The Last Verses of Isaiah 40
Why do you say, O Jacob,
And speak, O Israel:
“My way is hidden from the LORD,
And my just claim is passed over by my God?”
Have you not known?
Have you not heard?
The everlasting God, the LORD,
The Creator of the ends of the earth,
Neither faints nor is weary.
His understanding is unsearchable.
He gives power to the weak,
And to those who have no might He increases strength.
Even the youths shall faint and be weary,
And the young men shall utterly fall,
But those who wait on the LORD
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and no faint.
From the NKJV
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Isaiah 40: A Small Commentary
We are all familiar with this last section of Isaiah 40. The chapter itself is full of majesty and power, revealing the glory of the Almighty and All-wise God. The first section speaks the message of gospel comfort to God's people, Zion, the church of the living God. It is made very clear that everything will pass away, but God's word will endure forever.
Then we have that tender verse showing our loving and gentle Shepherd, who is none other than the Lord Jesus Christ. He will carry the lambs in His arms, and gently lead those who are with young.
Then we have a picture of the omnipotence and omniscience of God. All the nations are before him as nothing. They are 'as dust on the scales'. What an Almighty and Awesome God we have. Nothing can be compared to Him. He is the everlasting God, the Creator of the heavens and the earth. He knows every star by name. Imagine that! No one can count the stars! And yet the Almighty God knows every star by name, and not one of them is missing.
Then we have the incomparable lines from verses 27 to 31, where God Himself speaks to His people. How can you complain that God is unjust; that He has forgotten you? His understanding is unsearchable. We see a picture of God's grace, reminding us of Paul's words in 2 Corinthians 12.10. 'When I am weak, then I am strong.' For God's grace is perfected in our weakness.
The last verse speak of the ecstasy, the energy and the endurance that characterize the three stages through which a believer passes through in His walk with God. Initially, we experience joy unspeakable and full of glory (mounting up with wings like eagles); then we run with all our might to serve the Lord ('I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me' Phil 4.13); but finally, as a heavy load is put upon us, we are just able to 'walk and not faint'.
God's ways are mysterious and unfathomable. But He knows what is best for us!
Last Verses of Isaiah 40
Why do you say, O Jacob, and assert, O Israel,
‘My way is hidden from the Lord?’
Can the Righteous Judge be so unjust that you should cry,
‘The justice due to me escapes the notice of my God’?
Can you fathom divine wisdom?
The inscrutable purposes of One who alone is wise?
Can you discern in the depths of the Red Sea (or the Jordan)
The steps of the Lord, whose ways none can surmise?
Take heart, despairing one; do not lie
Helpless like a antelope caught in a net.
Will God, who remembers the least sparrow that falls,
Ignore your suffering? Will He ever forget?
He is working out His plans for you, without ceasing,
That you may walk worthy of Him unto all pleasing.
He sees weak hands and feeble knees, and gives abundant grace
That you may not grow fatigued, nor faint, but finish the race.
And no matter how heavy the load you bear,
You will not stagger; He will get you there.
Like an eagle you will mount with mighty wings
To heaven, while earth's champions flounder and sink.
The vigorous, the charming, the brilliant, the proud -
Oh, the paragons of this perishing age will all stumble;
But the Everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth,
Will exalt the poor and honour the humble.
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