I S A I A H.
We are now drawing towards the conclusion of this
evangelical prophecy, the last two chapters of which direct us to
look as far forward as the new heavens and the new earth, the new
world which the gospel dispensation should bring in, and the
separation that should by it be made between the precious and the
vile. "For judgment" (says Christ) "have I come into this world."
And why should it seem absurd that the prophet here should speak of
that to which all the prophets bore witness? 1 Pet. i. 10, 11. The rejection of the
Jews, and the calling in of the Gentiles, are often mentioned in
the New Testament as that which was foreseen and foretold by the
prophets, Acts x. 43;
xiii. 40; Rom. xvi. 26. In this chapter we have, I. The
anticipating of the Gentiles with the gospel call, ver. 1. II. The rejection of the Jews
for their obstinacy and unbelief, ver. 2-7. III. The saving of a remnant of
them by bringing them into the gospel church, ver. 8-10. IV. The judgments of God that
should pursue the rejected Jews, ver. 11-16. V. The blessings reserved for
the Christian church, which should be its joy and glory, ver. 17-25. But these things are
here prophesied of under the type and figure of the difference God
would make between some and others of the Jews after their return
out of captivity, between those that feared God and those that did
not, with reproofs of the sins then found among them and promises
of the blessings then in reserve for them.