Come, behold the works of the LORD, what desolations he has made in the earth.
I. A DECLARATION OF WHAT HAS HAPPENED. "Come, behold the works... desolations He hath made." See them —
1. In the effects of wars, plagues, famines, revolutions, etc. But these are but the rough physic wherewith God will purge the diseased body of this earth from its innumerable ills.
2. In the overthrow of false worships. Idolatry, Rome, etc.
3. And false philosophies.
4. In the putting an end to war.
II. A PROPHECY TO BE FULFILLED. It will be one day. Men ask, "Wherefore the delay?" and many say, "This is Divine sovereignty." Take care we do not make Divine sovereignty a sepulchre for our sins. Now, in reference to the delay in missionary success, it is owing, in part, to want of unanimity; to false ideas about God doing His own work; to want of real love to missions. I do not think Edward Irving right, who in his great sermon on missions maintained that we ought to send out our missionaries without purse or scrip, penniless. We do not believe that. Therefore we must have help. But we need most a real revival at home.
( C. H. Spurgeon.)
Parallel VersesKJV: Come, behold the works of the LORD, what desolations he hath made in the earth.