Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Journal Through the Bible: Week 65 Wednesday

How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth. (verse 7)

Isaiah chapter 52

Does God issue any commands in this chapter?

  • God calls Jerusalem and Zion to awaken. (This seems to be a future command.)
  • The redeemed are to sing because the LORD has comforted His people.
  • Those who bear the vessels of the Lord are to be clean (morally, ceremonially, etc.).

Does God make any promises?

  • Jerusalem, the capital city that sold herself, would be redeemed without money.
  • God promises that in the future His people shall know His name.
  • The watchmen will lift up their voice and sing when God redeems Jerusalem.

Does this chapter teach anything about Jesus?

  • It is Jesus that redeems Jerusalem. He will make her His capital city when she comes down from Heaven adorned as a bride.
  • It is Jesus who brings good tidings, publishes peace, brings good tidings of good, and publishes salvation. (verse 7)
  • Jesus is God's servant. (verse 13)
  • Jesus was the one whose visage was so marred. (verse 14)
  • It is Jesus before whom kings will shut their mouths when they see things about which they have never seen.

Does this chapter teach anything about yet-future events?

  • This chapter begins with a future prophecy! It must be future in order for the stipulation given! That is, "for henceforth there shall no more come into thee the uncircumcised and the unclean." That hasn't happened yet.
  • God will make bear His holy arm (reveal his power) to all nations and the people of the earth will see the salvation of Israel's God.
  • Kings of all nations will stand silently before Jesus when they see His power and glory, things about which they never have known.

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