We shall now listen to Isaiah while he speaks partly of Cyrus, and principally of Christ in—Isaiah 42:1-16.
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This Jesus has done in our case, for we who were sinners of the Gentiles rejoice in his righteousness. Glory be to his name!
Jesus was meek and lowly, and no clamorous fainter for popularity.
The poor, useless, feeble heart, which, like a crushed reed, can yield no music, Jesus binds up; and the soul in which only a spark of grace lingers, and out of which only a smoke of desire arises, he will preserve and fan into a flame. How encouraging is this! Oh, for faith to lay hold upon it!
See what a Saviour we have, and how the Lord is. with him. He works wonders of grace, and why may we not share in them? Will he not bring out our captive spirits to gospel liberty?
The finished work of Jesus is enough to fill the universe with the praises of the Eternal God. We will daily pray that it may be made known, till the whole earth shall rejoice in it and bring glory to God.
The gospel is the cry of the mighty God, and those who do not receive it will be overthrown by it. To the unbelieving its voice is terrible as the roaring of a lion.
Isaiah 42:14, 15
Longsuffering has its limits; and when God begins to deal with sinful nations and ungodly men, his works of justice will be beyond measure dreadful. No comforts will be left to those who refused comfort in Christ.
In the midst of judgment, mercy and truth shall not be forgotten; God’s chosen shall be led safely, and their afflictions shall be removed. Specially precious are the last words, “and not forsake them.” Why are we sorrowful? for God is our friend still. Never has he deserted a sincerely believing heart, and he never will, come what may. Let us, then, rest in his love, and go forward to our life’s end with exulting courage.