These notes accompany the sermon found here.
Today’s Point: The LORD delights in His people who in turn glorify Him and proclaim His good news.
Outline of Isaiah 62:
- Isaiah 62:1-5 – the prophet speaks.
- Isaiah 62:6-12 – the Lord speaks.
A Brief History Lesson*
- Exile from the land was described in the terms of Israel’s covenant with God. Deuteronomy 28:63-68.
- God planned from the start to return the people from exile. Deuteronomy 30:1-10.
- This return from exile would happen in two stages:
- A physical return of the people of Israel from Babylon. Isaiah 42:18-43:21.
- A reconciliation with God involving forgiveness, a new covenant, and righteousness. Isaiah 43:22-44:23.
- The prophets often spoke of these two stages simultaneously. Consequently, much of the language addressing Jerusalem or Zion applies to the church of the New Covenant which is the New Jerusalem, Revelation 21:9-11.
- *From Peter Gentry, Daniel’s Seventy Weeks and the New Exodus. SBJT, 14.1 (2010). See also Ezekiel 37:1-14.
- The Lord delights in His people.
- The Lord has sworn an oath.
- God’s people are a beacon for the world. Isaiah 62:1-2; Matthew 5:14.
- God’s people rule with him. Isaiah 62:3; Revelation 3:21, 20:4, 20:6; 1 Corinthians 6:2-3; 2 Timothy 2:12; Genesis 1:27-28.
- God’s people go out and prepare the way. Isaiah 62:10; Matthew 28:18-20.
- God’s people pray unceasingly for the fulfillment of all these things. Isaiah 62:6-7; Matthew 6:10; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; James 5:16.
- Consider yourselves on the final pilgrimage to Jerusalem. See Isaiah 2:1-5.
- Pray for the Kingdom to come.