I S A I A H.
It is a very good transition in prophecy (whether
it be so in rhetoric or no), and a very common one, to pass from
the prediction of the temporal deliverances of the church to that
of the great salvation, which in the fulness of time should be
wrought out by Jesus Christ, of which the other were types and
figures, to which all the prophets bore witness; and so the ancient
Jews understood them. For what else was it that raised so great an
expectation of the Messiah at the time he came. Upon occasion of
the prophecy of the deliverance of Jerusalem from Sennacherib, here
comes in a prophecy concerning Messiah the Prince. I. His rise out
of the house of David, ver.
1. II. His qualifications for his great undertaking,
ver. 2, 3. III. The
justice and equity of his government, ver. 3-5. IV. The peaceableness of his
kingdom, ver. 6-9. V. The
accession of the Gentiles to it (ver.
10), and with them the remnant of the Jews, that should
be united with them in the Messiah's kingdom (ver. 11-16) and of all this God would now
shortly give them a type, and some dark representation, in the
excellent government of Hezekiah, the great peace which the nation
should enjoy under him, after the ruin of Sennacherib's design, and
the return of many of the ten tribes out of their dispersion to
their brethren of the land of Judah, when they enjoyed that great