Fear you not me? said the LORD: will you not tremble at my presence…
An old, yet ever new, illustration of his power. The tiny grains of sand, the "Portland Beach" of shingle or pebbles, is enough to bold back the mighty ocean. It is but one of many impressive illustrations of his restraining power and goodness.
I. IT IS CALCULATED TO INSPIRE REVERENCE AND LOVE.
II. OUR HELPLESS DEPENDENCE UPON HIM IS THUS SHOWN.
III. THE POWER OF GOD IN THE SPHERE OF MORAL INFLUENCE AND SAVING GRACE as thereby suggested.
"'Thus far and no further,' when addressed
To the wild waves, or wilder human breast,
Implies authority that never can,
And never ought to be the lot of man." It is God's prerogative. Let us not defy him or arrogate to ourselves that which is his. Let us rather yield ourselves to his gracious dealings and fatherly purpose. - M.
Parallel VersesKJV: Fear ye not me? saith the LORD: will ye not tremble at my presence, which have placed the sand for the bound of the sea by a perpetual decree, that it cannot pass it: and though the waves thereof toss themselves, yet can they not prevail; though they roar, yet can they not pass over it?
WEB: Don't you fear me?' says Yahweh 'Won't you tremble at my presence, who have placed the sand for the bound of the sea, by a perpetual decree, that it can't pass it? and though its waves toss themselves, yet they can't prevail; though they roar, yet they can't pass over it.'