It is long and devoted service which is the passport to admission there. Bible Study Resources > Scripture Prints > Isaiah 46:4 Isaiah 46:4 SKU: $5.00. Have we not heard the aged speak in terms of satisfaction and thankfulness, notwithstanding the trials they have experienced in their life journey? Funk & Wagnalls Company, 1892. 3. Earthly possessions, instead of a help, often become a burden and a snare. Testimony. Not only does He nurse us in infancy and childhood, but even to old age (Psa 48:14). "E.W. It has always been a great comfort for believers to realise that we are fearfully and wonderfully made, and that the Lord knows us before we are born.. for He it is that formed us in our mother's womb. Let us see how God carries men.—The first requisite for an upright bearing is ground—something to rest upon. What a consoling promise! 4. In the continued possession of his life's chief good. There is everything to invite our firm reliance (2Ti ; 2Ti 4:18). But the Lord will deliver them from all their fears, will strengthen their hearts, and will make them desire to depart and be with Christ (H. E. I,. You cannot survive His power to help. It is wearing late, my brother. This page provides an outline of Isaiah chapters 45, 46, 47, and 48 for your reference. If you cannot do this, adorn and recommend religion by patience and resignation to His will, and by quietly waiting for His salvation. The life-long Friend still remains, "when other helpers fail and comforts flee." (3.) In fact, it is the age of memory. Therefore, instead of fretting and complaining in the midst of trial, plead it, and it will be fulfilled to you. What they hear and read quickly slips away; and their minds are no longer easily impressed with divine truths. The most essential part—God’s being life within us.—All human metaphors fall far short of describing God’s relation to man. ii. God only can enable us to accomplish it. And, all his prospects brightening to the last, His heaven commences ere the world be past.". 2. More especially man—made in His image, formed for eternal existence, and endowed with capacities of eternal enjoyment. To comfort and animate their hearts who expected to die in a strange land, and were greatly distressed at the remembrance of Zion, God encourages them still to hope in Him. All this is familiar enough. He delivers them from trouble. (3.) Smithson's translation of the Isaiah text is appended below the explanation.1. Prepare!—The Homiletical Library, vol. The old man has a good experience to talk about. What a consolatory declaration—sufficient to silence all our fears, and to afford us quietness and peace for ever. This implies something more than to guide and to lead. What has God done for us already? (H. Belfrage, D. D.). The care of the parent naturally dies away as the child reaches manhood, and he is usually removed by death before the son or daughter that excited so much solicitude in infancy and childhood, reaches old age. https: God is under the stress of the parental instinct to take our sicknesses and to bear our infirmities, and He yields to it, gives Himself up to it in His own Divine measure. "Age is not all decay; it is the ripening, the swelling of the fresh life within, that withers and bursts the husk."—G. In hours of anguish for recent sin. 43:1, 2). God made you: must He not therefore be a very powerful Being? Labour to maintain the seriousness and spirituality of your devotions. “To old age; to hoar hairs.” This is a period in which a man is deprived of many of his relations and friends; is gazed on by a new generation; feels a thousand infirmities, anxieties, and distresses; and is reduced to dependence upon those around him. I remain, unchangeably, with the same tenderness, the same affection, the same care. You are my workmanship, both as you are men, and as you are my peculiar people; and therefore I will preserve and deliver you. 1. The best old Christians are those who were once young Christians. III. And He will do it. II. The same may be said of creature confidences. Church Pulpit Commentary. "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". Sometimes a man’s heart will shake him off this ground.—Conscience says, ‘God has made thee, but thou hast unmade thyself.’ When this comes to a man it is the most sinking time in his life. https: The most essential part—God’s being life within us. God declares that He is not simply the God of the young saint; that He is not simply the God of the middle-aged saint: but that He is the God of the saints in all their ages from the cradle to the tomb. It was a remarkable saying of Cardinal Wolsey, at the close of his life, "If I had served my God as long and as faithfully as I have served my prince, He would not have cast me off in my old age." BibliographyExell, Joseph S. "Commentary on "Isaiah 46:4". Isaiah looks into the next two centuries. II. II. Rawlinson. 