"Sermon Bible Commentary". "Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable". BibliographyTorrey, R. A. What are these two things--JEHOVAH’S RIGHTEOUSNESS AND ISRAEL’S SALVATION? Copyright StatementThese files are public domain.Text Courtesy of BibleSupport.com. 1. (2) The Lord bringeth near this righteousness in the powerful striving and working of His Spirit. 13 For I am ready to set things right, not in the distant future, but right now! In the believing appropriation of it which His Spirit enables you to make. He addresses the Jews, who, though they were almost overwhelmed, yet were swelled with pride and insolence, and, having thrown off the fear of God, rose to more and more outrageous madness; as frequently happens to many persons in the present day, whom distresses and afflictions render more rebellious. Copyright StatementThese files are a derivative of an electronic edition prepared from text scanned by Woodside Bible Fellowship.This expanded edition of the Jameison-Faussett-Brown Commentary is in the public domain and may be freely used and distributed. 1685. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/gsb/isaiah-46.html. (Comp. The copulative ו (vau) is here used in order to express the cause, “For I will place.” This is an additional confirmation of the preceding statement, that, since the Lord has once determined to save Jerusalem, she cannot be deprived of that benefit. BibliographyBeza, Theodore. I will place salvation in Zion for Israel, my glory. 3. "Commentary on Isaiah 46:12". If any one prefer to consider the word righteousness to be put for “the assistance of God,” as in the following verse, let him enjoy his opinion, which indeed is not inappropriate; because obstinate men, who refuse to believe the promises of God, drive God away from them, and reject his grace; for they do not suffer God to confer benefits upon them, though he offered to them his assistance. "Hearken unto me ye stouthearted, that are far from righteousness: I bring near my righteousness, it shall not be far off, and my salvation shall not tarry; and I will place salvation in Zion for Israel my glory. As noted in earlier lessons, Isaiah 40-55 is addressed to the Judeans living in exile in Babylon as God prepares to bring them home to Jerusalem. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/isaiah-46.html. 13 I am bringing my righteousness near, it is not far away; and my salvation will not be delayed. "Commentary on Isaiah 46:13". ), The two verses express a paradox which enters deeply into the thought of the prophet. If that interpretation which I mentioned a little before be preferred, that those persons are called “far from righteousness” who are incapable of receiving the grace of God, the meaning will remain unaltered; but if we hold that the Jews were “far from righteousness,” because, like desperate men, they were wholly abandoned to crimes, there will be a beautiful contrast between the righteousness of men and the righteousness of God. Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. [Psalms 119:155]. We are within the precincts of the Divine purposes, and the means of their accomplishment. Only in the train of the righteousness of God can His salvation go forth. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/isaiah-46.html. 13.I will bring near my righteousness. " By far the vast majority of the generation of Jews that received this prophecy simply did not believe it; but regardless of that, God would, in his own good time, Deliver the Messiah into the arms of Mary; and the reign of the Son of God would indeed "Draw all men unto Him.". WHAT MEANS ARE EMPLOYED FOR THE ACCOMPLISHMENT OF THESE PURPOSES. New York. "Commentary on Isaiah 46:12". He therefore rebukes the whole nation, both to convict the reprobate and, at the same time, to chastise the elect and bring them back into the right path; but especially, as I have said, he attacks unbelievers, who professedly, as it were, rejected all hope of grace. Our question is, Why the obedience unto death of the Lord Jesus Christ is termed “the righteousness of God”? Isaiah 13 – The Burden against Babylon. 5. He speaks either. that are far from righteousness; as all men are in a state of nature, none are righteous, no, not one, but are full of all unrighteousness; even those that are the most righteous and religious, externally, are without a righteousness; they do not attain to one by the law of works; they go about to establish their own, and do not submit to the righteousness of God, and so are far from it: and indeed all God's elect, in a state of unregeneracy, are far from any knowledge of the righteousness of Christ, they not being yet convinced of the need of it, and it having not yet been revealed and applied unto them, and received by faith; now these are called upon to hear the word externally, which coming with power, causes them to hear spiritually what follows: Copyright StatementThe New John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible Modernised and adapted for the computer by Larry Pierce of Online Bible. "Coffman Commentaries on the Old and New Testament". (1) It is very evident that the Lord's righteousness must mean, not a Divine attribute, but a Divine work, or effect or manifestation of some kind. And therefore not far from ruin. "Commentary on Isaiah 46:12". