42 Isaiah / Part 1 (6)

With thansgiving, praise for the Lord

Isaiah 12:1-6
Matthew 28:19-20
T I will give thanks to Thee, O Lord

 Isaiah told about the One, the Messiah, in particular, who was called Immanuel as the central subject of the salvation of God till now. Isaiah told that was the only certain way to escape from the crisis to be attacked, and that was to trust and to be quiet in front of the One. When Isaiah points at the Messiah/the Lord of salvation, it is often felt that he seems not to distinguish Jahweh from Immanuel. A certain person called Immanuel "an agent of God", but Isaiah seems to feel that is the Existence any further, God who had shown himself to him. Such Isaiah's thought is being here like this, "Then it will happen on that day that the Lord will again recover the second time with His hand."(11:11). Chapter 12 is a place giving glory at the end of such Immanuel prophecy.

 It begins with "Then you will say on that day"(1), but at first, I want to check two. The first is to say "that day". This is tied to Immanuel message after Chapter 7, and it is repeated many times, perhaps it will be "a day" that is conscious of the end, and though it is very interesting, this message is the one from Chapter 7 of the early time, and it is used as a day hinting at the Israeli judgment and ruin, but, as for the message of the later one 10:20, it is used as the day when the salvation of God is brought. Perhaps it will inform us that a thing flowing through the root of Isaiah prophecy is hope. That consciousness continues to Chapter 12. And one more thing, it is the name which is called "you". Isaiah entrusted disciples with this message, and it seemed that he let them tell it to the people at a street corner of Jerusalem, but from the things that is collected in Chapter 13-23 "The oracle concerning various foreign countries", it would be a message not only to the rest people of Israel but a message to the modern us, too. Furthermore, it says "you" to the person each one of us who believe, and this is piled up with the thought that Isaiah was called only one by God. Do you want to be on the day of "your" salvation, this is the center subject to whole 12 chapters, don't you listen so?


U Invited by the Lord's salvation

 In 新改訳, a key parenthesis is closed only in verse 1, the spase of verse 1 and verse 2, verse 2 and verse 3 are interrupted. Besides, verse 3 and verse 4 last closely. Because we can not understand well what it is, therefore I lengthen the contents of a key parenthesis like 新共同訳 to verse 2, and I want to see it in one paragraph from verse 1 to verse 3. "Then you will say on that day, 'I will give thanks to Thee, O Lord; For although Thou wast angry with me, Thine anger is turned away, And Thou dost comfort me, Behold, God is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid; For the Lord God is my strength and song, And He has become my salvation.' Therefore you will joyously draw water From the springs of salvation."(新共同訳 1-3) and these are the first paragraphs.

 A certain person says "You, each one of your attendants, your gratitude should be expressed against that God's anger has avoided and God himself has comforted you", it will be really right. "God's anger has avoided.", this is the central subject which is treated with after Chapter 40 of Isaiah Part 2. When the Messiah becomes a person who expiate our crime, he will take it into his consideration. The salvation comes out of love and sacrifice of God, we want to learn it. Therefore this is thanks of the people of our Lord and voices of the praise and we hear that we range there also. In verse 2-3, the words of the salvation are repeated three times. A meaning of the name of Isaiah is "God is our salvation". With he conscious of his name, he sings loudly a paean to the Lord. It is here "God is my salvation", and it seems original way of saying. Isaiah repeats here the thought that he cannot finish thanking for God with God, God, God many times. However, it was said that you must not advocate it like an incantation as a religious ceremony, but it is necessary for us that we call our God in the lively faith "our God!, our God!", so that a baby calls his mother "mammy!, mammy!". By a part-time job, I encountered an accident of a car and have escaped death for my school days. At that time, I just repeated only "God, thank you!". And I remember that I refreshed the thought of devotion for God, because God gave me new life. It is here "Therefore you will joyously draw water from the springs of salvation.", but could we the present age take it the salvation of God is joy like that?


V With thansgiving, praise for the Lord

 This is from another paragraph. "And in that day you will say, 'Give thanks to the Lord, call on His name. Make known His deeds among the peoples; Make them remember that His name is exalted.' Praise the Lord in song, for He has done excellent things; Let this be known throughout the earth. Cry aloud and shout for joy, O inhabitant of Zion, For great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel."(4-6)

 And I want to learn one first here. The prophet who applied to "you" in verse 1, he returned to a normal appeal with "you (Plural)" at the last paragraph, and he tied that appeal to the rear paragraph, he will clarify that the people who should join praise of these thanks are us who are invited to the salvation entirely. Such Isaiah's expectation is being conveyed to us that people in more whole worlds to enjoy the favor of God's salvation will be added. "Give thaks to the Lord, call on His name. Make known His deeds among the peoples; Make them remember that His name is exalted,"(新共同訳 4), "Let this be known throughout the earth"(新改訳 5), this will be a thing to his disciples directly, but Isaiah flies over them and we can hear that he is telling it to us of the present age. When the Gospel propagation is an order of Jesus, we should hear that is a expectation that many people praising God will come from our circumference.

 I want to hear it from the central subject of here "praise the Lord in song" last. I hear this and remember Psalms. "Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; For His lovingkindness is everlasting."(136:1), and "Praise the Lord! praise the Lord, O my soul!"(146:1) etc, there are many cases which make thanks for the Lord praise worship in Psalms. Such worship is said with a thing of after Babylonian captivity, and therefore even a person appeared who says that was a correction of the later, but I imagine whether the worship to be almost it was done in the prophet group which Isaiah sponsors. Or I imagine whether it became the original form of one of the worship praise such as Psalms. You know "Hallelujah Chorus" in the Messiah of Handel. There is a custom of stand up when we hear it, but this is a very famous story that began from the place king GeorgeU was deeply impressed it at the time of premiere in 1743 London, and stood up. Of Hallelujah "jah" is God, and "Hallelu" means praise. It is for Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah and dozens of times to be repeated. We appreciate it much at the front and we give it loud voice, and praise it, He is the One who is said Immanuel, and it is said like this "great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel."(6) Here, we seem to hear a voice of Jesus like this, "and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age."(Matthew 28:20). To our Messiah, shall we praise from our heart by Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah?