How the church shall herself be affected with this increase of her numbers, v. She shall be in a transport of joy upon this account: There shall be a mixture of fear with this joy: These converts flocking to the church shall be greatly admired v. Who are these that fly as a cloud? It is flying to Christ and to his church, for thither we are directed; it is flying like a cloud, though in great multitudes, so as to overspread the heavens, yet with great unanimity, all as one cloud.
They shall come with speed, as a cloud flying on the wings of the wind, and come openly, and in the view of all, their very enemies beholding them Rev.
They shall fly as doves to their windows, in great flights, many together; they fly on the wings of the harmless dove, which flies low, denoting their innocency and humility. It is spoken of with wonder and pleasure: We have reason to wonder that so many flock to Christ: And we have reason to admire with pleasure and affection those that do flock to him: How excellent, how amiable are they!
What a pleasant sight is it to see poor souls hastening to Christ, with a full resolution to abide with him! Verses The promises made to the church in the foregoing verses are here repeated, ratified, and enlarged upon, designed still for the comfort and encouragement of the Jews after their return out of captivity, but certainly looking further, to the enlargement and advancement of the gospel church and the abundance of spiritual blessings with which it shall be enriched. God will be very gracious and propitious to them. We must begin with that promise, because thence all the rest take rise.
The sanctuary that was desolate begins to be repaired when God causes his face to shine upon it, Dan. Many shall be brought into the church, even from far countries v. Surely the isles shall wait for me, shall welcome the gospel, and shall attend God with their praises for it and their ready subjection to it. The ships of Tarshish, transport-ships, shall lie ready to carry members from far distant regions to the church, or which is equivalent to carry the ministers of the church to remote parts, to preach the gospel and to bring in souls to join themselves to the Lord.
What they shall bring with them. They live at such a distance that they cannot bring their flocks and their rams; but, like those who lived remote from Jerusalem who, when they came up to worship at the feast, because they could not bring their tithes in kind, turned them into money , they shall bring their silver and gold with them. Note, When we give up ourselves to God we must with ourselves give up all we have to him. If we honour him with our spirits, we shall honour him with our substance. Note, The honour God puts upon his church and people should not only engage us to honour them, but invite us to join ourselves to them.
We will go with you, for God is with you, Zec. Those that come into the church shall be welcome; for so spacious is the holy city that though, Lord, it is done as thou hast commanded, yet still there is room. Note, Christ is always ready to entertain those that come to him, is never out of the way, nor can they ever come unseasonably; the gate of mercy is always open, night and day, or shall soon be opened to those that knock. Ministers, the door-keepers, must be always ready to admit those that offer themselves to the Lord.
God not only keeps a good house in his church, but he keeps open house, that at any time, by the preaching of the word, in season and out of season, the forces of the Gentiles, and the kings or commanders of those forces, may be brought into the church. Lift up your heads, O you gates! All that are about the church shall be made in some way or other serviceable to it. The earth helped the woman. All things are for your sakes. Even those that do not belong to the church may be a protection to it. And the greatest of men should not think it below them to minister to the church, but rejoice that they are in a capacity, and have a heart, to do it any service.
But those who will not by faith submit to Jesus Christ, the King of the church, and serve him, shall perish eternally, Ps. Bring them forth and slay them before me, Lu. Nations of such shall be utterly and eternally wasted, when Christ shall come to take vengeance on those that obey not his gospel, 2 Th.
There shall be abundance of beauty added to the ordinances of divine worship v. The glory of Lebanon, the strong and stately cedars that grow there, shall come unto thee, as of old to Solomon, when he built the temple 2 Chr. It is the place of his feet, where he rests and resides, Eze. The ark is called his footstool, because it was under the mercy-seat, Ps.
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This he will make glorious in the eyes of his people and of all their neighbours. The glory of the latter house, to which this refers, though in many instances inferior, was yet really greater than the glory of the former, because Christ came to that temple, Mal.
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It was likewise adorned with goodly stones and gifts Lu. The church shall appear truly great and honourable, v. The people of the Jews, after their return out of captivity, by degrees became more considerable, and made a better figure than one would have expected, after they had been so much reduced, and than any of the other nations recovered that had been in like manner humbled by the Chaldeans. It is probable that many of those who had oppressed them in Babylon, when they were themselves driven out by the Persians, made their court to the Jews for shelter and supply and were willing to scrape acquaintance with them.
