Resources from Isaiah

Mercy's Master Motive

Mar 17      The people of Israel in all their generations were full of evil. Those who came out of Egypt were a rebellious people, and for forty years multiplied their provocations of the Lord in the wilderness, till at last they all found a grave in the desert. The generation following were stiff-necked and rebellious like their fathers, and they continually went astray after false gods. Though by the good...

Isaiah 48:9-11

Travailing for Souls

Sep 2      Israel had fallen into the lowest condition, but an inward yearning of heart was felt in the midst of God's people for the return of the divine blessing; and no sooner had this anxious desire become intense, than God heard the voice of its cry, and the blessing came. It was so at the time of the restoration of the captives from Babylon, and it was most evidently...

Isaiah 66:8

The Withering Work of the Spirit

Jul 8      The passage in Isaiah which I have just read in your hearing may be used as a very eloquent description of our mortality, and if a sermon should be preached from it upon the frailty of human nature, the brevity of life, and the certainty of death, no one could dispute the appropriateness of the text. Yet I venture to question whether such a discourse would strike the...

Isaiah 40:6-8; 1 Peter 1:23-25

A New Song for New Hearts

May 1 THIS prophesy is said by some to relate to the invasion by Sennacherib. That calamity threatened to be a very terrible display of divine anger. It seemed inevitable that the Assyrian power would make an utter desolation of all Judea; but God promised that he would interpose for the deliverance of his people, and punish the stout heart of the king of Assyria, and in that day his people should...

Isaiah 12:1

Individual Sin Laid on Jesus

Apr 9 I THINK I addressed you from this text four years ago, but I feel quite safe in returning to it, for we shall never exhaust it; it is a verse so wealthy in meaning, that if I had during the whole four years dilated upon it every Sabbath, it would be my fault if the theme were stale. On this occasion I desire mainly to draw attention to a part...

Isaiah 53:6

Away with Fear

Apr 9 IF there should be nothing in the sermon this evening, brethren, there is enough in the text to satisfy your mouth with good things, so that your youth may be renewed like the eagle’s. May the Holy Spirit spread for you a table in the wilderness, and give you appetites to feed by faith upon these royal dainties, which, like the pulse that Daniel and his companions fed upon, shall...

Isaiah 41:10

Precious, Honorable, Beloved

Feb 20 THE first reference of this text is evidently to Israel. That nation was precious in God’s sight. He had been pleased sovereignly to make an election of the seed of Abraham, that they should be his portion, and he should be their portion evermore. They were precious in his sight because of the covenant which he had made with their great forefather, saying, “In blessing I will bless thee, and...

Isaiah 43:4

Help for Seekers of the Light

Aug 8 ISRAEL had greatly revolted from her God, and in consequence she had brought upon herself great sorrow. Still, instead of repenting of their faults, and returning to their allegiance to Jehovah, the nation continued to be duped by false prophets and presumptuous pride into the expectation of better days. The better days came not. They looked for the sunshine, but they wandered in the mists; they waited for brightness, but...

Isaiah 59:9

The Unwearied Runner

Apr 15 BEING asked to address myself upon this occasion principally to young people, I bethought me that running was the young man’s pace, the motion of the strong man who in his earliest days rejoiceth in the race. It is not often that running is taken up by those who are compelled to lean upon the staff, for in the feebler and maturer years of age a quiet pace most accords...

Isaiah 40:31

Joyful Transformations

Dec 27 IN the pursuit of holiness the pilgrim is often surrounded with darkness: while in the pathway of evil the traveller is dazzled with a glare of light. It is the way of the tempter to make the downward path as attractive as possible with the flaring splendour of carnal pleasure. Sin is surrounded with a fascinating lustre which enchants the unwary seeker of pleasure, and leads him to his own...

Isaiah 42:16