The Episode of Simeon and His Inspired Hymn (vs. 25-35)

 

                                                            Prepared

                                                Luke 2:25-30; Isaiah ch. 59

                                                      January 10, 2021

 

 

 

 

 

25 “And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon;

and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel:

and the Holy Ghost was upon him.”  Many expositors have believed that this

Simeon was identical with Simeon (Shimeon) the son of the famous Hillel, and the

father of Gamaliel. This Simeon became president of the Sanhedrin in A.D. 13.

Strangely enough, the Mishna, which preserves a record of the sayings and works

of the great rabbis, passes by this Simeon. The curious silence of the Mishna here

was, perhaps, owing to the hatred which this famous teacher incurred because

of his belief in JESUS OF NAZARETH.   Such an identification, although

interesting, is, however, very precarious, the name Simeon being so very common

among the people. Waiting for the consolation of Israel. There was a

general feeling among the more earnest Jews at this time that the advent of

Messiah would not be long delayed. Joseph of Arimathaea is especially

mentioned as one who “waited for the kingdom of God (Mark 15:43).

(May it be said of us that we are “waiting for the kingdom of God” – CY –

2012)  Dr. Farrar refers to the common Jewish prayer-formula then in use: “May I

see the consolation of Israel!” A prayer for the advent of Messiah was in

daily use.

 

Manifestly Simeon could go to his last sleep as quietly as to his nightly rest. 

We may commit not only the folded hours of the night to God,

but also the folded hours of eternity

 

What a wonderful blessing for the man, like Simeon, who can say at the end of

life, “I am satisfied!  “Lord, let me depart in peace!”  Simeon knew by

special communication from God — “it was revealed unto him by the Holy

Ghost” (v. 26),  that he should reach a certain point in the coming of the

kingdom of God, that his heart’s deep desire for “the Consolation of

Israel should be granted him. And waiting for this, and attaining it, his

soul was filled with joy and holy satisfaction. It is right for those who are

taking a very earnest interest in the cause of Christ to long to be allowed to

accomplish a certain work for Him. Again and again has the parent thus

striven and prayed and longed to see the conversion of all his (her)

children, or the teacher of his (her) class; the minister of Christ to see the

attainment of some pastoral design; the missionary to win some tribe from

barbarism and idolatry; the translator to render the Word of God into the

native tongue; the national reformer to pass his measure for emancipation,

or temperance, or virtue, or education, or the protection of the lives and

morals of women or children. And this deep desire of the heart has been a

constraining power, which has nerved the hand and energized the life,

which has brought forth the fruit of sacred zeal and unwearied toil. God

has given to these souls the desire of their hearts, and they have gone to

their grave filled with a holy, satisfying peace. So may it be with us. And

yet it may not be so. We may be called upon to quit the field of active labor

before the harvest is gathered in. Others may enter into our labors. If we have the

spirit of Christ in our service, if we go whither we believe He sends us, and

work on in the way which we believe to be according to His will, we may

rest in the calm assurance that the hour of our cessation from holy labor is

the hour of God’s appointment, and a peace as calm as that of Simeon may

fill our soul as we leave a not- unfinished work on earth to enter a nobler

sphere in heaven.

 

30  For mine eyes have seen thy salvation,  31 Which thou hast prepared

before the face of all people (more accurately rendered, all peoples);  32 A light

to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory  of thy people Israel.”  Men like Isaiah,

who lived several centuries before the nativity, with their glorious far reaching

prophecies, such as Isaiah 52:10, were far in advance of the narrow, selfish Jewish

schools of the age of Jesus Christ. It was, perhaps, the hardest lesson the apostles

and first teachers of the faith had to master — this full, free admission of the vast

Gentile world into the kingdom of their God. Simeon, in his song, however, distinctly

repeats the broad, generous sayings of the older prophets.

