Cardinal Wolsey, the Minister of Henry VIII., was deserted and disgraced by the king in his old age. The firmest rock is of no use to the paralytic or to a man with a broken leg. Not only does He assure us of His tender support all through life, but He also condescends to give us a strong reason for counting upon it. But all this only proves that Christ is the same; because, when there are fewer earthly joys, He gives more spiritual ones. Surpasses the tenderness of a fond mother for her helpless infant (chap. The decline of power to perform customary work means diminished income. The aged need the fulfilment of this promise. THE EXPLANATION of Isaiah Chapter 46 (Note: Rev. And even to your old age I am he.] Such distress has a tendency to weaken their confidence in God. "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". And the result is that the aged believer is often a "grand old man" still bringing forth fruit, counselling others from his ripe experience, cheered by happy memories and glowing hopes, not frowning on the happiness of others, contented, trustful, loving, kind. 1. 2. Trust in man is often met by faithlessness. The circumstances most needful for our true welfare. Say to-day, "My Father, Thou shalt be the guide of my youth."—J. Confidence in God (Heb ). His life runs through all ages and generations. (3.) Happy is it for those who in full faith can pray: "Cast me not off in the time of old age; forsake me not when my strength faileth." 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:. (Joh 3:3). https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/cal/isaiah-46.html. i. p. 319. Not so the aged transgressor. We cannot feel it more than He does. The promise does not necessarily suppose that you will reach this period. He is bent on carrying out his cherished ideal. “This people have I formed for Myself; they shall show forth My praise.” “We are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works.” As the subjects of His grace, a foundation is laid for everlasting confidence and joy in Him. Are we to suppose that God conceives a purpose less sharply or works it out with less intensity than a man does? 3. 1865-1868. But God is not by grace going to undo His work by nature. I. Life is a school, and experience is a teacher. He has cared for us ever since He did make us: "Borne by Me from the birth, carried by Me from the womb!" THE CRY OF THE AGED SAINT IN TIME OF DISTRESS (Psa ). Those with whom they are obliged to have dealings are apt to take advantage of their decays to deceive them. 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?". he hath more solicitude about his bodily frame. ; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. BibliographyBarnes, Albert. II. Even to your old age I am he; even to hoar hairs, Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers, Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament. He has peculiar fellowship with Christ. All Rightes Reserved, Larry Pierce, Winterbourne, Ontario.A printed copy of this work can be ordered from: The Baptist Standard Bearer, 1 Iron Oaks Dr, Paris, AR, 72855. 2. What is the ground of thy hope? The Biblical Illustrator. 3. "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". A state of trouble is a state of trial. H.Spurgeon. Of responsibility for others. Often the faculties of the soul languish. The most terrible anguish of the heart, however, is that it carries something which can shake a man off even that ground. The doctrine is, first, that his people always need his protection and care; secondly, that he will never leave nor forsake them; thirdly, that he who is the God of infancy and childhood will be the God of age, and that he will not leave or forsake his people, who have been the objects of his care and affection in childhood, when they become old. 3. This promise assures aged believers of effectual support. Earnestly seek after an increasing meetness for future and eternal glory. Human promises must be conditional on the continuance of ability. He will accomplish that which concerneth us (chap. (C. H. He will deliver. 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. Because God made man in His own image, He is bent on restoring him to that image. I knew that just before I should reach home I should pass through what to me was the gloomiest and thickest wood that ever was. That God is still unchanged, we learn from the sweet experience of all the saints. To be God-forsaken implies utter loneliness, helplessness, friendlessness, hopelessness, agony. 3. 6. (2Co ). Give them every proper testimony of your kindness. Testimony is the duty of old men and women; they should labour whenever they can to bear testimony to God's faithfulness, and to declare that now also, when they are old and grey-headed, their God forsakes them not. 2. Used by Permission. 