Who has believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?…
I. TO WHOM IT WAS MADE. We find from parallel Scriptures that it is made to the Lord Himself (John 12:38; Romans 10:16).
II. WHOM IT RESPECTS. It respects the hearers of the Gospel in the prophet's time, and in after times too.
III. THE MAKER OF THIS HEAVY LAMENTATION.
1. The unsucessfulness of the Gospel, and prevailing unbelief among them that heard it. Consider —
(1) What the Gospel is. A "report." The word signifies a "hearing," a thing to be heard and received by faith, as a voice is received and heard by the ear. Hence that expression, "the hearing of faith" (Galatians 3:2).
(2) What faith is. It is a giving credit to the Gospel, and a trusting our souls to it, as on a word that cannot fail.
(3) How rare that faith is. "Who hath believed!" The report is brought to multitudes; but where is the man that really trusts it, as news from heaven, that may be relied on?
2. The great withdrawing of the power of God from ordinances. "To whom is the arm of the Lord revealed?" This implies(1) That there is a necessity of the mighty power of God being exerted on a man, to cause him to believe (John 6:44).
(2) That few, very few, felt this power.
(3) That hence so few believed.
(T. Boston, M.A.)
Parallel VersesKJV: Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?