 

 

                        A Satisfied Human Spirit (vs. 25-30)

 

There are few more exquisite pictures even in Holy Writ than the one

which is here drawn for us. An aged and venerable man, who has lived a

long life of piety and virtue, and who has been cherishing an

ever-brightening hope that before he dies he should look upon the face of

his country’s Savior, directed by the Spirit of God, recognizes in the infant

Jesus that One for whose coming he has so long been hoping and praying.

Taking Him up into his arms, with the light of intense gratitude in his eyes,

and the emotion of deepest happiness in his voice, he exclaims, “Lord, now

lettest thou thy servant depart in peace.… for mine eyes have seen thy

Salvation.” Life has now no ungranted good for him to await. The last and

dearest wish of his heart has been fulfilled; willingly would he now close

his eyes in the sleep of death; gladly would he now lie down to rest in the

quiet of the grave.

 

·   THOSE WHO MUST BE UNSATISFIED IN SPIRIT. There is a vast

multitude of men who seek for satisfaction in the things which are seen and

temporal — in taking pleasure, in making money, in wielding power, in

gaining honor, etc. But they do not find what they seek. It is as true in

London or New York City as it was in Jerusalem, eighteen centuries/now

twenty centuries after Christ as ten centuries before, when Solomon wrote

that “the eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear with hearing.”

(Ecclesiastes 1:8).  All the rivers of earthly good may run into the great sea of

an immortal spirit, but that sea is not filled. Earthly good is the salt water that

only makes more athirst the soul that drinks it. It is not the very wealthy,

nor the very mighty, nor the very honored man who is ready to say, “I am

satisfied; let me depart in peace.”

 

·   THOSE WHO MAY BE SATISFIED IN SPIRIT. Simeon knew by

special communication from God — “it was revealed unto him by the Holy

Ghost” — that he should reach a certain point in the coining of the

kingdom of God, that his heart’s deep desire for “the Consolation of

Israel should be granted him. And waiting for this, and attaining it, his

soul was filled with joy and holy satisfaction. It is right for those who are

taking a very earnest interest in the cause of Christ to long to be allowed to

accomplish a certain work for Him. Again and again has the parent thus

striven and prayed and longed to see the conversion of all his (her)

children, or the teacher of his (her) class; the minister of Christ to see the

attainment of some pastoral design; the missionary to win some tribe from

barbarism and idolatry; the translator to render the Word of God into the

native tongue; the national reformer to pass his measure for emancipation,

or temperance, or virtue, or education, or the protection of the lives and

morals of women or children. And this deep desire of the heart has been a

constraining power, which has nerved the hand and energized the life,

which has brought forth the fruit of sacred zeal and unwearied toil. God

has given to these souls the desire of their hearts, and they have gone to

their grave filled with a holy, satisfying peace. So may it be with us. And

yet it may not be so. We may be called upon to quit the field of active labor

before the harvest is gathered in. Others may enter into our labors. But if it

should be so, there is a way in which we may belong.

 

·   THOSE WHO CANNOT FAIL TO BE SATISFIED IS SPIRIT. For

we may be of those who realize that it is in God’s hand to fix the bounds of

our present labor, and to determine the measure of the work we shall do on

earth. We may work on diligently and devotedly as those who have much

to do for God and man, yet clearly recognizing that God has for us a

sphere in the spirit — world, and that He may at any hour remove us there,

though we would fain finish what we have in hand below. If we have the

spirit of Christ in our service, if we go whither we believe He sends us, and

work on in the way which we believe to be according to His will. we may

rest in the calm assurance that the hour of our cessation from holy labor is

the hour of God’s appointment, and a peace as calm as that of Simeon may

fill our soul as we leave a not-unfinished work on earth to enter a nobler

sphere in heaven.

