-Israel springs back to life in the prophetic message of Isaiah 54. Shouts of joy shall be heard for the sons of the desolate one will be numerous by declaration of the LORD (Isaiah 54:1). Enlargement of territory and housing will be upon them as they resettle the land of their promise now in tranquility (Isaiah 54:2-3). They are told once again to “fear not” because they will not “be put to shame,” feel “humiliated,” or be “disgraced” any more. In fact, their “reproach” will not be remembered any more (Isaiah 54:4). Israel’s Husband and Redeemer is their Maker, the Almighty God, who has called them even after tumultuous times of forsaking and pain. But, now with great compassion, the LORD is gathering them back together under His authority and security to fulfill His plan and purpose in the world. “In an outburst of anger,” God says, “I hid My face from you for a moment, but with everlasting lovingkindness I will have compassion on you (Isaiah 54:5-8).” The LORD compares this to the covenant with Noah after the flood. He has, at that future point, sworn that He will never be angry with them again, nor rebuke them (Isaiah 54:9). “For the mountains may be removed and the hills may shake, by My lovingkindness will not be removed from you, and My covenant of peace will not be shaken,” says the compassionate Yahweh (Isaiah 54:10). The LORD relates to their distress and gives future hope in the following verses. Their affliction, storm-tossed uncertainty, and discomfort will be recast and reset into the glorious rebuilding of the New Jerusalem (Isaiah 54:11-12, Revelation 21:10-27). At that time, their sons will be taught directly of the LORD, and their well-being will be great (rab, much, abounding in). “In righteousness you will be established; you will be far from oppression, for you will not fear; and from terror, for it will not come near you (Isaiah 54:13-14).” The assailer will fall and the destroyer will be ruined. “’No weapon that is formed against you will prosper; and every tongue that accuses you in judgment you will condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD. And their vindication is from Me,’ declares the LORD (Isaiah 54:15-17).” *Application* No matter how bad things may seem for His people, we can count on Him coming through in the clutch. In the final analysis, good will win. So fight the good fight of faith and hold on to the promises (http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=hold+on+to+the+promises+sanctus+real&FORM=HDRSC3#view=detail&mid=08034111005598ADBD6E08034111005598ADBD6E ).
Verse to Memorize: Isaiah 54:10, 14, 17