Isaiah 61-62, A Glorious Future For God’s People

Isaiah 61-62, A Glorious Future For God’s People
1. The Savior Of God’s People Will Come (Isaiah 61:1-3)
2. God’s People Will Recover After Tribulation (Isaiah 61:4-9)
3. God’s People Will Greatly Rejoice (Isaiah 61:10-11)
4. God’s People Will Be Transformed (Isaiah 62:1-5)
5. God’s People Get To Participate In God’s Work (Isaiah 62:6-9)
6. The Salvation Of God’s People Is Sure (Isaiah 62:10-12)

Pastor Jerry Simmons teaching Isaiah 61-62, A Glorious Future For God's People

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Jerry Simmons shared this Verse By Verse Bible study from Isaiah on Wednesday, August 10, 2022 using the New King James Version (NKJV).

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Well, as we look at Isaiah Chapter 61 and 62 this evening.

I've titled the message, a glorious future for God's people, a glorious future for God's people and and here in this portion of Isaiah. In these closing chapters, the Prophet Isaiah has really turned his focus.

I guess you could say the Lord has turned Isaiah's focus to the things that are still future for us.

As we read through these things, I'd like to take a moment and remind you of this outline proposed by Warren Wiersbe, looking at the different passages and chapters, grouping them together of Isaiah and covering the.

Different portions, well, in the latter part of the book, chapters 40 and on.

Of course we have mentioned a few times the tone that changes and the the focus and perspective that changes as Isaiah really kind of shifts gears.

And focuses on the father, the son and the Holy Spirit. In those closing chapters. And so God greatness there in chapters 40 through 48 God grace and 49 through 57 and then God glory in these closing chapters 58 through 66. Where you.

See a, uh?

Definite emphasis on the Holy Spirit and on the future Kingdom that God will establish where there will be the the reign of Jesus Christ and the free flowing, free, moving and working of the Holy Spirit during that Kingdom reign.

And so we're looking a lot this week.

As we read through these chapters in Isaiah about the Kingdom of God, the glory of God, the future things that God has, and here we are as we look at chapter 61 and 62 this evening, we're getting just a piece of that, that glorious future that God has established.

For his people and as we look at these things, of course we need to understand these are prophecies from the Lord through the Prophet Isaiah and specifically in regard to the nation of Israel.

And we'll see that very clearly.

And so we we need to understand that context.

But also we look at them and want to understand.

That God has some words for us as well, and many of those things that will be fulfilled literally and physically in the millennial Kingdom are fulfilled right now for us as believers spiritually by faith in Jesus Christ.

And so there's some important things for us to grasp hold of as we look at these things.

And understand the future for the nation of Israel that God has established and prophesied about. And so a glorious future for God's people. We're going to start out in Chapter 61, looking at verses one through 3.

And then we'll work our way through the remaining chapters.

But here's point number.

One for these first three verses.

The Savior of God.

People will come check out verses one through three.

It says the spirit of the Lord God is upon me because the Lord has anointed me to preach good tidings to the poor.

He has sent me to heal the broken hearted to proclaim liberty to the captives and the opening of the prison to those.

Who are bound?

To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.

And the day.

Of vengeance of our God to comfort.

All who mourn.

To consoled those who mourn in Zion, to give them beauty for ashes.

The oil of joy for mourning.

The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness.

That they may be called trees of righteousness.

The planting of the Lord that he may be glorified.

Here as we begin Isaiah Chapter 61, we have these first three verses that are really powerful, really important, and also really well known. Because Jesus reads from this passage in Luke Chapter 4 and you might be.

Familiar with that and already thinking of that situation when Jesus was in the synagogue.

On the Sabbath day.

And it tells us that he was handed the book of the Prophet Isaiah in Luke Chapter 4, verse 17 in the synagogues of those days.

What they would do is have a scheduled reading, and so every Sabbath there would be, you know, a portion assigned and different people.

They would rotate.

Different people would have the opportunity to read the passage.

For that service in the synagogue, and so Jesus is here in his hometown, and he is handed the scroll of Isaiah.

And so he scrolled to. He found the place where it was recorded here in Isaiah Chapter 61. They didn't have the chapters, but he knew the word of God and scrolled to this point.

It seems like this may not have been the assigned reading for the day, because at least based on what?

Tradition and historians tell us when the person was handed the scroll.

It would already be open to the passage for the day, so they wouldn't have to be fumbling to try to find it.

You can imagine.

Turning pages in the Book of Isaiah, especially when you're on the spot, it's kind of hard, right?

But Can you imagine a scroll like you're rolling up one side, unrolling inside?

You know trying to?

Get to that would be difficult, and so in preparation in advance they would have it set. But Jesus said OK, thank you and then perhaps changed the position and came to this point and he read verses one and then the first part of two of Isaiah Chapter 61.

And he stopped in what we have as the middle of the verse, he stopped without continuing, closed the book.

Gave it back to the attendant sat down everybody looking at him and he said today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing and it's interesting to consider that because Jesus kind of stops in the middle of a prophecy stops in the middle where there doesn't appear to be a a stop or a pause.

But he makes a break here that then, in retrospect, looking at this understanding after Christ has come, it makes so much sense why he stopped where he stopped, because where he stopped leading up to that fits really well, the prophecies aligned with the ministry.

