I S A I A H.
The scope of this chapter is much the same as that
of the foregoing chapter and many expressions of it are the same;
it therefore looks the same way, to the different state of the good
and bad among the Jews at their return out of captivity, but that
typifying the rejection of the Jews in the days of the Messiah, the
conversion of the Gentiles, and the setting up of the
gospel-kingdom in the world. The first
verse of this chapter is applied by Stephen to the
dismantling of the temple by the planting of the Christian church
(Acts vii. 49, 50), which
may serve as a key to the whole chapter. We have here, I. The
contempt God puts upon ceremonial services in comparison with moral
duties, and an intimation therein of his purpose shortly to put an
end to the temple, and sacrifice and reject those that adhered to
them, ver. 1-4. II. The
salvation God will in due time work for his people out of the hands
of their oppressors (ver.
5), speaking terror to the persecutors (ver. 6) and comfort to the
persecuted, a speedy and complete deliverance (ver. 7-9), a joyful settlement (ver. 10, 11), the accession of
the Gentiles to them, and abundance of satisfaction therein,
ver. 12-14. III. The
terrible vengeance which God will bring upon the enemies of his
church and people, ver.
15-18. IV. The happy establishment of the church upon
large and sure foundations, its constant attendance on God and
triumph over its enemies, ver.
19-24. And we may well expect that this evangelical
prophet, here, in the close of his prophecy, should (as he does)
look as far forward as to the latter days, to the last day, to the
days of eternity.