The Messiah’s Promise of Israel’s Restoration
Verse 1 – “Sing O barren, you who have not bore! Break forth into singing, and cry aloud, you who have not travailed with child! For more are the children of the desolate than the children of the married woman,” says the Lord.
Israel had been fruitless as a woman without children, but God would change her mourning into dancing.
Verse 2 – “Enlarge the place of your tent, and let them stretch out the curtains of your habitations; do not spare; lengthen your cords, an strengthen your stakes.
Verse 3 – For you shall expand to the right and to the left, and your descendants will inherit the nations, and make the desolate cities inhabited.
As Jerusalem will increase so will their boundaries. When God restores, He multiplies.
Verse 4 – “Do not fear, for you will not be ashamed; nor be disgraced, for you will not be put to shame; for you will forget the shame of your youth, and I will not remember the reproach of your widowhood anymore.
Verse 5 – For your Maker is your husband, the Lord of hosts is His name; and your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel; He is called the God of the whole earth.
Israel would go from being barren and widowhood to having children and God her husband.
Verse 6 – For the Lord has called you like a woman forsaken and grieved in spirit, like a youthful wife when you were refused,” says your God.
Verse 7 – “For a mere moment I will gather you,
Verse 8 – with a little wrath I hid My face from you for a moment; but with everlasting kindness I will have mercy on you.” Says the Lord, your Redeemer –
Israel had to repent. They needed to recognize how they had turned away and then “change their hearts” back to Him.
Verse 9 – “For this is like the waters of Noah to Me; for as I have sworn that the waters of Noah would no longer cover the earth, so have I sworn that I would not be angry with you, nor rebuke you.
Verse 10 – For the mountains shall depart and the hills be removed, but My kindness shall not depart from you, nor shall My covenant of peace be removed,” says the Lord, who has mercy on you.
Verse 11 – “O you afflicted one, tossed with tempest, and not comforted, behold, I will lay your stones with colorful gems, and lay your foundations with sapphires.
Verse 12 – I will make your pinnacles of rubies, your gates of crystal, and all your walls of precious stones.
Verse 13 – All your children shall be taught by the Lord, and great shall be the peace of your children.
God made a covenant of peace with the children of Israel, that the time would come when He would stop rebuking them and would restore their wealth and would personally teach their children.
Verse 14 – In righteousness you shall be established; you shall be far from oppression, for you shall not fear; and from terror, for it shall not come near you.
Verse 15 – Indeed you shall surely assemble, but not because of Me. Whoever assembles against you shall fall for your sake.
After God had used the Assyrians and the Babylonians to attack Israel, He says no more! No one will ever again have God’s permission to attack Israel, ever again!
Verse 16 – “Behold, I have created the blacksmith who blows the coals in the fire, who brings forth an instrument for his work; and have created the spoiler to destroy.
Verse 17 – No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against you in judgment you shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is from Me.” Says the Lord.
Verse 17, is widely used, but so many times it’s not said through to the end. It doesn’t say that no weapon will not be formed, because they will. The enemy tries to attack God’s children anyway he can. However, God says that weapon, that was formed will not accomplish what it set out to do. But with weapons usually comes accusations. We, with our “own mouth”, are to condemn those accusations that come against us!