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says the Evangelist,“ spake He of the Spirit, which they that believe on Him should receive.")
“He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause His voice to be heard in the streets.” The Evangelist Matthew, has shewn us how this was fulfilled in Him. And the Apostle Peter likewise tells us, that He" did no sin, neither was guile found in His mouth : Who, when He was reviled reviled not again; when He suffered, He threatened not; but committed Himself to Him that judgeth righteously.”?
“A bruised reed shall He not break, and the smoking flax shall He not quench : He shall bring forth judgment unto truth.” All the Gospels bear witness to the truth of these blessed words. “For such an High Priest became us, Who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens :"3 “ Who can have compassion on the ignorant, and on them that are out of the way.' “For in that He Himself hath suffered being tempted, He is able to succour them that are tempted.
We see then that these 3 verses relate exclusively to the first coming of the Lord : and then in the fourth verse the prophet glances at the glorious results that will follow Christ's coming; and shows us why His purposes must of necessity be accomplished. “He shall not fail nor be discouraged, till He have set judgment in the earth : and the isles shall wait for His law." “Why sayest thou,” then, “O Jacob, and speakest, O Israel, My way is hid from Jehovah, and my judgment is passed over from my God? Hast thou not known ? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, Jehovah, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of His understanding." “For the earth shall be full of the knowledge of Jehovah, as the waters cover the sea."7
Well does the Writer remember when, in the days of his fierce temptations from the Adversary, now upwards of 45 years ago, as he was walking on the sands at Dover, and
1 John vii. 37-39. - Heb. ii. 18.
?1 Peter ii. 22, 23.
3 Heb. vii. 26. 4 Heb. v. 2. 7 Isa. xi. 9; Hab. ii. 14.
watching the coming in of the tide, the thought struck him how many times God had caused those waters to come up and go down on the sea shore. And then, reasoning from analogy, another thought struck him, how many millions upon millions of times, during the last 6,000 years, had God likewise thus dealt with human souls ! How often had He borne with the same murmurings and repinings in countless numbers of human hearts! What a stupendous multitude of times, must He have listened to their fretful cries and longings ! And while mourning over his own sins and heart troubles, which could only then be truly set forth in the words of his “ Awakening soul's complaint,”l &c.—
“ Restless is my heart, like the troubled sea,
Heaving up and down ! How it troubleth me!” another thought quickly followed in its wake, “I wonder God is not tired and weary of all this !”
And now in an instant the watchful Adversary came roaring into his heart, and threw in a “fiery dart,”? which rankled in his very soul. “He is tired,” said he; “and He is tired of you ; and your darkness is a proof of it: for He has rejected you, and cast you out of His sight for ever !” Oh! the anguish of spirit which these words occasioned him : for he could then see no way out of it; nor had he any word to answer the taunts of the enemy. But while he feebly endeavoured to bring his bruised and battered spirit unto Jesus, to be healed, that infinitely Blessed One, as we have seen Him here presented to us, in this precious portion of God's Word, “ broke not” “the bruised reed," nor “quenched the smoking flax ;” but sent down into his spirit a portion of the first of the texts, which I have quoted, “He fainteth not, neither is weary. There is no searching of His understanding :” which was the most complete and perfect answer to the first thought of his heart that could have been given him; at which he stood in adoring won
1“ The awakening soul's Complaint ; with Chriet's loving answer; and the soul's Surrender.” The Book Society. Price 4d.