This prophecy is further fulfilled when those that have been enemies to the church are wrought upon by the grace of God to see their error, and come, and join themselves to it: A promise like this is made to the church of Philadelphia, Rev. And it is intended to be, 1. A mortification to the proud oppressors of the church, that have afflicted her, and despised her, and taken a pleasure in doing so; they shall be brought down; their spirits shall be broken, and their condition shall be so mean and miserable that they shall be glad to be obliged to those whom they have most studied to disoblige.
Note, Sooner or later God will pour contempt upon those that put contempt upon his people. An exaltation to the poor oppressed ones of the church; and this is the honour that shall be done to them, they shall have an opportunity of doing good to those who have done evil to them and saving those alive who have afflicted and despised them.
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It is a pleasure to a good man, and he accounts it an honour, to show mercy to those with whom he has found no mercy. Yet this is not all. They shall call thee, The city of the Lord; they shall at length be convinced that thou art a favourite of heaven, and the particular care of the divine providence. Such a one is Zion; it is the place which God has chosen to put his name there; it is the Zion of the Holy One of Israel; therefore, we may be sure, it is a holy city, else the Holy One of Israel would never be called the patron of it.
Verses The happy and glorious state of the church is here further foretold, referring principally and ultimately to the Christian church and the spiritual peace of that, but under the type of that little gleam of outward peace which the Jews sometimes enjoyed after their return out of captivity. This is here spoken of,I. As compared with what it had been. This made her peace and honour the more pleasant, that her condition had been much otherwise. She had been despised, but now she should be honoured, v.
Jerusalem had been forsaken and hated, abandoned by her friends, abhorred by her enemies; no man went through that desolate city, but declined it as a rueful spectacle; it was an astonishment and a hissing. Two things are here spoken of as her excellency and joy, in opposition to her having been forsaken and hated: She shall find herself countenanced by her neighbours. The nations, and their kings, that are brought to embrace Christianity, shall lay themselves out for the good of the church, and maintain its interests with the tenderness and affection that the nurse shows to the child at her breasts v.
She shall find herself countenanced by her God: Their Holy One now appears their Mighty One. She had been impoverished, but now she shall be enriched, and every thing shall be changed for the better with her, v.
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When those who were raised out of the dust are set among princes, instead of brass money in their purses they have bold, and instead of iron vessels in their houses they have silver ones, and other improvements agreeable: She had been oppressed by her own princes, which was sadly complained of, not only as her sin, but as her misery ch. They shall be peace, that is, they shall sincerely seek thy welfare and by their means thou shalt enjoy good.
Even exactors, whose business it is to demand the public tribute, though they be exact, must not be exacting, but must be just to the subject as well as to the prince, and, according to the instructions John Baptist gave to the publicans must exact no more than is appointed them, Lu. She had been insulted by her neighbours, invaded, spoiled, and plundered; but now it shall be so no more v. As completed in what it shall be. It should seem that in the close of this chapter we are directed to look further yet, as far forward as to the glory and happiness of heaven, under the type and figure of the flourishing state of the church on earth, which yet was never such as to come any thing near to what is here foretold; and several of the images and expressions here made use of we find in the description of the new Jerusalem, Rev.
As the prophets sometimes insensibly pass from the blessings of the Jewish church to the spiritual blessings of the Christian church, which are eternal, so sometimes they rise from the church militant to the church triumphant, where, and where only, all the promised peace, and joy, and honour will be in perfection. God shall be all in all in the happiness here promised; so he is always to true believers v.
The sun and the moon shall be no more thy light. In heaven there shall be no occasion for sun or moon, for it is the inheritance of the saints in light, such light as will swallow up the light of the sun as easily as the sun does that of a candle. Thy God shall be thy glory. Note, God is the glory of those whose God he is and will be so to eternity. It is their glory that they have him for their God, and they glory in it; it is to them instead of beauty.
For your light has come; the glory of the LORD has risen upon you. For your light arrives! The splendor of the LORD shines on you! Your light has come, and the glory of the LORD has dawned. American Standard Version Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of Jehovah is risen upon thee.
Darby Bible Translation Arise, shine! World English Bible "Arise, shine; for your light is come, and the glory of Yahweh is risen on you. Young's Literal Translation Arise, be bright, for come hath thy light, And the honour of Jehovah hath risen on thee. Its radiance was like a most precious jewel, like a jasper stone, clear as crystal. For over all the glory there will be a canopy, Isaiah The glory of Lebanon will be given it, the splendor of Carmel and Sharon.
I will keep you and appoint you to be a covenant for the people and a light to the nations, Isaiah