?”  (2 Chronicles 26:5) and “Is Success Guaranteed To Those Who Obey God?”  (Deuteronomy 28:2-6).   v6, “His Anointed,”   The king Of Israel.  See Anointed One (2:2).  v6, “Why Refer To God’s Right Hand?”  This was a figurative way to Speak Of God’s Great Strength (see Exodus 15:6).   Also see “The Years Of The Most High” (77:10).  v7, “What Does It Mean To Trust God’s Name?”  Trusting God’s Name Means Placing One’s Confidence In Who He Is.  See “How Does God’s Name Offer Protection?” (20:1).  v9, “Were they praying for the king’s Salvation?”  See John Gill.

John Gill’s Exposition Of The Bible – Save, Lord  Not “the king”, as the Septuagint, Ethiopic, and Arabic versions read the words, joining the word “king” to them, which is in the next clause; but this, as Aben Ezra observes, is not right, because of the accent “athnach”, which divides these words from the following; rather the word us may be supplied; and so the Syriac version renders it, “The Lord Will Deliver Us”; and the Targum is, “O Lord”, (Nl qrp) , “Redeem Us”, or “Save Us”; that is, With A Temporal, Spiritual, And Eternal Salvation: this petition is directed to Jehovah The Father, as the following is to The King Messiah;  Let The King Hear Us When We Call;  for not God the Father is here meant, Though He Is An Everlasting King, The King of kings; and Who Hears His People, When They Call Upon Him, and while they are calling; yet He Is Rarely, if ever, called “The King”, without any other additional epithet; whereas The Messiah Often Is, as in the next Psalm, ( Psalms 20:1 Psalms 20:7 ) ( 45:1 ) ; and Prayer Is Made To Him, and He Hears And Receives The Prayers Of His People; and, As Mediator, Presents Them To His Father Perfumed With His Much Incense; For He Is A Priest As Well As A King.

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – This Psalm Is A Prayer For the kings of Israel, But With Relation To Christ.  —Even the greatest of men may be much in trouble.  Neither the crown on the king’s head, nor the Grace in his heart, would make him free from trouble.  Even the greatest of men must be much in Prayer.  Let none expect benefits by the Prayers of The Church, or their friends, who are capable of Praying for themselves, yet neglect It.  Pray That God Would Protect his Person, and Preserve his life.  That God Would Enable him to go on in his undertakings for the public good.  We May Know That God Accepts Our Spiritual Sacrifices, If By His Spirit He Kindles In Our Souls A Holy Fire Of Piety (Reverence) And Love To God.  Also, That The Lord Would Crown his (Man’s) enterprises with success.  Our First Step To Victory In Spiritual Warfare Is To Trust Only In The Mercy And Grace Of God; All Who Trust In Themselves Will Soon Be Cast Down.  Believers Triumph In God, And His Revelation Of Himself To Them, By Which They Distinguish Themselves From Those That Live Without God In The World.  Those That Make God And His Name Their Praise, May Make God And His Name Their Trust.  This was the case when the pride and power of Jewish Unbelief, and pagan idolatry, Fell Before The Sermons And Lives Of The Humble Believers In Jesus.  This is the case in every conflict with our spiritual enemies, when we engage them in The Name, The Spirit, And The Power Of Christ; And This Will Be The Case At The Last Day, When The World, With The Prince Of It, Shall Be Brought Down And Fall; But Believers Risen From The Dead, Through The Resurrection Of The Lord, Shall Stand, And Sing His Praises In Heaven.  IN CHRIST’S SALVATION LET US REJOICE!  AND SET UP OUR BANNERS IN THE NAME OF THE LORD OUR GOD, Assured That By The Saving Strength Of His Right Hand We Shall Be Conquerors Over Every Enemy.  Amen.   

“Glory To The Lamb Jesus”/Isaiah 49, “Restoration to Israel,” III

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christian cross: Illustration of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. A bleeding heart with flames, pierced by a lance wound with crown of thorns and cross. Illustration

“I Understand,” Smokie Norful 

“Restoration to Israel,” III, Isaiah 49:24) Shall The Prey Be Taken From The Mighty, Or The Lawful Captive Delivered?  Matthew 12:29.  25) But Thus Saith The Lord, Even The Captives Of The Mighty Shall Be Taken Away, And The Prey Of The Terrible Shall Be Delivered:  For I Will Contend With Him That Contendeth With Thee, And I Will Save Thy Children.  26) And I Will Feed Them That Oppress Thee With Their Own Flesh; And They Shall Be Drunken With Their Own Blood, As With Sweet Wine:  AND ALL FLESH SHALL KNOW THAT I THE LORD AM THY SAVIOUR AND THY REDEEMER, THE MIGHTY ONE OF JACOB.  Isaiah 43:3.  Amen.

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v24, 25, Israel asks rhetorically:  Shall the prey—captive Israel—be taken from the mighty—Babylon?  Apparently Israel expects a negative answer to this question, But The Lord Responds Affirmatively.  He Would Contend with the mighty, terrible Babylon (Jeremiah 50:33, 34) And Free His People.  v26, oppress:  Cannibalism was possible during the horrible famine of a siege (9:20; see Deuteronomy 28:53-57).

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v24-26, We Were Lawful Captives To The Justice Of God, Yet Delivered By A Price Of Unspeakable Value.  Here Is An Express Promise:  Even The Prey Of The Terrible Shall Be Delivered.  We May Here (See) Satan Deprived of his prey, bound and cast into The Pit; And All The Powers That have Combined To Enslave, Persecute, Or Corrupt The Church, Are Destroyed That All The Earth May Know That Our SAVIOUR AND REDEEMER IS JEHOVAH, THE MIGHTY ONE OF JACOB.  And Every Effort We Make To Rescue Our Fellow-sinners From The Bondage of Satan, Is, In Some Degree, Helping Forward The Great Change.  Amen.