The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows his handiwork.
I. THE GRAND SUBJECT. “The glory of God.”
II. THE SPLENDID AUDIENCE. “All the earth.”
III. THE FAITHFUL DELIVERY. Marked by truth, freshness, constancy, impartiality (vers. 1-4). Other preachers cannot continue by reason of death. Hence there is change. One succeeds another. But this preacher goes on without break or weariness from day to day and age to age, bearing witness for God (Romans 1:20; Acts 14:17).
IV. THE DIVERSE RESULTS. Minds vary. Where there is freedom of thought, there will be difference of opinion. When Paul preached at Athens, “some mocked, and others said, We will hear thee again on this matter. Howbeit certain men clave unto him, and believed” (Acts 17:32-34). And so it is here. Some hear, and others hear not. Some recognize God’s presence and working, and give him praise, and others deny that in all they see there is anything more than the evolution of matter, and the play of cause and effect.
V. THE NECESSITY OF THE WORD. Nature can teach, but only such as are susceptible. It can proclaim the glory of God, but only to such as have already been brought to the knowledge of God.
Our minds have been darkened and deadened by sin. Nature cannot tell us how sin is to be taken away. It is dumb as to a Saviour. it cannot inspire hope. It cannot convert the soul.
Hence the necessity of the Word – of the Law by which is the knowledge of sin, and the gospel which reveals to us a Saviour. It is those who have been brought to the knowledge and love of God through Jesus Christ who are best able to appreciate the service of nature.
S.Newdell: And what shall we say then of the Jews who do not accept yet that Jesus the Christ was the savior for which all Judaism was waiting and is waiting still? I find no commentary.
If the Jewish woman or man can live as upright a life as s/he possibly can, and do his/her best to follow G-d’s Righteous Way they believe G-d will forgive their sins and they shall be saved.
What does G-d think? This is always debatable and beyond the grasp of mere mortals.