Israel

SATURDAY FOCUS (Isaiah 62)

ISAIAH 62:1-3, 6
SATURDAY FOCUS

 

Reassuring His ancient people Israel, God promises He will not rest until His purposes for Jerusalem are fulfilled:

Isaiah 62:1-3, 6

For Zion’s sake I will not hold My peace,
And for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest,
Until her righteousness goes forth as brightness,
And her salvation as a lamp that burns.

The Gentiles shall see your righteousness,
And all kings your glory.

You shall be called by a new name,
Which the mouth of the Lord will name.

You shall also be a crown of glory,

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Jerusalem landscape at sunset. By מרחי ארונוב [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons (PikiWiki – Israel) – Enhancement: MKM Portfolios

In the hand of the Lord,
And a royal diadem
In the hand of your God.

I have set watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem;
They shall never hold their peace day or night.

You who make mention of the Lord, do not keep silent,
And give Him no rest till He establishes
And till He makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth.

 

God’s purposes for Jerusalem affect not only the people of Israel, but the entire world.  In point of fact, righteousness and peace will not be a realized on earth until God’s work on behalf of Jerusalem is complete.  With that in mind, the watchmen on the wall and all who love the Lord should never keep silent while enemies seek Israel’s destruction.  While we are assured of God’s faithfulness in keeping His word, we must diligently continue to, “pray for the peace of Jerusalem” (Ps. 122:6).  The future of the world depends on it!

© Charles E. McCracken 2016, devotional comments only.  Repost/Reprint with permission from the author.  Scripture from the NKJV.