Which did eat the fat of their sacrifices, [and] drank the
wine of their drink offerings
Alluding to the fat of the sacrifices under the law, which was claimed by the Lord as his, and represented as his food, ( Leviticus 3:11 Leviticus 3:16 ) ; and to the drink offerings of wine, which were of a sweet savour to God, and with respect to which wine is said to cheer him, ( Numbers 15:7 ) ( Judges 9:13 ) . Now New Testament worship and services are here expressed in Old Testament language, which is not unusual; see ( Isaiah 56:7 ) ( 66:20-23 ) ; and signify the best of the sacrifices and services of true believers in Christ, presenting their souls and bodies unto him as a holy, living, acceptable sacrifice, which is but their reasonable service; offering their sacrifices of prayer and praise unto him through Christ; doing all good works in his name and strength, and all acts of beneficence in love to him and his people, with which sacrifices he is well pleased; yea, cheerfully laying down their lives as victims in his cause, when called unto it. Now these words are a taunt at the Protestant doctrine of the acceptance of the service and sacrifices of believers in Christ, through him, and for his sake, and not for any merit or worthiness in them:
let them rise up and help you;
their God and their rock, Jehovah the Father, their covenant God, and his Son the rock of their salvation, in whom they trust; and so they will arise and help them in this time of extreme distress; though they may seem as asleep, and to take no notice of the sad estate of saints, they will arise in wrath and indignation at their enemies, and deliver them out of their hands; the Spirit of life from God shall be sent to bring to life the slain witnesses, and Christ will rise up in the exertion of his kingly power; he will take to himself his great power, and reign, and destroy them that destroyeth the earth, ( Revelation 11:11 Revelation 11:17 Revelation 11:18 ) ;
[and] be your protection;
or "let him be your hiding place" F24; that is, the rock in whom they trusted, and so he is, and will be "an hiding place the wind, and a covert from the storm", ( Isaiah 32:2 ) ; not only from the wrath and justice of God, but from the rage and fury of men; Christ will protect and defend his people against all their enemies, and in his own time will deliver them from them; who, in answer to these taunts and derisions, rises up, and thus he says, as follows.
F24 (hrto) "absconsio", Pagninus, Montanus; "latibulum", Tigurine version; "latebra", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator.