20 Go ye forth of Babylon, flee ye from the Chaldeans, with a voice of singing declare ye, tell this, utter it even to the end of the earth; say ye, The Lord hath redeemed His servant Jacob.
21 And they thirsted not when He led them through the deserts: He caused the waters to flow out of the rock for them: He clave the rock also, and the waters gushed out.
22 There is no peace, saith the Lord, unto the wicked.
When God lead Cyrus the Great to release His people from captivity in Babylon of the Chaldeans, He also released them from the idolatrous culture of Babylon, inviting them back into worship of The Holy One of Israel. There were those who were happy to remain in Babylon, having become quite comfortable with their lives there. Not all the children of Israel had any desire to leave the luxury of Babylon to go back to what was a desolate Jerusalem at that time.
God reminded His people of their trek so long ago from Egypt, in which He preserved them, protected them, and provided for their needs. He is willing to do it again.
I remember singing a beautiful piece with the college choir I was part of. It was called With a Voice of Singing,and was based on this passage in Isaiah. Here it is:
I really didn’t expect to find it so quickly 🙂
And then, the final warning of this chapter: “There is no peace, saith the Lord, unto the wicked.” Sometimes, it seems the wicked are the only ones who DO have peace in this sinful world. It will not always be so. There is all eternity for those who refuse God. It will not be peaceful for them.