“Listen to Me, you who follow after righteousness,
You who seek the LORD:
Look to the rock from which you were hewn,
(Messiah is the rock)
And to the hole of the pit (quarry) from which you were dug.
And to Sarah who bore you;
For I called him alone,
For the LORD will comfort Zion,
(in the same way as Abraham going from barrenness to many)
He will comfort all her waste places;
He will make her wilderness like Eden,
And her desert like the garden of the LORD;
Joy and gladness will be found in it,
Thanksgiving and the voice of melody.
The passage continues, telling us that law, justice, salvation, righteousness will reign. This is millenial kingdom language. In the last days, scripture tells us, there will be an increase of wickedness, where good is called evil and evil is called good. This passage promises a reversal of that nastiness.
In verses 5-8, we see the expression My Salvation three times, which is Yeshua in Hebrew. The very name of the Servant, the Messiah of the world. And as I've said before, when something is stated three times, it is the ultimate emphasis in Hebrew.
|Yeshua - Salvation|
Verse five tells us, My Salvation will go forth. We are then twice assured that this Salvation will be forever, from generation to generation.
Verse six emphasizes that even the earth will pass away, the sky will vanish, but My Salvation (Yeshua!) will be forever.
In verses 9-10, Isaiah reminds the people to wake up and remember the mighty things that the arm of the LORD has done from ancient times. He has wounded the serpent (whom someday He will crush), and He has dried up the sea so that the redeemed could cross.
And come to Zion with singing,
With everlasting joy on their heads.
They shall obtain joy and gladness;
Sorrow and sighing shall flee away.
|Returning with joy and singing to Zion|
And just listen to verse 16:
And I have put My words in your mouth;
I have covered you with the shadow of My hand,
That I may plant the heavens,
Lay the foundations of the earth,
And say to Zion, ‘You are My people.’”
Where you stand on Israel and how you treat God's chosen people matters very, very much.
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