1. Barnes's Isaiah 46:4 Bible Commentary And even to your old age, I am he - Or rather, I am the same. We will notice, I. For this purpose, Isaiah describes the desolation Cyrus should bring upon Babylon, and foretells that he should carry captive their gods, who would be insufficient to help either their worshippers or themselves. At such times we remember several things, as that it is a period. Middle-aged man, give thy present years to Him. He made us, and having done this will not be likely to forget us, as children do the top they have made with great eagerness and glee. 3. Religion, the best companion of our youth, is the only effectual support of the aged. 1685. even = yea. V. In the near prospect of realising his life's brightest hopes. The Scripture calls age the needful time, and the evil days, when the heart shall say, "I have no pleasure in them." Many an aged saint can testify to the continued goodness of God. and you who have reached old age, are you not thankful for the mercies of the past? Notice, II. therefore I will bear, even I will carry: from the first of their regeneration, to their entrance into glory; See Gill on Isaiah 46:3; And will deliver you; out of all affliction; out of all temptations; out of the hand of every enemy; from a final and total falling away; from a body of sin and death; from death eternal, and wrath to come; and even at last from the grave and all corruption. THE ANTIDOTE THEY ADMINISTER. The argument here is, that he who had watched over the infancy of his people with so much solicitude, would not leave them in the exposures, and infirmities, and trials of the advanced years of their history. 2254, 2256, 2324, 2341). God’s continued presence with them. Daily familiarise yourself to the thought of your approaching end. The thing is man’s realest burden, and man’s reaiest burden is what God stoops lowest to bear (chap. His enduring ability. (Joh 3:3). He will ever succour them under their trials. Men are ungrateful. "Commentary on Isaiah 46:4". "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". Try it free for 30 days. Confidence in God (Heb ). They forget much which they would wish to remember; but still they find that their God is just the same; that His goodness does not depend on their memory; that the sweetness of His grace does not depend upon their palate. His carrying is not mechanical, but natural; not from below, but from within. And is not the joy of that hope just the same? Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible. The promise of the text will show you, if you live to be old, how God will be your friend in that needful time, if you put yourself in the way of the promise. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you. The unchangeableness of God adds the strongest security to His promises and covenant, and is a sufficient encouragement to His people to hope in Him, whatever changes and alterations there may be in the world about them (Psa 89:34; Psa 48:14). Forerunner Commentary Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown John Wesley's Notes Matthew Henry People's Commentary (NT) Robertson's Word Pictures (NT) Scofield: Definitions: Interlinear: Library: Topical Studies: X-References: Verse Comparison: Isaiah 46:4. "Commentary on Isaiah 46:4". It is usually embittered by the recollection of many distressing bereavements. Where an inheritance has been derived from ancestors, and where successful commercial enterprise has realised wealth, it is not so. But their worshippers cannot help them; both the idols and the idolaters are gone into captivity. His unchanging purpose. He has learned by a thousand proofs that "all things work together for good," &c. IV. "Commentary on Isaiah 46:4". 2. One great comfort is still left, all the more soothing when others are gone. This promise to Israel is especially applicable to every aged Israelite. Take the parable of the Prodigal Son. If we need proofs, we might look even abroad on nature, and we should from nature guess that God would not change during the short period of our mortal life. The wealthy aged are apt to be haunted and irritated by consideration. 1. https: ), I have made and will carry. We began our race unencumbered, but the years as they have passed have added burdens and responsibilities. Now viewing scripture range from the book of Isaiah chapter 46:3 through chapter 46:4... Isaiah Chapter 46. 3 Hearken unto me, O house of Jacob, and all the remnant of the house of Israel, which are borne [by me] from the belly, which are carried from the womb:. "In chapter 45 Isaiah declared that every knee will bow to the Lord, and here he pictures the gods of the great Babylon stooping low in humiliation." 4. “I have made.” This brings Him very near. The repeated and explicit declarations of Holy Scripture (H. E. I. He has made and fashioned us; He has implanted within us appetites that only He can satisfy; He has placed us amid circumstances of unusual difficulty, and entrusted to us work of unwonted importance; He has committed to us the post of duty which taxes us to the uttermost: and because He has done all this, He is responsible for all that is needed for the accomplishment of His purposes. But God insists that just here He is most anxious to bear him up. (Psa ; Psa 71:15). (1.) In these melancholy circumstances, God will bear and lift up their souls. Death stands before them; a dark enemy who must be faced; a dread moment when, amidst unknown suffering, all that has made life interesting must be left behind. What to do if your kids are going sideways! This renders God the proper object of our trust. These words were addressed to God's ancient people in view of the time when Babylon would be brought to ruin. What greater proof can there be of His care? 2 They stoop, they bow down together; they could not deliver the burden, but themselves are gone into captivity. Let us give to God, not the crumbs which fall from life’s table, but the best of the feast; not the evening hour of weariness and sleep, but the morning prime of active energy; not the few stray winter berries left on the top of the olive tree, but the ripe and abundant autumn fruits. What stronger argument can there be to encourage your faith in His promises, than your long experience of His goodness? "Commentary on Isaiah 46:4". 