For thus said the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel; In returning and rest shall you be saved…
I. THE FRAME OF MIND which God encouraged His people to have under all these circumstances — "quietness and confidence."
1. Observe what the fault of Israel had been. God had said one thing, and Israel thought another. God had told them that He would be their refuge.
2. Their warrant for their confidence was the Word of God. Here is the distinction to be made between what is presumption, and what is faith.
3. Observe, next, the peculiar relation in which Israel stood to Jehovah, which made their unbelief so reprehensible. The Lord seems to bring this before their minds, as that which should cause the most stinging conviction in their hearts. "Thus saith the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel."
II. THE PROMISE THAT IS HERE ANNEXED. God says, "In quietness and in confidence shall be your strength." Take, for instance, Hezekiah's history (2 Kings 18). Again, remember the story of Israel's deliverance, as recorded Exodus 14. I might refer you to other passages, such as that beautiful narrative in Daniel 3, where we are told of three believing men being cast into a burning fiery furnace. Look at their quietness and confidence, which was their strength. There is a direct promise upon this subject in Deuteronomy 32. "The Lord shall judge" (avenge, or come to the help of) "His people, and repent Himself for His servants, when He seeth that their power is gone" If you want a New Testament promise to the same effect, you have it in that word which was spoken by our Lord — "Come unto Me all ye that labour, and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." Do you say then, are we not to use means? There may be as much unbelief when men despise means, as there may be in their over-anxiety to use means.
(W. H. Krause, M. A.)
Parallel VersesKJV: For thus saith the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel; In returning and rest shall ye be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength: and ye would not.