“Glory To The Lamb Jesus”/Isaiah 66, “Judgment and Hope,” cont’d

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“Be Blessed,” Yolanda Adams  

  “Judgment and Hope,” cont’d, Isaiah 66:5) HEAR THE WORD OF THE LORD, Ye That Tremble At HIS WORD; Your brethren that hated you, that cast you out for MY NAME’S SAKE, said, LET THE LORD BE GLORIFIED;  But HE SHALL APPEAR To Your Joy, and they shall be ashamed.  2 Thessalonians 1:10; Titus 2:13.  6) A voice of noise from the city, a voice from The Temple, A VOICE OF THE LORD THAT RENDERETH RECOMPENCE TO HIS ENEMIES (REPAYING HIS ENEMIES).  7) Before she travailed, she brought forth; before her pain came, she was delivered of a man child.  8) Who hath heard such a thing?  who hath seen such things?  Shall the earth be made to bring forth in one day?  or shall a nation be born at once?  for as soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children.  9) SHALL I BRING TO THE BIRTH, AND NOT CAUSE TO BRING FORTH?  SAITH THE LORD:  SHALL I CAUSE TO BRING FORTH, AND SHUT THE WOMB?  SAITH THY GOD.  10) Rejoice ye with Jerusalem, and be glad with her, all ye that love her:  Rejoice For Joy with her, all ye that mourn for her:

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v5, Your brethren who hated you:  These Words intensify the opposition encountered in ch. 65.  LET THE LORD BE GLORIFIED   represents the false worshipers hypocritical righteousness (v. 17).  Cast … out of THE TEMPLE, the True Worshipers went into the world and brought back Gentiles (v. 18).  Joy is spoken sarcastically (Psalm 22:8).  The persecutors shall be ashamed and the persecuted shall “Rejoice” (v. 10).   v6, Isaiah heard the sound of battle noise proceeding from the city and THE TEMPLE (13:4).  HIS enemies refers to the self-righteous idolaters persecuting GOD’S servants.  v7, 8, Before she … gave birth represents the birth of the community from the cast-out worshipers as coming so quickly that it will be without pain.  At times, Zion is pictured as the daughter of THE LORD here she is the mother of HIS PEOPLE.  The MALE CHILD and her children may refer to CHRIST AND HIS CHURCH.  v9, 10, The rhetorical questions introduced by the words SHALL I Guarantee The Prophecy of vv. 7, 8.  GOD FINISHES WHAT HE BEGINS (Philippians 1:6).

Quest Study Bible – v8, “Has Zion given birth to a nation?”  Yes.  The city of Jerusalem gives birth to Israel with THE LORD AS THE MIDWIFE (v. 9).  Isaiah uses many images and metaphors (figure of speech).  Earlier he compares THE LORD to a woman giving birth to the nation of Israel (42:14).  Here, Isaiah promises a quick and effortless delivery, contrary to what one would expect.  When Cyrus of Persia allowed the Jews to return and rebuild Jerusalem (538 B. C.), it was a Miraculous Rebirth of the nation.  Also see “How Did GOD Give HIS People Splendor?”  (55:5).  

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v5-14, The Prophet Turns To Those That Trembled In GOD’S WORD, To Comfort And Encourage Them.  THE LORD WILL APPEAR, TO THE JOY OF THE HUMBLE BELIEVER, AND TO THE CONFUSION OF HYPOCRITES AND PERSECUTORS.  WHEN THE SPIRIT WAS POURED OUT, AND THE GOSPEL WENT FORTH FROM ZION, MULTITUDES WERE CONVERTED IN A LITTLE TIME.  THE WORD OF GOD, ESPECIALLY HIS PROMISES, AND ORDINANCES, A(RE) CONSOLATIONS OF THE CHURCH.  The True Happiness Of All Christians Is Increased By Every Convert Brought To CHRIST.  THE GOSPEL BRINGS WITH IT, WHEREVER IT IS RECEIVED IN ITS POWER, SUCH A RIVER OF PEACE, AS WILL CARRY US TO THE OCEAN OF BOUNDLESS AND ENDLESS BLISS.  DIVINE Comforts Reach The Inward Man; THE JOY OF THE LORD WILL BE THE STRENGTH OF THE BELIEVER.  BOTH GOD’S MERCY AND HIS JUSTICE SHALL BE MANIFESTED, AND FOREVER MAGNIFIED.  Amen. 

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