The dread of the LORD and the splendor of his majesty

Kathee and I just started Isaiah tonight. Since we read the Bible straight through (I’m not necessarily recommending this plan … it’s just our way!), we have Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations and Ezekiel ahead of us. We find it a tough section but aways a blessing. The toughest of the four is Ezekiel.

I found this phrase interesting in chapter 2 – repeats three times (2:10,19,21):

from dread of the LORD and the splendor of his majesty

Without doing deep exegesis here, I see these two things:

  1. The awfulness of the wrath of a holy God &
  2. How majestic is His Person, attributes, and works

Matthew Henry comments on this section:

…. it may have a general respect to the method God takes to awaken and humble proud sinners, and to put them out of conceit with that which they delighted in and depended on more than God. We are here told that sooner or later God will find out a way,

  1. To startle and awaken secure sinners, who cry peace to themselves, and bid defiance to God and his judgments.
  2. To humble and abase proud sinners, that look big, and think highly of themselves, and scornfully of all about them.
  3. Why this shall be done: because the Lord alone will be exalted. Note, Proud men shall be vilified because the Lord alone will be magnified. It is for the honour of God’s power to humble the proud; by this he proves himself to be God.
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