I S A I A H.
In this chapter we have the fatal doom of all the
nations that are enemies to God's church and people, though Edom
only is mentioned, because of the old enmity of Esau to Jacob,
which was typical, as much as that more ancient enmity of Cain to
Abel, and flowed from the original enmity of the serpent to the
seed of the woman. It is probable that this prophecy had its
accomplishment in the great desolations made by the Assyrian army
first, or rather by Nebuchadnezzar's army some time after, among
those nations that were neighbours to Israel and had been in some
way or other injurious to them. That mighty conqueror took a pride
in shedding blood, and laying countries waste, and therein, quite
beyond his design, he was fulfilling what God here threatened
against his and his people's enemies. But we have reason to think
it is intended as a denunciation of the wrath of God against all
those who fight against the interests of his kingdom among men,
that it has its frequent accomplishment in the havoc made by the
wars of the nations and other desolating judgments, and will have
its full accomplishment in the final dissolution of all things at
the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. Here is, I. A
demand of universal attention, ver.
1. II. A direful scene of blood and confusion presented,
ver. 2-7. III. The reason
given for these judgments, ver.
8. IV. The continuance of this desolation, the country
being made like the lake of Sodom (ver. 9, 10), and the cities abandoned to
wild beasts and melancholy fowls, ver. 11-15. V. The solemn ratification of
all this, ver. 16, 17.
Let us hear, and fear.