“To old age; to hoar hairs.” This is a period in which a man is deprived of many of his relations and friends; is gazed on by a new generation; feels a thousand infirmities, anxieties, and distresses; and is reduced to dependence upon those around him. This implies weakness and inability in us, support and assistance from Him. Ask all proffered comforters and guides if they will stay by you in old age. In fact, it is the age of memory. “I have made.” This brings Him very near. Human care is variable according to our changing circumstances and situations, but God's care is constant under all circumstances: affliction, temptation, &c. III. The Gospel would be no gospel if it could not lift a man out of the fear of his sin. Oh,the night became almost light about me. The best old Christians are those who were once young Christians. "I am He, the same yesterday," &c. I. But their worshippers cannot help them; both the idols and the idolaters are gone into captivity. I. Venerable fathers in the faith, and mothers in Israel, take these words for your joy. He hath been careful of you and kind to you hitherto. "I have made, and I will bear." II. 1. THE GRACIOUS ASSURANCE GOD HERE DELIVERS TO HIS AGED SAINTS. There are peculiar communings, peculiar openings of the gates of paradise, peculiar visions of glory, just as you come near to it. THE APPREHENSIONS THEY CONTEMPLATE. To be our Friend in old age. (Even) to (your) old age - as your ... you ... you, are not in the Hebrew, the sentiment is more general than the English version, though of course it includes the Jews from the infancy to the more advanced age of their history (Isaiah 47:6). 1. Even amid the infirmities of age, his cup of happiness must be full. When the physical powers fall into decay. 1. To those who are already old. Old men must die. The end of the year brings home to us the fact that we are getting older. It was a remarkable saying of Cardinal Wolsey, at the close of his life, "If I had served my God as long and as faithfully as I have served my prince, He would not have cast me off in my old age." 1840-57. (Read Isaiah 46:1-4) The heathen insulted the Jews, as if their idols Bel and Nebo were too hard for Jehovah. To distrust Him will be peculiarly unreasonable, and highly ungrateful. By way of contrast, the LORD saves His people to the uttermost. God has a large family; but, as Bishop Hall observes, none of His children can go alone. H. Walker: Companion for the Afflicted, pp. If God gives you ability for active services, abound in them, for death is at hand. But suddenly, suddenly, in this darkness and loneliness, God’s voice rings out, “I am here; fear not; never nearer than now, in your hoar hairs and old age.” (J. May we not regard this declaration as a sufficient antidote to the apprehensions we are apt to entertain in prospect of the various anxieties and inconveniences of advancing years? "Calvin's Commentary on the Bible". And He will do it. ”, How sweet should this precious promise be unto us, and how sovereign against the fear of want in old age! It was gloomy even at midday. Their relish for company, business, and pleasure is gone (2Sa ; P. D. 103, 113). Old age with God--it is love, joy, peace, gentleness, goodness. 1. I have made; these persons, not merely as creatures, but as new creatures; they are formed for myself; they are my sons and daughters, the works of my hands: I have an interest in them. THE GROUNDS OF CONFIDENCE IN THESE PROMISES, that God will do all this to His aged people. They testify that the God of their youth is the God of their later years. He sometimes in a most wonderful manner strengthens the powers of the mind. To this requisite of the soul God gives His assurance, “I have made, and I will bear.” These words were an answer to an instinct, the instinct that springs from the thought, “Well, here I am, not responsible for being here, but so set by someone else, and the responsibility of the life, which is too great for me, is His.” God’s Word comes to him to tell him that his instinct is sure. This is the love with which the Lord here says He follows His children, notwithstanding their numerous follies and faults (Isa ). I. One great comfort is still left, all the more soothing when others are gone. 4. To Him you are under innumerable obligations as your creator, preserver, and benefactor. THE DOCTRINE OF THE TEXT I hold to be, the constancy of God’s love, its perpetuity, and its unchangeable nature. He will ever succour them under their trials. To be our Friend to old age. But to them we owe our being subordinately, and instrumentally: to Him we owe it supremely and efficiently. He cares for His own lawful possession. (2Co ). A wise thing to do. God's promises are not made to ages, but to people, to persons, and to men. I have done it, and I will carry you; And I will bear you and I will deliver you. God made you: must He not therefore be a very powerful Being? Earthly possessions, instead of a help, often become a burden and a snare. Say to-day, "My Father, Thou shalt be the guide of my youth."