1. The God of our youth and manhood will be the God of our old age, losing none of the tenderness with which He has guided us through previous stages. A sermon loosely based on Isaiah 46 which dwells on God's immutability (Much material adapted from Dr. Jack Cottrell's book, God Most High, chapter 25 "The Immutability of God") HoHum: Lars Wilhelmsson says, “We are all in process. It makes all the difference to a man how he conceives his religion--whether as something that he has to carry, or as something that will carry him. God saith in the text, “Even to your old age,” &c. I. 1 Bel boweth down, Nebo stoopeth, their idols were upon the beasts, and upon the cattle: your carriages were heavy loaden; they are a burden to the weary beast.. II. "Calvin's Commentary on the Bible". Bel and Nebo, its gods, would be carried away, unable to defend themselves. How marvellous have been His patience with us and His providential care! She rose from her reverie of sadness, wiped away the falling tears, and looking not toward the silent tomb where bodies were crumbling to dust, but to the spirit-land whither her loved ones had gone, she said, with a faith she had never before known: "Though He slay me, yet will I trust in Him.". But he has one hope, and that is the very same which he had when he first trusted in Christ. 1871-8. For her carriage and bearing in life the soul requires the assurance that the moral laws of the universe are as conscience has interpreted them to her, and will continue to be as in experience she has found them. "Commentary on Isaiah 46:4". Isaiah 46:3 - 46:4. Nay, events that in the vigour of life would have given them little concern now hang as a heavy weight upon them (Ecc ). 1865-1868. Now, old age is driven more and more in upon itself. This is intimated in the text, which is a promise of continued care and favour; and it is plainly expressed in the preceding verse. The purpose is formed in the tenderness of unchanging love. 2. Then we are naturally deprived of many who took an early interest in our welfare. ”, How sweet should this precious promise be unto us, and how sovereign against the fear of want in old age! New York. This idea of bearing is at the root of the doctrine of Christ’s atonement. 1870. Learn more today! "And [even] to [your] old age I [am] he; and [even] to hoar hairs will I carry [you]: I have made, and I … Be they ever so many and great, you have the promise of God to depend upon, that He "will bear, and carry, and deliver" you. The promises of His Word. H. Walker: Companion for the Afflicted, pp. The first requisite for stable and buoyant life is ground, and the faithfulness of law. III. Let not God's people be afraid of either. But God's ability suffers no diminution. Is it not the same as that which animated thee when thou wast first united with the Christian Church? Some in whom they place confidence disappoint them. It is well to have pleasant guests in the house, when we must stay almost wholly within doors. But all this only proves that Christ is the same; because, when there are fewer earthly joys, He gives more spiritual ones. Men do so in many respects. Youth is ardent, thoughtless, and presumptuous. "I have made you," and (chap. The word signifies to sustain any pressure, or bear any burden. (2.) Nebo was his eldest son, the secretary of the council of gods and custodian of the Tablets of Destiny. And yet from the depth of sin-consciousness there is an appeal to God. II. To direct by His wisdom; to protect by His power; to comfort, strengthen, and sustain by His Spirit; to supply all need by His all-sufficiency; to support in death by His rod and staff (Psa 23:4). Yet they are not left to perish in their weakness. If God gives you ability for active services, abound in them, for death is at hand. 1. This is the case of the labouring poor, and of many widows. Ask all proffered comforters and guides if they will stay by you in old age. And that care and kindness which I have had for you from the beginning, I will continue to you to the end; never forsaking you, unless you wilfully and obstinately cast me off, as the Jews did when their Messiah came. Isa ). Again, in His bearing God bears, and does not overbear, using a man not as a man uses a stick, but as a soul uses a body,--informing, inspiring, recreating his natural faculties. Old age is a time of peculiar solicitude. That also defines the father’s longing, and the joy over the returning son, the free forgiveness and the festivity. Friends, health, business capacity, opportunities may fail. 1. 