Joy for the Cast-Out
"Hear the Word of the LORD, ye that tremble at His guard; Your brethren that
hated you, that cast you out for My Name’s sake, said, Let the LORD be
glorified: but He shall appear to your joy, and they shall be ashamed" (Isaiah
Possibly this text may not apply to one in a thousand of the readers of this
little book of promises; but the LORD cheers that one in such words as these.
Let us pray for all such as are cast out wrongfully born the society which they
love. May the LORD appear to their joy!
The text applies to truly gracious men who tremble at the word of the LORD.
These were hated of their brethren and at length cast out because of their
fidelity and their holiness. This must have been very bitter to them; and all
the more so because their casting out was done in the name of religion, and
professedly with the view of glorifying God. How much is done for the devil in
the name of God! The use of the name of Jehovah to add venom to the bite of the
old serpent is an instance of his subtlety.
The appearing of the LORD for them is the hope of His persecuted people. He
appears as the advocate and defender of His elect; and when He does so it means
a clear deliverance for the God-fearing and shame for their oppressors. O LORD,
fulfill this word to those whom men are deriding!