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Isaiah 62

Isa 62:1

BLAZING TORCH: A fitting reminder of God's great covenant with Abraham (Gen 15:17). "Lamp" may sig a son and heir to the throne of David (1Ki 15:4; Psa 132:17).

Isa 62:3

DIADEM: Related High Priest (Exo 28:36-38; Lev 16:4; Zec 3:5; Rev 19:12).

Isa 62:4

"Hephzibah's reunion with Hezekiah after the miraculous recovery from leprosy would be like remarriage after a disheartening period of divorce. All the circumstances presented a most attractive miniature of God's recent dealings with His people -- their spiritual sickness and desolation, the sudden dramatic divine deliverance, the regathering of the people to their God, the glorifying of Zion's Temple, and the awe-struck wonder of Gentile nations" (WIsa 526).

DESERTED: The word describes a wife put away or divorced (Isa 54:6,7; 49:14). The Land of Israel, deserted and forsaken, becomes a garden paradise: Isa 35; 41:18-20; 51:3; 55:13.

Isa 62:5

AS A YOUNG MAN MARRIES A MAIDEN: "Hasty marriage is utter folly: tempting God, and courting disaster. Even the more sensible element of the world realizes, and strongly counsels, that acquaintance of at least two years is essential for any reasonable hope of success. A true believer marries after long and prayerful consideration, doing all in seemliness and order, and seeking God's guidance every step of the way -- in joyful harmony with the Body, and with all who are intimately concerned and affected" (GVG).

MAIDEN: Temple virgins (2Ch 36:17; cp ref to priest: Isa 61:10)?

SO WILL YOUR SONS MARRY YOU: "Richer expression than that never could be given to the essential poetry of men's vital union with one significant land" (TM 39).

SONS: Or "disciples", as in 1Ki 20:35; Heb 2:13; Mat 12:27. Or "builders", by slight emendation (see v 6: walls, etc; cp idea, Psa 147:2).

Isa 62:6

Vv 6,7: "Here is a clear mandate to the Lord's faithful remnant to besiege heaven with their prayers for the open assertion of the authority and righteousness of God in the earth. Isaiah knew nothing of the doctrine that God is working to a rigid unadjustable chronological timetable. He had no use for disciples who faithlessly omit to pray with all their heart and soul for the vindication of the holiness of their God. The NT counterpart to these words is the Lord's intense parable about the importunate widow [Luk 18:1-8], a parable framed before and behind with warnings about the 2nd Coming" (WIsa 527).

DAY OR NIGHT: Same word "continual" burnt offering.

Isa 62:8

RIGHT HAND: Strength (Exo 15:6; Psa 20:6; 63:8; 118:15,16); righteousness (Psa 48:10); authority (Isa 62:8); honor (Gen 48:13-18; 1Ki 2:19); salvation (Psa 17:7; 60:5); and fellowship (Psa 16:11).

Isa 62:10


Isa 62:12

SOUGHT AFTER: "The surpassing grace of God is seen very clearly in that we were not only sought, but sought out... We were mingled with the mire: we were as when some precious piece of gold falls into the sewer, and men gather out and carefully inspect a mass of abominable filth, and continue to stir and rake, and search among the heap until the treasure is found. Or, to use another figure, we were lost in a labyrinth; we wandered hither and thither, and when mercy came after us with the gospel, it did not find us at the first coming, it had to search for us and seek us out; for we as lost sheep were so desperately lost, and had wandered into such a strange country, that it did not seem possible that even the Good Shepherd should track our devious roamings... No gloom could hide us, no filthiness could conceal us, we were found and brought home... Strange and marvellous are the ways which God used in their case to find His own. Blessed be His name, He never relinquishes the search until the chosen are sought out effectually" (CHS).

NO LONGER DESERTED: Ct Christ's words in Mat 23:38.
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