|.1 ¶ Thus saith the LORD, Where is the bill of your mother's divorcement, whom I have put away? or which of my creditors is it to whom I have sold you? Behold, for your iniquities have ye sold yourselves, and for your transgressions is your mother put away.|| Mother's
divorcement The Lord has not reversed His claim to His people,
to Judah de2401ff, Hosea
Sold you Babylonian captivity was like being sold by God, their father, into slavery le2539, de1512. They had sold themselves is5203.
Wherefore, when I came, was there no man? when I called, was there none
to answer? Is my hand shortened at all, that it cannot redeem? or have
I no power to deliver? behold, at my rebuke I dry up the sea, I make the
rivers a wilderness: their fish stinketh, because there is no water, and
dieth for thirst.
.3 I clothe the heavens with blackness, and I make sackcloth their covering.
| 2 -
man Also pictured by Jeremiah je0423ff.
3 - Fish stinketh This reflects the first plague ex0717-21.
3 - Blackness The ninth plague ex1021-23.
| 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: he wakeneth morning by morning, he wakeneth
mine ear to hear as the learned.
5 The Lord GOD hath opened mine ear, and I was not rebellious, neither turned away back.
6 I gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair: I hid not my face from shame and spitting.
| 4 -
of the learned Rather "The learners."
6 - I gave my back Jesus submitted to humiliation and pain.
For the Lord GOD will help me; therefore shall I not be confounded: therefore
have I set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be ashamed.
8 He is near that justifieth me; who will contend with me? let us stand together: who is mine adversary? let him come near to me.
9 Behold, the Lord GOD will help me; who is he that shall condemn me? lo, they all shall wax old as a garment; the moth shall eat them up.
|7 - Face like a flint Christ had determined from "the foundations of the world" to pay the penalty for sin. In the Garden of Gethsemane, He confirmed His decision for the final time. We, likewise, must be totally committed to following Him.|
| 10 ¶ Who is among you
that feareth the LORD, that obeyeth the voice of his servant, that walketh
in darkness, and hath no light? let him trust in the name of the LORD,
and stay upon his God.
11 Behold, all ye that kindle a fire, that compass yourselves about with sparks: walk in the light of your fire, and in the sparks that ye have kindled. This shall ye have of mine hand; ye shall lie down in sorrow.
|Light is from the Lord, we don't need to make our own fire.|