Lesson 10
Isaiah 32:1-4

Henry Mahan

Most all agree that while these words apply to King Hezekiah, who reigned over Judah 29 years, who did that which was right in the sight of the Lord, who was indeed a good king and a blessing to the people, THIS IS A PROPHECY OF THE MESSIAH. It only has its full accomplishment in Him and His kingdom.
Christ is THE HIDING PLACE from winds of sin, trouble, and sorrow.
Christ is THE ONLY SHELTER from the storm of God's wrath.
Christ is THE WATER OF LIFE in this dry and thirsty land.
Christ is THE GREAT ROCK, the tried stone, our only foundation.
(Vs. 1) "BEHOLD!" Look with wonder, awe, and rejoicing. The Scriptures use this word often in reference to our Lord Jesus. "Behold, a virgin shall conceive" (Isa. 7:14). "Behold, I bring you good tidings, unto you is born a Saviour" (Lk. 2:10). "Behold, the man" (Jn.. 19:5). "Behold, I come quickly" (Rev. 22:12).

"A KING SHALL REIGN." Our Lord Jesus is the King of kings and Lord of lords" (Rev. 19:13-16). He reigns over the universe, over the world, and over His church (Psa. 2:6). He is Lord and King because He made all things (Col. 1:16). He is Lord and King by royal decree (Heb. 1:8-9; Phil. 2:9-11). He is Lord and King by His death (Rom. 14:9). He is Lord and King by His resurrection (Acts 17:31).

"HE REIGNS IN RIGHTEOUSNESS." Of course, "the sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of His kingdom" (Heb. 1:8; Psa. 45:6-7). His laws are just and right; His ways and rule are just and holy. But in the kingdom of the Son of His love, in the everlasting covenant of mercy to sinners "God set Him forth to be a propitiation through faith in His blood TO DECLARE GOD'S RIGHTEOUSNESS" (Rom. 3:25), "that God may be both JUST and JUSTIFIER of believers" (Rom. 3:26). Our King MAY show mercy; He MUST be righteous! Our Lord may lift the beggar from his dunghill of sin and make him a prince; but He MUST do it in the only way His law can be honored and His justice satisfied—BY HIS OWN OBEDIENCE AND DEATH AS A MAN! (Rom. 5:19; II Cor. 5-21;-Gal. 4-4-5).

"AND "PRINCES SHALL RULE IN JUDGMENT." Are these His faithful "prophets, apostles, evangelists, pastors and teachers" (Eph. 4:11-12) who are set over His church, who rule well (Heb. 13:7) in the word, in the gospel, and in the ordinances?

(Vs. 2) "AND A MAN"—the God-man! (I Tim. 3:16; Isa. 9:6), the King-Messiah (Matt. 22:41-45), the second Adam (I Cor. 15:45-49). It was promised and prophesied that Christ should come (Gen. 3:15; Isa. 7:14); and this He willingly did and has become, for His elect, all that God requires for their eternal salvation (Eph. 1:3-6; I Cor. 1:30).

(a) "From the end of the earth" is any place of absence from the temple where God dwelt above the mercy-seat, truly a weary land everywhere.

(b) "I cry unto Thee when my heart is overwhelmed. "Troubles are of various kinds (provoking, perplexing, or gnawing), but these are OVERWHELMING troubles, for life and death. "My sins are ever before me" (Psa. 51.3).

(c) "Lead me to the Rock that is higher than I. "If we would find the Rock of Ages, we are dependent upon His hand to lead us. We are so blind we can never find it, but His hand is powerful and tender. This Rock is THE ROCK (none other like it) which our God has laid (Isa. 28:16). It is "higher than I" because He is God; it reaches to heaven as Jacob's ladder. "It is deeper than hell" (Job 11:7-9); as a man He descended to the deeps. It is a FOUNDATION (Lk.6:48), a FOUNTAIN OF WATER (Jn. 7:37-38), a SHADE FROM THE HEAT (Isa. 4:6), a STRONG TOWER from the enemy (Psa. 61:3).

(Vs. 3-4)

Henry Mahan
Ashland, Ky.