Verse 1 – Awake, awake! Put on your strength, O Zion; put on your beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city! For the uncircumcised and the unclean shall no longer come to you.
Isaiah said to Zion what needs to be said to the church today, “Awake, awake” out of your complacency! Be strong and courageous. (Read Revelation 21.)
Verse 2 – Shake yourself from the dust, arise, and sit down, O Jerusalem; loose yourself from the bonds of your neck, O captive daughter of Zion!
Verse 3 – For thus says the Lord: “You have sold yourselves for nothing, and you shall be redeemed without money.”
Verse 4 – For thus says the Lord God: My people went down at first into Egypt to sojourn there; then the Assyrian oppressed them without cause.
Verse 5 – Now therefore, what have I here,” says the Lord, “That My people are taken away for nothing? Those who rule over them make them wail, “says the Lord, “And My name is blasphemed continually every day.
Verse 6 – Therefore My people shall know My name; therefore they shall know in that day that I am He who speaks: ‘Behold, it is I.’ ”
Verse 7 – How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who proclaims peace, who brings glad tidings of good things, who proclaims salvation, who says to Zion, “Your God reigns!”
It’s a privilege to be able to tell others about God’s plan of salvation – “The Good News!” Romans 10:15 – And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, who bring glad tidings of good things!”
Verse 8 – Your watchman shall lift up their voices, with their voices they shall sing together; for they shall see eye to eye when the Lord brings back Zion.
The watchmen on the wall of Jerusalem would be the first to witness God’s people returning back from captivity.
Someone who has been living in darkness, without Christ doesn’t really know until they hear the gospel,that they were in bondage and lost. But I believe when one comes to Christ, there needs to be shouts of joy and a celebration because Satan lost another one.
Verse 9 – Break forth into joy, sing together, you waste places of Jerusalem! For the Lord has comforted His people, He has redeemed Jerusalem.
Verse 10 – The Lord has made bare His holy arm in the eyes of all the nations; and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God.
God’s deliverance of His people is going to be so spectacular that the whole earth would know about it. This was fulfilled in the captives being set free from the Babylonians. The restoration made the name Yahweh known to all nations.
Verse 11 – Depart! Depart! Go out from there, touch no unclean thing; go out from the midst of her, be clean, you who bear the vessels of the Lord.
Verse 12 – For you shall not go out with haste, nor go by flight; for the Lord will go before you, and the God of Israel will be your rear guard.
King Cyrus set the captives free, so there was no need for them to go in fear. When God is in it, He goes before us to guide and covers our back to protect. This is why we need to keep our lives in the center where Christ is our focus, not the problem.
Verse 13 – Behold, My Servant shall deal prudently, He shall be exalted and extolled and be very high.
This is the beginning of a new prophecy which continues to the end of the next chapter. My Servant is Christ!
Verse 14 – Just as many were astonished at you, so His visage (face, appearance, vision) was marred more than any man, and His form more than the sons of men;
Christ was not only beaten; spit upon; had His beard plucked out; stripes on His back; but took every punishment and disease upon Himself of every man so that we would not have to pay the penalty of sin, which is death. So ya, He was not recognizable.
Verse 15 – So shall He sprinkle many nations. Kings shall shut their mouths at Him; for what had not been told them they shall see, and what they had not heard they shall consider.
This verse does not specify what the Servant will use to sprinkle them with. Sprinkling is either to purify or to dedicate to a holy status. Could mean, with His Word or doctrine, being often compared to rain or water.