4. Even to your old age I will be the same, And even to your graying years I will bear you! Copyright StatementThe New John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible Modernised and adapted for the computer by Larry Pierce of Online Bible. It is most tender. Even fatherhood has limitations. This implies that they are exposed to danger; but that they shall not become a prey. The Lord and His own are one. Isaiah 46:4 New International Version (NIV) 4 Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. GOD formed your bodies and souls. "I have made, and I will bear." Friends, health, business capacity, opportunities may fail. 1. 2. III. They are also mortal. 2. 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. "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". I am fourscore," &c. But how few can adopt this language! 1. Your carriages were heavily loaded: Isaiah pictures God's people I have made, and I will bear; I will carry and will save. THE GROUNDS AND ASSURANCES OF THE DIVINE CARE. In this section the prophet mocks the deities of Babylon who will not only fail to save their people, but have to be rescued themselves. The wonderful condescension of God (Psa ). 4And even to old age. A. How many are the burdens of old age from without! THE GROUNDS OF CONFIDENCE IN THESE PROMISES, that God will do all this to His aged people. If you would have it then, you must seek it now, in your childhood, and live in it in your youth and your manhood. 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. Though originally made to Israel, and applied to them in a national sense, each believer can make it his own (2Co ); and it is good for us, not only to rest on such a promise as we pass into the future, but to mark its fulfilment in our past experience, and in the experience of others who at life's close have borne testimony to the continued goodness, the sustaining power, the unfailing faithfulness of Him whom they trusted and served. 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,. The promises of His Word. (Even) to (your) old age - as your ... you ... you, are not in the Hebrew, the sentiment is more general than the English version, though of course it includes the Jews from the infancy to the more advanced age of their history (Isaiah 47:6). Many are the afflictions and temptations of old age, but the Lord delivereth them out of them all Human life is like a hill. II. The reason for this great disparity between those gods and the LORD is clearly the truth that Yahweh is the one true God, sovereign over all creation. In contrast to them Jehovah, who had, like a mother, carried His people, would continue to carry them, through all the duration of their existence. (J. R. Macduff, D. D.), Old age without God--it is the picture of querulousness, discontent, fretfulness, gloom! That there is nothing peculiar in the afflictions which you endure, or which need prevent the enjoyment of internal peace and comfort. "Commentary on Isaiah 46:4". But suddenly, suddenly, in this darkness and loneliness, God’s voice rings out, “I am here; fear not; never nearer than now, in your hoar hairs and old age.” (J. M‘Neill. In hours of anguish for recent sin. 1. 1. "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". II. "Even to your old age," &c. Surpasses that of the most tender parent, which naturally dies away as the child reaches manhood. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/isaiah-46.html. ), I remember, when I was a lad, I took a long walk from the place where I was working, late on a Saturday night, to my father’s house; and all the way along that walk the night increased about me, the darkness got thicker and thicker. 1. III. Guernsey: The American National Preacher. 2. The best old Christians are those who were once young Christians. But their worshippers cannot help them; both the idols and the idolaters are gone into captivity. Should they survive until their children become old, they are themselves cast on the care of their children. {See Trapp on "Psalms 48:14"}. "If God forgets His people, He must forget His own Son who stands continually before Him as a lamb newly slain, pleading, "Father, remember my people.". By trouble. Youth is ardent, thoughtless, and presumptuous. "I will carry you." His promises are made to His friends; His threats to His enemies. God has a large family; but, as Bishop Hall observes, none of His children can go alone. "What do you mean by putting ourselves in the way of the promise?" Prepare!—The Homiletical Library, vol. To this requisite of the soul God gives His assurance, “I have made, and I will bear.” These words were an answer to an instinct, the instinct that springs from the thought, “Well, here I am, not responsible for being here, but so set by someone else, and the responsibility of the life, which is too great for me, is His.” God’s Word comes to him to tell him that his instinct is sure. (1.) I remember hearing the late Mr. Jay. 53:4, 11). The most essential part—God’s being life within us. So the soul requires this assurance, and God has confirmed it in His Word: ‘I have made, and I will bear.’ The responsibility of life is God’s; we have been sent here at His will. