-The LORD’s Word continues with exhortation to “awake” and “clothe yourself” with the beautiful garments of strength and redemption (see Matthew 22:1-14, Revelation 3:17-22, and Isaiah 52:1; 61:10). God’s people are told to shake themselves from the dust and rise up. They are to loose themselves from the chains of sin around their neck and be released from captivity. Their redemption is free (no monetary cost) through the Savior. The blasphemers (here named as the Egyptians and Assyrians who captured the Jews) will be brought to justice; but in contrast, the people of God will know their LORD by Name and realize that He is present with them. “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 (Isaiah 52:7)!’” The watchmen will see with their own eyes the restoration of Zion and break forth with joyful shouting and praise because of the LORD’s comfort for His people. “He has redeemed Jerusalem. The LORD has bared His Holy Arm in the sight of all the nations, that all the ends of the earth may see the salvation of our God (Isaiah 52:9b-10).” *Application* Christ Jesus is the One who can truly set the captives free (Isaiah 61:1-2, Luke 4:16-21). His work of death, burial, and resurrection has purchased our salvation (1 Corinthians 6:20). Trust in Him who saves! This good news is for all the nations of the world!
-The exiles are told to go at their appointed time from Persia taking and touching nothing unclean. They were told to purify themselves with this prophetic word, especially those who would carry the vessels of the LORD. They were instructed to not go out in haste, but in carefulness. They were not to leave as fugitives (flight), for the LORD would go before them and He would be their rear guard too (Isaiah 52:11-12).
-In the ending verses of this chapter, the exalted Servant is again mentioned by the prophet Isaiah. The Messiah would prosper being high, lifted up, and greatly dignified. His appearance, as we know from His crucifixion and predicted here by the prophet, would be marred (disfigured, corrupted) more than any other man and His form would be more than the sons of men. But, His offering would sprinkle many nations, Kings are prophesied to shut their mouths on account of Him; “for what had not been told them they will see (awakening), and what they had not heard they will understand (transformation, Isaiah 52:13-15).” So interpreting this text in verse fourteen we see that the Christ would suffer, just as the exiles has suffered in their distress. Many people were astonished at the level of suffering in both instances. The Messiah truly bore all their sins and took the penalty of their idolatry on His fleshly body. *Application* Amazing grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me! The Suffering Servant helps us understand the love of the Divine.
Verse to Memorize: Isaiah 52:7