I S A I A H.
The prophet seems here to launch out yet further
into the prophecy of the Messiah and his kingdom under the type of
Cyrus; and, having the great work of man's salvation by him yet
more in view, he almost forgets the occasion that led him into it
and drops the return out of Babylon; for indeed the prospect of
this would be a greater comfort and support to the believing pious
Jews, in their captivity, than the hope of that. And (as Mr.
Gataker well observes) in this and similar prophecies of Christ,
that are couched in types, as of David and Solomon, some passages
agree to the type and not to the truth, other to the truth and not
to the type, and many to the type in one sense and the truth in
another. Here is, I. A prophecy of the Messiah's coming with
meekness, and yet with power, to do the Redeemer's work, ver. 1-4. II. His commission
opened, which he received from the Father, ver. 5-9. III. The joy and rejoicing with
which the glad tidings of this should be received, ver. 10-12. IV. The wonderful
success of the gospel, for the overthrow of the devil's kingdom,
ver. 13-17. V. The
rejection and ruin of the Jews for their unbelief, ver. 18-25.