Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Zion's Liberty (Part V)

"I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels. For as the earth bringeth forth her bud, and as the garden causeth the things that are sown in it to spring forth; so the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations." 
(Isaiah 61:10-11)

In the opening verses, the Servant-Savior was speaking; but here, Israel is the speaker, or perhaps Isaiah speaks on behalf of Israel. Israel's marriage to God is the primary focus. The passage opens with exuberant joy. The Hebrew verb behind rejoice is intensified by the presence of an infinitive. Israel's deliverance from sin and oppression is cause for all to rejoice. The Hiphil form of the Hebrew verb behind clothed focuses on the subject performing the action. Only God can clothe an individual with righteousness. The righteousness of human works cannot prepare a person to meet God (Isaiah 64:6). A man's salvation must come from God alone. Isaiah pictures God's righteousness as a robe which covers one's nakedness (Revelation 3:18). This divine righteousness is obtained through humble faith in Jesus' work on Calvary. Israel's national redemption will become a reality upon Christ's return when each surviving Jew turns in faith to Jesus the Messiah (Zechariah 12:10-13:1). The Messiah, Who has been made sin for every man, will make each Israelite the righteousness of God when their hearts are turned to Him in faith (II Corinthians 5:21). In that day, the nation of Israel will be permanently wedded to God.

Verse eleven reiterates the fact that salvation and its resultant righteousness and praise is the work of God alone. For centuries, Israel has attempted to deliver herself. She has struggled to release herself from the bondage of her enemies and from the bondage of her sin, but she has failed. When brought to the end of herself, the Lord Jesus Christ will redeem her. This miraculous work will be known throughout the entire world, and every nation will come to the Millennial Jerusalem to see what great things God has done!

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