—J. The doctrine is, first, that his people always need his protection and care; secondly, that he will never leave nor forsake them; thirdly, that he who is the God of infancy and childhood will be the God of age, and that he will not leave or forsake his people, who have been the objects of his care and affection in childhood, when they become old. In a yet more special sense His own believing people (1Ti ). Many an aged saint can testify to the continued goodness of God. 2. 2. 5. III. The happiness that comes from ability to glorify God—in a different way, but as really as now.—This is a great promise, but God can fulfil it (Jer ). "Even to," &c. There is no use for a pilot who will not conduct you to port; of a guide who will leave you at the most critical part of your journey. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". This golden thread of divine care runs through the whole web of our life, brightening its most sombre colours. We have many idolatries and idol manufactories among us. "I will carry you." Surpasses the tenderness of a fond mother for her helpless infant (chap. 2. But thou art an outlaw of this universe, fallen from God of thine own will. A life of usefulness will go far towards it. He hath not the cares of starting in business, as he once had. 3 Hearken unto me, O house of Jacob, and all the remnant of the house of Israel, which are borne [by me] from the belly, which are carried from the womb:. The greatest promises, if made by those destitute of power to fulfil them, excite contempt; or, if made by persons whose integrity is questionable, are thought of with the torturing anxieties of suspicion, rather than the comforts of hope; but in God we see everything to make distrust appear foolish and criminal, and to produce a steadfast and triumphant faith. What is at the bottom of the whole story but this truth of sonship? Such distress has a tendency to weaken their confidence in God. The reason for this great disparity between those gods and the LORD is clearly the truth that Yahweh is the one true God, sovereign over all creation. Are we to suppose that God conceives a purpose less sharply or works it out with less intensity than a man does? 1. And in His friendship there is no fickleness (Jas ). II. For though this passage refers primarily to a people, or a community as such, yet I see no reason why the principle should not be regarded as applicable to those who are literally aged. SOME OF THE ASPECTS UNDER WHICH THIS TRUTH OF GOD’S BEARING MANIFESTS ITSELF. It is mentioned to the honour of Job in his great affliction, that in all this he sinned not, nor charged God foolishly. A minister in the last century collected all the promises of Scripture, and published them in a book by themselves, so that the Christian might consult them at all times and in all states. 2. Its sunny side we climb in childhood and youth; in middle life we loiter a while on its summit; in old age we descend its dark side, and at its foot lies the valley of the shadow of death. In the continued possession of his life's chief good. Even fatherhood has limitations. The infirmities of nature come upon them apace; the senses grow weak; the active powers decay: they need the help of others almost as much as they did in their infancy. On this promise God rests His claim to our undivided trust. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/cpc/isaiah-46.html. I. The old man has a good experience to talk about. All the inward dispositions that will make us conquerors over our circumstances. Happy is it for those who in full faith can pray: "Cast me not off in the time of old age; forsake me not when my strength faileth." He has made and fashioned us; He has implanted within us appetites that only He can satisfy; He has placed us amid circumstances of unusual difficulty, and entrusted to us work of unwonted importance; He has committed to us the post of duty which taxes us to the uttermost: and because He has done all this, He is responsible for all that is needed for the accomplishment of His purposes. 4. If this great choice is not made in youth, it probably never will be made (H. E. I, 1457, 1458).—Job Orton, S. T. P: Practical Works, vol. 1 Context Overview. "To pass out of the world in the world's debt; to have consumed much and produced nothing; to have sat down at the feast and gone away without paying his reckoning, is not, to put it in the mildest way, a satisfactory transaction" (Earl of Derby). 1685. even = yea. "I am He that I was of old to the saints in former generations, and will continue the same through every succeeding age, and not like the idols of the heathen, that were made yesterday, and are destroyed to-morrow." What a peculiar memory the old man has! But in the majority of cases, it is impossible. While no one can be certain that he will reach old age, no reflecting man can fail to think sometimes of the possibility that he may. The first requisite for stable and buoyant life is ground, and the faithfulness of law. 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