Resources from Isaiah

The Universal Remedy

Oct 3 RECEIVED, one day this week, a short communication worded on this wise: “Wanted, a cure for a weak and doubting faith, especially when Satan disinclines to pray.” Anxiously desirous to prescribe cures for such maladies, and for any others which may vex the Lord’s people, I began to turn over in my mind what were the sacred remedies for such a case, and I could only remember one, “The leaves...

Isaiah 53:5

The Lord's Name and Memorial

Sep 26 THESE words are a poetical description of great moral changes which the gospel works wherever it comes. It transforms human nature and makes society to become as though a desert suddenly blossomed into a cultivated field. At the same time, the words of the text are not solely and alone poetical, for it is a great truth that wherever the spiritual change comes the physical change is almost sure to...

Isaiah 55:13

Jesus and the Lambs

Feb 8 IN the chapter before us, our Saviour is described as Jehovah God. He is spoken of as clothed with irresistible power: “He shall come with strong hand, and his arm shall rule for him;” but, as if to soften a glory far too bright for the weak eyes of the trembling, the prophet introduces the delightful words of the text: “He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall...

Isaiah 40:11

God's Foreknowledge of Man's Sin

Nov 2 THE ancient people of God were most vexatiously stolid; and although the Lord taught them very plainly and repeatedly, line upon line and precept upon precept, here a little and there a little, yet they would not understand his will. More especially, in order to convince them that Jehovah was the only true God, and that the gods of the heathen were no gods, he was pleased to send them...

Isaiah 48:8

The Sweet Harp of Consolation

Jul 14 WE sometimes speak and think very lightly of doubts and fears; but such is not God’s estimate of them. Our heavenly Father evidently considers them to be great evils, extremely mischievous to us, and exceedingly dishonourable to himself, for he very frequently forbids our fears, and as often affords us the most potent remedies for them. “Fear not” is a frequent utterance of the divine mouth. “I am with thee”...

Isaiah 41:10

The King in His Beauty

May 25 WHEN the Assyrians had invaded Judea with an immense army, and were about to attack Jerusalem, Rab-shakeh was sent with a railing message to the king and his people. When Hezekiah heard of the blasphemies of the proud Assyrian, he rent his clothes and put on sackcloth, and went into the house of the Lord, and sent the elders of the priests covered with sackcloth to consult with Isaiah the...

Isaiah 33:17

Cheering Words and Solemn Warnings

Jan 12 THERE are two classes mentioned here, the righteous and the wicked; and into these two orders the Book of God is accustomed to divide the whole population of the globe. It speaks but little of upper and lower classes; it says but little concerning the various ranks into which civil and political institutions have divided the race of man; but from its first page to its last it is taken...

Isaiah 3:10-11

The Standard Uplifted in the Face of the Foe

Oct 28 THE Hebrew seems to be very difficult of interpretation in this place, and there have been as many translations given of it as there are days in the month. Upon the whole one is most satisfied with the translation of our authorized version; and without troubling your minds with a host of various renderings, we will keep to the one before us, which, even if it should not happen to...

Isaiah 59:19

A Feast for Faith

Sep 16 ISAIAH admired the husbandman’s skill in his calling. He mentions with admiration the various methods adopted by the farmer in the rotation of crops, in the choice of different soils for certain seeds, in the methods of binding up and stowing away his produce; and he enlarges especially upon the different methods of threshing which were used by the Orientals, some tender grain being threshed out by a staff in...

Isaiah 28:29

Sin Laid on Jesus

Jun 10 THE verse opens with a confession of sin common to all the persons intended in the verse. The whole of the elect people of God seem to me to be here represented; they have all fallen, those of them who have lived to years of responsibility have all actually sinned, and therefore in common chorus they all say from the first who entered heaven to the last who shall enter...

Isaiah 53:6