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bcc/isaiah-46.html. A Call To Listen, 46:12-13. Go to. Although therefore the Jews revolted and were estranged from all practice of godliness, yet God assures them that “his righteousness is near;” as if he had said that unbelief is indeed a very great obstacle, but yet that it is such an obstacle as cannot hinder God from at length manifesting the power of his truth. David Guzik commentary on Isaiah 46 describes how the idols of the nations are carried into captivity, while the living God can save His people. Gods of Babylon - Bel bows down, Nebo stoops low; their idols are borne by beasts of burden. 1999. This makes still more plain what he meant by the word “righteousness,” that is, the assistance which the Lord promised to his people. THE PRACTICAL INFLUENCE OF THE DOCTRINE. "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". Such as these are self-excluded at once from the “righteousness” and the “salvation” of Jehovah, which ultimately imply, and coincide with each other. "E.W. Oh! Hearken unto me, ye stouthearted, that are far from righteousness: Stout-hearted - stubborn in resisting God (Psalms 76:5; Acts 7:51). Or Israel may be called his glory, because he gives glory to them; not only grace here, but glory hereafter, when their salvation wilt be complete, that is, completely enjoyed. God must first consult for His own righteous name before He can consult for His people’s complete safety; He must first right Himself before He can consistently and conclusively deliver them. How? But only in one sense. ", George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged, Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers, Commentary Critical and Explanatory - Unabridged, Kretzmann's Popular Commentary of the Bible, Lange's Commentary on the Holy Scriptures. II.C.3. Compare Malachi 3:1,3-15. ; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. 1. Methinks I would have our aged fathers in the Church very frequently peruse this precious portion, by way of forming one of their songs in the house of their pilgrimage: and as they read the gracious promises of a gracious God in Christ, compare what the Lord saith with their own experiences; until, like Joshua's appeal to Israel, they can, and do say, Not one thing hath failed of all the good things which the Lord their God hath here spoken concerning them; but all are come to pass as it is this day. [Note: Motyer, p370.]. The whole may be applied to all persons destitute of the grace of God, professors or profane, who are stout or stubborn hearted; have hard and impenitent hearts; proud and haughty in their hearts; proud of their wisdom, power, and strength; stout in their hearts against God, as appears by their words and actions; oppose themselves to the people of God, his word and ordinances; and some so daring as to make a mock at sin, at religion, and a future state, and outbrave death itself; though when God calls them to an account, as he sometimes does by his judgments here, and will at the last judgment hereafter; or by the workings of his Spirit upon them, convincing them of sin, righteousness, and judgment; their hearts fail, and they cannot be strong and endure; when his word comes with power, and they hear it, and feel the energy of it, they are cut to the heart, and their stout and proud spirits are brought down, and made to submit: even such. And this very crime of stoutness or hardness of heart is most justly and most frequently charged upon the Jews by their own prophets every where, because of their gross contempt of and incorrigibleness under all God’s words and works. There can be no doubt, that so long as men are “stout-hearted, and far from righteousness,” they cannot, in the very nature of the thing, embrace this righteousness; and the offer of it to them is thus, in one sense, to no purpose. 2. 3. In the powerful striving and working of His Spirit. Some have interpreted the "stubborn-minded" in Isaiah 46:12-13 as the Babylonians, rather than the Israelites, but this is a minority view. Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/isaiah-46.html. BibliographyGill, John. Isaiah 46:1. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tbi/isaiah-46.html. Let us inquire with reference to THE RIGHTEOUSNESS SPOKEN OF, why it is termed, in this and so many other parts of Scripture, “the righteousness of God”? He connects his “glory” with the “salvation” of believers, as Paul also uses the word “glory” to denote “mercy.” (Ephesians 1:6.) 