The Eternal Covenant of Peace
54 “Sing, O barren one, who did not bear;
break forth into singing and cry aloud,
you who have not been in labor!
For the children of the desolate one will be more
than the children of her who is married,” says the LORD.
“Enlarge the place of your tent,
and let the curtains of your habitations be stretched out;
do not hold back; lengthen your cords
and strengthen your stakes.
For you will spread abroad to the right and to the left,
and your offspring will possess the nations
and will people the desolate cities.
“Fear not, for you will not be ashamed;
be not confounded, for you will not be disgraced;
for you will forget the shame of your youth,
and the reproach of your widowhood you will remember no more.
For your Maker is your husband,
the LORD of hosts is his name;
and the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer,
the God of the whole earth he is called.
For the LORD has called you
like a wife deserted and grieved in spirit,
like a wife of youth when she is cast off,
says your God.
For a brief moment I deserted you,
but with great compassion I will gather you.
In overflowing anger for a moment
I hid my face from you,
but with everlasting love I will have compassion on you,”
says the LORD, your Redeemer.
“This is like the days of Noah to me:
as I swore that the waters of Noah
should no more go over the earth,
so I have sworn that I will not be angry with you,
and will not rebuke you.
For the mountains may depart
and the hills be removed,
but my steadfast love shall not depart from you,
and my covenant of peace shall not be removed,”
says the LORD, who has compassion on you.
“O afflicted one, storm-tossed and not comforted,
behold, I will set your stones in antimony,
and lay your foundations with sapphires.
I will make your pinnacles of agate,
your gates of carbuncles,
and all your wall of precious stones.
All your children shall be taught by the LORD,
and great shall be the peace of your children.
In righteousness you shall be established;
you shall be far from oppression, for you shall not fear;
and from terror, for it shall not come near you.
If anyone stirs up strife,
it is not from me;
whoever stirs up strife with you
shall fall because of you.
Behold, I have created the smith
who blows the fire of coals
and produces a weapon for its purpose.
I have also created the ravager to destroy;
no weapon that is fashioned against you shall succeed,
and you shall refute every tongue that rises against you in judgment.
This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD
and their vindication from me, declares the LORD.”
Isaiah 54 Commentary
by Hank Workman
Charles Spurgeon wrote:
“Try and suck all the sweetness that you can out of this chapter while we read it. The personal application of a promise to the heart by the Holy Spirit is that which is wanted. The honey in Jonathan’s wood never enlightened his eyes until he dipped the point of his rod into it and tasted it. Try and do the same. This chapter is the wood wherein every bough drips with virgin honey. Sip, taste and be satisfied.”Charles Spurgeon
The beauty and wonderful promises God gives to his people Israel and us today speak hope beyond the place we find ourselves. And quite possibly we have found ourselves where we are by our own choices. This was the case for Israel. Yet for us, through the redemption of Jesus new life and bolder callings are given. Cling to these hopes and yes, enlarge your tent toward the greater things God wants to do.
As a husband would speak to his wife, God whispers tenderly. During ancient times, a woman who was barren was ridiculed by shame and disgrace. Speaking to Israel as his wife who will be captive due to their own choices and sin He speaks unreal hope. Their exile and captivity brought shame, disgrace, and humiliation. Yet God promises these things will be released – not only physically as in time they would return to their homeland but their emotions and needs personally would be met.
“Enlarge your tent,” He says. The curse of their own barrenness would eventually be broken and Israel would be immensely fruitful they would have to expand their living space.
I’ve always loved this statement here because it is God speaking of greater things to come. Greater movements of Him that would house all who dwelt in the tent. It speaks of faith! It is the absolute stepping out in faith on some matter and believing not only does God have a plan He has an ability!
All would come back to the Lord of Hosts, which is His name. Lovely! His desire is to comfort and strengthen His people reminding them of how true redemption is only found in Him! It is He who restores!
When God chooses to do new works in our lives we must allow it. Even if we step into such a place with distraught and hardship that has brought us there, He still speaks of hope. The Lord of Hosts, Jesus the Christ, who calls us by name wants us to extend our tent of safety and make our life large for His name sake.
The redemption of God shines through this passage. Where do you need to hear such words of hope and comfort? Where do you need to know He is doing something far beyond what the reality of your situation is?
Isaiah 54 Commentary
by Brad Boyles
This chapter focuses on the wonderful love God has for His people. Amazingly, even though human sin has corrupted the future God had promised, His words will not return void. Given the current exile as well as the horrific past sins of Israel, it would seem impossible that God could actually deliver on His past promises to this nation. Just considering the words to Abraham alone seem completely unrealistic.
But He is God and He cannot lie to His people. Just as God could make a barren woman miraculously bear a child, He could rescue us from our sinful past and crown us as heirs to His Kingdom. Not only that, but He could put His Spirit inside these broken vessels to proclaim His greatness and majesty to all people.
This is really the characteristic of God that has overshadowed all of the filthy decisions of mankind. We are completely helpless, just as a barren woman, but He comes in His grace and makes a way. Through His compassion and His incredible mercy, God makes a way for us. It makes no sense. All we can do is praise and worship Him.