I S A I A H.
This chapter, as the former, in intended both for
the conviction of idolaters and for the consolation of all God's
faithful worshippers; for the Spirit is sent, and ministers are
employed by him, both to convince and to comfort. And however this
might be primarily intended for the conviction of Babylonians, and
the comfort of Israelites, or for the conviction of those in Israel
that were addicted to idolatry, as multitudes were, and the comfort
of those that kept their integrity, doubtless it was intended both
for admonition and encouragement to us, admonition to keep
ourselves from idols and encouragement to trust in God. Here, I.
God by the prophet shows the folly of those that worshipped idols,
especially that thought their idols able to contest with him and
control him, ver. 1-9.
II. He encourages his faithful ones to trust in him, with an
assurance that he would take their part against their enemies, make
them victorious over them, and bring about a happy change of their
affairs, ver. 10-20.
III. He challenges the idols, that were rivals with him for men's
adoration, to vie with him either for knowledge or power, either to
show things to come or to do good or evil, ver. 21-29. So that the chapter may be
summed up in those words of Elijah, "If Jehovah be God, then follow
him; but, if Baal be God, then follow him;" and in the people's
acknowledgment, upon the issue of the trial, "Jehovah he is the
God, Jehovah he is the God."