The Book of Isaiah Bible Study Chapter 52 Part 2

Isaiah

On to a short portion: Isaiah 52:7-9

As Christians we understand that there is a great benefit in recognising who Messiah is. The Bible, in an attempt to help us to recognise Him, is full of prophecy that points to His first coming. When we read about what Yeshua said and did, we can be assured that He was and is the Promised One. Judaism holds a very different view. Judaism says that Messiah can only be proclaimed (we can only have faith in Him) after He has completed all that Messiah is supposed to do. This is the reason why, for the most part, they misidentified Him at His first coming, as it is only at His second coming that He will do the things that, according to Jewish law, Messiah is expected to do. Judaism, by and large, ignores what was prophesied and fulfilled by Messiah at His first coming. Some of the prophesies they attribute to the Jewish people rather than seeing them as Messianic (eg seeing Israel as the suffering servant rather than seeing this as something applying to Messiah). 

v7: Beautiful:  G-d’s plan of salvation brings us great joy, blessing and pleasure. 

  • Mountains: Mountains have to do with authority and government. Messiah is going to bring His own government – one which will have no end. He is going to be over all earthly authority. 
  • The feet: These feet belong to the One (literally: evangelist) who proclaims the good news of salvation. This verse accurately pinpoints the implications of Messiah’s first work – that of proclaiming salvation (salvation is what Messiah’s first coming was all about). 
  • Peace: When we respond to G-d’s plan of salvation, we experience peace – peace being the fulfilment of G-d’s will. The evangelist causes the will of G-d to be heard. 
  • Good tidings (good news): The word ‘gospel’ means ‘good news’. 
  • Good: Good is also a word that has to do with the will of G-d. Everything that is done according to G-d’s will is pronounced ‘good’. Everything not done according to G-d’s will is called evil. It is only G-d’s will that gives us peace. We need to understand the relationship between the gospel and being in the will of G-d.
  • Peace…good tidings…salvation: It is when we respond to the good news of salvation (Yeshua) that we are going to be in the will of G-d and we will experience the peace of G-d. 
  • Salvation: Salvation is more than just the forgiveness of sin. Yeshua came into the world to not only forgive us for our sins, but He came to save us from them. This means that through Messiah we obtain victory over our sins. Our sin does not defeat us, but Messiah gives us the ability to overcome the things of this world. 
  • Zion: A word that speaks about the excellency of G-d. It is a word that is Kingdom related. Those in Zion are those who have a Kingdom hope, call and invitation. 

Verse 8: (literally)  “Your watchmen shall lift up their voice; together they will shout for joy; all the eyes will see when the L-rd returns to Zion.”

  • Watchmen: The word used here is a word that has a degree of waiting with anticipation attached to it. It is a word that alludes to an assurance that what he is watching for is going to happen. These watchmen are waiting for the outcome of redemption. As believers we know that G-d has done the work of redemption through the blood of the Lamb. This work (in both the Old and New Testament) was done at Passover – the 14th day of the month of Aviv (this month was later called Nisan) – Exodus 12, Luke 22. 
  • Eyes: The organ of sight. Eyes have to do with the ability to see something.
  • The L-rd returns to Zion: It is Yeshua who is going to return to Zion. The name for the L-rd spoken of here is the sacred name of G-d. This is yet another Scripturally clear indication that Messiah Yeshua is G-d. 

v9: Waste places (ruins) of Jerusalem: Jerusalem is only in ruins (destroyed) when the people are in exile. The people break forth with shouts of joy because their exile is brought to an end. Redemption (the Kingdom) begins where exile ends. Redemption positions G-d’s people to worship Him.

  • Comforted: Kfar Nahum – Capernaum – the village of comfort, is where Yeshua relocated immediately prior to beginning His earthly ministry. This village was erected in the 2nd century BC in anticipation that the time of Messiah was at hand (Isaiah 8:22 – 9:1). Zebulun and Naphtali were two allotments of land to these tribes as their inheritance. Capernaum was the village that tied these two lands together. It was in Capernaum that the light of Messiah first began to shine. G-d comforts Himself and His people when His purposes for His people are restored. 
  • He has redeemed Jerusalem: Yeshua left Galilee to do His work of redemption in Jerusalem. Jerusalem is synonymous with the Kingdom. This is why King David moved the capital city from Hebron to Jerusalem (2 Samuel 5). Moving into Jerusalem is seen as a kind of Messianic transition. We are going to see this in its fullness when Messiah returns to Jerusalem in the last days.

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