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We have said nothing of the seventh feature, the stone cut out without
hands. This foreshadows the kingdom of the Lord. As members of the Body of
Christ with a calling, hope and inheritance, 'far above all', these things
only remotely touch us. They belong, however, to the Christ we delight to
honour, and, though far removed from the scene of His earthly triumphs, we
can, with full heart, pray: 'Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as
it is in heaven'.
The reader is referred to the article entitled Feet of Clay (p.
219), for fuller exposition of the meaning of the terms. We draw attention
to the chart on the preceding page. It will be observed that, following the
rejection of their Messiah by Israel, and their own lo -ammi condition, an
undefined period is entered, the figure emerging again as the time draws near
for the resumption of God's dealings with Israel. At the right -hand side of
the chart, the image is aligned with the Prophecy of the Seventy Weeks of
Daniel 9, the unrecorded gap corresponding with the indefinite drawing of the
legs of the image. For a fuller exposition see the article Seventy Weeks9.
The Unity of Isaiah demonstrated
We believe we can safely assume that none of our readers will wish for
a lengthy disquisition on the so -called 'assured results of the Higher
Criticism', nor would they feel that the space at our disposal has been used
to profit by filling it with 'arguments' for and against the modernist theory
of two or more 'Isaiah's'. When we can turn to no less than ten passages in
the New Testament that quote Isaiah by name as the author of the so -called
'former' portion (1 to 39), and eleven passages in the New Testament that
just as emphatically quote him by name as the author of the so -called
'latter' portion (40 to 46), and when we discover also that six different
writers are responsible for these statements, namely the Lord Himself,
Matthew, Luke, John, John the Baptist and Paul, then, for the believer, the
matter is at an end. These twenty -one references to Isaiah by name are not,
of course, the total number of references to his prophecy. Isaiah is quoted
eighty -five times in the New Testament from sixty -one separate passages
(some are repeated by more than one writer), and there are only seven books
out of the twenty -seven that form the New Testament canon that are without a
reference to his prophecy. Twenty -three of these citations are from Isaiah
1 to 39, and 38 from Isaiah 40 to 66. The unity of the authorship is further
demonstrated by the occurrence of certain words in both portions, which,
according to the so -called critics, are to be found in one portion only. A
selection of these will be found in The Companion Bible (Appendix No. 79),
but a much more exhaustive list is given in the commentary by T.R. Birks (see
The Berean Expositor, Vol. 30, pp. 42 and 86).
Turning from the question of the authorship of the prophecy to matters
far more helpful, it is important at the outset that we should bear in mind
the two great sections of the book -- namely, chapters 1 to 35 and chapters
40 to 66.
The Relation of Isaiah 35 to the latter portion of the Prophecy
The former portion of Isaiah ends with chapter 35, but this closing
chapter is so woven into the fabric of the latter portion that neither can be
looked upon as complete without the other.