72 Isaiah / Part 2 (21)

Raise up a flag of the Lord

Isaiah 62:1-12
Revelation 21:1-5
T Behold! Your salvation

 At Verse 1 (this is the words of the Lord oneself. But, it will be thought the words of this prophet from Verse 2), and there is it, "For Zion's sake I will not keep silent, and for Jerusalem's sake I will not keep quiet,". Even if this is declaration of the Lord oneself, the same declaration rolls up people hearing words of the Lord in Verze 6, and it is repeated. This will be the central subjects of Chapter 62. When it is said "I will not keep silent", two center points will be risen, what did He tell or not, and why did He not it. The second subject is hidden in Chapter 62, but, it is written at 59:1, "Behold, the Lord's hand is not so short that it cannot save; neither is His ear so dull that it cannot hear, but your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He does not hear.". "Do not hear", it was the most central reason for "keeping silent". A crime of people (we), it was only the greatest cause which was said "keep silent" and "don't hear" by the Lord. Will not it apply to the relation with God and us of the present age either? There is it at 59:11 thus, "We hope for salvation, but it is far from us.". I hear it, even if we will pick off a blessing of God while doing selfish way of life, so that it is said that it is not available. It is separated from our way of life distantly. It will be not to live an excellent life morally, but to leave a crime is to scarcely recognize God above all? For modern people, it seems that is missing crucially.

 If we understand this "keeps silent" of the Lord, we can hear this central subjects "keep silent" of Chapter 62, extremely near to us. This declares the blessing of salvation in 11-12. "Say to a daughter of Zion, 'Lo, your salvation comes; behold His reward is with Him, and His recompense before Him.' And they will call them, 'The holy people, the redeemed of the Lord', and you will be called, 'Sought out, a city not forsaken.'" The salvation eclipsed "in the distance" at 59:11 is declared that it "comes" as a blessing of the Lord. "Go through, go through the gates;", perhaps this words which is in Verse 10 will point at the golden gate which is still in Jerusalem now, and it was closed in the 15th century by Great emperor Suleiman of Turkey, as it was said at Ezekiel 44:1. Would this prophet watch that Jesus became passing through there when He was hung on the cross between illusions? I hear a message of Isaiah here when "the salvation" becomes passing there.

U In a capital of God

 By the way, the object to be called "you" in this chapter is Jerusalem, but, would this prophet Isaiah watch Jerusalem that was destroyed in Babylon, and went to ruin between illusions? That event became reality one hundred years later. He tells that Jerusalem that went to ruin revives brilliantly. "Nor to your land will it any longer be said,'Desolate'"(4). It may be thought that the narrator of after Verse 2 is Isaiah himself. However, there is it, "And you will be called by a new name, which the mouth of the Lord will designate. You will also be a crown of beauty in the hand of the Lord, and a royal diadem in the hand of your God."(2-3), and that revival is not the town which seems to be a dirty melting pot in a crime of ex-Israel and rebuilt it, but it is new Jerusalem at all. "For as a young man marries a virgin, so your sons will marry you; and as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, so your God will rejoice over you."(5), and it is piled up in scenery of the end which is in "the marriage of a lamb" (Chapter 21) in Revelation. "And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, 'Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He shall dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself shall be among them, and He shall wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there shall no longer be any death; there shall no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.' And He who sits on the throne said, 'Behold, I am making all things new.' And He said 'Write, for these words are faithful and true.'"(2-5) New Jerusalem is the sacred capital where atoned people are invited by the Lord. It may be said where we live with God. I wish that you may learn the happiness invited to this place by this message.

V Raise up a flag of the Lord

 There is it in Verse 6, "On your walls, O Jerusalem, I have appointed watchmen; all day and all night they will never keep silent.". Perhaps as same as Verse 1, this seems the words that the Lord Himself told, but, also it seems that He issued written appeal, "they will never keep silent", rolling up the people who hear the words of the Lord to the declaration of salvation which the Lord said "keep silent". However, because this "watchmen" was the plural form, it seems that it points at prophets, and because, as for these words, it was used only here, only Isaiah would hear this manifesto of the Lord. He heard this manifesto and appealed to prophets of fellow workers. "You who remind the Lord, take no rest for yourselves; and give Him no rest until He establishes and makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth."(6-7) The duties of the people who have been caught for words of God named a prophet were to convey the message to people, and particularly as Verse 7 translated it definitely, it was not to make the Lord "fell silence" again. Surely will not it be said that God continues telling it because there are people hearing words of God? To stare at God, it was the most important part of their duties as "watchmen". Prophet Habakkuk after about 70 from Isaiah described it more clearly. "I will stand on my guard post and station myself on the rampart; and I will keep watch to see what He will speak to me, and how I may reply when I am reproved." (2:1) It would seem to be able to say so, because Habakkuk continued standing as one belonging to the genealogy of the prophets who inherited tradition of from Elijah.

 It might be my strange imagination, but I tried to hear this church is Jerusalem and watchmen are Christians of the present age. "Clear the way for the people; build up, build up the highway; remove the stones, lift up a standard over the peoples."(10), it will be the duties of prophets entrusted, and I hear it when scholars of faith of the present age are entrusted with that duty in the same way. Particularly, for the present age that continues walking a road to ruin without not to recognize God, will not it be necessary to raise up highly a flag of faith to believe the Lord? "Go through, go through the gates;"(10), we have heard it is Messiah Jesus, but, if we think that castle gate itself is Jesus, will it be able to hear the people of the present age is wished to go through that gate? It is us who open and fix the road reaching that gate, and raise a flag of the salvation of Jesus. "Behold, the Lord has proclaimed to the end of the earth, say to the daughter of Zion, 'Lo, your salvation comes; behold His reward is with Him, and His recompense before Him.' and they will call them, 'The holy people, the redeemed of the Lord'; and you will be called, 'Sought out, a city not forsake.'" (11), a declaration of the Lord was told loudly, and the prophets who surely belonged to the genealogy would continue telling that blessing. In an interesting thing, but, an extremely Jewish favorite blessing is told in Verse 8-9 thus, "those will drink it in the courts of My sanctuary". It seems the scenes that the people who was saved and permitted their crime by the cross of Jesus is invited to new Jerusalem. The time of invitation approached. Shall we raise up a flag of faith until the day which meet our Lord?