“Glory To The Lamb Jesus”/Isaiah 62, “Zion’s New Name,” cont’d

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“Grateful,” Hezekiah Walker

Zion, historically, Zion was the rock out-cropping between two valleys in Jerusalem.  Later, the Term came to mean the entire western ridge of early Jerusalem, and still later, to Jerusalem, itself (Psalm 126:1).  This area was originally inhabited by the Jebusites (II Samuel 5:7), later becoming the City of David.  Here David Consecrated his palace, acquired the threshing floor of Araunah (II Samuel 24:16), there erected an Altar, and there Solomon built HIS (GOD”S) TEMPLE.  Spiritually, the Term applies to the City of David (I Chronicles 11;5), to The Church Of GOD (Isaiah 2:3; Hebrews 11:10; 12:22).  And to The Heavenly City (Hebrews 12:22-24).

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“Zion’s New Name,” cont’d, Isaiah 62:6) I Have Set Watchman Upon Thy Walls, O Jerusalem, Which Shall Never Hold Their Peace Day Or Night:  Ye That Make Mention Of THE LORD, Keep Not Silence.  7) And Give HIM No Rest, Till HE Establish, And Till HE Make Jerusalem A Praise In The Earth.  8) THE LORD HATH SWORN BY HIS RIGHT HAND, AND BY THE ARM OF HIS STRENGTH, SURELY I WILL NO MORE GIVE THY CORN TO BE MEAT FOR THINE ENEMIES; AND THE SONS OF THE STRANGER SHALL NOT DRINK THY WINE, FOR THE WHICH THOU HAST LABOURED.  9) But they that have gathered it shall eat it, and Praise THE LORD; and they that have brought it together shall drink it in The Courts Of MY HOLINESS.

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v6, 7, I refers to THE LORD (vv. 1, 8).  Watchmen refers to Prophets (56:10).  You who make mention of THE LORD is Isaiah’s synonym (meaning the same thing) for “watchmen” and shows that the Prophets were intercessors.  The phrases do not keep silent and give HIM no rest relate the Prophets’ Prayer to THE LORD’S Promises in v. 1 (see 64:12; 65:6).  v8, no longer:  This phrase gives Assurance that The Covenantal Blessings will outlast the curses.  v9, in MY Holy Courts:  This phrase anticipates the rebuilding of THE HOLY TEMPLE (Leviticus 23:39, 40; Deuteronomy 12:17, 18; 14:22-27; 16:9-17).

Quest Study Bible – v7, “Can we Tire GOD Out with our prayers?”  No.  But The Bible Sometimes Pictures GOD As Having Physical Human Characteristics.  This Verse simply urges GOD”S People To Pray Until Their Prayers Are Answered.  Though Prayers do not Literally Wear GOD Out, HE DOES RESPOND TO PERSISTENCE (Luke 18:1-8).

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v6-9, GOD’S Professing People Must Be A Praying People.  HE Is Not Displeased With Us For Being Earnest, As Men Commonly Are; HE Bids Us To Cry After HIM, And Give HIM No Rest.  Luke 11:5-6.  It Is A Sign That GOD Is Coming To A People In MERCY, WHEN HE POURS OUT A SPIRIT OF PRAYER UPON THEM.  See how uncertain our creature comforts are.  See Also GOD’S MERCY In Giving Plenty, And PEACE To Enjoy It.  Let Us Delight In Attending THE COURTS OF THE LORD, THAT WE MAY ENJOY THE CONSOLATIONS OF HIS SPIRIT.   


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