309-335. Let us proceed with the text by way of question and answer. Endeavour in the midst of your trials to cultivate a thankful disposition. The words were spoken to the nation, but they contain a truth equally precious to every individual; and in this view we will consider them. Note the facts of which we are reminded, in order to help us to trust in Him. If the circle of your enjoyment is contracted, you have less to ensnare your affections, and draw you away from God, &c. 3. Are we afraid to carry the truth farther up--up to God? BEL bows down, Nebo falls; their idols are [delivered] to the beasts and the cattle: your burdens are loaded [upon them]: a weight to the weary [beast]. He will carry. In a yet more special sense His own believing people (1Ti ). Let us see how God does carry. 1457, 1458, 4246). IV. In the contemplation of the blessings which have marked his history. But, (1.) The Psalmist was, and others often are. 2. 6. This promise assures aged believers of effectual support. It is that which defines the measure of the prodigal’s sin. The nearness of salvation should reconcile you to affliction and death. https: All things, &c., change; but God is ever the same. 4. Let the conduct of God to the aged be imitated by us as far as possible. Has He made you a new man? Tried and proved in the experience of His people. When a man's pecuniary resources are likely to be diminished. To those who are already old. He will comfort them under all their infirmities and sorrows. BibliographyJamieson, Robert, D.D. The eagle beateth her young out of the nest when able to prey upon their own wing; (a) but God dealeth better a great deal with his, whom he never casteth off; as neither doth he his labouring and languishing Church, upon whom the ends of the world are come. But now we come to our real subject, which is, to consider THE TIME OF OLD AGE AS A SPECIAL PERIOD, and to mark, therefore, the constancy of Divine love--that God bears and succours His servants in their later years. Redeemer (chap. Old age without God--it is graphically described, in this chapter, as the overturn of all worldly pride and glory--“Bel boweth down, Nebo stoopeth”; it is the spoliation of the earthly temple, the pillage of everything that ministered to earth’s ephemeral happiness. God does, and He alone. THE CONSOLATION WHICH ARISES FROM THESE CONSIDERATIONS. I am he—that is, the same (Ps 102:27; Joh 8:24; Heb 13:8). But God's faithfulness is the same; for if he be nearer death, he has the sweet satisfaction that he is nearer heaven; and if he has more need to examine himself than ever, he has also more evidence whereby to examine himself. https: God hath been an old friend to you, a tried friend, and you may be assured He will never leave nor forsake you; especially when you consider—. ), False and true religion--bearing or borne. The complete outline of Isaiah is spread over several lessons. The relations He sustains to us. I. The generation we can now serve is passing away, and that which will then be round about us may know nothing of us. Even those who are unthankful and evil (Mat ). God will deliver them out of all their fears and tribulations. To old age and hoary hairs. 2. "Even to boar hairs will I carry you." A life devoted to the service of God is a treasure of bliss, as abundant as the wants of the soul, as enduring as its immortality. See Psalms 48:14. He redeemed, and will lead to perfect rest and joy. III. You middleaged men are plunged in the midst of business, and you are sometimes supposing what will become of you in your old age. God made you: must He not therefore be a very wise Being? But in this peculiar solicitude you have another proof of divine faithfulness; for now that you have little pleasure in the flesh, do you not find that God is just the same; and that, though the days are come when you can say, "I have no pleasure in them," yet the days are not come when you can say, "I have no pleasure in Him?". (4.) In days of anxious foreboding. I. Here I explain the copulative ו (vau) to mean therefore; and the reasoning ought to be carefully observed, for he argues thus, “I have begotten and brought you forth;” and again, “Even when you were little children, I carried you in my arms, and therefore I will be the guardian of your life till the end.” Thus also David reasons, “Thou art he who brought me out of the womb; I trusted in thee while I hung on my mother’s breasts; I was cast upon thee from my birth; thou art my God from my mother’s womb.” THE CRY OF THE AGED SAINT IN TIME OF DISTRESS (Psa ). Copyright StatementThe New John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible Modernised and adapted for the computer by Larry Pierce of Online Bible. The teaching and promises of His Word (Psa ; 2Sa 23:5; Isa 49:15; Heb 6:17-18, &c.). Few of the companions of their early days remain. 9. The old man has a good experience to talk about. The proper study of man is God. Isaiah 46:4 And [even] to [your] old age I [am] he; and [even] to hoar hairs will I carry [you]: I have made, and I will bear; even I will carry, and will deliver [you]. Besides, you are His workmanship, created anew in Christ Jesus unto good works. Every one, if he is honest with himself, knows that God has had much to bear with him, and knows, too, how patiently God has borne it: and every one of us has had experience of God’s bearing in the sense of sympathetic love and helpfulness. When friendship is less available than in youth. (1.) He reminds them of what He had already done for them in their formation and their support; that He had shown all the care and tenderness of a parent to them; and assures them that He would continue His care of them. He will be our God. I could almost fancy I saw the outline of a great, strong man flashed upon the darkness--so vivid was the impression, not only on the ear, but also on the imagination. This instinct has formed the turning-point in many a man’s life. Isaiah 46:4 Even to your old age I will be the same,And even to your graying years I will bear you!I have done it, and I will carry you;And I will bear you and I will deliver you. BUT HOW LONG HOW FAR WILL HIS TENDERNESS AND CARE EXTEND? Earnestly seek after an increasing meetness for future and eternal glory. The circumstances most needful for our true welfare. 