Archive for October 1st, 2016

Isaiah 62

Isaiah 62 has the prophet prophesying about the future of Jerusalem.  Isaiah prophesied in a time when Jerusalem was still a functioning city, but was spiritually corrupt.  “For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not be quiet, until her righteousness goes forth as brightness, and her salvation as a burning torch”.  He looks forward to the time when Jerusalem is desolate because she has been conquered by the Babylonians, and prophetically speaks comfort and assurance to her discouraged and downcast citizens. The Lord assures them that He will not rest until Jerusalem is restored in shining righteousness.

They will come out of that dark time to be a light.  “You shall be a crown of beauty in the hand of the Lord, and a royal diadem in the hand of your God”.  We often miss just how much God loves us.  This isn’t a superficial change.  God is in the redemption business and wants to bring us out of the darkness into the light.  He wants to help us be someone He can hold up as beautiful and precious.  He loves us that much and that way.  We have to be willing to let His redemptive work take root in us, but when it does amazing things happen.

On your walls, O Jerusalem, I have set watchmen; all the day and all the night they shall never be silent. You who put the Lord in remembrance, take no rest, and give him no rest until he establishes Jerusalem and makes it a praise in the earth”.  Because God loves and rejoices over His people, He will protect them.  Day and night, night and day.  He doesn’t take rest or remove His eyes from the horizon to scan for enemies.  The watchmen are not critics; they are prayer warriors, who constantly pray, giving God “no rest” until God’s people and His city are restored.

Behold, the Lord has proclaimed to the end of the earth….they shall be called The Holy People, The Redeemed of the Lord; and you shall be called Sought Out, A City Not Forsaken”.  When we appear before the Lord, we will be judged according to our work for and with Him. On that day, each one will receive his own reward according to his own labor.  God’s people will be holy and redeemed.  Through her history, Jerusalem knew what it was like to be Forsaken. But in that day, she will be called Sought Out; everyone will know she was valued and chosen by God.

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