 

 

 

 

 

The Touchstone of Truth (vs. 34, 36)

 

We do not suppose that Simeon saw the future course of the Savior and of

His gospel in clear outline; but, taught of God, he foresaw that that little

Child he had been holding in his arms would be One who would prove a

most powerful factor in his country’s history; and he saw that relationship

to Him would be A SOURCE OF GREATEST BLESSING or of weightiest

trouble, or of most serious condemnation. Thus guided by this venerable saint, we

will regard the gospel of Christ as:

 

·   A TOUCHSTONE. Our Lord Himself was a touchstone by which the

men of His day were tried. He came not to judge the world, but to save the

world, as He said (John 12:47); and yet it was also true that “for

judgment He came into the world,” as He also said (ibid. ch. 9:39). His

mission was not to try, but to redeem; yet it was a necessary incidental

consequence of His coming that the character of the men who came in

contact with Him would be severely tested. When the Truth itself appeared

and moved amongst men, then it became clear that those who were

ignorantly supposed to be blind were the souls that were seeing God (“that

they who see not might see”), and equally clear that those who claimed to

know everything had eyes that were fastened against the light (“that they

who see might be made blind”). As Jesus lived and wrought and spoke, the

hearts of men were revealed — those who were children of wisdom heard

His voice (ibid. ch. 18:37), while those who loved darkness rather than

light turned away from the revealing Truth. And today the gospel is the

touchstone of human character. They who are earnest seekers after God,

after wisdom, after righteousness, gladly sit at the feet of the great Teacher

to learn of Him; but they who live for pleasure, for gain, for the honor that

cometh from man only, for this passing world, pass Him by, indifferent or

hostile. They who are prepared to come as little children to learn of the

heavenly Father, receive His Word and enter His kingdom (here, ch. 18:16);

while they who consider themselves able to solve the great problems of life

and destiny keep their minds closed against the truth.

 

·   A SWORD OF SORROW. It was not only Mary’s heart that was

pierced by reason of her affection for Jesus Christ. Loyalty to Him proved

to that generation, and has proved in every age since then, a sword that has

wounded and slain. At many times and in many places it has meant violent

persecution — stripes, imprisonment, death. In every land and in every age

it has exposed men to hostility, to reproach, to temporal loss, to social

disadvantage, to a lower station, to a struggling life, to a wounded spirit

(ch. 9:23; John 17:14; II Timothy 3:12). Our Lord invites us

to regard this inevitable accompaniment of spiritual integrity as an honor

and a blessing rather than a stigma and a curse (Matthew 5:10-12).

 

·   A STUMBLING-STONE. That “Child was set for the fall… of

many.” The truth which Jesus spoke, the great work of salvation He

wrought out, has proved to many, not only in Israel, but in every land

where it has been made known, a rock of offense (see ch. 20:18;

I Corinthians 1:23).

 

·   A STEPPING-STONE. Not only for the fall, but for the “rising

again,” was that Infant “set.” By planting their feet on that safe, strong

rock:

 

Ø      the humiliated and even the degraded rise to honor and esteem,

Ø      the humble to hopefulness,

Ø      the weak to strength,

Ø      the blemished to beauty,

Ø      the useless to helpfulness,

Ø      the children of earth to spheres of blessedness and

     joy in the heavenly world.

 

 

 

                                                Isaiah 59

 

 

(I would like to preface this by saying that I recently watched a sermon

by Adrian Rogers over TV on this chapter with particular emphasis

on “Truth Fallen in the Street” of v. 14 – it was entitled “A Nation

in Crisis” – program 2093 – which aired on April 5, 2009 - I would

recommend accessing this site (Bro. Rogers is deceased) – at www.lwf.org

(lwf = Love Worth Finding) – Every American should ponder this  -

every person in the world could and should profit from it.  (Now I

am writing this eleven years later and it seems that our nation is much

more down the road in sin with the complication of COVID – 19 –

if a nation or a world ever needed to make peace with God, it is NOW!

CY – 2020)  This was completed at 12:30 am on Nov. 15, 2020.

Think what has transpired since then, around seven weeks ago.

