“Glory To The Lamb Jesus”/Isaiah 51, “Everlasting Salvation For Zion,” cont’d

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“Joy Medley,” Bishop Leonard Scott

“Everlasting Salvation For Zion,” cont’d, Isaiah 51:9) Awake, Awake, Put On Strength, O Arm Of The Lord, Awake, As In The Ancient Days, In The Generations Of Old.  Art Thou Not It That Hath Cut Rahab, And Wounded The Dragon?  Ezekiel 29:3.  10) Art Thou Not It Which Hath Dried The Sea, The Waters Of The Great Deep; That Hath Made The Depths Of The Sea A Way For The Ransomed To Pass Over?  Exodus 14:21.  11) Therefore The Redeemed Of The Lord Shall Return, And Come With Singing Unto Zion; And Everlasting Joy Shall Be Upon Their Head:  They Shall Obtain Gladness And Joy; And Sorrow And Mourning Shall Flee Away.  12) I, Even I, Am He That Comforteth You:  who art thou, that thou shouldest be afraid of a man that shall die, and of the son of man which shall be made grass.  2 Corinthians 1:3; 1 Peter 1:24.  13) And Forgettest The Lord, Thy Maker, That Hath Stretched Forth The Heavens, And Laid The Foundations Of The Earth; and hast feared continually every day because of the fury of the oppressor, as if he were ready to destroy?  and where is the fury of the oppressor?  Job 20:7.  14) The captive exile hasteneth that he may be loosed, and that he should not die in the pit, nor that his bread should fail.  15) But I Am The Lord Thy God, That Divided The Sea, Whose Waves Roared:  The Lord Of Hosts Is His Name.  Exodus 14:21; Psalm 74:13.  16) And I Have Put My Words In Thy Mouth, And I Have Covered Thee In The Shadow Of Mine Hand, That I May Plant The Heavens, And Lay The Foundations Of The Earth, And Say Unto Zion, Thou Art My people. John 3:34.

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v9, Awake implies that The Lord Appeared To Be Asleep (40:27; Psalm 44:23).  Isaiah’s Prayer Is Based On God’s Promise (50:2), and Addressed To God’s Strong Arm (41:10; 51:5).  Rahab was a mythical serpent that resisted God’s Creation Of The Universe.  v10, 11, The Lord’s Miracle At The Red Sea (Exodus 14:21, 22) is probably represented by the imagery of a pagan myth in which the sea opposed The Creating Deity.  The probable allusion is supported by the … deep, a term used for the primeval chaotic waters of Genesis 1:2.  v12, The Lord Responds To The Double Imperative of v. 9, “Awake, awake,” with the double pronoun I, Even I.  v13, oppressor;  For a graphic depiction of the punishment of Israel’s oppressors, see 49:26.  v14, Captive exile literally refers to the exiles in Babylon.  v15, Who Divided The Sea … roared:   The sea represents all that is evil and in Opposition To The Lord (Psalm 93).  v16, Your mouth refers to The Words Of The Servant (41:9; 44:26; 50:4).

Quest Study Bible – v9, “Rahab … that monster,”  A sea monster in ancient mythology, Rahab also became a name for Egypt (30:7).  In This Description Of God’s Power, it could mean either or both.  According to the Babylonian creation myth, the god Marduk cut a monster in two, dividing Heaven and earth.  Here the Prophet may be implying that it was Really The God Of The Jews Who Did That.  v10, SCRIPTURE LINK (51:10), See Exodus 14:29.  The Prophet Begs The Lord To Act Again As He Did When He Parted The Red Sea.

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v9-16, The People Whom Christ Has Redeemed With His Blood, As Well As By His Power, Will Obtain Joyful Deliverance From Every Enemy.  He That Designs Such Joy For Us At Last, Will He Not Work Such Deliverance In The Mean Time, As Our Cases Require?  In this world of changes, it is a short step from joy to sorrow, But In That World (The New Heaven And Earth), Sorrow Shall Never Come In View.  They Prayed For The Display Of God’s Power; He Answers Them With Consolations Of His Grace.  (Do) We Dread To Sin Against God, We Should Not Fear The Frowns Of Men.  Happy Is The Man That Fears God Always.  And Christ’s Church Shall Enjoy Security By The Power And Providence Of The Almighty.  Amen. 

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