Of Jesus as he came and was born and lived on this earth, and walked for three years in public ministry and was preaching the gospel and healing and being used by the father in incredible ways throughout the land of Israel.

The first part of this prophecy aligns incredibly well with that.

Coming of Jesus with that Ministry of Jesus during that time and then after the pause after the first part of verse two as it continues on, you can see that there's a change and it doesn't fit so well with the first time that Jesus came.

But now that we understand there was.

Not just one.

Coming of the Messiah, but that actually the Messiah would come once as a suffering servant and then a second time as a king in victory then so much of the scripture fits together and makes sense, and so the latter part of the prophecy that Isaiah is giving here.

Is focused on that future time and the return of Jesus in glory.

And so here we have some really cool things to consider as a result.

But first of all, let's just look at verse one again and keep Jesus in mind.

Think about him and his ministry and him reading this and saying today this is fulfilled in your hearing.

He said in verse one the spirit of the Lord God is upon me.

Now I just gotta.

Pause there so it was just a little bit earlier that Jesus was at the door.

In river being baptized by John the Baptist, and as he came up, the heavens were opened and the Holy Spirit descended upon like a dove.

And there was the spirit of God coming upon Jesus in the beginning of his public.

Ministry and so right here Jesus says the spirit of the Lord God is upon me.

And I always think this is important for us to reflect on and consider that Jesus is our example, not just because he was perfect, but he is our example because he became men and.

Everything that he did.

For God, for the father, everything that he did in in all of his miracles, and his walking, and his speaking, everything that he did, he did under the inspiration of an empowering of the Holy Spirit.

And so the Holy Spirit, the the spirit of the Lord God is upon me.

Jesus reads from this, but he's also declaring it.

I have the Holy Spirit.

I'm operating in the Holy Spirit.

I'm empowered by the Holy Spirit.

To do what?

Well, because the Lord has anointed me to preach good tidings.

To the poor.

He has sent me to heal the broken hearted.

To proclaim liberty to the captives.

And the opening of the prison to those who are bound.

This really kind of outlines for us and gives us the sense of the Ministry of Jesus that that he was there on a mission, not so much to.

Whip people into shape.

There was a few times he had to do some whipping right, but but that wasn't his primary mission.

His primary mission was to preach good tidings, not to deliver bad news, but to deliver good news, not to strike down, but to heal the broken hearted, not to.

To bind up, but to proclaim liberty to the captives and opening of the prison to those who are bound that that Jesus came.

And his ministry was that of healing and restoration and good news and good things.

As he says in verse 2, to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, now is the acceptable year.

Now is the time.

Now is the opportunity to receive this incredible work of God for healing, for liberty, for for being set free and being delivered, that there is this work of God now.

Through Jesus Christ by the empowering of the Holy Spirit.

For people to be forgiven, healed.

For good news to be received.

And so Jesus here announces that he says today this is fulfilled in your hearing hear hearing I'm I'm the answer to this.

I'm the fulfillment of this.

There's an interesting possibility here. Without getting into too much detail when he says to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, it is seems likely it's a reference to the year of Jubilee that is described for us in Leviticus Chapter 25, and so you could look at that and.

Understand that.

As a picture that the Ministry of Jesus corresponded with the year of Jubilee because there was the releasing of debts and forgiveness and and all of that.

But it also might be.

Actually true.

The first year of Jesus Ministry in Luke Chapter 4 that's the beginning of his ministry.

The first year of his ministry may have been actually.

On the calendar, a year of Jubilee, and so it would be interesting if it corresponded like that, and scholars of course debate that and wrestle with that a little bit.

You can look that up and play around with that in your head if you want to, and where that sets the dates of everything.

Jesus being born and Jesus dying and stuff presents some interesting things to consider, but.

But it might have been a year of Jubilee, but whether or not it was on the calendar, it was spiritually for those who believe in Jesus to be set.

Free to have like a fresh start to be healed and delivered and set forth with a new opportunity to walk with God and experience what he had for them.

And so he quotes from the first part of this verse one, and then the first part of verse two, and then he stops.

But now we're in Isaiah Chapter 61, not Luke 4, right? So in Isaiah 61, we continue on verse two goes on to say, and the day of vengeance of our God to comfort all who mourn.

When Jesus came the first time, it was not for the day of vengeance, and so he stopped before that part, he paused.

There didn't continue on reading the prophecy, but.

Isaiah continues on.

And if you only knew Isaiah and there wasn't the record of Jesus in his reading, in Luke chapter four, we would read through this and think it was all lumped together as well, right?

And it's interesting the way that prophets would often.

Lump things together and many times the first coming and the second coming of the Messiah are talked about in the same sentence without understanding the distinction.

And so there's been much conversation and ideas about like why that is and how they experienced receiving these prophecies in revelation.

I think 1 illustration that's always kind of helped me understand it.

Is this idea of looking at mountain peaks.

And you know when a prophet was speaking, many times, as we've seen in Isaiah, he's addressing that first peak, which is the situation right in front of them that their very own generation.

Or perhaps the generation that just follows them, but but it's like the immediate circumstances and something from the Lord right then and there, but then also a lot of times.

In prophesying about their current context.