 

A GENERAL REBUKE OF ISRAEL FOR ITS MANIFOLD SINS

                                                (vs. 1-8)

 

 The command given to the prophet in Isaiah 58:1 to “show God’s people their

transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins “ — partly executed in ibid.

vs. 4-7 and 13 — is now further carried out by a scathing denunciation of various

forms of wickedness, more or less prevalent in Israel, the effect of which has

been to separate between Israel and God, to “shorten God’s hand” and

make His ears heavy.” The passage has many analogies with ch. 1:2-23.

 

Read the verses

 

 

v. 4 – “None calleth for justice, nor any pleadeth for truth:  they

            trust in vanity” - The whole basis of the dealings between man

            and man was unsound, corrupt and chaotic

 

When truth and plain dealing are set aside, things

soon becomes ruin and confusion.

 

WE ARE TALKING ABOUT THE FOUNDATIONS OF SOCIETY

HERE! 

 

GOD’S PEOPLE NEED TO WAKE UP TO THE FACT THAT

WHEN “THE FOUNDATIONS BE DESTROYED, LITTLE CAN

THE RIGHTEOUS DO?”Psalm 11:3

 

Isaiah 8:19-20

 

 

5 “They hatch cockatrice' eggs, and weave the spider's web: he that eateth

of their eggs dieth, and that which is crushed breaketh out into a viper.”

They hatch cockatrice' eggs. (On the cockatrice, see the comment upon Isaiah 11:8.)

The meaning here is that the people gave themselves to brooding on and hatching

purposes which were as pernicious and destructive as the eggs of venomous serpents.

And weave the spider's web; i.e. "their purposes were as flimsy and unsubstantial as

the web of the spider." He that eateth, etc. If a man partake of their plans, he becomes

morally as bad as they, and is smitten with spiritual death. If an attempt be made

to "crush" and destroy their plans, the only result is the premature birth of a viper.

 

8 “The way of peace they know not; and there is no judgment in their goings: they

have made them crooked paths: whosoever goeth therein shall not know peace.”

The way of peace they know not. They have no desire for "peace," and neither "seek" it

 nor "ensue" it (1 Peter 3:11). Peace can only be obtained through righteousness

(ch.  32:17; James 3:18). There is no judgment in their goings; rather, no justice 

no recognition of other men's rights, no endeavour to observe right in their own acts

and proceedings (compare v. 4; and see also ch. 1:17, 21, 233:14-15). They have

made them crooked paths (compare Proverbs 2:1510:928:6). The way that leadeth

to life IS STRAIGHT!  They have wandered from it, and made for themselves

"crooked" paths, which can only LEAD TO DESTRUCTION.   In such paths

there neither is nor can be "peace." (ch. 48:22; 57:20-21)

 

 

 

9 “Therefore is judgment far from us, neither doth justice overtake us: we

wait for light, but behold obscurity; for brightness, but we walk in darkness.”

 

Therefore i.e. on account of these sins - is judgment far from us; i.e. "does

God refrain from judging our enemies." Neither doth justicei.e. the righting

of the wrongs which we suffer at the hands of the heathen - overtake us.

We are left by God unavenged, and our enemies are left unpunished on

account of our many transgressions. We wait for light. We look for a bright

dawn to succeed the night of our trouble; but we wait in vain - the obscurity

continues.

 

10 “We grope for the wall like the blind, and we grope as if we had no eyes:

we stumble at noonday as in the night; we are in desolate places as dead men.”

We grope for the wall; rather, we grope along the wall (compare Deuteronomy 28:29;

[a working knowledge and obedience to things in that chapter would have prevented

all that came upon Israel – so also for all the living in history and including the

contemporary world.  Remember the maxims “a stitch in time saves nine”;

an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure.” CY – 2020] and for the

"blindness that had happened unto Israel" see Romans 11:25, and also

here in Isaiah ch. 29:10, 18; {compare II Thessalonians 2:6-12 – CY – 2020};

35:542:16). We stumble at noonday. It was not that light was really wanting,

but they had no eyes to behold it. We are in desolate places; rather, in dark places.