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/isaiah-46.html. Now viewing scripture range from the book of Isaiah chapter 46:3 through chapter 46:4... Isaiah Chapter 46. The aged Christian must be happy. Long as life lasts, it is in her deepest heart. What they hear and read quickly slips away; and their minds are no longer easily impressed with divine truths. His permanent existence. be profoundly grateful.—J. Isaiah 4 – The Messiah’s Community A. If the prodigal had not come back repentant, he would not have had the robe and the ring. 1. In the contemplation of his life's history, because of the lessons it has served to teach. Your idols were on the beasts and on the cattle. And yet from the depth of sin-consciousness there is an appeal to God. III. I will bear … carry — Not only do I not need to be borne and carried Myself, as the idols (Isaiah 46:1). He will be our God. 2. God promises to support them under their burdens, and carry them through their difficulties. But the body is like a house, it falls into ruin after a number of years. 1. You want a safe investment; here is an investment safe enough. Expressive and tender though the image is, it does not fully exhibit His affection. His unchanging purpose. 3. Why? BibliographyPoole, Matthew, "Commentary on Isaiah 46:4". 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. I. Let us see how God does carry. He will never abandon them to the caprice or malice of their enemies, or leave them to be the sport of circumstances. The promise assures aged saints of the kindest tokens of endearment from their God and Father. Isaiah 46:4: Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. His creating goodness is frequently employed in Scripture as an encouragement to hope in His protecting care (chap. You who are young, make the Lord your confidence from your earliest days. The elasticity of youth rises above a change of circumstances; old age sinks under it. 1. Serve God now, in the place of your service; and if you live to be old, He will perform to you the promise of the text; even to hoary hairs He will carry you, He will deliver you.—George Clark, M.A. "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". If that be God’s bearing, how wrong those are who, instead of asking God to carry them, are more anxious about how He and His religion are to be sustained by their consistency or efforts! One reason why we take so slowly to the idea of God’s bearing or carrying us, is because we divorce it from the fact that He made us; and we rook at the bearing simply as a concession, forgetting that God the Redeemer is bound up with God the Creator. The teaching and promises of His Word (Psa ; 2Sa 23:5; Isa 49:15; Heb 6:17-18, &c.). Must He not know all your needs, distresses, and fears? I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you. He will carry. The inmates bear upon them marks of the fight--the mutilated limb or the scar of battle, or medals hang on their breast, the mementoes of brave and heroic deeds. THE DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS OF THE DIVINE CARE. i. pp. Caleb could say, "Now, lo! https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/cpc/isaiah-46.html. While there is here and there a page of sorrow in his history, it is contemplated as a whole with gladness. 1599-1645. old age — As “your” - “you” - “you,” are not in the Hebrew, the sentiment is more general than English Version, though of course it includes the Jews from the infancy to the more advanced age of their history (Isaiah 47:6). What deliverances, too, He works for us, from accident and sickness, from the burden of sin and the onset of temptation! Many an aged saint can testify to the continued goodness of God. II. Let it teach you to be joyful. (2.) It should lead them to love God with all their heart and strength. Very various are the circumstances and feelings in this period of life, but, with all who attain it, it is the time when their "strength faileth;" and with numbers it is a time of gloom and sadness, of labour and sorrow. 415-423. Grace for a long life. When he says, “Even to old age,” (217) it might be thought absurd; for we ought to become full-grown men after having been carried by God from infancy. Men do so in many respects. 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.. (Psa ; Psa 71:15). Some codices, with three early printed editions, Syriac, and Vulgate, omit "yea". Comforting the young believer. Let not God's people be afraid of either. BibliographyGill, John. The meaning is, that if you should reach this period you need not be afraid of it; He will be with you, and “a very present help in trouble.”, 2. This is intimated in the text, which is a promise of continued care and favour; and it is plainly expressed in the preceding verse. Human care is variable according to our changing circumstances and situations, but God's care is constant under all circumstances: affliction, temptation, &c. III. H. Walker: Companion for the Afflicted, pp. Then the whole darkness was vocal with the crash of his voice. And He will do it. I. Not so is it with the ungodly. Sometimes their circumstances are such, that they cannot get rid of its cares and hurries. And the most steadfast moral universe, and most righteous moral governor, is no comfort--but rather the reverse--to the man with a bad conscience, whether thatconscience be due to the guilt or to the habit of sin. Let us proceed with the text by way of question and answer. THE PERIOD OVER WHICH GOD'S CARE EXTENDS.