Isaiah: Practiced Righteousness.

“For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not be quiet, until her righteousness goes forth as brightness, and her salvation as a burning torch. The nations shall see your righteousness, and all the kings your glory, and you shall be called by a new name that the mouth of the Lord will give. You shall be a crown of beauty in the hand of the Lord, and a royal diadem in the hand of your God. You shall no more be termed Forsaken, and your land shall no more be termed Desolate, but you shall be called My Delight Is in Her, and your land Married; for the Lord delights in you, and your land shall be married. For as a young man marries a young woman, so shall your sons marry you, and as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, so shall your God rejoice over you” (Isaiah 62:1-5).

The words of the Prophet Isaiah concerning practical righteousness and holiness in 62:1-5 are established upon the LORD’s imputed righteousness which Isaiah spoke of in 61:10-11 when he said, 10 “I will greatly rejoice in the Lord; my soul shall exult in my God, for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation; he has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself like a priest with a beautiful headdress, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. 11 For as the earth brings forth its sprouts, and as a garden causes what is sown in it to sprout up, so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise to sprout up before all the nations.”

What God’s people are in position is to be displayed and practiced in the daily task of living.

Ephesians 2:10 says, “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”  

James 2:14-17 says, “14 What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? 17 So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.

Isaiah indicates that he will not cease to preach and herald God’s Word for the sake of God’s people. His ultimate desire is to see in his lifetime God’s people displaying their imputed righteousness from God in their daily practice of living life. When the nations witness such integrity of godliness from godly people, God will uniquely bless them. He will give them a new name. God’s people will no longer be known as Forsaken and Desolate. Rather, God will call them My Delight Is in Her (Hephzibah) and the LORD shall call the land Married (Beulah).

Dr. Don Carson writes, “This is another poem in the series (beginning at 49:14, ending with 66:7–16) that depicts Zion as a woman yearning for her husband and family. But here the stress is on God’s side of the reunion: the energy of his will (1a); the height (1b) and width (2) of his ambition for her; the pride he takes in perfecting her (3); his joy in bringing home the outcast (4a); and the central mystery—that this is not philanthropy but ardent love (4b, 5b).”

Rejoice today that God takes delight in you and that you are the bride of Christ. Thank Him for His ardent love.

Soli deo Gloria!

 

 

 

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