 

Are you aware of these passages above?  If not, where have you been all your life?

We are required to know them because even in our local judicial system, ignorance

of the law is no excuse!  CY – 2020)

 

 

 

11 “We roar all like bears, and mourn sore like doves: we look for judgment,

but there is none; for salvation, but it is far off from us.” We roar all like bears;

 ratherwe growl. The verb is used commonly of the "roaring" of the sea

(ch. 17:1251:15Jeremiah 6:23-24; 50:42; 51:55); but is applied also to the

noise made by a dog (Psalm 59:6, 14). Here it represents the deep murmur of

discontent, which alternates with the mournful tones of Israel's despondency –

the latter being compared to the melancholy cooing of the dove (see ch. 38:14).

We look for judgment, but there is none, etc. The same complaint as in v. 9, clause 1.

 

I would like to note that in my commentary on Isaiah that I have

written the dates of August 16, 1966 and June 17, 1993 – making

reference to the mourning of the doves – this is a useless comment

but I had been in Hopkinsville only two days since I arrived on

August 14, 1966 – May I say that the doves still mourn and so

does IsraelAmerica is way down the road to DISCONTENT

AND DESPONDENCY and why???? – v. 2 – “HER INIQUITIES

HAVE SEPARATED HER FROM HER GOD!!!!  (CY – 2009)

(If you do not believe it, consider the events in the Unites States of

America during this year of 2020 – CY)

 

 

12 “For our transgressions are multiplied before thee, and our sins testify against

us: for our transgressions are with us; and as for our iniquities, we know them.

Our transgressions are multiplied before thee; i.e. they are very numerous; and they

 come "before God," so as to attract His attention and call for His animadversion

(censure).  Our sins testify against us; i.e. "rise up against us as witnesses,

whose evidence we cannot disprove, and have not even the face to dispute."

Our transgressions are with us - i.e. "constantly haunt us" - and as for our

iniquities, we know them; i.e. we are aware of them, we acknowledge them,

we have them continually in our memories. It is one of the most certain phenomena

of consciousness that grievous sins, deadly sins, haunt the mind, and cannot in

this life be wiped out from the memory.  What did David say after committing

adultery with Bathsheba? “I acknowledge my transgressions: and MY SIN IS

EVER BEFORE ME (Psalm 51:3)

 

13 “In transgressing and lying against the LORD, and departing away from our

 God, speaking oppression and revolt, conceiving and uttering from the heart

words of falsehood.”  An enumeration of special sins.

 

  • First, sins of the heart. Transgressing and lying against the Lord; or

       rathertreason and unfaithfulness to Jehovah (Cheyne); followed by

departing away from God, or the secret act of apostasy.

  • Next, sins of the tongue: Speaking oppression and revolt; or, oppression and

      wrong - the "wrong," probably, of false accusation (compare 

      Deuteronomy 19:16); and,

  • lastly, conceiving and uttering · . . words of falsehood generally.

 

14 “And judgment is turned away backward, and justice standeth afar off:

for truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter.” Judgment is turned away

backward. In conclusion, the crying sin of perversion of justice is admitted with

much amplification.

 

  • Right judgment is exactly inverted - the innocent are condemned, the guilty

      acquitted.  (Is this not what is going on in high places in American government,

      especially in the year 2020?  CY – 2020)

·         Justice standeth afar off - too far off to be able to hear those who make appeal to it.

·         Truth is fallen in the street; i.e. false witness prevails over true in the courts of       

      Justice.

·         Equity cannot enter - is not admitted inside the courts, but waits without.