There is a shadow behind it of something future that God is going to do, and so it turns out to be a dual fulfillment where the that the prophecy about this particular circumstance also is fulfilled again and even more clearly in something yet future.

And then sometimes that happens.

Even further out to another fulfillment that there's multiple fulfillments of the same prophecy at different points in time and, and so the the Prophet who's.

Getting the vision and hearing from the Lord he's seeing, but he's not able to see from.

The side and so on.

The the right hand side there you see.

The guy, those those.

Are the same.

Triangles, right?

But you can see the one clearly and then the other two when they're stacked like that.

It's kind of hard to distinguish where the lines are and which ones which and and.

And you could understand that for our prophet many times hearing from the Lord having a vision from the Lord that there would be this kind of idea.

And this is it.

Of course exactly.

What they experience, right?

But I feel like it demonstrates that pretty well that that sometimes you get a sense from the Lord about something, and there's maybe clarity about pieces of it, or parts of it, and there's a lot of things that you don't just understand until later on when things begin to be fulfilled.

And so here's Isaiah talking about the coming of the Messiah.

Not fully understanding there would be the suffering servant that he's talked about.

There would also be the Glorious King, and so he continues on in verse 2.

Talking about the first coming of Jesus and then transitions right into the second coming of Jesus, which will be the day of vengeance of our God to comfort all who mourn.

Now it's an interesting combination.

Here in verse 2.

Vengeance and comfort.

We wouldn't typically put those two together right when Jesus returns again, it will be the day of vengeance.

To comfort all who.

Mourn what?

What is the deal with this combination of vengeance and comfort?

If you understand the return of Jesus Christ at the end of the tribulation period, you kind of puts into context.

The Nation of Israel during that time is going to be experiencing persecution like it's never experienced before.

All throughout history, Israel has been persecuted.

And hate it.

And people have been awful to the Jewish people to the people.

God, but during the Tribulation period it's going to intensify and the Antichrist himself is going to be seeking to devour to make war against the people of God and and so in Revelation, chapter 12.

It gives that picture of the Israel as the woman giving birth to the Messiah, right and.

And then the the Dragon and the beast do everything that they can to take out the woman, but she's ushered out into the wilderness.

Where we get the understanding of that that flight to Petra in Jordan and all of those things I I know I'm throwing out a lot of data, right?

But but all of this comes together with this understanding of vengeance and comfort, because during the tribulation when Jesus returns when he comes again, it will be at the tail end.

To finish up the tribulation period and so looking at the outline of Revelation, we're in the church age.

At some point we'll be caught up to meet the.

Lord in the air.

At some point after that, there will be the Tribulation period, seven years of wrath poured out upon the Earth, the rising of the Antichrist, and the false prophet, and all of that.

But the Tribulation period ends when Jesus returns for the second time and he establishes his Kingdom.

He sets foot on Earth.

He comes back at the Battle of Armageddon.

And in all of that.

The Jewish people are in hiding there.

They've run out, they've been persecuted, they've been pushed out, and when Jesus returns, there is going to be this.

Attention and focus upon the nation of Israel to bring restoration and healing to them as a nation, and that will take this into the millennial Kingdom where Jesus rules and reigns and so continuing on in verse 3.

He says to console those who mourn in Zion, Zion, the Hill in Jerusalem, to give them beauty for ashes.

The oil of joy for mourning the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness, that they may be called trees of righteousness.

The planting of the Lord that he may be glorified.

And so when Jesus comes back, it will be vengeance, but not on Israel.

Vengeance on the Antichrist.

Vengeance on the false prophet.

Vengeance on the armies that have gathered together to war.

Vengeance on the nations who have persecuted Israel, that there is going to be this great intensity against Israel in that time, and Jesus is going to come back the second time to a day of vengeance.

To payback

The nations, the people of the world for how they have treated the nation of Israel.

But it's also a time of comfort because as he looks to Israel, he's going to console those who mourn and for the ashes they've suffered greatly in, and they've been burned in there.

Their homes have been burned, they, they've.

They've had, you know their life just torn down and he's going to give them beauty for those ashes he's going to give them joy in place of the mourning and and all of those things that they experienced the hardships they experienced specifically during that tribulation period is going to be.

As Jesus comes back and heals and restores the nation of Israel at the second coming, and so the savior of God, people will come.

He has come and he's coming again and the people of God, specifically the Nation of Israel, can expect the the savior of God.

To come, the savior of God's people will show up. He will.

And in Isaiah Day they were suffering at the hand of Assyria.

They were experiencing all kinds of conflict.

They needed that hope and reminder that God had a good plan for them, and he was sending a savior.

The people of God that the the Israelite people during the tribulation.

Period are going to need this encouragement.

To hold onto.

In the midst of the fierce judgment and wrath that is being poured out upon the nation, and the hatred and anger that is being lashed out against them, and they're going to be reminded by Isaiah Chapter 61.

He's coming, he's coming hold on he's coming all of that destruction those ashes he's going to give you beauty for all of that he's going to restore and heal and it will all be taken care of while moving on to verses 4 through 9 I won't spend as much time and all the verses as those intro verses but.

Verses 4 through 9 we get point #2 and that is that God people will recover after tribulation. Verse four says, and they shall rebuild the old ruins.

They shall raise up the former desolations, and they shall repair the ruins of cities, the desolations of many generations.

