“Glory To The Lamb Jesus”/Isaiah 63, “PRAISE AND PRAYER”

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“Hosanna,” Israel Houghton

“PRAISE AND PRAYER,” Isaiah 63:7) I Will Mention THE LOVINGKINDNESS OF THE LORD, AND THE PRAISES OF THE LORD, ACCORDING TO ALL THAT THE LORD HATH BESTOWED ON US, AND THE GREAT GOODNESS TOWARD THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL, WHICH HE HATH BESTOWED ON THEM ACCORDING TO HIS MERCIES, AND ACCORDING TO THE MULTITUDE OF HIS LOVINGKINDNESSES. 8) FOR HE SAID, SURELY THEY ARE MY PEOPLE, CHILDREN THAT WILL NOT LIE:  SO HE WAS THEIR SAVIOUR.  9) In their affliction HE WAS AFFLICTED, AND THE ANGEL OF HIS PRESENCE SAVED THEM:  IN HIS LOVE AND IN HIS PITY HE REDEEMED THEM; AND HE BARE THEM, AND CARRIED THEM ALL THE DAYS OF OLD.  Acts 12:11;  Exodus 19:4.

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v7, I will mention:  Isaiah publicly proclaims GOD’S SAVING MERCIES (Psalm 77:12; 89:1).  The plural words Lovingkindnesses and praises refer to THE LORD’S MANY ACTS OF LOVE AND LOYALTY TO HIS PEOPLE.  The word Lovingkindnesses is translated “sure mercies” in 55:3 (see also Psalm 89:1).  v8, In the Hebrew BIBLE, the term MY people is used in two ways:  (1) for those who were united nationally to GOD by blood and history through Abraham’s flesh (48:1; Exodus 3:7), and (2) for those who were united to HIM inwardly through Abraham’s Faith and Obedience (Leviticus 26:12; Deuteronomy 29;13).  v9, Their affliction probably refers to GOD”S SYMPATHY FOR HIS PEOPLE IN EGYPT (Exodus 2:25; 3:7), and at the time of the judges (Judges 10:16).  HE WAS AFFLICTED:  GOD SHARES THE HURT OF HIS PEOPLE  (Exodus 2:23-25).  BORE AND CARRIED are allusions to Exodus 19:4 (see Deuteronomy 1:31; 32:10-12).

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v7-14, The Latter Part Of This Chapter, and the whole of the next, seem to express the Payers of the Jews on their conversation.  They Acknowledge GOD’S GREAT MERCIES AND FAVORS TO THEIR NATION.  They Confess Their Wickedness And Hardness Of Heart; They Entreat HIS FORGIVENESS, And Deplore The Miserable Condition Under Which They Have So Long Suffered.  THE ONLY-BEGOTTEN SON OF THE FATHER BECAME THE ANGEL OR MESSENGER OF HIS LOVE; THUS HE REDEEMED AND BARE THEM WITH TENDERNESS.  Yet They Murdered, And Resisted HIS HOLY SPIRIT, Despising And Persecuting HIS HOLY PROPHETS, REJECTING AND CRUCIFYING THE PROMISED MESSIAH.  All Our Comforts And Hope Spring From THE LOVING-KINDNESS OF THE LORD, And All Our Miseries And Fears From Our Sins.  BUT HE IS THE SAVIOUR, And When Sinners SEEK AFTER HIM, WHO IN OTHER AGES GLORIFIED HIMSELF BY SAVING AND FEEDING HIS PURCHASED FLOCK, AND LEADING THEM SAFELY THROUGH DANGERS, AND HAS GIVEN HIS HOLY SPIRIT TO PROSPER THE LABORS OF HIS MINISTERS, There Is Good Ground To Hope That They Are Discovering THE WAY OF PEACE.  Amen.      

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