—"Even to your old age," "to hoar hairs." 2. 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. Is there any evil so great that He cannot deliver you from it, any good so valuable that He cannot confer it upon you? By way of contrast, the LORD saves His people to the uttermost. This subject displays--. "Calvin's Commentary on the Bible". Still, with a heart as young as ever, and even younger, look the fact of advancing age in the face. It is pitiable to see an old man who has missed the object of life. 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. There is the burden of existence. This idea of bearing is at the root of the doctrine of Christ’s atonement. 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. Copyright StatementThese files are public domain.Text Courtesy of BibleSupport.com. And in His friendship there is no fickleness (Jas ). 3. It is a purpose formed in infinite wisdom. Spurgeon. 2. 4. Religion, the best companion of our youth, is the only effectual support of the aged. The two ideas of creating and carrying are thrown together, and in such a way as to show that they are related: that IN THE FACT OF GOD THE CREATOR LIES ENFOLDED THE FACT OF GOD THE REDEEMER. Every little thing is ready to overset them, but God will carry them by supporting their spirits, and putting strength into them, so that they shall not faint and sink (Deu 33:25). This subject is admirably adapted to lead the aged to their proper duties. All that is included in the word “bear” is practically pledged to us in the fact of creation. The greater the difficulties, the more his energies are called out. What to do if your kids are going sideways! They were “fathers of our flesh”: but He is “the Father of our spirits.” But there is another and a higher operation of which the Scripture-speaks. "I have made," saith He, "and I will bear." Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. The argument becomes stronger when addressed to those whom God has created anew in Christ (Psa ; Psa 138:8; Php 1:6). The words "I am He" mean "I am still the same: I will not alter. (1.) God says, "I will." The reflection, I am poor and needy, but the Lord thinks on me, is powerfully adapted to melt the heart. The text reminds us of. (4.) When men grow old they often find that their friends forsake them; their old acquaintance look shy on them; their children sometimes turn their backs upon them; the world is almost weary of them, and wisheth them gone. Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/isaiah-46.html. Then we are naturally deprived of many who took an early interest in our welfare. So it may be with us, if we reach it. Then, in our loneliness, we shall need the friendship of God. Creator. He cares for His own lawful possession. We are a deadweight; but it matters nought to Him. Have you repented, &c.? But these words express the character of God's care for us. 4. Some in whom they place confidence disappoint them. This is the love with which the Lord here says He follows His children, notwithstanding their numerous follies and faults (Isa ). This item is a high-quality digital file of an original piece by Laura Krokos. 3. It is in accordance with this holy loving will that the cry is published in Isaiah 45:22: "Turn unto me, and be ye saved, all ye ends of the earth; for I am God, and none else." THE RESPONSE OF THE COVENANT-KEEPING GOD (Isa ). It is getting dark and late and lonely, and not many people are tramping your road now. He is subject to no change whatever in His manner of being, His perfections, purposes, promises, or threatenings. The family swallows up all. We will notice, I. Therefore, instead of fretting and complaining in the midst of trial, plead it, and it will be fulfilled to you. $5.00. Is the old man lonely, like the last leaf which the storm has left clinging to the tree? For a great, strong voice rang through every timber of the wood--“Are you coming, Johnny?” ’Twas my father coming to meet me! Denomination: Methodist. (M. R. Vincent, D. D.). Isaiah 46:4 Context. God cannot restore His erring child without conditions. 309-335. Munera sint author quae preciosa facit. Note the facts of which we are reminded, in order to help us to trust in Him. BibliographyBeza, Theodore. The cross is its measure. He fears every now and then that the pitcher will be "broken at the cistern;" for "the noise of the grinders is low." That also defines the father’s longing, and the joy over the returning son, the free forgiveness and the festivity. When friendship is less available than in youth. WHAT HAS GOD DONE FOR YOU ALREADY? Isaiah looks into the next two centuries. 2. 