We see in Israel today a rebuilding from what was there previously to their restoration as a nation.

Now many years ago.

But there is a rebuilding.

There is a re gathering but again during the tribulation and perhaps leading up to the Tribulation period, there is going to be a destruction and there's going to be a tearing down.

And a scattering.

And so when Jesus returns.

He wants them to note there will be a recovery after this and and you can imagine you know being in the midst of that kind of destruction.

Being in the midst of the destruction that the nation of Israel was in during the life of Isaiah.

Being in the midst of destruction in the Tribulation period that they needed that reminder that encouragement that hope that although it looks so terrible now and there's such destruction now, there is going to be.

A rebuilding

They shall rebuild the old ruins.

They shall raise up the former desolations.

They shall repair the ruined.

Pastor David Guzik says God loves to restore ruins.

He wants to use his people to restore and rebuild things that are broken down and ruined under the empowerment of the spirit and the Ministry of the Messiah God.

People will be rebuild.

Understanding the direct context, we're talking about the nation of Israel.

We're talking about the rebuilding that will take place after the Tribulation period in the millennial Kingdom.

But understanding this spiritually, understanding this in the Ministry of Jesus from the first part by the powering of the Holy Spirit, there are lives that are.

Broken that are torn down and God.

Uses his people.

To rebuild, to, restore, to heal, and to bring people back to a place of comfort and security and safety.

God people will recover after tribulation and when we experience tribulation as people of God, we need to also understand.

There is going to be.

We are a building when our lives are shaken and things are falling off the walls and maybe even walls are falling over.

We need to understand that God has a plan and a purpose and he is in control and there will be a recovery after that.

There will be a restoration that God has in mind, even as we see things destroyed.

Around us.

While going onto verse five and six, we see Israel back in.

Their rightful place.

As God's servants in verse 5.

It says strangers shall stand and feed your flocks and the sons of the foreigner shall be your plowmen and your vine dressers but you shall be named the priests of the Lord.

They shall call you the servants of our God.

They shall eat the riches of the Gentiles, and in their glory you shall boast God always intended from the very beginning, for Israel to be the light to the world.

To be his agents of ministry to the whole world around them.

Now, in the nation, of course he had assigned that one tribe, the tribe of Levi, to be the priests and the Levites to the service of the temple.

But as a whole, as a nation, they were to be God's servants to reach the World. Well in this time they will all be priests.

And you can.

Walk through some interesting ideas in your head if you want to, because the work of Jesus Christ and the complete forgiveness on the cross, it changes the priesthood and so they will be priests not in the Levitical sense, but they'll be priests as sons and daughters of God by faith in Jesus.

Christ, but anyways, the point here is that.

They're not going to be working their fields and tending their flocks.

They are going to be tending to the temple and serving the Lord with a before the nations around them.

Remember, throughout Israel history there were times where the priests and the Levites would have to abandon the temple and Tabernacle.

And you know go work their fields because they weren't being provided for, and then God would have to call them back and say no, no you need to to be back and and there needs to be the provisions made for you, right?

Well, this is kind of like that kind.

Of thing where where they're not going to have to have.

Fields and flocks to attend to. Personally, the other nations can do that because the other nations don't have the place in God's plan, the rightful place of service that Israel has.

They're going to have this unique and the millennial Kingdom.

This unique role and opportunity to be the priests of the Lord and so.

Other nations will fill those roles of taking care of the flocks and herds and vine dressers and plowing and all of that.

And the Jewish people will be the priests of the Lord, the Servants of God, to minister to the Lord and to the nations around them.

Verse 7 instead of your shame you shall have double.

Honor instead of confusion.

They shall rejoice in their portion.

Therefore, in their land they shall possess double everlasting joy shall be theirs.

What a recovery right after tribulation after intense persecution where there was shame.

Now they're going to have honor.

It's not just a recovery.

Back to zero.

No shame and no honor, but it's a recovery from shame to no honor and then to honor and then to double honor, right?

It's a recovery that is abundant in the blessings that God is providing for them.

Verse 8.

For I the Lord Love Justice, I hate robbery for burnt offering.

I will direct their work in truth, and I will make with them an everlasting covenant.

Their descendants shall be known among the Gentiles and their offspring among the people all who see them shall acknowledge them.

That they are the posterity whom the Lord has.

Blessed where previously the Jewish people have been scorned and hated and persecuted. Now they are going to be noticed for honor, they're going to be noteworthy, because everyone in the world will know those are God's chosen people. Again, this is all literal.

Prophecies about the nation of Israel.

The descendants of Abraham, the people of Israel, still yet to be fulfilled, but it will be fulfilled in the millennial Kingdom.

And so we need to keep that in mind.

Understand that context that that it is the nation of Israel that will be restored and the descendants of Abraham.

Who will recover in this way and have this prominent and noteworthy position?

In the way that God had intended originally, but will ultimately be fulfilled during his Kingdom, it's the ultimate fulfillment of the promise to Abraham in Genesis chapter 12.

I will bless those who bless you and curse him occurs as you and you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.

They will finally fulfill that to their.

Fullest possible extent?

They're in that millennial Kingdom as they recover after the Tribulation period.

Well, verses 10 and 11 gives us the Third Point tonight.

God people will greatly rejoice, verse 10 says.

