Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Isaiah Post 7 - In That Day (Chapter 12)

Our journey through Isaiah continues in chapter 12, which opens with a beautiful hymn of praise:

And in that day you will say:
“O Lord, I will praise You;
Though You were angry with me,
Your anger is turned away, and You comfort me.
Behold, God is my salvation,
I will trust and not be afraid;
‘For Yah, the Lord, is my strength and song;
He also has become my salvation.’"
Therefore with joy you will draw water
From the wells of salvation.

In what day? And to whom is the LORD speaking?

Following all the kingdom talk in chapter 11, the same thought pattern continues, as the LORD is still speaking of last days things.  And He is speaking the words to His people, Israel.  His anger is turned away from them.

In this very short passage, verses 1-3, note that the word Yeshua, meaning salvation is used three times... Behold, God is my Yeshua! He has become my Yeshua! Draw water from the wells of Yeshua! Yeshua is the name of the Jewish Messiah, whom the English speaking world knows as Jesus.

When something is repeated three times together in scripture, it is a literary device that means the ultimate emphasis.  Biblical Hebrew doesn't have a way of saying, for example, happy, happier, happiest.  Instead, repetition is used.  And when we see something three times, we need to pay attention.  As in, Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of Hosts (from Isaiah's vision in chapter 6).

Let's talk about the last part of this passage:
Therefore with joy you will draw water
From the wells of salvation.

This idea of drawing water from the wells of salvation speaks of Feast of Tabernacles, or Sukkot. (The word sukkot means booths or tabernacles).  Every day during that feast, a daily water ceremony took place at the temple. Every night, the priests would draw water from the pool of Siloam at the bottom of the hill, and there would be a procession to the temple amid lampstands, singing, instruments, and great joy.

The priests at the pool of Siloam for the Sukkot water ceremony

Sukkot is the context of John 7:37
On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink.

The Feast of Tabernacles is the seventh and greatest Biblical appointed time. It completes the plan of God.  Sukkot looks back to the time in the wilderness when God dwelt with His people in a tent. 

Sukkot also looks forward to that day, that great day of celebration when Yeshua will return for His wedding to the Bride, and to reign on earth with her. Sukkot is both a remembrance and a dress rehearsal; sadly, a rehearsal that the church misses every year because they are so busy preparing for that Roman-based holiday in December.  

(A very interesting side note is that Yeshua was most likely born on the first day of Sukkot. John 1:14 tells us, And the Word became flesh and tabernacled among us.  It is also interesting to note that many Jews decorate their sukkas with Christmas lights.  Just sayin'...).

I want to make one more comment on Isaiah 12:3.

The lyrics for the modern Israeli song, Mayim Mayim (water, water) come straight from this scripture.  It was written on a kibbutz in Israel in the 1930s, after the kibbutzniks dug a well and finally hit water.  Israeli dance is a modern phenomenon that arose when Jews from all over the world began moving to Israel during the last century, bringing all their cultural folk dances with them.

These dances morphed into what is today sweeping the Jewish world - Israeli dance.  One person will choreograph a song, and the dance then goes viral.  Everyone across the world then dances the same dance to the song.  What a picture of unity!  I take Israeli folk dance classes at my local Jewish Community Center.  What a blast it is to dance to a song that sings of Yeshua, right there at the JCC!

Anyway, I digress.  Isaiah 12 continues with this:

And in that day you will say:
“Praise the Lord, call upon His name;
Declare His deeds among the peoples,
Make mention that His name is exalted.

Sing to the Lord,
For He has done excellent things;
This is known in all the earth.
Cry out and shout, O inhabitant of Zion,
For great is the Holy One of Israel in your midst!”

In that day, many will finally get it. Even the church! The church won’t be anti-semitic anymore. There will be no more replacement theology.  There are many groups that claim to BE Israel; for example -  the Catholics, the Lutherans, the Mormons, the Jehovah Witnesses, the Identity Movement, the Black Hebrew Movement, the Ephraimites, the British-Israeli Movement - sigh, the list goes on and on.
Replaced??  Oy vey!
But someday all that replacement will end, when the Messiah returns and we are joined together as One New Man.

The coming kingdom will be thoroughly Israeli, with Yeshua our Jewish Messiah, the Lion of the Tribe of Judah, ruling and reigning from His temple in the center of the world - Jerusalem!  Can't wait!

Click here to continue to chapter 13.

If you would like to start at the beginning of Isaiah, click here.

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