The Works of

Rev. Prof. Dr. F.N. Lee

24 July

The dead arise and live, when God’s indignation has passed!

Isaiah 26:19-21

‘Your dead men shall live! Together with my dead body, they shall arise! Awake and sing, you who dwell in dust! For your dew, is like the dew of herbs; and the Earth shall cast out the dead!… The LORD comes!… The Earth…shall no more cover her slain!’ Isaiah 26:19-21.

Calvin comments: “God guards believers. They ‘shall live’ amidst death…. The reprobate, even while they live, are dead…. But believers, by fleeing to God, obtain life in the midst of afflictions and even in death itself…. Because they have in prospect, that day of the resurrection!…

“Isaiah includes the whole reign of Christ…. We begin to receive the fruit of this consolation, when we are admitted into the Church. Yet we shall not enjoy it fully, till that last day of the resurrection has come…(Acts 3:21)…. All who are ingrafted into Christ, are justly said to live — in dying!… Out of the depths of death, they always come forth conquerors….

“‘My dead body…shall arise!’… The long-continued putrefaction…will not hinder the power of God from causing…to rise entire!… The Prophet…joins himself to the whole Church…in the number of ‘God’s dead men’ — in the hope of the resurrection…. He willingly ranks himself…with those…he firmly believers will be restored to life…, provided…accounted a member of the Church….

“Wicked men…’shall not live!’… Isaiah does not speak merely of the resurrection, but of the happiness which believers will enjoy. Wicked men will indeed rise again.., to eternal destruction….

“He gives the name ‘inhabitants of the dust’ to believers…. They enjoy God’s blessings in this life…. God’s elect…, whom the corruption of the grave and the ‘habitation in the dust’ will not deprive of that heavenly vigour by which they shall rise again…. The reprobate…, separated from God…and from Christ, fade away…while they live — until they are…swallowed up by death….

‘(God tells His elect:) Your dew, is the dew of herbs!’.. ‘Herbs’.., dried up in winter…, appear to be wholly dead…. Yet…when they have imbibed the ‘dew’ at the return of spring, (they)…grow green again…. We also revive, when watered…. Why shall not our bodies, though dead and rotten, revive? Does not God take more care of us, than of herbs?… ‘The Earth shall cast out the dead!'”

Calvin also says, in his Institutes II:10:21 & III:25:4,8: “‘Your dead men shall live!… The Earth shall cast out the dead!’…(Isaiah 26:19-21)…. None is truly persuaded of the future resurrection — save he who, carried away with admiration, gives God the glory…(Isaiah 26:19)…. ‘The Lord comes!… The Earth also…shall no more cover her slain!’ (Isaiah 26:21).”

Calvin further says in his Psychopannychia: “There is…a rest!… The God of peace gives Himself to be seen by His peacemakers, according to the promise of Christ…. ‘Your dead shall live; your slain shall rise again…. Awake and praise, you dwellers in the dust!’…(Isaiah 26:19).” For the dead arise and live — when God’s indignation has passed!