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A Word in Season to the Weary

A Word in Season to the Weary

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BY PASTOR BARLASS


ISAIAH L. 4.



The Lord God hath given me the tongue of the learned^
that I should know how to speak a word in season to him
that is weary,
BY PASTOR BARLASS


ISAIAH L. 4.



The Lord God hath given me the tongue of the learned^
that I should know how to speak a word in season to him
that is weary,

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A WORD I SEASO TO THE WEARYBY PASTOR BARLASSISAIAH L. 4.The Lord God hath given me the tongue of the learned^that I should know how to speak a word in season to himthat is weary,READIG this comforting declaration, one cannotbut ask, of whom speaketh the prophet, of himself,or of some other ? Perhaps Isaiah might have somerespect to the difficulties in his own work, and theencouragement he had to go on in it. A greater thanIsaiah is here. In some preceding chapters the deh-verance from the Babylonish captivity is celebratedin most lofty strains. Lest, after the accomplishment.it should be thought that this deliverance appearedmuch greater, and more glorious in prophecy than infact, when the Jews returned from Babylon in a poorcondition ; the prophet in chap. xxix. shows, that theprophecy ultimately respected another redemption,
 
which would as far surpass these expressions, as theBabylonish deliverance might seem to come short of them. The prophet has in his eye the redemption of the world by Jesus Christ, who is spoken of in themost elevated strains as God's servant, infinitelyhigher than Cyrus.16UIn this chapter God shows that those who wereunder calamities had themselves to blame. He. nei-ther divorced them as their husband, nor sold themas their Father. Their not being delivered was notfor want of power in him ; for, says he, " Is my handshortened at all, that it cannot redeem ? or have I nopower to deliver ? Behold, at my rebuke I dry upthe sea, I make the rivers a wilderness." Sin was thecause. The text may be considered as a proclama-tion of comfort to those who were captives, till theyshould be released. It is designed to solace thehearts of weary saints and sinners to the end of time.Under the Old Testament dispensation, Christ com-forted the weary, and spake to them by his servantsthe prophets. In the fulness of time he spake in hisown person. Then was this prophecy accomplishedwhen he said, *' Come unto me, all ye that labourand are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Takemy yoke upon you, and learn of me ; for I am meek and lowly in heart ; and ye shall find rest unto yoursouls." It is still fulfilled where Christ addressessinners in his word and ordinances. It is the conti-
 
nued comfort of the church, that Jehovah has givento Christ the tongue of the learned, that he shouldknow how to speak a word in season to him that isweary. The phrase in the end of the verse, hewakeneth morning by morning, he whkeneth mine earto hear as the learner^ applied to Isaiah or any minis-ter, signifies, that God daily excited them to duty andassisted them in it : that to comfort others it behoovedthem to learn experimentally ; and in order to giveinstructions to sinners, they must receive them fi'om161God. Applied to Christ, the phrase intimates thatGod prepared him a body, and bored his ear ; — thatday by day he listened to his Father that he mightdo his will ; that his holy human nature was animatedand assisted in his arduous work ; and that to suc-cour and comfort the weary he learned obedience bysuffering, and had an experimental acquaintance withtheir trials.In discoursing from these words I propose,Firsts To delineate the character of those for whomprovision is made, — the weary.Secondly., To illustrate the gracious declaration, theLord God hath given me the tongue of the learned^ that Ishould know how to speak a word in season to the weary.After which I shall endeavour in theThird place. To explain the manner of procedurewhen Christ employs the tongue of the learned andrefreshes the weary.

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