Isaiah 52

Isaiah 52

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The Lord’s Coming Salvation

52   Awake, awake,
    put on your strength, O Zion;
  put on your beautiful garments,
    O Jerusalem, the holy city;
  for there shall no more come into you
    the uncircumcised and the unclean.
  Shake yourself from the dust and arise;
    be seated, O Jerusalem;
  loose the bonds from your neck,
    O captive daughter of Zion.

For thus says the LORD: “You were sold for nothing, and you shall be redeemed without money.” For thus says the Lord GOD: “My people went down at the first into Egypt to sojourn there, and the Assyrian oppressed them for nothing. Now therefore what have I here,” declares the LORD, “seeing that my people are taken away for nothing? Their rulers wail,” declares the LORD, “and continually all the day my name is despised. Therefore my people shall know my name. Therefore in that day they shall know that it is I who speak; here I am.”

  How beautiful upon the mountains
    are the feet of him who brings good news,
  who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness,
    who publishes salvation,
    who says to Zion, “Your God reigns.”
  The voice of your watchmen—they lift up their voice;
    together they sing for joy;
  for eye to eye they see
    the return of the LORD to Zion.
  Break forth together into singing,
    you waste places of Jerusalem,
  for the LORD has comforted his people;
    he has redeemed Jerusalem.
  The LORD has bared his holy arm
    before the eyes of all the nations,
  and all the ends of the earth shall see
    the salvation of our God.
  Depart, depart, go out from there;
    touch no unclean thing;
  go out from the midst of her; purify yourselves,
    you who bear the vessels of the LORD.
  For you shall not go out in haste,
    and you shall not go in flight,
  for the LORD will go before you,
    and the God of Israel will be your rear guard.

He Was Pierced for Our Transgressions

  Behold, my servant shall act wisely;
    he shall be high and lifted up,
    and shall be exalted.
  As many were astonished at you—
    his appearance was so marred, beyond human semblance,
    and his form beyond that of the children of mankind—
  so shall he sprinkle many nations.
    Kings shall shut their mouths because of him,
  for that which has not been told them they see,
    and that which they have not heard they understand.

(ESV)


Isaiah 52 Commentary

by Hank Workman

Awake from your slumber and believe!  Awake from the sleepiness that has taken over your ways and thoughts and live in victory.

Within this profound and beautiful prophecy, Isaiah speaks of the coming of the Messiah and all He will bring.  It speaks of what He will do.  This prophecy continues into the next chapter and is filled with remarkable thoughts of the Person and Redeemer of Jesus.

The opening call to awaken to the truth of the Messiah, the people are reminded their judgment will end.  Jesus will redeem.  It is time to act and live in the strength of His light that bears down upon them.  Don the clothes of righteousness which reflect beauty and glory toward His magnificent transformation He alone can bring.

What He brings and how He redeems cannot be bought or bartered for.  God looked toward their sin and brought a mercy so undeserving.  There was a cost for this redemption but that would be paid by Another.

As we consider our own waywardness; the toll sin has had on us personally, there is such beauty of hope and restoration proclaimed here.  Awaken from the sleepiness and live in fullness of the absolute glory of Jesus Christ!


Isaiah 52 Commentary

by Brad Boyles

God’s people will be redeemed. They were sold for nothing but they will be bought back without money. The foreshadowing of the future for Israel is also a foreshadowing for humanity. The Messiah will come and redeem those who are enslaved to sin. So the writer is encouraging us to wake up! Put on your best garments! You are about to be presented before the King.

There is a beautiful song by The City Harmonic titled “Holy (Wedding Day).” The lyrics are unbelievably moving.

This is the story of the Son of God hangin’ on a cross for me
But it ends with a bride and groom and a wedding by a glassy sea
O, death, where is your sting?
‘Cause I’ll be there singin’
Holy, holy, holy is the Lord

This is the story of a bride in white waitin’ on her wedding day
Anticipation welling up inside while her groom is crowned a King
O, death, where is your sting?
‘Cause we’ll be there singin’
Holy, holy, holy is the Lord

Here in Isaiah 52, we see a picture painted of the glorious day when the bride (the church) is presented to the groom (Jesus). She will be holy and blameless, covered by the blood of her groom who has been crowned the King of Kings.

If you have 5 minutes, this music video is well worth the listen!

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