And I will bring the blind by a way that they knew not; I will lead them in paths that they have not known…
I. THE CONDITION OF SPIRITUAL BLINDNESS. By the fall of our first parent, darkness hath come over the spirit of every man born into the world. In heathen nations and in heathen days, although there were some faint and feeble aspirings after truth, in the main men were in the depths of darkness. This is not merely the original condition of every man, but is in part the condition of the regenerate also. Yet there are things, unto which man, even at the most advanced of his earthly condition, cannot attain. It is not hard to point out some of the advantages that result from this state of concealment in which God keeps His people.
1. It tends to their humility.
2. It keeps them dependent.
3. This blindness belongs to the very nature of faith; without it, faith can have no existence.
4. Moreover, it tends to the comfort of God's children. If all were laid open, then sorrow and sadness would come before their time.
II. THE PROMISE OF DIVINE DIRECTION. "I will make darkness light before them," etc. Mainly God delivers information to His people in two ways.
1. He gives it by the written Word.
2. He has given us the volume of providence to be the commentary upon the volume of revelation.
(S. Robins, M. A.)
Parallel VersesKJV: And I will bring the blind by a way that they knew not; I will lead them in paths that they have not known: I will make darkness light before them, and crooked things straight. These things will I do unto them, and not forsake them.
WEB: I will bring the blind by a way that they don't know. I will lead them in paths that they don't know. I will make darkness light before them, and crooked places straight. I will do these things, and I will not forsake them.