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

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GTR Praise Team – Fill Me Up, Maranda Curtis Willis

“Everlasting Salvation For Zion,” Isaiah 51:1) Hearken Unto Me, Ye That Follow After Righteousness, Ye That Seek The Lord:  Look Unto The Rock Whence Ye Are Hewn, And To The Hole Of The Pit Whence Ye Are Digged.  Matthew 6:33; Romans 9:30.  2) Look unto Abraham your father, and unto Sarah that bare you:  For I Called him alone, And Blessed Him, And Increased Him.  3) For The Lord Shall Comfort Zion:  He Will Comfort All Her Waste Places; And He Will Make Her Wilderness Like Eden, And Her Desert Like The Garden Of The Lord; Joy And Gladness Shall Be Found Therein, Thanksgiving, And The Voice Of melody.  Hebrews 11:11.  4) Hearken Unto Me, My People, And Give Ear Unto Me, O My Nation:  For A Law Shall Proceed From Me, And I Will Make My Judgment To Rest For A Light Of The People.  5) My Righteousness Is Near; My Salvation Is Gone Forth, And Mine Arms Shall Judge The People; The Isles Shall Wait Upon Me, And On Mine Arm Shall They Trust.  6) Lift up your eyes to the Heavens, and look upon the earth beneath:  for the Heavens shall vanish away like smoke, and the earth shall wax old like a garment, and they that dwell therein shall die in like manner:  But My Salvation Shall Be For Ever, And My Righteousness Shall Not Be Abolished.  Matthew 24:35; 2 Peter 3:10.  7) Hearken Unto me, Ye That Know Righteousness, The People In Whose Heart Is My Law; Fear Ye Not The Reproach Of Men, Neither Be Ye Afraid Of Their Revilings.  8) For the moth shall eat them up like a garment, and the worm shall eat them like wool:  But My Righteousness Shall Be For Ever, And My Salvation From Generation To Generation.  

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v1, 2, Look links the metaphor of v. 1 with its interpretation in v. 2.  The metaphors (a figure of speech) rock and pit are interpreted in v. 2 as referring to Abraham and Sarah.  v3, Zion replaced Eden.  Both were places of Fellowship With God, Free From Sin, And Guarded By Cherubim.  v4, The Servant Is The Light Of The peoples (42:6; 49:6; John 3:17, 18).   v5, The Day Of The Lord Is Near.  wait:  The verb translated wait has to do with confident expectation and active Hope (40:31; Psalm 40:1).  v6, The old cosmos will vanish away and grow old (34:4; Hebrews 1:10, 11), and those who dwell in it will die (v. 8).  Righteousness, a synonym (means the same) for Salvation in (Israel) will last forever (45:17; 56:1).  v7, In whose heart is My Law refers to those that are Bound To God By The Provisions Of The New Covenant (42:6; Jeremiah 31:33).  The reproach of the Exiles Anticipates The Rejection Of The Servant (50:4-11).  v8, Righteousness … Forever … Salvation:  The Interrelationship of Salvation, Righteousness and eternity can also be seen in v. 6.

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v1-3, It Is Good For Those Privileged To The New Birth, To Consider That They Were Shapen In Sin.  This should cause low thoughts of ourselves, And High Thoughts Of Divine Grace.  It Is The Greatest Comfort To Be Made Serviceable To The Glory Of God.  The More Holiness Men Have, And The More Good They Do, The More Gladness They Have.  Let Us Seriously Reflect Upon Our Guilt.  To Do So Will Tend To Keep The Heart Humble, And The Conscience Awake And Tender.  They Make Christ More Precious To The Soul, And Give Strength To Our Attempts And Prayers For Others.  v4-8, The Gospel Of Christ Shall Be Preached And Published.  How Shall We Escape If We Neglect It?  There Is No Salvation Without Righteousness.  The Soul Shall, As To This World, Vanish Like Smoke, And The Body Be Thrown (Out) Like A Worn-out Garment.  But Those Whose Happiness Is In Christ’s Righteousness And Salvation, Will Have The Comfort Of It When Time And Days Shall Be No More.  Clouds darken the sun, but do not stop its course.  The Believer Will Enjoy his Portion, While Revilers Of Christ Are In Darkness.

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