I S A I A H.
In this chapter, I. Those to whom God sends are
justly charged with bringing all the troubles they were in upon
themselves, by their own wilfulness and obstinacy, it being made to
appear that God was able and ready to help them if they had been
fit for deliverance, ver.
1-3. II. He by whom God sends produces his commission
(ver. 4), alleges his own
readiness to submit to all the services and sufferings he was
called to in the execution of it (ver. 5, 6), and assures himself that God,
who sent him, would stand by him and bear him out against all
opposition, ver. 7-9.
III. The message that is sent is life and death, good and evil, the
blessing and the curse, comfort to desponding saints and terror to
presuming sinners, ver. 10,
11. Now all this seems to have a double reference, 1. To
the unbelieving Jews in Babylon, who quarrelled with God for his
dealings with them, and to the prophet Isaiah, who, though dead
long before the captivity, yet, prophesying so plainly and fully of
it, saw fit to produce his credentials, to justify what he had
said. 2. To the unbelieving Jews in our Saviour's time, whose own
fault it was that they were rejected, Christ having preached much
to them, and suffered much from them, and being herein borne up by
a divine power. The "contents" of this chapter, in our Bibles, give
this sense of it, very concisely, thus:—"Christ shows that the
dereliction of the Jews is not to be imputed to him, by his ability
to save, by his obedience in that work, and by his confidence in
divine assistance." The prophet concludes with an exhortation to
trust in God and not in ourselves.