I will greatly rejoice in the Lord.

My soul shall be joyful in my God.

For he has.

Clothed me with the garments of salvation.

He has covered me with the robe of righteousness as a bridegroom decks himself with ornaments and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.

For as the earth brings forth its bud as the garden causes, the things that are sown in it to spring forth.

So the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all nations.

Here we get to see the people of God responding and their response is great rejoicing.

I will greatly rejoice.

In the Lord.

Again, this is the recovery after this time of intense persecution and difficulty and hardship, there is going to be this great rejoicing.

This restoration and healing that is so complete that there is great joy being clothed in the garments of salvation.

They say and covered in the robe of righteousness and its comparison.

The illustration used is that of a wedding and so on.

The wedding day, you know you don't hold back you you get all decked out in the the best that you can afford for the bride.

For the groom.

In in a similar way, we are going to be clothed, they say, with joy with righteousness.

With the glory of God, and so there is this great joy that they're experiencing as they recover and find their rightful place in God.

's plan and God's purpose is and again this is something that God gave to his people to look forward to and to understand. He still has a plan and a purpose.

For them, as a people, even as they experience his discipline even as they experience the consequences of their rebellion against God.

He is declaring in advance and even thousands of years in advance there.

There is still this attention and this focus that I have for you, Israel as a nation, and there is going to be great rejoicing now, again, looking at that, we understand that's the proper context.

But we also understand there's a spiritual aspect to.

To understand that these things are also fulfilled in Christ, and we have the opportunity to grasp.

Hold of and realize.

There will be great joy.

And as we find ourselves in the place where God has us and the place that God has for us ultimately with him in Eterna.

T but even as we find our rightful place of service.

As we find the plan that God has for us and walk in the purposes that he has for us, there is the opportunity for this great joy.

Like the joy of a wedding day, that being decked out and adorned in the righteousness of God and the right plans and purposes and paths and actions.

Of God brings great joy to us and so God people will greatly rejoice.

It's a glorious future for God.

People, the savior of God. People will come. God people will recover after tribulation. Gods people will greatly rejoice moving into Chapter 62 for point #4 God people.

Will be transformed.

God's people will be transformed. Let's read verses one through 5 here in Chapter 62, it says, for Zion sake, I will not hold my peace.

And for Jerusalem's sake I will not rest until her righteousness goes forth as brightness and her salvation as a lamp that burns.

The Gentiles shall see your righteousness and all your kial kings your glory.

You shall be called by a new name which the mouth of the Lord will name.

You shall also be a crown of glory in the hand of the Lord and a royal diadem in the hand of your God.

You shall no longer be termed forsaken.

Nor shall your land anymore be termed desolate.

But you shall be called Hepzibah.

And your land bubula for the Lord delights in you.

And your land shall be married.

For as a young man marries a virgin, so shall your sons marry you.

And as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride.

So shall your God rejoice over you.

Here as we move on into Chapter 62, we're not really changing subjects or changing gears. We're continuing on this prophecy and prophecies about the things to come and the glories that God has in store for his people and and notice. Again in verse one, it says for Zion's sake, and for Jerusalem's.

Sake as we look at these things, we understand God is speaking directly about the descendants of Abraham about the people of Israel, the city of Jerusalem, the Hill, Zion, in which Jerusalem is built upon.

He's talking about very specific geography.

Now there are those.

Who would look at Israel in the Bible and try to remove them and put the church kind of fit that puzzle piece in the the piece where Israel used to be and and that's not appropriate again.

I'm being careful to walk the balance here, right?

We understand the context that God is speaking directly about Israel.

There are a lot of spiritual parallels for us by faith in Christ because we have been grafted in.

There's some spiritual things that apply to us so that we can experience and grasp, hold them as well, but it's not a complete.

Replacement because there are still some things that God has planned literally for the people of Israel.

The descendants of Abraham, the Jewish people.

And so God here is saying, look, I am not going to hold my peace.

I'm not going to give up on this.

I'm not going to rest.

Until I've accomplished what it is that I have declared and what it is that I have said, it's really important to understand God has plans for the Jewish people for the people of Israel. Now Paul walks through this quite a bit in Romans in Romans Chapter 910 and 11.

He kind of goes through a lot of detail there about how God has not castaway.

His people.

Romans Chapter 11, verse one and two, has God castaway.

His people.

Paul says.

Certainly not.

Not for I also am in Israelite of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin has not.

I'm sorry God has not castaway his people whom he for new God has not cast them away.

He hasn't given up on them. He still is going to fulfill Isaiah Chapter 62. It hasn't been fulfilled.

Yet although they recovered, if you follow the history right in Isaiah D, they recovered after the nation of Assyria attacked them.

Then Babylon attacked them.

They were taken away captive.

They recovered from that and were brought back to the land being set free by King Cyrus.

So so there's been recoveries.

There's been rebuildings, but none of them have been to the extent that God has declared here in Isaiah as well as other prophets.

Foretold as well, and so we can't come to the conclusion that these are all fulfilled in the lesser ways they've been fulfilled in the past.

No, he's not castaway. These are still yet to be fulfilled, and for Zion's sake God says I will not hold my peace until this is fulfilled.

Going onto verse two, it says the Gentiles shall see your righteousness and all kings your glory.

