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Isaiah 40:1 Comfort

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Our comfort is dependent on Jesus Christ. We need to be prepared to meet Jesus after we die. You can have hope in Jesus.

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Isaiah 40:1-17

1. “’Comfort ye, comfort ye’ is a sign of yearning from the pulsating heart of God. Our God is the God of ‘all comfort.’” (McGee, J. Vernon, Thru the Bible: Volume III. [Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1983], 284)

2. “Today we are asked to be reconciled to God, not to do something to win Him over. God is already won over; that is what Jesus Christ did for us on the cross. We need only accept what Christ has done. This is the word of comfort for a lost world today.” (McGee, 284)

3. “40:3 encourages God’s people to make appropriate preparation for the time when all flesh will meet God (40:5; a similar theme is in 62:10-11).” (Smith, Gary V., The New American Commentary, Volume 15B, Isaiah 40-66. [Nashville, B & H Publishing Group, 2009], 95)

“All four writers of the gospel records—Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John—quote this verse as applying to John the Baptist.” (McGee, 285)

4. “The picture here is of an ambassador repairing the roads and removing obstacles, preparing the way for the coming of a king.” (Wiersbe, Warren W, The Bible Exposition Commentary: Old Testament Prophets. [Colorado Springs: David C Cook, 2002], 49)

5. “Spiritually speaking, Israel was in the wilderness when Jesus came, but when He came, God’s glory came (John 1:14).” 49)


6. “It is far better to interpret 40:6-8 as God’s words of hope and comfort that the speaker should declare to his audience in Zion.” (Smith, 98)

7. “Man is compared to the grass of the field. The question is, How can there be comfort in being reminded that we are like grass?” (McGee, 285)

8. “Man is faint, frail, and feeble, but the Word of God is strong, sure, and secure. God’s Word is our hiding place, a foundation upon which we can rest; it is our sword and buckler, high tower, protection, security, and salvation.” (McGee, 285)

9. “40:9-11 are God’s instructions that Zion is to ‘go up’ to a high mountain (cf. 52:7) to loudly and fearlessly proclaim a message of good news to the people who live in the cities of Judah.” (Smith, 99)

10. “God’s coming will be marked by a powerful demonstration of his sovereign rule through his ‘arm’ that sovereignly control history.” (Smith, 99)

11. “The Lord Jesus took the title of Shepherd when He came the first time. ‘I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep’ (John 10:11).” (McGee, 285)


12. “These questions point not only to God’s ability to do what is humanly impossible, but also to his unfathomable greatness and power.” (Smith, 109)

13. “God knows no equal nor is there anyone to whom He can go for advice.” (McGee, 286)

14. “God knows how to bring about ‘Just results’ on earth without man’s advice or counsel.” (Smith, 111)

15. “If the mountains, heavens, and seas in 40:13-14 are so small from God’s perspective, surely the great nations that dominate this small planet and oppose God’s people are no greater that a tiny drop of water.” (Smith, 111)

16. He deserves sacrifices and offerings beyond measure. The famous forests and grazing hills of Lebanon could not provide enough firewood or enough sacrificial animals to give God what he deserves.” [Max Anders and Trent C. Butler (2012). HOTC Vol. 15: Isaiah. B&H Publishing Group. Retrieved from]

17. “What goes on in this world is actually centered on God and his plans. Therefore, in reality these nations have no power.” (Smith, 113)


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Max Anders and Trent C. Butler (2012). HOTC Vol. 15: Isaiah. B&H Publishing Group. Retrieved from
McGee, J. Vernon, Thru the Bible: Volume III. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1983
Smith, Gary V., The New American Commentary, Volume 15B, Isaiah 40-66. Nashville, B & H Publishing Group, 2009
Wiersbe, Warren W, The Bible Exposition Commentary: Old Testament Prophets. Colorado Springs: David C Cook, 2002


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