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Isaiah 52

by on November 29, 2014

Isaiah is sometimes called the miniature Bible. As the Bible has 39 books in the Old Testament and 27 books in the New Testament, so Isaiah is divided into the first 39 chapters and the second 27 chapters.

The first 39 chapters of Isaiah contain the harsh prophecies of God’s displeasure at the sin of His people, Israel. The next 27 chapters contain much more blessing and rejoicing for the nation of Israel and to God’s people today.

Chapter 40 begins the second part of Isaiah. Isaiah 40:1-5 Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, says your God. Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned: for she hath received of the LORD’S hand double for all her sins. The voice of him that cries in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.
Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain: And the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.

Chapter 40 begins the message of comfort to God’s people. There will still be unpleasant discussions. The Messiah will suffer. Israel will be punished. But, the message makes a decidedly pleasant turn in the second part of Isaiah.

Chapter 52 continues the pleasant turn.

Rejoice 1 Awake, awake! Put on your strength, O Zion; Put on your beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city! For the uncircumcised and the unclean Shall no longer come to you.
2 Shake yourself from the dust, arise; Sit down, O Jerusalem! Loose yourself from the bonds of your neck, O captive daughter of Zion!

Time to wake up! Time to be strong. Time to be beautiful. Time to be holy. Time to be free from the sinful and unclean. Time to shake yourself from dust. Time to arise. Time to sit down. Time to be free from bondage. Time to loose your captivity. TIME TO REJOICE!

Redemption from slavery 3 For thus says the LORD: You have sold yourselves for nothing, And you shall be redeemed without money.
4 For thus says the Lord GOD: “My people went down at first Into Egypt to dwell there; Then the Assyrian oppressed them without cause.
5 Now therefore, what have I here, says the LORD, That My people are taken away for nothing? Those who rule over them make them wail, says the LORD, And My name is blasphemed continually every day.

God notices the trials of His people. He cares and is present in our struggles. Even though God uses slavery to punish and correct, He watches over the process in Israel and in our lives also.

Knowing the real God 6 Therefore My people shall know My name; Therefore they shall know in that day That I am He who speaks: Behold, it is I.

There is only one real God. One day that will be very obvious. For now, evil reigns and confusion controls.

Messiah 7 How beautiful upon the mountains Are the feet of him who brings good news, Who proclaims peace, Who brings glad tidings of good things, Who proclaims salvation, Who says to Zion, “Your God reigns!”

Striking illustration of beauty – feet that bring God’s good news of peace and salvation are beautiful. Feet that are swift to mischief and gossip are not beautiful.

Prophets 8 Your watchmen shall lift up their voices, With their voices they shall sing together; For they shall see eye to eye When the LORD brings back Zion.
9 Break forth into joy, sing together, You waste places of Jerusalem! For the LORD has comforted His people, He has redeemed Jerusalem.

The prophets, the watchman on the walls lift up their voices. They sing the truth. The result is that the people shall see “eye to eye” with God and with each other in God’s Kingdom. What a day that will be. It is important that the prophets speak. It is important that the people listen.

Salvation 10 The LORD has made bare His holy arm In the eyes of all the nations; And all the ends of the earth shall see The salvation of our God.
Psalms 8:3 When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, The moon and the stars, which You have ordained,

So interesting – God made the heavens by the “work of Your fingers.’ But, when He prepared salvation, He “made bare His holy arm.” I always get the image of the Arm and Hammer baking soda box in my mind when I read this passage. The bulging muscles of the picture illustrate the power of the “holy arm!”

Holiness 11 Depart! Depart! Go out from there, Touch no unclean thing; Go out from the midst of her, Be clean, You who bear the vessels of the LORD.

This passage is quoted in II Corinthians 6:14-18. It is so important that those of “you who bear the vessels of the LORD are holy! To be holy we must depart from evil. Go out! Do not touch the unclean thing! Be clean!

Go with the LORD 12 For you shall not go out with haste, Nor go by flight; For the LORD will go before you, And the God of Israel will be your rear guard.

Go with the LORD and He will preserve you. Do not run ahead of Him. He will go before you and he will protect your back.

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