Watchmen on the Walls

Isaiah 62:6-7.

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,

And give Him no rest, till He establish, and till He make Jerusalem a praise in the earth.

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Watchmen on the Walls:  The idea here is that God’s prophets and ministers were like the watchmen who could not hold their peace or give Him rest day or night until Prophecy was completely fulfilled in the full restoration of Jerusalem and Israel in their land.

Since cities were first built, walls have been built around them to protect them from invasion; the watchmen had the duty of warning the citizens if an attack was coming. The watchmen in this passage are not there to warn of attack, but to encourage the people and to continually pray to God for the complete restoration of Israel and Jerusalem.

God Rejoices over Israel

Isaiah 62:5.
 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.

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This is a very tender picture, the bridegroom rejoicing over his pure bride with protective, loving delight. As a young man marries a virgin, so will the sons of Israel come back to and marry (be united with) the rest of Israel and their land Palestine.

As a bridegroom rejoices over his bride, so God will rejoice over His eternal people and their land when the are eternally united.

In June, Terry and I will have been married for 50 years. I remember as if it were yesterday the expression on his face as I walked down the aisle toward him holding my dad’s arm. What I didn’t know is that the look of love, hope, expectation and rejoicing would never change. Of course we have had our times of struggle and not being happy with each other. That is normal in the best of marriages. But when the love is true and faithful, that sense of protection and caring that the bridegroom offers his bride never goes away.

So is the rejoicing of God when His people Israel finally turn to Him forever, never turning back to idols and other gods. The joy that a married couple feels here, now, will be like a tiny candle compared to the bonfire of rejoicing in the heart of God when Israel returns to Him forever.

Sunday Morning Coffee: Words are so Cool!

It’s actually Saturday night. I like to do this post early when I can so I don’t have to rush through it.

I love words. The etymology of words always fascinates me. I picked up a new one today. I’ve heard it before, but never looked up the definition and history (etymology), and I’m glad I took the time to do so today.

Terry was reading a book by Arno C. Gaebelein on the Gospel of Matthew. The author had commented that the word wisdom was an accurate adumbration of Jesus. We looked it up in a dictionary, and the best choice for this particular use is that wisdom, in the passage, is a foreshadowing  of Jesus.

Proverbs 9:10 tells us that the fear (respect, reverence) of God is the beginning of wisdom. He is wisdom. Therefore, His Son, Jesus, is wisdom.

But I was still curious about that big word that I don’t think I’ve ever heard anyone else use, so I looked up the etymology. It is, quite literally, to cast a shadow:

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late 16th century: from Latin adumbrat- ‘shaded’, from the verb adumbrare, from ad- ‘to’ (as an intensifier) + umbrare ‘cast a shadow’ (from umbra‘shade’). (Wikipedia)

And here’s more, from my online dictionary:

um·bra

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/ˈəmbrə/noun

  1. the fully shaded inner region of a shadow cast by an opaque object, especially the area on the earth or moon experiencing the total phase of an eclipse.

There’s more, about the penumbra and the antenumbra, but I’ll let you look that up if you’re interested.

And I finally know now where the word umbrella  comes from.

See? Words are SO interesting!

Catching Up

I missed doing a post yesterday, and this one won’t be long. I’ll be back on track tomorrow with my Sunday Morning Coffee post.

I’ve been fighting something–a cold, laryngitis, cough. No fever, but it’s wearing me out. It has slowed me down, and I doing everything I can think of to get rid of it–except going to the doctor. Since there’s no fever, I’m pretty sure I’ll be told it’s just a virus and to do what I’m already doing, which is all the old-fashioned home remedies your mom used on you, including a mixture of honey and lemon that my husband just brought me 🙂 This seems to be an annual event for me, one I would be very happy NOT to indulge in again!

I hope, if you’re a steady reader, that you are enjoying this final trip through the book of Isaiah as much as I am. It is easy to become discouraged, isn’t it? There’s not much right going on politically, although there has been a resurgence in our economy and progress in some other areas. But it isn’t over until God says it’s over, and I’ve read the back of the book–and we win 🙂

A Crown of Glory

Isaiah 62:3-4.

Thou shalt also be a crown of glory in the hand of the Lord, and a royal diadem in the hand of thy God.

Thou shalt no more be termed Forsaken; neither shall thy land any more be termed Desolate: but thou shalt be called Hephzibah, and thy land Beulah: for the Lord delighteth in thee, and thy land shall be married.

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The picture here in verse three is of God holding Israel carefully in His hands, a precious jewel, a crown of glory for the nations to admire. The diadem is more like a tiara or the headdress of the priests, also indicative of Israel’s new relationship with God: The eternal restoration and reconciliation that all other nations will see, and will rejoice to see.

In v. 4, the words no more would indicate that Israel had been   forsaken by God for a time; but it would never happen again. Hephzibah  means delight, or in whom is My delight. 

Beulah means married,  and is a symbolic name of Palestine, just as Hephzibah is a symbolic name for Jerusalem.

More Millennial Promises

Isaiah 62:1-2

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.

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.

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You should note that all the Millennial prophecies are around Zion, Jerusalem, and Judah.There is some thinking out there that Israel becomes the church, and that the Gentile nations will fulfill these prophecies. After a careful study of the book of Isaiah, I find it crystal clear that not only will Israel be re-established as a nation (already fulfilled, in 1948) but that she is the center of God’s plan for the Millennium. The Gentile nations will no longer be at war with Israel, but will rejoice in her righteousness. All the leaders will acknowledge her glory. She will even be given a new name, which God Himself will establish.

Nowhere in scripture does God renounce Israel forever. Satan will do his worst during the Tribulation period to destroy Israel, but God is greater, and Satan will fail. We can take comfort in that–knowing that in the end, all will be exactly as God has said, and Israel will come into her own as God’s chosen land and people.

These prophecies appear not only in Isaiah, but in every prophetic book, major and minor, in God’s Word; also in Matthew, a few other mentions throughout the New Testament, and in the book of Revelation. Israel is never replaced, displaced, or permanently destroyed.

The Garments of Salvation

Isaiah 61:10-11.

10 I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for He hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, He hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.

11 For as the earth bringeth forth her bud, and as the garden causeth the things that are sown in it to spring forth; so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations.

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Verse 10, along with vv. 1-2a, have been fulfilled with the first advent of Jesus Christ to the earth. Some believe that, because the personal pronoun “I” is used, Isaiah is speaking of himself. But that construct is not consistent with Luke 4:16-18, which Jesus quoted in the synagogue.

In Eastern weddings, both the bride and the groom were adorned with beautiful clothing and jewels, according to the wealth of the parents.

My favorite part in these two verses, even though they are full of the beauty, grace, and mercy of God, is the part that says that righteousness will “spring forth” among all the nations. Just as sin is accepted and is the standard for so many nations now, so will righteousness set the standard and be the accepted way of living during the Millennium.

Think of that! Righteousness will be NORMAL and EXPECTED among ALL nations, both Israel and all Gentile nations as well. All the terrible lying, subterfuge, personal attacks and hatred we are seeing in world politics now, will be over. Peace will reign; Jesus will reign; righteousness will cover the earth.

Honestly? It makes me yearn for the return of Jesus! Today would be just fine!