Thursday, July 11, 2013

Jehovah's Salvation in Jesus' Suffering

Isaiah 52:1-15 NIV

1Awake, awake, Zion,
clothe yourself with strength!
Put on your garments of splendor,
Jerusalem, the holy city.
The uncircumcised and defiled
will not enter you again.
2Shake off your dust;
rise up, sit enthroned, Jerusalem.
Free yourself from the chains on your neck,
Daughter Zion, now a captive.

3For this is what the Lord says:

“You were sold for nothing,
and without money you will be redeemed.”

4For this is what the Sovereign Lord says:
“At first My people went down to Egypt to live;
lately, Assyria has oppressed them.
5“And now what do I have here?” declares the Lord.
“For My people have been taken away for nothing,
and those who rule them mock,a 
declares the Lord.
“And all day long
My Name is constantly blasphemed.
6 Therefore My people will know My name;
therefore in that day they will know
that it is I Who foretold it.
Yes, it is I.”

7How beautiful on the mountains
are the feet of those who bring good news,
who proclaim peace,
who bring good tidings,
who proclaim salvation,
who say to Zion,
“Your God reigns!”
8Listen! Your watchmen lift up their voices;
together they shout for joy.
When the Lord returns to Zion,
they will see it with their own eyes.
9Burst into songs of joy together,
you ruins of Jerusalem,
for the Lord has comforted His people,
He has redeemed Jerusalem.
10The Lord will lay bare His Holy Arm
in the sight of all the nations,
and all the ends of the earth will see
the Salvation of our God.

11Depart, depart, go out from there!
Touch no unclean thing!
Come out from it and be pure,
you who carry the articles of the Lord’s House.
12But you will not leave in haste
or go in flight;
for the Lord will go before you,
the God of Israel will be your rear guard.

The Suffering and Glory of the Servant

13See, My servant will act wiselyb ;
He will be raised and lifted up and highly exalted.
14Just as there were many who were appalled at Himc 
His appearance was so disfigured beyond that of any human being
and His form marred beyond human likeness—
15so He will sprinkle many nations,d
and kings will shut their mouths because of Him.
For what they were not told, they will see,
and what they have not heard, they will understand.

Jerusalem, in manifest allusion to the strong figure employed in the close of the preceding chapter, is represented as fallen asleep in the dust, and in that helpless state bound by her enemies. The prophet bids her to awake, arise, put on her best attire (Holiness to the Lord), and ascend her lofty seat; and then he delivers the message he had in charge, a very consolatory part of which was, that “no more should enter into her the uncircumcised and the polluted,” Isaiah 52:1-6.

Awaking from her stupefaction, Jerusalem sees the messenger of such joyful tidings on the mountains from which he spied the coming deliverance. She expresses, in beautiful terms, her joy at the news, repeating with peculiar elegance the words of the crier, Isaiah 52:7. The glad tidings, that Jehovah was returning to resume His residence on His Holy Mountain, immediately spreads to others on the watch, who all join in this glad news, Isaiah 52:8; and, in the ardor of their joy, they call to the very ruins of Jerusalem to sing along with them, because Jehovah makes bare His Holy Arm in the sight of all the nations, and all the ends of the earth are about to see the Salvation of Israel’s God, Isaiah 52:9Isaiah 52:10. To complete the deliverance, they are commanded to march in triumph out of Babylon, earnestly exhorted to have nothing to do with any of her abominations, and assured that Jehovah will guide them in all their way, Isaiah 52:11Isaiah 52:12.

The prophet then passes to the procuring cause of this great blessedness to the house of Israel in particular, and to the world in general, viz., the Humiliation, Sufferings, Death, Burial, Resurrection, and Ascension of Jesus Christ; a very celebrated and clear prophet which takes up the remainder of this and the whole of the following chapter (Isaiah 53).

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