Glory of Israel in the Kingdom
Verse 1 – Arise, shine; for your light has come! And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you.
Verse 2 – For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and deep darkness the people (those outside of Christ); but the Lord will arise over you, and His glory will be seen upon you.
When the gospel came, it shed its first beams of glory on Jerusalem.
Verse 3 – The Gentiles shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising.
Verse 4 – “Lift up your eyes all around, and see: they all gather together, they come to you; your sons shall come from afar, and your daughters shall be nursed at your side.
Verse 5 – Then you shall see and become radiant and your heart shall swell with joy; because the abundance of the sea shall be turned to you, the wealth of the Gentiles shall come to you.
As God’s people return to their homeland from captivity, they will bring the wealth of their captors with them.
Verse 6 – The multitude of camels shall cover your land, the dromedaries (young bull camels) of Midian and Ephah; all those from Sheba shall come; they shall bring gold and incense, and they shall proclaim the praises of the Lord.
Verse 7 – All the flocks of Kedar shall be gathered together to you the rams of Nebaioth shall minister to you; they shall ascend with acceptance on My altar, and I will glorify the house of My glory.
The places mentioned belong to obscure tribes in the Arabian desert hundreds of miles from Israel.
Verse 8 – “Who are these who fly like a cloud, and like doves to their posts?
Verse 9 – Surely the coast-lands shall wait for Me; and the ships of Tarshish will come first, to bring your sons from afar, their silver and their gold with them, to the name of the Lord your God, and to the Holy One of Israel, because He has glorified you.
Verse 10 – The sons of foreigners shall build your walls, and their kings shall minister to you; for in My favor I have had mercy on you.
In the past, foreign nations and their kings had exploited Israel, but the future will see them serve God’s people. This reversal of fortunes is due to God.
Verse 11 – Therefore your gates shall open continually; they shall not be shut day or night, that men may bring to you the wealth of the Gentiles, and their kings in procession.
Open gates meant that a city felt secure. All the wealth of surrounding nations will flow into Jerusalem.
Verse 12 – For the nations and kingdoms which will not serve you shall parish, and those nations shall be utterly ruined.
Verse 13 – The glory of Lebanon shall come to you, the cypress, the pine, and the box-tree together, to beautify the place of My sanctuary; and I will make the place of My feet glorious.
Verse 14 – Also the sons of those who afflicted you shall come bowing to you, and those who despise you shall fall prostrate at the soles of your feet; and they shall call you The City of the Lord, Zion of the Holy One of Israel.
Verse 15 – “Whereas you have been forsaken and hated, so that no one went through you, I will make you eternal excellence, a joy of many generations.
Throughout the OT period, Jerusalem was not a major city of ancient Near East. In the future its status will exceed those of other major cities because of the presence of God.
Verse 16 – You shall drink dry the milk of the Gentiles, and shall milk the breast of kings; you shall know that I, the Lord, am your Savior and your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob.
Verse 17 – “Instead of bronze I will bring gold, instead of iron I will bring silver, instead of wood, bronze, and instead of stones, iron. I will also make your officers peace, and your magistrates righteous.
God is going to increase the quality of provision that comes to His people. This will far exceed mere wealth. Peace and righteousness will abound, indicating a new quality of spirituality in the city.
Verse 18 – Violence shall no longer be heard in your land, neither wasting nor destruction within your borders; but you shall call your walks Salvation, and your gates Praise.
They shall be safe and at the gates and on the walls they will sing praises. All this will be fulfilled during the thousand years where Christ shall reign upon the earth.
Verse 19 – “The sun shall no longer be your light by day, nor for brightness shall the moon give light to you; but the Lord will be to you an everlasting light, and your God your glory.
Christ shall shatter all darkness and ignorance. His glory shall be the only light needed!
Verse 20 – Your sun shall no longer go down, nor shall your moon withdraw itself; for the Lord will be your everlasting light, and the days of your mourning shall be ended.
Verse 21 – Also your people shall all be righteous; they shall inherit the land forever, the branch of My planting, the work of My hands, that I may be glorified.
God had promised Abraham that this descendants would inherit the land. God’s judgment had removed them from the land, for a time, but now they would possess it again. They are the branch that God labored to plant.
Verse 22 – A little one shall become a thousand, and a small one a strong nation. I, the Lord, will hasten it in its time.”