62 Isaiah / Part 2 (11)

Faith to keep on running

Isaiah 52:1-12
Hebrews 12:1-3
T Beautiful clothes

 I felt this text of this morning is preface of the fourth song of "song of a servant". Before beginning the fourth song (from 52:13 to 53:12) of a song climax of a servant, I want to hear it from here.

 It becomes slightly complicated, but, in this point linking Chapter 51, I will try to easily watch context of that around in the beginning. There is it in 51:1 "Listen to me, you who purse righteousness", and a promise from God to us is told in Verse 1-8. Israel replies to that words of God. "Awake, awake, put on strength, O arm of the Lord;...", it is from 51:9-10. The reply / declaration from God to Israel, it is told again at 51:11-52:6. It will be an answer for Israeli prayer / cry. And "a paean of joy" of 52:7-12 seems the testimony of prophet himself. This joy is joy of "All the ends of the earth may see the salvation of our God."(52:10), but, this salvation is told extremely concretely in "a song of servant / the fourth song". In fact, I must take up the text that declaration of God / an advice of God (52:1 -6) and testimony of a prophet (52:7 -12) is piled up, but, because it was too large-scale, I reduced it a little this morning. It is from 52:1.

"Awake, awake, clothe yourself in your strength, O Zion;"(52:1) This falls on the thing that I introduced now wonderfully, "Awake, awake, put on strength, O arm of te Lord,"(51:9). Surely, it is for irritation of the promise of the Lord being late that Israel says to God "Awake, awake", and it becomes their prayer and cry. However, "It is not Me that sleep, but, you", such a thought seems to be put. Therefore, it is felt that he demanded us to trust God by the same words. "Sleep", it will be thought the state that they have lost trust to God. When they lose trust to God, Israel does not have power. Almost the present age, while having a powerful weapon of nucleuses, I think, we cannot obtain peace to pray for. "Not to have power", it seems to be such a state. "Clothe yourself in your beautiful garments,"(1), and there is it. But the "strength" said "clothe" is expressed in other words with "beautiful clothes". Will not it be the claim that there is power to clothes, not dirty armament with blood? "Shake yourself from the dust, rise up,"(3), and there is it in Verse 3. The dust is a crime, and it will be to wear power of power / God to wear the beautiful clothes which paid the difference by the crime. How do you pay the difference by a crime, it rises as the greatest problem that a prophet stares at?

U To people of God?

 This place can hear the words applied to "Zion / Jerusalem", and surely this Jerusalem will be Jerusalem in our inside rather than historical geographical Jerusalem. Isaiah flew over a real Israeli race from the past, and he watched people expiated with by God / new Israel in a foreigner. Jerusalem is really that "new Israel". Therefore I hear the salvation of God is told to there, it is more higher than political religious recovery. We of the present age must hear the salvation that Isaiah stares at......

 "You were sold for nothing and you will be redeemed without money."(3) At Verse 50:1, God said "I do not remember that I sold you". "Or to whom of My creditors did I sell you? Behold, you were sold for your iniquities,", and in here the clear claim "You left the Lord by your crime" is seen, but, God insisted on proprietary rights of the people whom "were sold for nothing", and declared that He got it back legally, it is said to be "buy it back without paying money" and to be "atone". Surely Israel which was formerly people of captivity in Egypt having been done with a slave unfairly, and an event of north Israel kingdom captivity by Assyria(4), they will promote attention to remember God who began to expiate it with from there. And that suffering may be warning to continue to an event of Babylon captivity. It sounds like the declaration that "it needs not to be counted by my people, if you shun a plan of such God", too. "Which people are you going to become? You pay the difference by a crime and become people of God, or, become the person whom you despise God, and do selfish way of life?" Isaiah seems to picture two kinds of people here. Will not it be modern itself? If you wake up and pay attention to what God does, you may take existence of God close, who said "I am here".

V Faith to keep on running

 To the people who confess that God is the Lord of salvation and He is right near, this prophet suggests to "sing a paean of joy together" and he will begin this overture of "song of a servant / the fourth song". "How lovely on the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who announces peace and brings good news of happiness, who announces salvation, and says to Zion, 'Your God reigns!'"(7) The mountains call that news was conveyed aloud from a hill in those days. Because it was quite good news, a messenger would be satisfied with it, too. With "Listen! Your watchmen lift up their voices, they shout joyfully together; for they will see with their own eyes when the Lord restores Zion."(8) "Your God reigns!", "The Lord restores Zion.", this points at the Messiah. It will be said that watchmen on a castle wall watch the Messiah who enters Jerusalem as King. Does not this let an article that Jesus rode the young donkey, and entered a fortress in Jerusalem,(Matthew Chapter 21) occur to us?

 "Break forth, shout joyfully together, you waste places of Jerusalem; for the Lord has comforted His people, He has redeemed Jerusalem. The Lord has bared His hoy arm in the sight of all the nations, that all the ends of the earth may see the salvation of our God."(9-10) "You waste places of Jerusalem;", the Jerusalem destruction by Babylon on BC586 year were surely that it was described as the ruins, but doubt is left. "A watch people" seems less necessary on the castle wall which became useless. A watch people shows the times when a castle wall was still there. Isaiah will look at the ruin in the inside of people of that time. And it is known that the ruin is common to our inside of the present age. If it is, a scene, "That all the ends of the earth may see the salvation of our God.", seems to agree in the church times when the Gospel of Jesus conveyed. However, perhaps Isaiah will stare at more more former times.

 "Depart, depart, go out from there, touch nothing unclean; go out of the midst of her, purify yourselves, you who carry the vessels of the Lord. But you will not go out in haste, nor will you go as fugitives; for the Lord will go before you, and the God of Israel will be your rear guard."(11-12) This is an escape drama of people of God of Exodus, but, will it be escape from where to where? A certain person imagines it to be a figure of person liberated from a crime and he walks a road of salvation toward the capital of God. Surely it will be right. Is not it a scene of the end? There is it "But you will not go out in haste,". Jesus who entered Jerusalem as a King at the event of the cross, but, He will enter magnificently the same golden gate opened as a King once again.(Ezekiel 44:2). And people of faith will go about the trace, too. Isaiah stares at that scene. Surely such end desired will begin with a cross of Jesus. Faith to believe Jesus is still the middle of the step. While cheered up by the Lord, we want to continue walking it aiming at completion.