“Glory To The Lamb Jesus”/Isaiah 52, “The Cup Of The Lord’s Wrath,” cont’d

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“Glory To The Lamb,” Geoffrey Golden

“The Cup Of The Lord’s Wrath,” cont’d, Isaiah 52:1) Awake, Awake; put on thy strength, O Zion; put on thy beautiful garments, O Jerusalem:  loose thyself from the bands of thy neck, O captive daughter of Zion.  Zechariah 2:7.  2) Shake thyself from the dust; arise, and sit down, O Jerusalem:  loose thyself from the bands of thy neck, O captive daughter of Zion.  Zechariah 2:7.  3) For Thus Saith The Lord, Ye Have Sold Yourselves For Nought; And Ye Shall Be Redeemed Without Money.  Psalm 45:12; 1 Peter 1:18.  4) For Thus Saith The Lord GOD, My People Went Down Aforetime Into Egypt To Sojourn There; And The Assyrian Oppressed Them Without Cause.  5) Now Therefore, What Have I Here, Saith The Lord, That My People Is Taken Away For Nought?  They That Rule Over Them Make Them To Howl, Saith The Lord; And My Name Continually Every Day Is Blasphemed.  Romans 2:24.  6) Therefore My people Shall Know My Name:  Therefore They Shall Know In That Day That I Am He That Doth Speak:  Behold, It Is I.  7) How Beautiful Upon The Mountains Are The Feet Of him That Bringeth Good Tidings, That Publisheth Peace; That Bringeth Good Tidings Of Good, That Publisheth Salvation; That Saith Unto Zion, Thy God Reigneth!  8) Thy watchmen shall lift up the voice; with the voice together shall they sing; for they shall see eye to eye, When The Lord Shall Bring Again Zion.  Zephaniah 3:9.  9) Break forth into Joy, sing together, ye waste places of Jerusalem:  For The Lord Hath Conforted His People, He Hath Redeemed Jerusalem.  10) The Lord Hath Made Bare His Holy Arm In The Eyes Of All The Nations; And All The Ends Of The Earth Shall See The Salvation Of Our God.  Luke 3:6.  11) Depart ye, depart ye, go ye out from thence, touch no unclean thing; go ye out of the midst of her; Be Ye Clean, That Bear The Vessels Of The Lord.  12) For ye shall not go out with haste, nor go by flight:  For The Lord Will Go Before You; And The God Of Israel Will Be Your Reward.  

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v1, Holy city contrasts with uncircumcised and unclean Babylon.  Jerusalem (1:8; 40:1, 9) is commanded to awake because she is forever free of her despicable oppressors.  Zion:  The exiles are identified by their home city (40:1, 9).  Zion’s strength is like beautiful garments that adorn a queen mother (61:10).  v2, 3, Arise … sit down evokes the image of a queen ascending her throne.  Loose yourself:  For similar images of freed captives, see 42:7; 48:20; 51:14.  v4, to dwell there:  The wording suggests that Israel was dependent on Egypt’s hospitality; but the text suggests that the Egyptians betrayed that trust.  Without cause means that Israel had not wronged either Egypt or Assyria.  v5, God’s Justice Demands That Those Who Make Israel Wail Will Be Punished.   v6, Know My Name:   The Lord Glorifies His Name By Predicting And Fulfilling The Promise Of Redemption Pledged In v. 3.  v7, The vision of the feet of the one who runs across mountains to the city waiting for good news or glad tidings.  The Message Your God Reigns Stands Behind All His History.  v8, Your watchmen refers to those who long for Salvation (21:11; 62;6).  v9, 10 The Lord Has Made Bare His Holy Arm In Order To Fight Majestically.  v11, In the first Exodus, Israel carried out silver and gold from Egypt; in the second Exodus, the Priestly nation would bear the vessels made from those elements (2 Kings 25:14, 15; Ezra 1:7-11; 5:14, 15).  v12, Before and Rear Guard are allusions to the Pillar and Fire That Protected Israel.  The Lord … The God Of Israel:  The Pillar Of Cloud And Fire Actually Stood For The Lord Himself (Exodus 33:9-11).

Quest Study Bible – v1, “Uncircumcised,”   See article:  “Why Did God Command Circumcision?”  (Genesis 17:10).  v7, “What’s so beautiful about feet?”   It is beautiful to see the running of a bringer of good news, because we anticipate the good news.  This poetic device focuses on one aspect of a beautiful situation.  v10, “Why Did God Bare His Arm?”  Throughout The Bible, God’s Arm Is Associated With His Great Power.  So When He Lay[s] Bare His Holy Arm, He Is Fact “Rolling Up His Sleeves” To Do Something Powerful—Namely, To Redeem His People.  v11, “Vessels Of The Lord,”   Lamp Stands, Lamps, Wick Trimmers, Trays, Basins, Jars—Items used in The Temple Rituals (Numbers 4:9).   These were regarded as Holy and put in the charge of Priests and Levites, who were Specially Consecrated (Leviticus 21). 

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v1-12, The Gospel Proclaims Liberty To Those Bound With Fears.  Let those who are weary and heavy laden under the burden of sin, Find Relief In Christ, shake themselves from the dust of their doubts and fears, and loose themselves from those bands.  The Price Paid By The Redeemer For Our Salvation, Was Not Silver Or Gold, Or Corruptible Things, But His Own Precious Blood.  Considering The Freeness Of This Salvation, and how hurtful to temporal comfort sins are, We Shall More Value The Redemption Which Is In Christ.  Do we seek victory over every sin, recollecting that The Glory of God Requires Holiness In Every Follower Of Christ?  The Good News Is, That The Lord Jesus Reigns.  Christ Himself Brought These Tidings First.  His Ministers Proclaim These Good Tidings:  Keeping Themselves Clean From The Pollution’s Of The World, They Are Beautiful To Those To Whom They Are Sent.  Zion’s watchmen could scarcely discern anything of God’s Favor through the dark cloud of their afflictions; but now the cloud is scattered, they shall plainly see The Performance.  Zion’s waste places shall then rejoice; all the world will have the benefit.  This Is Applied To Our Salvation By Christ.  Babylon is no place for Israelites.  And It Is A Call To All In The Bondage Of Sin And Satan, To Use The Liberty Christ Has Proclaimed.  They were to go with diligent haste, not to lose time nor linger; but they were not to go with distrustful haste.  Those In The Way Of Duty, Are Under God’s Special Protection; And He That Believes This, Will Not Hasten For (or Because Of) Fear.    

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