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An Overview Of The Old Testament

Part 279 – Not Holding Peace Through A City Not Forsaken (Isaiah 62:1-12)

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1. How long was peace not going to be withheld in Zion?

Until the righteousness thereof go forth as brightness, and the salvation thereof as a lamp that burneth: “For Zion’s sake will I not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest, until the righteousness thereof go forth as brightness, and the salvation thereof as a lamp that burneth” (Isaiah 62:1). 


Š      Zion was special (Psalms 69:35, Psalms 122:6-9, and Psalms 137:4-6).

Š      Out of Zion (Jerusalem; Psalms 135:21) the promise of salvation would shine forth (Isaiah 2:2-3, Micah 4:1-2, and Luke 24:47).

Š      We’ll talk more of not being silent as we move through this chapter (Isaiah 62:6-7).


2. Would the Gentiles benefit when salvation came to Zion?

Yes: “And the Gentiles shall see thy righteousness, and all kings thy glory: and thou shalt be called by a new name, which the mouth of the LORD shall name” (Isaiah 62:2).


Š      Isaiah 42:1, Isaiah 49:5-6, Acts 13:46-48, Ephesians 2:11-17, and Ephesians 3:1-11.


3. Was Israel going to be despised by God and forsaken in the future?

No: “(3) Thou shalt also be a crown of glory in the hand of the LORD, and a royal diadem in the hand of thy God.  (4) 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 the LORD delighteth in thee, and thy land shall be married.  (5) For as a young man marrieth a virgin, so shall thy sons marry thee: and as the bridegroom rejoiceth over the bride, so shall thy God rejoice over thee” (Isaiah 62:3-5).


Š      Israel a crown of glory in the hand of the Lord (Malachi 3:16-18).

Š      The same is true in the reverse (Isaiah 28:5-6).

Š      Were known to be forsake (Isaiah 49:14), but shall no more termed Forsaken or Desolate (Isaiah 54:6-7, Isaiah 62:12, and Romans 9:25-27).

Š      Hephzi–bah [meaning my delight is in her] was Hezekiah’s wife’s name whom bore Manasseh (II Kings 21:1).

Š      Beulah means “married” which shows God did not forsake His bride Israel (Isaiah 54:5, Jeremiah 3:14, and Hosea 2:19; cf. Jeremiah 32:41-42).

Š      As a bride (Isaiah 49:18).


4. Did God plan on silencing the watchmen of Jerusalem?

No: “(6) I have set watchmen upon thy walls, O Jerusalem, which shall never hold their peace day nor night: ye that make mention of the LORD, keep not silence, (7) And give him no rest, till he establish, and till he make Jerusalem a praise in the earth” (Isaiah 62:6-7).


Š      God set up their spiritual watchmen (Jeremiah 6:17, Jeremiah 25:4, Ezekiel 3:17, and Habakkuk 2:1-4).

Š      Faithful watchmen do not keep silent (Ezekiel 33:7 and Acts 20:26-31).

Š      That does not mean all watchmen were faithful (Isaiah 56:10-12).

Š      God’s goal was for the watchmen to bring about restoration of the people (Ezekiel 33:10-20) so they could be a praise in the earth (Zephaniah 3:7-20).


5. Was Israel told they’d keep being invaded and their goods taken for spoil by their enemies?

No, the opposite was going to be the case: “(8) The LORD hath sworn by his right hand, and by the arm of his strength, Surely I will no more give thy corn to be meat for thine enemies; and the sons of the stranger shall not drink thy wine, for the which thou hast laboured: (9) But they that have gathered it shall eat it, and praise the LORD; and they that have brought it together shall drink it in the courts of my holiness” (Isaiah 62:8-9).


Š      The Lord sworn (Psalms 110:4, Psalms 132:11, and Jeremiah 11:5).

Š      God had given their food for spoil (Jeremiah 5:17).

Š      No more (Isaiah 65:21-24).


6. What did God want prepared?

The way of the people: “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 a standard for the people” (Isaiah 62:10).


Š      Isaiah 40:3 and Isaiah 57:14.


7. Was salvation going to be withheld from Zion?

No: “(11) Behold, the LORD hath proclaimed unto the end of the world, Say ye to the daughter of Zion, Behold, thy salvation cometh; behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him.  (12) And they shall call them, The holy people, The redeemed of the LORD: and thou shalt be called, Sought out, A city not forsaken” (Isaiah 62:11-12).


Š      Zechariah 9:9; cf. Matthew 21:4-11 and Revelation 22:12-17.

Š      They were promised redemption from the Savior (Luke 19:1-10 and I Peter 1:18-20).




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