Friday, May 8, 2009

Isaiah 52

Isaiah 52:1 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! 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,”[a] says the LORD, “ And My name is blasphemed continually every day. 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.’” 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!” 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. 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. 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. 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.
This passage is talking about the day when there will be no more pain, suffering, or perversions. When Jesus comes, we will celebrate! God is telling us about the intimacy he will have with us and how he has sanctified the holy city. We need to make sure that we are part of this place, and not the unclean.

Notice verse 12, it talks about The Lord will go before you and the God of Israel will be your rear guard. I found that interesting, consider that I couldn't tell if this verse was referring to Israel the bride of God the Father, or the bride of Christ. Verse 12 is showing a picture of the holy family we will become and how the Lord has our front and God has our back! How neat!

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