Isaiah

Beauty for Ashes

Jan 29

Beauty for Ashes   "To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified."—Isaiah 61:3        When soldiers are …

Isaiah:61:3

North and South

Jan 28

North and South   "I will say to the north, Give up; and to the south, keep not back."—Isaiah 43:6        In the fulness of the promised days when the Jews shall be restored from their wanderings, and all the seed of Jacob shall again meet in their own land, God in his mighty providence will speak …

Isaiah:43:6

A New Order of Priests and Levites

Jan 15

A New Order of Priests and Levites   "And I will also take of them for priests and for Levites, saith the Lord."—Isaiah 66:21        This chapter is surrounded with critical difficulties, and yet it is full of spiritual instruction. The verse before us is by some referred to Gentiles, and supposed to mean that the Lord …

Isaiah:66:21

Victor Emmanuel, Emancipator

Jan 11

Victor Emmanuel, Emancipator   "To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house."-Isaiah 42:7        On a former occasion* we contemplated the unconverted man as being bound by the cords of his sins. It was a very solemn and sorrowful topic. I …

Isaiah:42:7

Clearing the Road to Heaven

Oct 21

CLEARING THE ROAD TO HEAVEN.   “Gather out the stones.” -— Isaiah lxii. 10.   “GATHER out the stones” — that is to say, out of the King’s highway. Clear the road; make room for coming sinners; take away all stumbling blocks; make the gospel plain and simple, and come to the help of those who find hindrances and …

Isaiah:62:10

Free Pardon

Oct 21

Free Pardon   “I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins.”— Isaiah xliii. 25.   THIS extraordinary passage is rendered the more remarkable from its connection, for it follows a description of the sins of God’s people, a description which mentions their sins of omission in that …

Isaiah:43:25

The Best Cloak

Jan 01

The Best Cloak   “And was clad with zeal as a cloke.” — Isaiah 59:17.   THE solitary champion who is here spoken of, who looked and “saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor;” and therefore his own arm brought salvation unto him, and his righteousness it sustained him; this conquering hero we …

Isaiah:59:17

The Value and Rank of the Believer

Jan 01

THE VALUE AND RANK OF THE BELIEVER.   “Since thou wast precious in my sight, thou hast been honourable, and I have loved thee: therefore will I give men for thee, and people for thy life.” — Isaiah xliii. 4.   ONE of the worst mistakes we could make would be to judge our condition before God by our …

Isaiah:43:4

A Happy Christian

Jan 01

A Happy Christian   “And the Lord shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones; and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.”  —Isaiah 58:11.   IT is very important that our preaching should sometimes give descriptions of Christians in an unhealthy and …

Isaiah:58:11

Expiation

Jan 01

Expiation   "Thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin."—Isaiah 53:10        Both Jews and Gentiles knew pretty well what an offering for sin meant. The Gentiles had been in the habit of offering sacrifices. The Jews, however, had by far the clearer idea of it. And what was meant by a sin-offering? Undoubtedly, it was …

Isaiah:53:10