2001-01-06 - God's Command to His Church
Messiah: His Final Call to Israel Series, Part 18
The Sixty-second chapter of Isaiah is of paramount importance in presenting the truth of God's word to the nation of Israel.
Isaiah 62:1-12 For Zion's sake will I not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem's sake I will not rest, until her righteousness go forth as brightness, and her salvation as a lamp that burneth. And the nations shall see thy righteousness, and all kings thy glory, and thou shalt be called by a new name, which the mouth of Jehovah shall name. Thou shalt also be a crown of beauty in the hand of Jehovah, and a royal diadem in the hand of thy God. Thou shalt no more be termed forsaken; neither shall thy land any more be termed desolate: but thou shalt be called Hephzi-bah, and thy land Beulah; for Jehovah delighteth in thee, and thy land shall be married.
This chapter falls into three divisions:
God's great concern for Israel's salvation is most powerfully expressed in verse 1: "For Zion's sake I will not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem's sake I will not rest, until her righteousness go forth as brightness, and her salvation as a lamp that burneth. The Lord, in expressing Himself, is speaking anthropomorphically, but His statements must be taken at face value. From Genesis Chapter 12, throughout the entire Old Testament, God, speaking through the prophets, continually discusses Israel's salvation and restoration to His favor. In the New Testament, the same subject is discussed, especially in the Jewish section of the epistle to the Romans chapters 9-11.
When In view of these facts, one sees that God talks about Israel's salvation, as He has stated he would do, in Isaiah 62:1. "Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh." (Matthew 12:34) Israel is thus saved, he will become as a crown of beauty in the hand of his God. Then he will become a channel of world blessing.
According to verse 6, God has set watchmen on the walls of Jerusalem who "shall never hold their peace day or night." These watchmen are on the walls of Jerusalem and are engaged in worship, prayer and praise. Since no men are there, these watchmen are celestial beings. They are continually praising God and are engaged in divine services. Since those who are addressed as "Jehovah's remembrancers" are urged to pray for the deliverance and prosperity of Jerusalem, and since they are mentioned in connection with the watchmen on the wall, one may safely conclude that all are engaged in prayer for the prosperity of Jerusalem.
Who are Jehovah's remembrancers? They are the people who know God's will as revealed in the Scriptures, and who are urged by the Lord continually to bring in faith before God, the divine plan. Thus God's servants cooperate with Him in prayer. Prayer changes things. Prayer changes people. Prayer brings victory.
It behooves every true servant of the Lord to study the Scriptures faithfully in order that he might know God's will, as revealed in the Word, and in order that he might pray intelligently. God wants those who know Him and believe in prayer to "take ye no rest and give Him no rest, till He establish, and till He make Jerusalem a praise in the earth" ( v.7) In other words, the Lord wants a volume of believing prayer, regarding the future of Jerusalem and the Jewish people, ascending to His throne day and night, for prayer changes things.
In verses 10-12, God commands His remembrancers-prayer warriors-to proclaim the message of redemption to the Jewish people. He gives His commands in terms of constructing a highway; "Go through, go through the gates; prepare ye the way of the people; cast up, cast up the highway; gather out the stones; lift up an ensign for the peoples." (v.10) This highway is to be made for the coming of Messiah. Those constructing the highway are to "gather out the stones" -- the stumbling block, as seen in Isaiah 57:14. The figurative language of Isaiah 62:10 is interpreted literally in verse 11. According to this verse, God has sent forth a proclamation to His prayer warriors throughout the entire earth. This proclamation is the royal order of the day, commanding them, "Say ye to the daughter of Zion..."In this verse are orders from the throne of God in heaven to His faithful people on earth, to proclaim to the Jewish people the message regarding the coming of Messiah.
"Say ye to the daughter of Zion, Behold, thy salvation cometh; behold, His reward is with Him and his recompense before Him." The hearlds are to announce to the Jewish people, the daughter of Zion, that their salvation cometh. To what does the expression "thy salvation" refer? The answer is found in the next sentence: "Behold His reward is with Him, and his recompense before Him." These statements show that the salvation mentioned is a person. Who is this one? Obviously He is the one who will deliver Jerusalem and Israel. He is the Messiah of Israel, of whom the prophets spoke so very glowingly.
But there are two comings of the one Messiah, which are separated by the period during which this Messiah is seated at the right hand of the throne of God, awaiting the time that Israel will pray for Him to return. The coming here referred to, is the second advent -- because when He returns, He will bring rewards for His true servants. Confirmation of this is found in the fact that when He came over nineteen hundred years ago, He purchased redemption for all. When He comes in fulfillment of this prediction, He will bring rewards to His faithful servants and mete out punishment to His enemies.
All faithful believers in Jesus as the Messiah are ordered by Heaven to proclaim the message of salvation to all Israel, and to announce that the second and glorious coming of Messiah is close at hand.
In His Service,