And it shall come to pass in that day, that the light shall not be clear, nor dark:
I. The language of the text is descriptive of the PRESENT MINGLED STATE OF AFFAIRS, both in the Church and in the world. Darkness is the effect of our low situation. There is nothing really dark with God — nothing imperfect in the Gospel. The Gospel is to our perception not so distinct as to be perfectly clear; but it is not so dark as to be useless and unintelligible. There are clouds and obscurities resting on the subject arising from our weakness and imperfection of understanding. Illustrate —
(1) By the partial distribution of the Gospel among the nations of the earth.
(2) The language is also descriptive of the imperfect attainments of real Christians. In the matter of personal experience it is but twilight. You have faith, but not "the full assurance of faith." You have hope, but how few of you hope ever blooming! You have obedience, but it is partial, irregular, imperfect. You have joy, but it is meddled with.
(3) The text finds its illustration in the inscrutable dispensations of the providence of God. How vast, how profound a subject!
II. THE SUPERINTENDING CARE OF DIVINE PROVIDENCE DURING THIS CHEQUERED AND MYSTERIOUS STATE OF THINGS. This intimates —
1. God's superintendence of all things.
2. God's foreknowledge of all things.
3. The harmony of Divine providence.
4. The beneficial tendency of the providence of God.
5. The language is a ground of unlimited resignation and contentment; and
6. A motive for unlimited confidence.
III. THE WONDERS AND GLORIES OF THAT AUSPICIOUS DAY IN WHICH THIS SINGULAR STATE OF AFFAIRS SHALL TERMINATE. This promise contains a reserve of consolation for the feeble Christian against the hour of dissolution. And a reserve of consolation for the feeble Christian in seasons of perplexity and difficulty. The promise contains also an assurance of the final glory, the millennial reign of the Son of God.
(Joseph Beaumont, D. D.)
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