Isaiah 54

Fear not, the Lord hath called thee

Chapters 54-62 express joy and triumph of the gospel
.1 ¶ Sing, O barren, thou that didst not bear; break forth into singing, and cry aloud, thou that didst not travail with child: for more are the children of the desolate than the children of the married wife, saith the LORD.
.2  Enlarge the place of thy tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains of thine habitations: spare not, lengthen thy cords, and strengthen thy stakes;
 3  For thou shalt break forth on the right hand and on the left; and thy seed shall inherit the Gentiles, and make the desolate cities to be inhabited.
   1 - Barren Jesus, as the suffering servant in the previous chapter, died alone. Yet, through the ministry of His followers, He had many children. Israel had failed to produce fruit is0504. The Gentiles would be children of spiritual Israel v3.
   2 - Enlarge Israel was turning inward. God's plan had always been that they should bring light to the world.
 4  Fear not; for thou shalt not be ashamed: neither be thou confounded; for thou shalt not be put to shame: for thou shalt forget the shame of thy youth, and shalt not remember the reproach of thy widowhood any more.
.5  For thy Maker is thine husband; the LORD of hosts is his name; and thy Redeemer the Holy One of Israel; The God of the whole earth shall he be called.
.6 ¶ For the LORD hath called thee as a woman forsaken and grieved in spirit, and a wife of youth, when thou wast refused, saith thy God.
  4 - Forget shame The youth or early centuries of Israel were rebellious. To "not remember" is a blessing when it involves sinful ways re2104, is6517.
  4 - Widowhood When separated while in captivity because of unfaithfulness la0101, la0205, ho0206.
  6 - As a woman God's people are often seen as a woman re1201a.
.7  For a small moment have I forsaken thee; but with great mercies will I gather thee.
 8  In a little wrath I hid my face from thee for a moment; but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee, saith the LORD thy Redeemer.
 9  For this is as the waters of Noah unto me: for as I have sworn that the waters of Noah should no more go over the earth; so have I sworn that I would not be wroth with thee, nor rebuke thee.
.10  For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed, saith the LORD that hath mercy on thee.
  7 - Small moment His people had been mostly unfaithful during their seventy years in Babylon. Verse 8 is parallel.
  9 - Waters of Noah Some manuscripts read "days of Noah." God gives His people a promise like the one given to Noah that the earth would never again be destroyed by water.
  10 - Mountains depart  The Lord would not forsake His faithful wife. Compare re0614.
 11 ¶ O thou afflicted, tossed with tempest, and not comforted, behold, I will lay thy stones with fair colours, and lay thy foundations with sapphires.
 12  And I will make thy windows of agates, and thy gates of carbuncles, and all thy borders of pleasant stones.
.13  And all thy children shall be taught of the LORD; and great shall be the peace of thy children.
  13 - Children Or "descendants." Here these are the children of Zion who are Israel. In the new earth the descendants of spiritual Israel (including all races ga0328) will be willing to listen. Under the new covenant the Lord writes His law within our hearts je3133, jn1426, he0810, 1jo0227. Also mt0721.
 14  In righteousness shalt thou be established: thou shalt be far from oppression; for thou shalt not fear: and from terror; for it shall not come near thee.
 15  Behold, they shall surely gather together, but not by me: whosoever shall gather together against thee shall fall for thy sake.
 16  Behold, I have created the smith that bloweth the coals in the fire, and that bringeth forth an instrument for his work; and I have created the waster to destroy.
  14 - Terror ... shall not come near A welcome promise today. ps04601, ps09107.
  15 - Gather together Or "attack."
 17  No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD.   17 - Their righteousness Better "their vindication." "God has blessed His commandment-keeping people and all the opposition and falsehoods that may be brought against them will only strengthen those who stand firm in defense of the faith once delivered to the saints. But if those who profess to be the depositaries [keepers] of God's law become transgressors of that law, His protecting care will be withdrawn, and many will fall through perverseness and licentiousness. Then we shall indeed be unable to stand before our enemies. But if His people remain separate and distinct from the world, as a nation that do righteousness, God will be their defense, and no weapons formed against them shall prosper. (Ellen White, Testimonies, vol. 5, p. 601). The thought continues in the beginning of the next verse.
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