“Your Presence Is Heaven To Me,” Isaiah Houghton
“Alpha And Omega,” Isaiah Houghton
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,” Isaiah 62:1) For Zion’s Sake WILL I NOT HOLD MY PEACE, And For Jerusalem’s Sake I WILL NOT REST, Until The Righteousness Thereof Go Forth As Brightness, And The Salvation Thereof As A Lamp That Burneth. 2) And the Gentiles shall see thy Righteousness, and all kings thy Glory: and thou shalt be called by a New Name, Which THE MOUTH OF THE LORD SHALL NAME. 3) Thou shalt also be a Crown of Glory IN THE HAND OF THE LORD, and a Royal Diadem (Jewel, Crown) IN THE HAND OF THY GOD. Zechariah 9:16. 4) Thou shalt no more be termed Forsaken; neither shall thy land any more be termed Desolate: but thou shalt be called Hephzibah (That is, MY Delight Is In Her), and thy land Beulah (meaning Married): For THE LORD Delighteth in thee, and thy land shall be married. 5) For as a young man marrieth a virgin, so shall thy sons marry thee: and as the bridegroom Rejoiceth over the bride, so shall thy GOD Rejoice over thee.
Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v1, 2, The repetition of Righteousness (v. 1) shows that THE DIVINE ORACLE and the Prophet’s comments are linked. A new name signifies a new status. v3, Zion is a Crown of Glory, or Royal Diadem, IN THE HAND OF THE LORD. v4, 5, The words Forsaken and Desolate are symbolic names for Jerusalem under Judgment. Hephzibah (MY Delight is in her) and Beulah (Married) are symbolic names denoting Blessing.
Quest Study Bile – v4, “Why the new names?” In ancient times, names were used to do much more than to identify a person. Names revealed something about people—their characteristics, for example, or the circumstances surrounding their lives. Changing names was a vivid way to express a change in circumstances. See NIV text notes for the meanings. Also see “Why give a name like this to a child?” (8:3). v4, “How can land be married?” In a figurative sense. Since marriage was considered a Blessing, this was a Picture of GOD”S Blessings upon the People of GOD who lived in the land. This Promise was especially significant to people who had been described as childless widows (54:1, 4-5). v5, “Why use incest to Picture GOD’S Blessings?” Metaphors (a figure of speech used to refer to another thing) have limitations and this one was probably not meant to be stretched too far. The word sons may have meant Builder (see NIV text note). The word marry may mean take possession of. This was simply a picture of the people of THE LORD returning to Jerusalem and loving and caring for that city as their own.
Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v1-5, THE SON OF GOD Here Assures HIS CHURCH Of HIS UNFAILING LOVE, And HIS PLEADING For Her Under All Trials And Difficulties. She shall be called by a New Name, a Pleasant Name, such as She was never called by before. The State of True Religion In The World, Before The Preaching Of THE GOSPEL, no man seemed to have any real concern for GOD, By HIS GRACE, Has Wrought That (Worked A Good Work Through THE CROSS) In HIS CHURCH, WHICH MAKES HER HIS DELIGHT. Let us thence learn Motives (Reasons) To HOLINESS. If THE LORD Rejoices Over Us, WE SHOULD REJOICE IN HIS SERVICE (HIS WILL IN AND FOR OUR LIVES).