1. Even to your old age I will be the same, And even to your graying years I will bear you! The greatest promises, if made by those destitute of power to fulfil them, excite contempt; or, if made by persons whose integrity is questionable, are thought of with the torturing anxieties of suspicion, rather than the comforts of hope; but in God we see everything to make distrust appear foolish and criminal, and to produce a steadfast and triumphant faith. This gospel, however, must be accompanied with repentance and perseverance in holiness. Isaiah 46:4: Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. Its capacity for action lessens. A life of financial success will not accomplish it. I. I have done it, and I will carry you; And I will bear you and I will deliver you. 2. 3. But that which the godly man chose many years ago as the chief portion of his soul, is still the light and joy of his being. The inhabitant within peeps out at the windows of your body, sees and hears, is collecting knowledge on which it may live and be happy when the house of the body totters with age, and is crumbling into dust. Relating To Our Kids - Part 1 Series Contributed by Dr. Jonathan L Vorce on Feb 10, 2018 based on 1 rating | 9,273 views. A wise thing to do. Age does not make them less dependent, and experience only teaches them more and more their need of his sustaining grace. Their fellow-creatures are often a burden to them. ), The reward of life-long consecration to God, In our great naval and military hospitals, it is only those grey-haired veterans who have fought the battle in youth and manhood, who can be received as in-door pensioners. 2. How utterly forsaken and destitute are some of the aged! Its powers decline. I am he - i:e., the Same (Psalms 102:27; John 8:24; Hebrews 13:8). We cannot feel it more than He does. The greater the difficulties, the more his energies are called out. 373-382. (2.) Exclusion from the services of the sanctuary (Psa ). While there is here and there a page of sorrow in his history, it is contemplated as a whole with gladness. They may encourage us in the like manner in spite of the presence or the gloomy prospect of old age. Do not let the young people catch you indulging in melancholy, but go about cheerful and happy, and they will think how blessed it is to be a Christian, for so will you prove to them—to a demonstration, that even to old age God is with you, and that when your strength faileth He is still your preservation.—C. (F. B. Meyer, B. Each human soul must bear his own burden. But it was not necessary to mention it--old age and death are so near each other--they touch. "I have made, and I will bear." 3. The experience of His people (Deu ). But God having loved His own that are in the world, will love them to the end. "I have made," saith He, "and I will bear." He bears us best and longest by being the spirit and the soul and the life of our life. $5.00. EXPOSITION TO ISAIAH CHAPTER 46. Lean on One who is independent of changes. All that is included in the word “bear” is practically pledged to us in the fact of creation. BibliographyTrapp, John. 2. He is bent on carrying out his cherished ideal. 2. He who freely gave you your life, will surely grant you every needful good (Mat ). Isaiah 46 46 1 Bel boweth down, Nebo stoopeth, their idols were upon the beasts, and upon the cattle: your carriages were heavy loaden; they are a burden to the weary beast. So if old age is reached by you, you will find that you have indeed solved the problem of transforming it into a season of true blessedness. THE DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS OF THE DIVINE CARE. Have I not an intellectual part, which distinguishes me from the brute creation? It will be executed with unfailing faithfulness. Preacher's Complete Homiletical Commentary. Young man, God’s religion will last as long as you will; His comforts you will never be able to exhaust in all your life. Behold, then, how gracious is our God! I will bear … carry — Not only do I not need to be borne and carried Myself, as the idols (Isaiah 46:1). 1. The argument becomes stronger when addressed to those whom God has created anew in Christ (Psa ; Psa 138:8; Php 1:6). What is the reason why the word “I” is five times repeated in this verse? (1.) How many of us know from most blessed experience what it is to have a great High Priest touched with the feeling of our infirmities. 1 Context Overview. Of peculiar solicitude. Remember that old age is near the confines of another world. 1. He tells us, "I have made you." The care of earthly parents gradually dies away as their children reach maturity. 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