 

 

 

A PROMISE OF DELIVERANCE TO OPPRESSED ISRAEL

                                          (vs. 15-21)

 

The godly in Israel were suffering a double oppression:

 

  • at the hand of their ungodly brethren; (today fellow Americans)
  • at the hand of the heathen (tomorrow the nations of the world CY-2009)

 

The prophet promises a deliverance from both. The deliverance will be

followed by the establishment of Messiah’s kingdom, which will continue

for ever.

 

15 “Yea, truth faileth; and he that departeth from evil maketh himself a prey:

and the LORD saw it, and it displeased Him that there was no judgment.”

Yea, truth faileth. Truth itself is altogether gone, is missing, not forthcoming.

"Tetras Astraea reliquit." This is the worst of all. For truth is the basis of the social

fabric, the groundwork of all morality. Once let there be no regard for truth in a state,

no discredit attaching to lying, and all virtue is undermined, all soundness is vanished –

nothing remains but "wounds, and bruises, and putrifying sores" (Isaiah 1:6). He that

departeth from evil maketh himself a prey. Evil-doers prosper. The man who "eschews

evil," and declines to employ (as others do) the weapons of fraud and violence, simply

 gives himself over as a prey to those who are less scrupulous than himself. 

And the Lord saw it. The division of the verses here requires alteration. The opening

clause of v. 15 belongs to what precedes; the second clause to what follows. "The Lord

saw" that condition of things in Israel which is described in vs. 3-15; and it displeased

Him; literally, it was evil in His eyes, especially in that there was no judgment.

Justice was not done between man and man; no one thought of pronouncing

just judgments. The circumstances were such as to invite A DIVINE

INTERPOSITION!  (Do you believe that things are ripe today for such A

DIVINE INTERPOSITION?”  CY – 2020)

 

16 ““And He saw that there was no man, and wondered that there

was no intercessor: therefore His arm brought salvation unto him;

and his righteousness, it sustained him.”  He saw that there was no man,

and wondered that there was no intercessor; i.e. God looked for some champion of

the oppressed to arise; it was to be expected under the circumstances. But, alas! "there

was no man." None stood up to resist the unrighteous and protect the innocent;

much less did any stand up to deliver Israel from its heathen adversaries. When it is

said that God "wondered" at no champion appearing, we must understand the

expression as an anthropomorphism· Therefore His arm brought salvation unto Him.

As them was no human champion, it became necessary that God should arise in His

own Person, and show Himself. "His arm" and "His righteousness" were enough;

no human aid was needed, or could have added anything to the resistless strength

of His might (compare ch 63:5).

 

There was no resolve in man so it was necessary for God to

arise and show Himself.

 

AMERICA HAS PLENTY OF THESE SPIRITUAL PROBLEMS

AND WE DO NOT  HAVE  THE STOMACH OR RESOLVE TO

DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT (like being like the “salt of the earth”)

BUT GOD HAS THAT WILL AND THAT RESOLVE!!!

 

MAY ALL GLORY BE UNTO HIM FOR EVER FOR BEING SUCH

A JUST AND RIGHTEOUS GOD AS HE – “Give unto the Lord the

glory due His name” – Psalm 29:2

 

 

 

17 “For He put on righteousness as a breastplate, and an helmet of salvation

upon His head; and He put on the garments of vengeance for clothing, and was

clad with zeal as a cloke.” He put on righteousness as a breastplate. Jehovah

arms Himself for the battle in a way that is manifestly metaphoric. He puts on a

"Divine panoply:"

 

·       righteousness as His breastplate,

·       salvation as His helmet,

·       vengeance for garments, and

·       zeal, or jealousy, for a cloak.

 

He takes no offensive weapons - "the out-breathing of His Spirit (v. 19) is enough!"

