Resources from Isaiah

The Holy Road

Aug 1 TWICE has Israel come back from captivity: once when the tribes came out of Egypt, and the Lord led them through the wilderness; and again when they returned from banishment in Babylon, and the Lord restored them to their land. A third return some of us believe still awaits the chosen people. In the day when the grace of God shall change the heart of Israel, the seed of Abraham...

Isaiah 35:8

Healing and Pardon

Jun 20 THIS whole chapter was a gracious message from God to a people who were in extremis. They were made to drink the foulest dregs of sorrow through the invasion of the Assyrians. The highways were waste, the wayfarer ceased; the earth mourned and languished: Lebanon was ashamed and hewn down: Sharon was like a wilderness; and Bashan and Carmel shook off their fruits. Then did God arise. When the worst...

Isaiah 33:24

Love Abounding, Love Complaining, Love Abiding

Apr 11 WHEN two Christians met together who were sitting under a very lean and starving ministry, one of them comforted his fellow concerning the miserable discourse by saying, “Never mind, my friend, there is not much in the sermon, but the text is a feast by itself.” So, this morning, if my words should seem to be very poor and powerless, what fulness there is in these three texts! Here you...

Isaiah 43:1-4

The Song of a City, and the Pearl of Peace

Jan 4 THIS is no dry, didactic statement, but a verse from a song. We are among the poets of revelation, who did not compose ballads for the passing hour, but made sonnets for the people of God to sing in after days. I quote to you a stanza from “the song of a city.” Judah has not aforetime thus chanted before her God, but she has much to learn, and one...

Isaiah 26:3

Cords and Cart-Ropes

Dec 14 THE text begins with “Woe;” but when we get a woe in this book of blessings it is sent as a warning, that we may escape from woe. God’s woes are better than the devil’s welcomes. God always means man’s good, and only sets ill before him that he may turn from the dangers of a mistaken way, and so may escape the ill which lies at the end of...

Isaiah 5:18

Smoking Flax

Jun 1 I BELIEVE that the first sense of these words is not the one usually given to them, nor yet the one upon which I intend to preach to-night. We read in the 12th of Matthew that our divine Lord was assailed by the scribes and Pharisees, but he did not enter at that time into controversy with them, neither did he make them the perpetual target of his observations. Considering...

Isaiah 42:3

A Waiting God and a Waiting People

Feb 17 THE people were in a great hurry to be delivered from their enemies. The Assyrians had come up in great force, and were covering the land with their armies. They had already devastated the neighbouring kingdom of Israel, and therefore the men of Judah were afraid that they would be swallowed up quick, even as dry stubble is devoured of the fire. The prophet bade the inhabitants of Jerusalem remain...

Isaiah 30:18

The Rocky Fortress and Its Inhabitant

Feb 3 THERE were terrible times in Jerusalem in the days of Hezekiah. The Assyrian power was exceedingly formidable, and it was ferocious to the last degree. Woe to the unhappy land which fell under the power of this spoiler. Assyria knew not the meaning of “mercy;” it came down “like a wolf on the fold,” rending and devouring without pity. The armies of Sennacherib were ravaging the kingdom of Judah, and...

Isaiah 33:15-16

A Loving Entreaty

Oct 7 WE shall mainly dwell upon the first invitation of the text: “Put me in remembrance.”      If you will cast your eye upon the Scripture itself you will be struck with its singular position. It makes a paradox of the most striking kind if you read it in connection with the preceding clause: “I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not...

Isaiah 43:26

Buying Without Money

Jun 24 THERE is a semicolon in our translation, but we need not take notice of it. It should not be there, since the text is the second of two parallel sentences arranged according to the method of Hebrew poetry. “Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, And he that hath no money, come, buy, and eat.”      We have before us the figure of a merchant selling...

Isaiah 55:1