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. The aged man, too, hath peculiar hopes. God hath made. I remain, unchangeably, with the same tenderness, the same affection, the same care. It can be done only by laying hold of the promise of the text.—What a great promise this is? THE BURDENS FOR WHICH GOD MAKES HIMSELF RESPONSIBLE. (Read Isaiah 46:1-4) The heathen insulted the Jews, as if their idols Bel and Nebo were too hard for Jehovah. 2254, 2256, 2324, 2341). It is usually embittered by the recollection of many distressing bereavements. He redeemed, and will lead to perfect rest and joy. Thou saidst then, “My hope is in the blood of Jesus Christ.” And the object or end of hope, is not that the same? It is cowardly and unwise to blindfold yourself before a fact, however unpleasant it may be. The idea is worked out in Wordsworth’s little poem, “The Idiot Boy.” And the same fact holds on the moral side. The character of Him who makes the promise confirms it. A wise thing to do. I have made, and I will bear, even I will carry. (Prof. G. A. Smith, D. D.). But God insists that just here He is most anxious to bear him up. His care is not an idle sentiment, but an operative principle, and being connected with almighty power, cannot exert itself in vain, but accomplishes with infinite ease all its purposes. If you are children of God through Jesus Christ, all His promises are your inheritance and estate. But not so with God. But this Gospel of God’s love bearing our sins is of no use to a man unless it goes with another--that God bears him up for victory over temptation, for attainment in holiness. It is perfectly clear from the Bible that God’s love for His children makes Him bear patiently with their infirmities and errors. In the agony of his mind the Cardinal exclaimed, "Had I but served my God with half the zeal I have served my king, He would not have forsaken me in my old age." We began our race unencumbered, but the years as they have passed have added burdens and responsibilities. Isaiah 46:4 And even to your old age I am He The best support in frailty Nothing can exhibit the character of God in a more amiable point of view, than the representations which the Scriptures give us of His conduct to youth and age. How canst thou believe that God, in this fair world, would bear thee up, so useless, soiled, and infected a thing?” Yet here, according to His blessed Word, God does come down to bear up men. There is then a tendency also to greater anxiety about worldly comfort and sufficiency. It implies unabated affection. The word sometimes signifies, as the former did, to support and sustain; but more frequently, to exalt or elevate. What sends us about with erect bodies and quick, firm step, is the sense that the surface of the earth is sure, that gravitation will not fail, that our eyes and the touch of our feet and our judgment of distance do not deceive us. He sometimes in a most wonderful manner strengthens the powers of the mind. 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. But this inference is as repugnant to sound reasoning as it is to the precepts of the Bible, and the spirit of piety (H. E. I. 2 They stoop, they bow down together; they could not deliver the burden, but themselves are gone into captivity. If God gives you ability for active services, abound in them, for death is at hand. (n) This seems to express more than old age, as Ben Melech observes hence the Jews say, a man sixty years old is come to old age, and one of seventy to hoary hairs. Have you not reason to acknowledge, with aged Jacob, that the God of your fathers has fed you "all your life long" to this day, and redeemed you from evil? One great comfort is still left, all the more soothing when others are gone. Old age with God--it is love, joy, peace, gentleness, goodness. Young persons should choose God as the guide of their youth, if they desire that He should be the support and comfort of their age. 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. He is very intolerant of the dead, but all who have a wish for life He will lift and carry to holiness. The Gospel would be no gospel if it could not lift a man out of the fear of his sin. "Commentary on Isaiah 46:4". In all these things we are doomed to be solitary. Creatures change, but He is the same. ), False and true religion--bearing or borne. 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. Is it a time of diminished comforts? (Psalms 22:10.). THE DOCTRINE OF THE TEXT I hold to be, the constancy of God’s love, its perpetuity, and its unchangeable nature. (1.) II. To the Christian pilgrim old age will be a Beulah land whence he can descry the shining glories of the heavenly city. SOME OF THE PRACTICAL LESSONS WHICH THIS DOCTRINE TEACHES. And then God calls upon His people to consider whether He was such a god as these (Isa ). You are like one who sits up far into the night, and sees the lights in the neighbours’ houses one by one put out, while the darkness and silence are deepening round about him. 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