Gary V. Smith’s second volume on Isaiah in the New American Commentary looks deeply and in wonder at the God who is both intimate and compassionate (Isaiah 40:28: “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak”) and larger than our comprehension of time and space (Isaiah 66:1: “Heaven is My throne, and the earth is My footstool”).
The New American Commentary assumes the inerrancy of Scripture, focuses on the intrinsic theological and exegetical concerns of each biblical book, and engages the range of issues raised in contemporary biblical scholarship. Drawing on the skills of over forty scholars and encompassing forty volumes, the NAC brings together scholarship and piety to produce a tool that enhances and supports the life of the church.
If one lets these earlier prophecies in chap. 35 inform the theological analysis of 40:1–11, it appears that the full level of comfort this passage is describing will not be experienced until sometime in the distant future when the glory of God will be revealed to all flesh (40:5) and God actually establishes his glorious kingdom (40:9–11).5 people highlighted this
God will not just watch over his people in some general way by watching over the course of nature; he will personally be present in power, accomplishing his will among his people.5 people highlighted this