You shall be.

Called by a new name.

Which the mouth of the Lord will name.

There is going to be.

A brand new work of God.

In the nation of Israel at that time, and.

The whole world.

Will recognize their position in relationship to God, their righteousness. It's going to be established for the whole world to recognize their place in God's plan and in God's Kingdom.

And God represents this with the new name you'll be called by a new name.

There's going to be something new.

There's going to be a transformation.

The name would not just symbolize, you know a new.

Label, just like take off scratch off that old label and put on this new label the the name here represents this real transformation that is going to take place and so.

He gives a couple names in verse 4 you shall no longer be termed forsaken.

Israel has for a long time fit that name for seeking.

Because they forsook God, and so they've experienced the consequences of that again. Specifically in Isaiah's Day in their rebellion against God.

But no longer shall your land anymore be termed desolate.

So there was the time where forsaken and desolate were appropriate names for them, but there's going to be a transformation.

There's going to be a change.

You shall be called hepsibah

Which literally means my delight is in her and so Israel is going to be transformed and given the name that matches the delights of the Lord, the joy of the Lord being demonstrated and evident in her and your land will be called Beulah.

Yeah, I can't say that without thinking of Bueller Bueller.

I can't say it as dull as that guy, but Bula which literally means married.

And the idea here is that their their children and the people of Israel would be married to the land to the nation that they won't be kicked out anymore.

They're not going to be scattered anymore.

They're not going to be running.

Anymore, the kids aren't going to grow up and waiting.

I can't wait till I'm 18 and I can get out of Israel like.

That's not going to happen.

Now they're going to be married.

They're going to be established there, and Tidto committed to that place that God is established for them the promised land.

That was given to them so long ago, and so there's going to be this transformation no longer scattered, no longer.

We can no longer desolate, but there's going to be this repopulation this rebuilding this transformation that takes place with God's.

People and their.

Land that he has given to them.

And so there's a new name to represent this transformation.

Jesus, in writing to the church, is in the Book of Revelation, said this in revelation Chapter 2, verse 17.

He who has an ear, let him hear what the spirit says to the churches, to him who overcomes, I will give some of the hidden manna to.

Eat and I will give him a white stone and on the stone a new name written which no one knows except him.

Who receives it?

This idea of a new name.

Is something that is also passed on to us as followers of Jesus Christ again as spiritual inheritance and grafted into the nation of Israel.

There is a new name where anyone who is in Christ is a new creation and there's a new name that goes along with that.

A transformation represented by.

And it's.

It's interesting how it says no one knows it except him or receives it that there is this personal relationship that you have with the Lord that that he knows how meaningful that name is to you, and you know how meaningful it is.

And there's this.

Intimate connection that you have and and powerful work that God will have for us in the transformation.

As we are promised to.

Be conformed into the image of Jesus Christ.

That transformation will be complete as we stand before him, and there will be a new name to represent that to reflect that.

That will be a personal private moment between us and the Lord.

Kind of cool to think about God.

People will be transformed and that includes us.

Alright #5, moving onto versus 639 point #5 is God. People get to participate in God's work, verse six says.

I have set Watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem, they shall never hold their peace.

Day or night.

You who make mention of the Lord do not keep silent and give him no rest till he establishes until he makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth.

The Lord has sworn by his right hand and by the arm of his.

Strength, surely I will no longer give your grain as food to your enemies and the sons of the foreigner shall not drink your new wine, for which you have labored.

But those who have gathered it shall eat it, and praise the Lord.

Those who have brought it together shall drink it in my holy courts.

Speaks about the Watchmen that he has set on their walls.

Here the Lord is focusing on those things that are yet to come.

But then he says in the meantime.

There's some participation.

On the part of God's people.

Before all of this restoration happens, and healing happens, and glory is fulfilled.

There's going to be some time that passes.

And so in.

That time God says I've set watchman.

On your walls.

I have established some people to serve this specific role.

Of intercession on behalf.

Of Israel.

The Watchmen on your walls they shall never hold their peace day or night, and then instructing them you who make mention of the Lord do not keep silent.

He's letting Israel know I haven't given up on you, and although this glory might not be fulfilled immediately in the meantime, I have set up Watchmen.

I have my servants member. How like the Lord told Elijah when Elijah was like I'm the only one he's like. No, no, I have. I have so many others. 7000 haven't bowed the knee to Tebal

He's telling Israel it's all not all lost, even though there's all of this destruction and rebellion and scattering and consequences, all of that.

I haven't given up on you and there's still my servants who will be the Watchmen who will not hold their peace, who will continually intercede on behalf of the people of Israel on behalf of the nation.

Until all of this.

Is fulfilled and so God encourages them.

Those of you who've been given this role.

Give him no rest.

Give the Lord no rest.

Continue to intercede.

Continue to call the Lord to fulfill his promises.

Don't don't let.

Him rest notice it says in verse 7 until he makes Jerusalem a praise in the Earth.

And just stop and think.

About that is Jerusalem a praise in the Earth today?

No, it is not.

Was it 100 years ago? No, it was not. Was it a 500 years ago? No, it was not. Jerusalem has not experienced this yet.

And so the Watchmen that God established are to continue to intercede, to not hold their peace, but to continue to call out to the Lord, and to give him no rest, until this promise is.

