Summary: "Peace on Earth" is illustrated through God’s reign in Isaiah 52:7-10 as seen through: 1) The Peaceful Reign (Isaiah 52:7), 2) The Peaceful Return (Isaiah 52:8-9), 3) The Peaceful Reveal (Isaiah 52:10)
This week, the Canadian federal government has launched voluntary evacuation plans for the roughly 5,000 Canadians remaining in Syria. On Thursday, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said: "The time to leave Syria is now,". "We can offer you assistance now. If the situation continues to deteriorate, we can’t guarantee that." Arab League sanctions against the Syrian regime of President Bashar al-Assad came into effect Thursday. The new measures are expected to lead to the suspension of some 50% of commercial flights out of the country. The UN estimates over 5,000 people have died since the uprising began in March. On Thursday, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said the crackdown on anti-government protesters must end. "In the name of humanity, it is time for the international community to act," he said.
Still, Russia and China have rebuffed efforts to push for action at the UN Security Council. (http://www.sunnewsnetwork.ca/sunnews/world/archives/2011/12/20111215-103713.html)
When the people of Israel lived in exile, under the captivity of the Babalyons, they longed for redemption. The northern kingdom fell completely to Assyrian domination in 722 B.C. and ceased to exist as a nation. (Thomas Nelson, I. (1997). Woman’s study Bible . (Is 52:1). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.)
God allowed them to fall into captivity because of their disobedience to their covenantal obligations. Under foreign oppression they wondered where God was, if He abandoned them, and if He will act to release them from captivity.
As we look around this Christmas season there does not seem to be much peace around. Nations war against nations, people are imprisoned, hungry and living in fear as to their future personal and economic fortunes. Family and personal dynamics are rife with strife, conflict and frustration. Where is the promissed peace on earth promissed with the comming of Christ?
For the people of Israel under captivity to those living today, outward conflict is just a result of inward strife. The peace that Jesus brought in His first advent, points to the peace that will culmunate in His coming again. The strife between nations to the strife within the human heart, is only resolved in submission to the reign of Christ the king. For those who submit to His authority, and have His peace reign in their hearts, the outward manifestation in personal, family, regional, national and international lives, becomes manifest.
"Peace on Earth" is illustrated through God’s reign in Isaiah 52:7-10 as seen through: 1) The Peaceful Reign (Isaiah 52:7), 2) The Peaceful Return (Isaiah 52:8-9), 3) The Peaceful Reveal (Isaiah 52:10)
1) The Peaceful Reign (Isaiah 52:7)
Isaiah 52:7 begins with the voice of the messenger. Messenger (mebaśśēr) connotes a bearer of good news in this book (40:9; 41:27). Messengers will traverse the mountains around Jerusalem to spread the good news of the return of redeemed Israel to the Land (40:9; 61:1; Nah. 1:15) (MacArthur, J. J. (1997). The MacArthur Study Bible (electronic ed.) (Is 52:7). Nashville: Word Pub.).