Saturday, September 13, 2014

Abundant Allowance by Royal Sanction (Isa. 49:23)

Commenting on Isaiah 49:23, Eusebius of Caesarea writes:
He then states that kings will be the foster fathers of the church of God, and he says that the women who rule them will be her nurses. And we saw with our own eyes this literally fulfilled among them, for those who bear authority in the above mentioned position have carried the church of God as foster fathers. And the women who rule over them (here the text is clearly referring to those who are served as the "principalities and powers" over each nation and each district in the above mentioned kingdom) will provide for those of the church who are in need as nurses, supplying them with an abundant allowance by royal sanction. ...Then he says that when these things actually turn out, then you will know that I am the Lord, and those who submit to me will not be put to shame. It is good neither to esteem lightly nor to despair of the hope of those things that God has promised would happen. For those who submit to him will not be put to shame.1 

1.  Eusebius of Caesarea, trans. Jonathan Armstrong, Ancient Christian Texts: A Commentary on Isaiah [Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic; 2013], p. 247 

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