Pastor Warren Wiersbe said God gave his people leaders to guide them, but they were not faithful.

Now he gives them faithful Watchmen.

Who constantly remind God of his promises?

It's interesting where.

God has changed a little bit the way that he is interacting with Israel, where he had set up faithful leaders and called the people to follow them.

But they didn't.

They chose not to, and even the faithful leaders will get to, in the Book of Jeremiah, right?

Those those shepherds that.

Were wicked shepherds that were not shepherding the flock of God and not caring for the people of God.

And so now God says alright, what I'm going to do is I'm going to set up, faithful watchman.

And now it's not so much up.

To the people.

Of course, they still have their individual choice, but.

These faithful Watchmen.

They're going to be calling out to the Lord, interceding on Israel's behalf until God fulfills his promises.

And God is going to do the work, and that responsibility falls on God.

And the faithful Watchmen are just calling out and praying and interceding.

Until God fulfills the promises that he has.

So he has these Watchmen.

These people that get to participate in the work of God.

These people that get to call out to the Lord and be part of that future fulfillment of all of these things because they.

Prayed because they called out to the Lord and cool idea and picture here of the importance of prayer.

The value of prayer, the need for prayer, and the way that we get to participate in the work of God.

Watchman do not keep silent.

Pray with endurance until God does it.

And again, this is specifically about Israel.

I I would suggest this is a reminder for us as the people of God today as believers in the Lord Jesus Christ and the Scriptures and the instructions given here.

We get to be Watchmen.

And praying for the peace of Jerusalem as we're instructed.

Praying for the fulfillment of all of these promises of God that the church gets to be.

Part of this now I wouldn't suggest that it's only you know the.

The church in the 20th century that gets to be part of this right God always had his people from Isaiah's Day on who were faithful Watchmen and calling out to God for the fulfillment of these things.

But in the present day, it's us.

We get to be Watchmen who call out to the Lord and intercede on behalf of the Nation of Israel on behalf of the work of God that he's going to do as he restores and establishes the people of Israel back in their land.

But we also can consider this, of course in.

Any other promise that God has given?

And those promises that God has laid upon your heart and given to you.

And perhaps there's the opportunity for you to be a watchman.

Who does not rest dear at night and does not let the Lord rest?

Until as you pray and pray and pray and pray, God finally fulfills the thing he said the fulfillment of what he had promised and many people say well, if God's going to fulfill his promises and why pray about it.

Well, because you get to be part of it and also it's so good for us to be reminded.

Of God's promises, it's like an anchor in the storm to hold us on course as we keep holding fast to God said he's going to do.

And it's not that if we don't, you know, recharge his batteries by praying he won't be able to fulfill the promise.

That's not what it is, right?

But but it recharges our batteries and helps us to stay the course, and so it keeps us on track.

It keeps us where we need to.

Be focused on the work of God, the promises of God in the plan of God.

Mercy the Lord has sworn by his right hand and by the arm of his strength.

Surely I will no longer give your grain as food for your enemies, and the sons of your foreigner of the foreigner shall not drink your new wine, for which you have labored before.

They've always struggled with being able to hold on to what they have produced and manufactured.

It's always taken and stolen and robbed, and it's not going to be the case anymore.

They're going to be protected, and they're going to enjoy the fruits of their labor.

But notice it says, the Lord has sworn by his right hand, by the arm of his strength.

This is a promise.

Of God has not changed and it will be fulfilled.

Build and in the meantime God people get to participate in the work they get to intercede and be part of the work that God is going to do.

Pastor Charles Spurgeon puts it this way.

A restless savior calls upon his people to be restless and to make the Lord himself restless.

To give him no rest.

Till his chosen city is in full splendor, his chosen church completes and glorious great reminder for us to be faithful Watchmen.

Well, finally verses 10 through 12 gives us point #6.

The salvation of God's people is sure. Verse 10 says go through.

Go through the gates, prepare the way for the people build up, build up the highway, take out the stones.

Lift up a banner for the peoples.

Indeed, the Lord has proclaimed to the end.

Of the world.

Say to the daughter of Zion, surely your salvation is coming.

Behold, his reward is with him and his work before him, and they shall call them the holy people, the redeemed of the Lord, and you shall be called, sought out a city not forsaken.

The Lord here reminds us salvation is sure.

And because it's so short, he says, get ready.

Go through, go through the gates, prepare the wait.

Fix the potholes.

Repair the gates so they they can be opened.

Build up the highway like.

Put things in order.

Because, you know this is true and these things will be fulfilled.

So lift up a banner for the peoples now you can see this in a very practical way that you know building roads and things helps for these things to be accomplished and for people to go forward, right?

But but he's he's drawing pictures here for us to to think about.

If you really believe the promises of God, then start preparing for them.

And start living in them.

Go through the gates.

Repair the potholes.

Put things in order because you're so sure that God is going to do what he said he would do.

It's to base our lives on the word of God and to take action because of what God has said.

Pastor Warren Wiersbe says there's an urgency about these words.

The Lord is about to arrive, and the people must.

Get the road ready when the work is completed, they must lift a banner to signal they are ready.

This will be fulfilled.

The promises to Israel.

They will be fulfilled.

And so there needs.

To be the preparation in advance as.

God's people take hold of the.

