All prophecies, except those of the Bible, have been uncertain. Go to, To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use our convenient, Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Bible, Commentary Critical and Explanatory - Unabridged, Kretzmann's Popular Commentary of the Bible, Lange's Commentary on the Holy Scriptures. Abraham is the figure that shows God's knowledge of the past. The preaching of the gospel, and glad tidings of the coming of Christ. Bibliography InformationHenry, Matthew. It means that Abraham, by Divine grace, was made like to God, and that he was admitted to communion with Him. Art thou ready to fall? God will make him fit for use, new, and having sharp spikes. Let not such as have thus been favoured yield to fear; for the contest may be sharp, but the victory shall be sure. It is the worm Jacob; so little, so weak, so despised and trampled on by every body. There is nothing in idols worthy of regard. Art thou ready to fall? Matthew Henry’s Bible Commentary (concise), Matthew Henry Bible Commentary (complete), California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. The Lord will help them, for he is their Redeemer. © 2020 Christianity.com. The good tidings the Lord will send in the gospel, is a mystery hid from ages and generations. I will uphold thee with that right hand which is full of righteousness, dealing forth rewards and punishments. God's people are the seed of Abraham his friend. God's people are as worms, in humble thoughts of themselves, and in their enemies' haughty thoughts of them; worms, but not vipers, not of the serpent's seed. A Deliverer is raised up for us, of nobler name and greater power than the deliverer of the captive Jews. The Lord will make Jacob to become a threshing instrument. (10-20) The vanity and folly of idolatry. These blessings are kept for the poor in spirit, who long for Divine enlightening, pardon, and holiness. Let not God's people render evil for evil, but wait God's time. 1706. But the certain knowledge of the future must be only with Jehovah, who fulfils his own plans. Sinners encourage one another in the ways of sin; shall not the servants of the living God stir up one another in his service? (18-26) Against unbelief. Let not such as have thus been favoured yield to fear; for the contest may be sharp, but the victory shall be sure. Can any heathen god raise up one in righteousness, make what use of him he pleases, and make him victorious over the nations? When God sets up his church in the Gentile wilderness, there shall be a great change, as if thorns and briers were turned into cedars, and fir-trees, and myrtles. The Lord will make Jacob to become a threshing instrument. Every part of God's word is calculated to humble man's pride, and to make him appear little in his own eyes. (1-11) The almighty power of God. But the certain knowledge of the future must be only with Jehovah, who fulfils his own plans. Art thou weak? Past and future – with the present sandwiched in … These blessings are kept for the poor in spirit, who long for Divine enlightening, pardon, and holiness. Since Cyrus is mentioned in Isaiah 41:25 (I have raised up one from the north … from the rising of the sun), he is the figure that shows God's knowledge of the future. And God will render their barren souls fruitful in the grace of his Spirit, that all who behold may consider it. The Lord did so with Abraham, or rather, he would do so with Cyrus. God's people are the seed of Abraham his friend. Happy are the servants of the Lord, whom he has called to be his friends, and to walk with him in faith and holy obedience. I will strengthen thee. Our way to heaven lies through the wilderness of this world. Happy are the servants of the Lord, whom he has called to be his friends, and to walk with him in faith and holy obedience. Can any heathen god raise up one in righteousness, make what use of him he pleases, and make him victorious over the nations? (10-20) The vanity and folly of idolatry. The good tidings the Lord will send in the gospel, is a mystery hid from ages and generations. "Matthew Henry Concise Commentaryon the Whole Bible". Can they tell of a cure for human depravity? God has provided comforts to supply all their wants, and to answer all their prayers. In the work of redemption the Lord showed himself much more than in the release of the Jews from Babylon. (1-9) they are encouraged not to fear. Finding the new version too difficult to understand? God speaks with tenderness; Fear thou not, for I am with thee: not only within call, but present with thee. The Lord did so with Abraham, or rather, he would do so with Cyrus. There needs no more to show the folly of sin, than to bring to notice the reasons given in defence of it. Isaiah 41:5 "Islands have seen it, and shuddered; the ends of the earth trembled; they have approached, and drawn near." Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary 41:10-20 God speaks with tenderness; Fear thou not, for I am with thee: not only within call, but present with thee. Chapter 41 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 God will render their barren souls fruitful in the grace of his Spirit, that all who behold may consider it. This is certainly the highest title ever given to a mortal. There is nothing in idols worthy of regard. May we be numbered among his obedient servants and faithful friends. God has provided comforts to supply all their wants, and to answer all their prayers. I will open rivers of grace, rivers of living water, which Christ spake of the Spirit, John 7:38,39. "Concise Commentary on Isaiah 41:4". Past and future - with the present sandwiched in-between - … This has fulfilment in the triumphs of the gospel of Christ, and of all faithful followers of Christ, over the power of darkness. Chapter 41 God's care of his people. Since Cyrus is mentioned in Isaiah 41:25 (I have raised up one from the north… from the rising of the sun), he is the figure that shows God’s knowledge of the future. The soul of man is in want, and seeks for satisfaction; but becomes weary of seeking that in the world, which is not to be had in it. (21-29). Jehovah has power which cannot be withstood; this he will make appear. I will strengthen thee. Art thou weak? The Lord did so with Abraham, or rather, he would do so with Cyrus. The Lord did … I will help thee in the time of need. There are those that strive with God's people, that seek their ruin. It means that Abraham, by Divine grace, was made like to God, and that he was admitted to communion with Him. Isaiah 41:2, is interpreted by practically all of the present-day commentators as a reference to God's raising up Cyrus the King of Persia as the deliverer of God's people from their Babylonian bondage; but we do not accept that interpretation of this passage. I will uphold thee with that right hand which is full of righteousness, dealing forth rewards and punishments. The Lord will help them, for he is their Redeemer. In the work of redemption the Lord showed himself much more than in the release of the Jews from Babylon.