ISAIAH 1

FROM DISCIPLINE, PERFECTION WILL RISE

Prophets warned the rebels of Israel of punishment from God.  But they also reassure them of the love of God that will not destroy them completely.  The promise includes restoration, and in time, celebration in his mercy.

Isaiah 12

1 And in that day thou shalt say, O Lord, I will praise thee: though thou wast angry with me, thine anger is turned away, and thou comfortedst me.

God will love them like a proud father.  Quite a change from the days of punishment!  And as a child may be angry at a parent during a spanking, they will get over it.  They will praise him for the comfort he will bring them.

2 Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the Lord Jehovah is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation.

Isaiah knows that God is their hope, not their enemy.  He is the source of their safety, not of their danger.  God will bring their salvation and their hope.

3 Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation. 

In the New Testament he will tell them about the living water.  Their thirst for righteousness will be met with his mercy and grace.  The Law had condemned them because of our sin nature, but God will be their hope.

4 And in that day shall ye say, Praise the Lord, call upon his name, declare his doings among the people, make mention that his name is exalted.

Then Israel will join in praising the Name of the Lord, and they will proclaim his glory like excited evangelicals.

5 Sing unto the Lord; for he hath done excellent things: this is known in all the earth.

They will sing a new song to the Lord because his honor will be known among all nations at that time.

6 Cry out and shout, thou inhabitant of Zion: for great is the Holy One of Israel in the midst of thee.

The children of Abraham will celebrate and publicize the greatness of their God who will live with them on the earth.  A great day will be detailed again by Zechariah:

10 And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.  Zechariah 12: 10

This is clearly a time when they will recognize their messiah and repent of the rebellions that had brought their earlier punishment.  We see that their mourning will turn into joy, even as David had prophesied earlier.

1 I will extol thee, O Lord; for thou hast lifted me up, and hast not made my foes to rejoice over me.  2 O Lord my God, I cried unto thee, and thou hast healed me.  3 O Lord, thou hast brought up my soul from the grave: thou hast kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit.  4 Sing unto the Lord, O ye saints of his, and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness.  5 For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.  6 And in my prosperity I said, I shall never be moved.  7 Lord, by thy favour thou hast made my mountain to stand strong: thou didst hide thy face, and I was troubled.  8 I cried to thee, O Lord; and unto the Lord I made supplication.  9 What profit is there in my blood, when I go down to the pit? Shall the dust praise thee? shall it declare thy truth?  10 Hear, O Lord, and have mercy upon me: Lord, be thou my helper.  11 Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing: thou hast put off my sackcloth, and girded me with gladness;  12 To the end that my glory may sing praise to thee, and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks unto thee for ever.  Psalm 30: 1-12

While the joy restores Israel, there is another notice from Zechariah which speaks to the nations around Israel.

2 Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem.  3 And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.  Zechariah 12:2-3

God will punish Israel by warfare again, as the previous verse 10 from Zechariah has not yet been fulfilled.  The warning here is open-ended in addressing ALL who burden themselves with that conflict.  It is not addressed specifically to the enemies of Israel, but to all who get involved, friend and foe alike.

If a father were spanking a rebellious son, would you try to interfere with that spanking?  God promised to punish Israel with a war.  Should any nation attempt to intervene on behalf of the children of Abraham if God himself has sponsored the aggression coming against them?  I would submit that modern Israel has some positions that should not be supported by Christian nations.  But my opinion is unimportant.  When we have an opinion from the God who formed the universe, our actions will be judged by him alone.  Consider the direction that is underway already.

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