Word of God and see the the end drini the fulfillment of these things.

Drawing nigh.

God has proclaimed these things.

He's declared these things.

And so the people I've got of God have the opportunity.

To prepare for them to walk in them now and again, we see the context.

We see how it applies to Israel and the future things that God has in store for them.

But then there's so many spiritual applications for us as well.

Knowing what God has promised us, knowing the future.

Eternity with God knowing the salvation that we have in God, knowing the promises that he's put upon our hearts, there is the opportunity for us.

To not just sit and wait.

But to be involved in the work by intercession and by preparation.

And if you believe that Jesus is coming back, then let it impact your life.

Let it repair roads and open gates and and and put things in order.

Because you know that Jesus is coming back.

But also let it inspire you to be praying, and part of the work that God wants to do as he returns.

There's going to be the opportunity for us to be engaged in the work of the Lord and participating.

He invites us to be part of work that lasts forever, because it's his work that goes beyond this life.

Important things for us to consider in believing the promises of God and taking action.

I want to just throw a couple other things out there real quick just to maybe it'll grab hold and maybe it's something the Lord wants you to consider and meditate on.

We began in chapter 61, verse one the.

Spirit of the Lord God is upon me.

Let this be a reminder to us of the importance.

Of the Holy Spirit in our lives again as Jesus walked this earth, he was filled with and empowered by the Holy Spirit.

Although he is God, he became man and and he set the example for us.

He says, look, here's what it looks like to walk.

In the spirit.

To to set the example for us to show us and teach us our need to walk in the spirit, our need to rely upon the Holy Spirit.

Our need to be filled with the Holy Spirit and empowered by the Holy Spirit.

In the things that we do in the ministry that we pursue in the ways that we seek to serve God.

Let this be a reminder for us of the importance and the value and the.

Role of the holy.

Spirit in that.

And of course I could talk for a long time about that, but that's just a little thing like you can if the Lord wants you to meditate on that and and pursue that and chase that down a little bit, then you should do so.

But the last.

Thing I'll kind of throw out there is.

Paul tells Timothy and Second Timothy Chapter 2.

Verse 15 be diligent to present yourself approved to God a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

And and I I, I think about that because of how Jesus divided the prophecy of Isaiah.

And he stopped at a certain point where right up to that it made perfect sense.

It fit in with his ministry and what he came to do in that first coming.

And then after that it fit with the second coming and the things that he will do at that time, and so there was a right dividing of this prophecy by the Lord Jesus Christ.

Empowered by the Holy Spirit.

OK, so that's an important part of that too, right?

But Paul tells Timothy be diligent to present yourself approved to God.

A worker who does not need to be ashamed, who rightly divides the word of truth.

The word of God is the word of God.

But at the same time, there needs to be some effort, some diligence on our part.

To be able to parse.

And receive the appropriate parts and understand the different contexts and the different things that the Lord is saying through his word.

The Jewish people of Jesus Day.

They loved the scriptures.

And yet they missed so much.

Because they couldn't rightly divide.

They could see the prophecies of the glories of the Messiah.

But they couldn't comprehend they didn't divide and separate the sufferings of the savior, the Messiah, right?

They they missed so much because they could not rightly divide the word of truth.

And you know there's been a lot of studies lately, and a lot of articles and news about how illiterate.

People who are Christians today are in regards to the Bible that there is just no biblical literacy that people don't know the scriptures.

They don't know the word.

And so I just want to remind us the importance.

To be diligent, learn how to rightly divide under the influence of the empowering of the Holy Spirit to be able to to, to dig into, and understand.

There's different parts, and sometimes people focus on just one aspect of Scripture and they miss out on so much.

Which because they don't know how to process, they don't know how to walk through and consider and read and understand and claim and hold onto other things that God has said and we need to hear.

And sometimes you know the the fluffy light gospel message and prosperity things and and you know, feel good only and no.

Don't deal with hard things, kind of.

Causes us to miss out on so much and so we don't know how to rightly divide the word of truth like the Jewish.

People of Jesus day.

We can only see the good things and that makes us miss out on so much that God has in store for us, because we're not willing to do the work and put in some effort to rightly divide the word of truth.

And so the way Jesus did that is a good example.

For us, we need to be led by the Holy Spirit to understand these prophecies. These scriptures they apply at different points in different contexts, and it is the word of God. But you need God's help in.

Understanding it and receiving it and applying it and putting it into practice in.

Your life and so be.

Diligent work hard to present yourself.

Approved to God rightly dividing the word of truth.

Let the Holy Spirit come upon you and empower you to walk with you to lead you to guide you as you seek to be God.

Watchman faithful in prayer.

And persistence and not giving up until you see the fulfillment of all that God has said.

Let's pray Lord, we pray for us and I pray God that you would pour out your Holy Spirit upon us.

Lord, may we be filled afresh and a new Lord to be led by you, to be washed and purged, Lord of Thin.

And behaviors and activities that are not of you, Lord, that our ways would be cleansed, or that we might see clearly your word, your truth, your promises, and Lord may we seek you.

More and more as we see the day approaching.

We encourage each other more and more as we see the the day of these promises being fulfilled.

Coming nearer and nearer help us Lord to respond appropriately as we see your plan coming together, we pray.

This in Jesus name.