The Future Glory of Israel
60 Arise, shine, for your light has come,
and the glory of the LORD has risen upon you.
For behold, darkness shall cover the earth,
and thick darkness the peoples;
but the LORD will arise upon you,
and his glory will be seen upon you.
And nations shall come to your light,
and kings to the brightness of your rising.
Lift up your eyes all around, and see;
they all gather together, they come to you;
your sons shall come from afar,
and your daughters shall be carried on the hip.
Then you shall see and be radiant;
your heart shall thrill and exult,
because the abundance of the sea shall be turned to you,
the wealth of the nations shall come to you.
A multitude of camels shall cover you,
the young camels of Midian and Ephah;
all those from Sheba shall come.
They shall bring gold and frankincense,
and shall bring good news, the praises of the LORD.
All the flocks of Kedar shall be gathered to you;
the rams of Nebaioth shall minister to you;
they shall come up with acceptance on my altar,
and I will beautify my beautiful house.
Who are these that fly like a cloud,
and like doves to their windows?
For the coastlands shall hope for me,
the ships of Tarshish first,
to bring your children from afar,
their silver and gold with them,
for the name of the LORD your God,
and for the Holy One of Israel,
because he has made you beautiful.
Foreigners shall build up your walls,
and their kings shall minister to you;
for in my wrath I struck you,
but in my favor I have had mercy on you.
Your gates shall be open continually;
day and night they shall not be shut,
that people may bring to you the wealth of the nations,
with their kings led in procession.
For the nation and kingdom
that will not serve you shall perish;
those nations shall be utterly laid waste.
The glory of Lebanon shall come to you,
the cypress, the plane, and the pine,
to beautify the place of my sanctuary,
and I will make the place of my feet glorious.
The sons of those who afflicted you
shall come bending low to you,
and all who despised you
shall bow down at your feet;
they shall call you the City of the LORD,
the Zion of the Holy One of Israel.
Whereas you have been forsaken and hated,
with no one passing through,
I will make you majestic forever,
a joy from age to age.
You shall suck the milk of nations;
you shall nurse at the breast of kings;
and you shall know that I, the LORD, am your Savior
and your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob.
Instead of bronze I will bring gold,
and instead of iron I will bring silver;
instead of wood, bronze,
instead of stones, iron.
I will make your overseers peace
and your taskmasters righteousness.
Violence shall no more be heard in your land,
devastation or destruction within your borders;
you shall call your walls Salvation,
and your gates Praise.
The sun shall be no more
your light by day,
nor for brightness shall the moon
give you light;
but the LORD will be your everlasting light,
and your God will be your glory.
Your sun shall no more go down,
nor your moon withdraw itself;
for the LORD will be your everlasting light,
and your days of mourning shall be ended.
Your people shall all be righteous;
they shall possess the land forever,
the branch of my planting, the work of my hands,
that I might be glorified.
The least one shall become a clan,
and the smallest one a mighty nation;
I am the LORD;
in its time I will hasten it.
Isaiah 60 Commentary
by Hank Workman
There will come a time when all darkness will dissipate. The desperate darkness that grips the heart and soul of humankind, the darkness that ravages us from the heavenly realm will be gone. The rescue of Jesus our Redeemer who has brought the light, His light to those who Believe, will be sensed and felt by the entire earth. All of the hardship, the turmoil, the disappointments will be no more when the rising of the Light of Jesus Christ takes the center place of when He returns.
Yet, the beauty of this is even now, we who are Believer’s shine due to Jesus in our lives. Even in the darkness that surrounds us, we who hold true to Him and His teachings it’s almost like He gives a preview of the ultimate Light of Jesus that is to come. When we receive Jesus as Lord of our lives, “His Light has come”. When we serve Him faithfully, we ‘Arise and shine”. For the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ has risen upon you. This reckons to the Light that shown from Jesus’ face that day on what we call the Transfiguration. It tells us in Matthew 17 His face shone like the sun and His clothes were as white as the Light.
There will be a day when all will acknowledge Jesus as ultimate Lord. It will be a day where pauper and king will bow their knee and confess to the greatness of our Lord. His coming brilliant Light will expose and dispel the darkness.
It’s easy to let the headlines dictate our faith. It’s all too common for us to allow a situation that ravages and brings darkness as close as a breath to forget the ultimate promise of Jesus’ return. We who stand now and believe in Jesus hold His Light. It fights against the darkness. But one day, yes one day, this Light will burst across the skies, bringing the ultimate reign of Jesus where darkness will be gone forever.
Oh yes, Come Lord Jesus!
Isaiah 60 Commentary
by Brad Boyles
- God’s people will be righteous
- They will have permanent possession of His land
- They will bring glory to Him through their work
- And finally, their influence and power will be mighty compared to their size and ability
These are amazing promises! Just consider what they mean for us today. Through the Holy Spirit, righteousness is attainable. We can confidently approach God through Jesus and actually satisfy His standard through our fruitful obedience. This is not of our own doing but by the glory of God.
We will have permanent possession. This happens first through the Holy Spirit which takes up residence in our hearts. That transformation is a permanent sealing that assures we are God’s chosen. We are heirs to His kingdom as sons and daughters of the Most High. We will live in the New Heaven and New Earth for eternity!
Through the sacrifice of our lives, we will glorify Him. Revelation 12:11 NASB “And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even when faced with death.” Through Jesus and through our testimony the enemy will be defeated and we will bring the highest glory and honor to Him alone.
Finally, as broken vessels, our power will obviously come from the Lord. Through our obedience, we will produce great works that can only be explained by God’s mighty hand. Just as He has for centuries, God will take the weak and make them strong. He will confound the proud and arrogant on His way to proclaiming His infinite wisdom.
All of these promises are powerful features of a relational God. He doesn’t need us, but He still uses us for His purposes in order to bring glory to Himself.