Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he has put him to grief: when you shall make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed…
I. WHAT ARE WE TO UNDERSTAND BY THE PLEASURE OF THE LORD, the work which is here said to prosper?
1. What is the work to which the declaration refers? The term "pleasure of the Lord," as here used, must he considered as expressive of His gracious design to save a number of the human race from sin and all its fatal consequences; to render them perfect in holiness; and put them in full possession of happiness in the heavenly state. It includes in it, therefore, what has been termed the work of grace in the soul while here, and the full fruition of glory hereafter. In this work there are two things to be considered —
(1) The purchase of redemption.
(2) Its application.
2. Why is this work called "the pleasure of the Lord"?
(1) It is the free and sovereign purpose of His will.
(2) It is a purpose in the accomplishment of which He takes great delight.
II. WHAT PART HAS THE REDEEMER IN THIS WORK? The management of it is wholly committed to His care. It is "in His hand."
1. Reconciling sinners unto God is a principal part of the work of salvation committed to the care of the Redeemer.
2. It belongs to the Redeemer, as their Saviour, to preserve His people from every thing that is evil in death.
3. The Redeemer has it in charge to perfect the salvation of His people, by putting them in full possession of glory, honour and immortality, in the heavenly state.
III. WHAT ASSURANCE WE HAVE, THAT THIS WORK SHALL PROSPER IN THE HAND OF THE REDEEMER, so as to be fully and finally accomplished. The language of the text. What is here asserted is supported by many other passages of the Word of God. Consider —
1. The character of Him to whom the work is entrusted.
2. The merit of His obedience, and the perfection of His atonement.
3. The progress He has already in the work.
Parallel VersesKJV: Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.
WEB: Yet it pleased Yahweh to bruise him. He has caused him to suffer. When you make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed. He shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of Yahweh shall prosper in his hand.