I S A I A H.
In this chapter the prophet goes on to show, I.
What great things God would do for his church and people, which
should now shortly be accomplished in the deliverance of Jerusalem
from Sennacherib and the destruction of the Assyrian army; but it
is expressed generally, for the encouragement of the church in
after ages, with reference to the power and prevalency of her
enemies. 1. That proud oppressors should be reckoned with,
ver. 1. 2. That care should
be taken of the church, as of God's vineyard, ver. 2, 3. 3. That God would let fall his
controversy with the people, upon their return to him, ver. 4, 5. 4. That he would greatly
multiply and increase them, ver.
6. 5. That, as to their afflictions, the property of
them should be altered (ver.
7), they should be mitigated and moderated (ver. 8), and sanctified, ver. 9. 6. That though the church
might be laid waste, and made desolate, for a time (ver. 10, 11), yet it should be
restored, and the scattered members should be gathered together
again, ver. 12, 13. All
this is applicable to the grace of the gospel, and God's promises
to, and providences concerning, the Christian church, and such as
belong to it.