1. Through all the works of God there is an evident connection between the means and the end. But here we must consider what was the condition of the people to whom those things were spoken; for everything had been corrupted by unbelief, and there were very few who relied on the promises of God; and they who belonged to the number of the elect sometimes shewed that they were obstinate, so that they appeared to be infected by the same plague of impiety as the others. (1) It is near, the Lord brings it near, in the Gospel offer as a free gift, wholly of grace, not of works at all. And my salvation shall not tarry - The people shall be delivered from their bondage at the exact time which has been predicted. II. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and cry to her that she has served her term, that her penalty is paid, that she has received from the Lords hand double for all her sins (40:1-2). 1871-8. 1599-1645. near — antithetical to “far” (Isaiah 46:12; Isaiah 51:5; Isaiah 56:1; Isaiah 61:10, Isaiah 61:11; Romans 10:6-8). Hence the work of salvation or righteousness has two aspects; along with the providential deliverance of which the agent is Cyrus, there is an inward and spiritual salvation which consists in bringing the nation to right thoughts about itself and God. "Commentary on Isaiah 46:12". 1832. Improvement--. Particularly that prescience which foretold the deliverance of the Jews from the Babylonish captivity, with all its leading circumstances; and also that very remote event of which it is the type in the days of the Messiah, Isaiah 46:11-13. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/sbc/isaiah-46.html. "Commentary on Isaiah 46:12". ; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. I will place salvation in Zion - Zion or Jerusalem shall be rebuilt, and salvation shall emanate from that as from a center to the whole world. This deliverance would glorify His name. He relays Gods promise, Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low; the uneven ground shall become level, and t… 3. in Isaiah 47 the nation, personified as a queen, is judged . 12. In Isaiah 40-55 (Second Isaiah or Deutero-Isaiah), the prophet is preparing the people for the end of their exile and their return to Jerusalem. 1840-57. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfb/isaiah-46.html. II.C.2.C.II. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/isaiah-46.html. Clarke's Commentary. To the deliverance of mankind from the consequences of sin. the preciousness, amidst all the changes in us, and by us, to live upon an unchangeable God in Christ! And what in particular is the meaning of the precedence or priority assigned to the one as coming before the other—My righteousness, My salvation? To the establishment of Messiah’s kingdom in the earth. Both the means and the end seem encircled with a halo of sanctity. A. Leupold, in his commentary on Isaiah, p. 147, reminded me that. Isaiah 46:12 Context. I bring near my righteousness - The word ‹righteousness‘ here evidently denotes his truth; the fulfillment of his promises. Oh! While in this chapter we trace the gracious purposes of God to his people, in setting forth the folly and weakness, as well as the wickedness of idolatry, we discover also his grace, and mercy, and love. 13. 5. Isaiah 46:12 Hearken unto me, ye stouthearted, that [are] far from righteousness: Ver. Copyright StatementThese files are public domain. 3. The things that you carry are burdensome, A load for the weary animal. The glory of God is most illustriously displayed, when he rescues his people from destruction and restores them to liberty; for he wished that an indissoluble bond should connect the salvation of the Church with his righteousness. 3. It shall no longer be a reproach. DD. Isaiah 46:3). Explanation: For Israel my glory; in whom I will once again glory as my people, and the illustrious monuments of my glorious wisdom, and power, and truth, and goodness; whom I will make a great and glorious people, though now they are mean and contemptible, and in whom I will once more settle my glorious presence and ordinances. The service of sin always costs a great deal. That are far from righteousness.] their idols i are borne by beasts of burden. He would soon bring the righteousness that His people lacked. That rebuke is indeed sharp and severe, but was well deserved by those whose hearts were not soothed by any promise, or by any invitation, however gracious, which God addressed to them. 1765. Despite the rebellion of Israelites, God would accomplish his plan on schedule to install righteousness in his people at the time he saved and glorified Israel. That the means shall accomplish the end is the frequent subject of the Divine promise. 1599-1645. stout-hearted — stubborn in resisting God (Psalm 76:5; Acts 7:51). BibliographyBarnes, Albert. On the principle of analogy. BibliographyPoole, Matthew, "Commentary on Isaiah 46:12". Consequently, he means the same thing by the word “salvation” and the word “righteousness;” for the most remarkable instance of the “righteousness” of God is, when he preserves, guards, and delivers his people.