 

v. 17 – GOD’S ATTIRE

 

“Righteousness” – a breastplate

“Salvation” – a helmet

“Vengeance  - clothing

“Zeal” – a cloak

 

Compare MAN’S ATTIRE OR ARMOR according to the Apostle Paul in

Ephesians 6:11-17

 

“Truth  - for a loin cloth

“Righteousness” (like God) – a breastplate

“Gospel of Peace” – for shoes

“Faith” – for a shield

“Salvation” (like God) – a helmet

“Word of God” – as a sword of the Spirit

 

18 “According to their deeds, accordingly He will repay, fury to His

adversaries, recompence to His enemies; to the islands He will repay

recompence.” According to their deeds; rather, according to their deserts 

(compare Psalm 28:4He will repay. The ordinary future here, and in the

remainder of the prophecy, replaces the "perfect of prophetic certitude"

(speaking of the future as if it was already past), which has been employed

in vs. 16-17. Fury to His adversaries, recompense to His enemies. God's

"adversaries" are those of His own household - His people, the ungodly

Israelites; His "enemies" are the heathen that oppress His people

(compare ch. 1:24, which is very similar). To the islands; i.e. the maritime lands,

which, under Assyria, and afterwards under Babylon, took part in the oppression

of His people.

 

19 “So shall they fear the name of the LORD from the west, and His glory

from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood,

the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him.”

So shall they fear; rather, and they shall fear. The result of the triumphant

exhibition of God's might will be a conversion of the Gentiles, who will flock

in both from the west - the quarter of "the islands"and from the east, to do

reverence to the name and to the glory of the Lord. When the enemy shall

come in (rather, come on) like a flood; literally, like the river; i.e. 

the Euphrates (compare ch 8:7, "The Lord bringeth up upon them the waters

of the river, strong and many, even the King of Assyria and all his glory."). 

When this shall be the case, then the Spirit of the Lord - hypostasized (giving

an identity to a concept) or nearly so –  shall lift up a standard against him 

(compare ch. 10:18Zechariah 9:16), and easily vanquish him. The metaphor

of "lifting a standard" for making an armed resistance is common

in Isaiah (ch. 5:2613:218:331:9).

 

20 “And the Redeemer shall come to Zion, and unto them that

turn from transgression in Jacob, saith the LORD.”

And the Redeemer shall come to Zion; rather, and there shall come a

Redeemer for Zionand for those who turn, etc. When the "adversaries”

and the “enemies" shall have been punished, repentant Israel shall be

saved BY THE COMING OF THE MESSIAH! As usual, the prophet does

not note, or perhaps see, intervals of time, but blends events of various

periods into one glorious vision of triumphant deliverance,

redemption, and prolonged spiritual life in the Redeemer's kingdom.

 

21 “As for me, this is my covenant with them, saith the LORD;

My spirit that is upon thee, and my words which I have put in thy mouth,

shall not depart out of thy mouth, nor out of the mouth of thy seed,

nor out of the mouth of thy seed's seed, saith the LORD, from

henceforth and for ever.”  As for me; literally, and I. The prophet begins

with one construction, and then checks himself, and introduces another. 

This is my covenant (compare Jeremiah 31:31-34; and see the comment on

ch. 55:3). The new covenant involved the giving of God's Spirit to His people

 (Joel 2:28); and this Spirit, it is here promised, shall not depart from God's people

while time endures. The Spirit will be accompanied with certain "words" which

will be put into the Church's mouth; and these words will remain unchanged and

pass on from mouth to mouth, age after age, for ever. The "words" intended

are probably those of the entire Bible - all God's revelations - which the

Church will maintain as INSPIRED TRUTH THROUGH ALL AGES!

 Upon thee! i.e. upon Israel. The change of number and person ("with them...

upon thee") is not unusual in Isaiah (1:2933:249:562:11-12).

 

 

vs. 20-21 - And the Redeemer shall come to Zion, and unto them that turn

from transgression in Jacob, saith the LORD.   As for me, this is my covenant

with them, saith the LORD; My Spirit that is upon thee, and my words which

I have put in thy mouth, shall not depart out of thy mouth, nor out of the

mouth of thy seed, nor out of the mouth of thy seed’s seed, saith the LORD,

from henceforth and for ever.

 

 

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