* Eph. vi. 16.
der and amazement! And then the second thought of his heart was shortly afterwards answered, by the passage here quoted, “He shall not fail, nor be discouraged, till He have set judgment in the earth : and the isles shall wait for His law." Thus these two precious texts were to him, at that time, as two "leaves" from "the tree of life," which are to be “for the healing of the nations."1
Dear Ruth Bryan also gives us a very beautiful thought about the sea, when in writing to a friend from Beaumaris, in the Isle of Anglesea, she says in one of her Letters, "Last evening, as we were walking home, we saw a woman sweep before her house, gather up some dust in a dust pan, and throw it into the sea close at hand. I thought nothing then, but now so sweetly feeling the efficacy of Jesus' blood, it just strikes me that thus our Father has done. He has gathered up all the inherent and actual sin of His people, and thrown it into the ocean of redeeming blood, where it sinks like lead in the mighty waters, and never shall rise to condemn them to death. And He will do it for each experimentally. Thou wilt cast all our sins into the depths of the sea,' because 'He hath laid upon Him the iniquity of us all.' In due time He enables faith to do the same thing, to keep casting the felt and hated filth of sin into the Red Sea of precious blood, exclaiming, “I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord,' so that in all these [hated] things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us.' Thanks be unto God Who giveth us the victory through Jesus Christ our Lord.'”2
And now we are prepared to consider verses 5 to 8: which relate erclusively to this Dispensation; and which are as follow. “Thus saith God Jehovah, He that created the heavens, and stretched them out; He that spread forth the earth, and that which cometh out of it; He that giveth breath to the people upon it, and spirit to them that walk therein: I Jehovah have called Thee in righteousness, and will hold Thine hand, and will keep Thee, and give Thee for a Covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles; to open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house. I am Jehovah: that is My Name: and My glory will I not give to another, neither My praise to graven images."
* Rev. xxii. 2.
? Letters of Ruth Bryan. Preface, p. lix.
That these verses relate exclusively to this Dispensation, is proved from the fact, that God the Father, is here speaking of “the calling” of His “elect servant,” Jehovah Jesus for the work which He had appointed for Him to do, and which He had Himself undertaken to perform, as the Mediator of the New Covenant ; in which both Jews as well as Gentiles are here said to be interested; and that He, as the Almighty Creator, as well as sustainer, of heaven and earth, here promises to be with Him and to support Him under it, until He had perfectly accomplished that work itself: which will not of course be until the close of this Dispensation : when all the glory thereof shall be given to Him, to Whom alone it will be due.
Having, however, said so much upon the first four verses, it will not be needful for me to enlarge upon these; and I would, therefore, only remark, that we have here :
(1) The infinite security of the everlasting Covenant; and the utter impossibility of its failure for the reasons before given; as our Lord Himself asserted, “ All that the Father giveth Me shall come to Me; and him that cometh to Me I will in no wise cast out. For I came down from heaven, not to do Mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent Me. And this is the Father's will which hath sent Me, that of all which He hath given Me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day. And this is the will of Him that sent Me, that every one that seeth the Son, and believeth on Him, may have everlasting life : and I will raise him up at the last day.”'l
(2) That the “call” of the Mediator to His holy office was "in righteousness.” “For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ,” says Paul : "for it is the power of God
1 John vi. 37-40.
unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith.”l For “the righteousness of God apart from,” xwpis, “law is manifested, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets; even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: for all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in His blood, to declare His righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; to declare, I say, at this time His righteousness: that He might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus." Hence He now says, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
(3) That the Gentiles were to be interested in this Covenant, as well as the Jews; but that it was to be presented to the Jew first. This is contained in the words, "give Thee for a Covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles." “The people” here spoken of are undoubtedly the Jews; and they are frequently so designated in the Acts of the Apostles. Thus it is said of Cornelius, that he was "a devout man, and one that feared God with all his house, which gave much alms to the people,” i.e., the Jewish people, “and prayed to God alway. So when our blessed Lord called the Apostle Paul by His grace before Damascus to be “the Apostle of the Gentiles,"5 He not only makes this very distinction, but He uses almost the very words that are here predicated of Him in verse 7, “Rise,” He said, “and stand upon thy feet: for I have appeared unto thee for this purpose, to make thee a minister and a witness both of these things which thou hast seen, and of those things in the which I will appear unto thee; delivering thee from the
31 John i. 9.
1 Rom. i. 16, 17.
Rom. iii. 21-26. 5 Rom. xi. 13.