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Summary: A study of the book of Isaiah chapter 62 verses 1 through 12

Isaiah 62: 1 -12

Yahweh’s Marriage Vow

1 For Zion’s sake I will not hold My peace, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest, until her righteousness goes forth as brightness, and her salvation as a lamp that burns. 2 The Gentiles shall see your righteousness, and all kings your glory. You shall be called by a new name, which the mouth of the LORD will name. 3 You shall also be a crown of glory in the hand of the LORD, and a royal diadem in the hand of your God. 4 You shall no longer be termed Forsaken, nor shall your land any more be termed Desolate; But you shall be called Hephzibah, and your land Beulah; For the LORD delights in you, and your land shall be married. 5 For as a young man marries a virgin, so shall your sons marry you; And as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, so shall your God rejoice over you. 6 I have set watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem; They shall never hold their peace day or night. You who make mention of the LORD, do not keep silent, 7 and give Him no rest till He establishes and till He makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth. 8 The LORD has sworn by His right hand and by the arm of His strength: “Surely I will no longer give your grain as food for your enemies; And the sons of the foreigner shall not drink your new wine, for which you have labored. 9 But those who have gathered it shall eat it, and praise the LORD; Those who have brought it together shall drink it in My holy courts.” 10 Go through, go through the gates! Prepare the way for the people; Build up, build up the highway! Take out the stones, lift up a banner for the peoples! 11 Indeed the LORD has proclaimed to the end of the world: “Say to the daughter of Zion, ‘ Surely your salvation is coming; Behold, His reward is with Him, and His work before Him.’ ” 12 And they shall call them The Holy People, The Redeemed of the LORD; And you shall be called Sought Out, A City Not Forsaken.

We live in a cursed world and rightly so because our race is a fallen race. We do not deserve anything good. Yet, stop and realize how Great and Merciful our Wonderful Holy God Is. He still leaves us some beautiful things. I love Louis Armstrong’s song ‘What A Wonderful World’. Look with me at these amazing lyrics which paint an awesome picture;

I see trees of green,

Red roses too,

I see them bloom

For me and you

And I think to myself,

What a wonderful world.

I see skies of blue,

And clouds of white,

The bright blessed day,

The dark sacred night

And I think to myself,

What a wonderful world.

The colors of the rainbow

So pretty in the sky

Are also on the faces

Of people goin' by,

I see friends shadin' hands,

Sayin'"how do you do?".

They're really sayin' "I love you"

I hear babies cry

I watch them grow,

They'll learn much more

than I'll ever know

And I think to myself,

What a wonderful world.

I want you to take just a couple of minutes to stop and think of five things that you are thankful for. Here is my list. Have I listed some of the things on your lists?

. Peace with Almighty God because of Our Lord Jesus Christ’s Sacrifice at the cross – Salvation

. Love

. Marriage

. Kids

. Safety and security

Would it surprise you if I said that all five on my list are talked about in chapter 62 of Isaiah’s message from our Sovereign Master?

The Anointed One promises His continued activity on behalf of God’s people in their association with Zion so that they may be a true witness to God and enjoy Yahweh’s favor. Here the idea of Zion (chapter 60) and the idea of the Anointed One (chapter 61) are combined. The Anointed One has come in order to establish Zion.

62.1-2 ‘For Zion’s sake I will not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest, until her righteousness goes forth as brightness, and her salvation as a lamp which burns. And the nations will see your righteousness, and all kings your glory, and you will be called by a new name, which the mouth of Yahweh will name.’

The Anointed One Is our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ - The Son of God. He first declares His intentions to bring home the concept of Zion to the nations. He will not rest until the nations know that Yahweh is there, reigning in glory among His true people. He will not rest until they see the glory of the Zion that is calling to them. Then He declares to them the certain fulfillment of what He will accomplish. His central purpose is the establishment of all that Zion means, and He will not cease His endeavors or give Himself rest until all His people are a shining witness of the effectiveness of His work; until all see their righteousness shining out as He says recorded by the apostle Matthew in chapter 5 verse 16, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

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