The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleIsaiah 43:21
This people have I formed for myself…
compared to a desert and wilderness, wild and uncultivated,
distinguished from Jacob and Israel in the next verse, and the same
with the chosen people before mentioned; who being chosen of God, and
redeemed by Christ, are formed anew by the Spirit of Christ, made new
creatures, regenerated, and transformed by the renewing of their minds,
and conformed to the image of Christ, and having him formed in their
souls, and principles of grace and holiness wrought in them; in
consequence of which they reformed in their lives and conversation, and
were also formed into a Gospel church state, and all this done by the
Lord for himself, his service, and his glory. The Targum is,
``this people have I prepared for my worship:''
they shall show forth my praise;
with their lips, by ascribing their
formation to the power and grace of God, and even their whole salvation
to it, and express their thankfulness for the same; and likewise by
their actions, by a subjection to the ordinances of the Gospel, and by
their lives and conversations being agreeably to it. Joseph Kimchi, as
Abendana observes, interprets this people of the beasts of the field,
spoken of in the preceding verse, that should honour the Lord, and here
said to be formed for himself, and should show forth his praise; and
which is taken notice of to aggravate the sins of the people of the
Jews, who called not on the Lord… as in the following verses; so
the ants and conies are called a people not strong, and the locusts a
people great and strong, (Proverbs 30:25,26) (Joel 2:2) .
The New John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible Modernised and adapted for the computer by Larry Pierce of Online Bible. All Rightes Reserved, Larry Pierce, Winterbourne, Ontario.
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Gill, John. "Commentary on Isaiah 43:21". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". <http://classic.studylight.org/com/geb/view.cgi?book=isa&chapter=043&verse=021>. 1999.