-Chapter 51 is an exhortation chapter for the people of Israel to get with the program of God in seeking Him with all their heart, soul, and mind (Matthew 22:37). They are told early to look to the Rock from which they were hewn (craved) and the quarry from which they were dug (Isaiah 51:1). Abraham, the man of faith, is to be their mentor and leader, along with Sarah. This patriarch was called, blessed, and multiplied as the forerunner of God’s chosen people. Because of his faith, the LORD will comfort his descendants in Zion and make their waste places and wilderness like Eden, the garden of the LORD (Genesis 15:6, Romans 4:3, Galatians 3:6, James 2:23). Joy and gladness will be found in her once again, and thanksgiving will be given with the sound of a melody (Isaiah 51:2-3). Attention should be given to these incredible acts and the Word of the LORD being given. His law will go forth from Him (Messiah), and He will set His justice for a Light of the peoples. His righteousness is near, His salvation has gone forth. His arms will judge the peoples with perfect equity; there will be an expectant waiting for His arrival, which is to come (Isaiah 51:4-5). While the earth will wear out like a garment and its inhabitants die, the salvation through Messiah Jesus will be forever, and His righteousness shall not diminish (Psalm 102, Isaiah 51:6, Hebrews 1:10-12). The exhortation goes forth again and again as the ones who should know righteousness are told to listen as those who have the law of the LORD in their heart. They are told not to fear the reproach of mere man, nor be dismayed by the revilings of wicked human beings. The moth will eat them like a garment, and the grub will eat them like wool. In contrast, God’s benefits of salvation and righteousness will endure forever to all generations. Therefore, again the people are encouraged to “awake, awake” and put on the strength of their position in the LORD, as the days of old, in past generations of faith. God had done immeasurably great things, and He would perform again for His benefit and glory. The redeemed will cross over into victory and blessing. The ransomed of the LORD will return to the land, and come with joyful-everlasting shouting and gladness. Sorrow and sighing will flee away. God again claims His comfort. The exhortation now is to not forget the Maker. Remember Him and dismiss the continual fear of the fury of the oppressor. The oppressor has lost his power in the radiance and power of the LORD; the exile will soon be set free with food and better lodging. The Creator, who stirs up the sea making its waves roar, will put His words in His peoples’ mouths and cover them in the shadow of His Hand (Isaiah 51:7-16). Again the charge goes forth to rouse (revive, be ardent, be excited, be triumphant) themselves up who have gone through the hardships of the LORD’s displeasure because of their sin. Though God’s anger made life rough on them (for good reason), the chalice of His anger is complete, and they will never drink of it again in that day (Isaiah 51:17-23). *Application* God challenges us in the same way as redeemed people who have faith in His power to save. Listen to His Voice, pay attention to what He is doing, awake from any stupor you may be in, and get excited about the events of the Kingdom as they unfold. God will comfort the weary and make all things new (Revelation 21:5). Don’t fear man or go his way. The King will make all things right for those who hold on to His promises.
Verse to Memorize: Isaiah 51:6