Summary of passage: The Lord will no longer remain quiet until Israel’s righteousness and salvation shines forth to other nations. Israel will be a crown of splendor in the Lord’s hand. The Lord will bestow a new name on Israel of Hephzibah (my delight is in her) and Beulah (married) and be rid of Deserted and Desolate. God will rejoice and be married to God.
Watchmen will be on Jerusalem’s walls who will never be silent. Call on the Lord and give him no rest until he establishes Jerusalem and makes her the praise of the earth (keep asking God for His glory to shine).
The Lord has sworn never to allow Israel to be conquered again (to have their food and wine taken by others). Instead, Israel shall praise the Lord and eat and drink in the courts of the Lord’s sanctuary. Prepare the way for others to come to Israel. Raise the banner for nations.
The Savior will come bringing His reward and recompense with Him. Israel will be called the Holy People, Redeemed of the Lord, Sought After, and the City No Longer Deserted.
6) Her righteousness shines out like the dawn, her salvation like a blazing torch. The nations will see your righteousness and all kings your glory. You will be a crown of splendor.
7a) Zion was called Deserted and Desolate. Zion will be called Hephzibah (my delight is in her) and Beulah (married).
b) To establish a new identity or an indication that person/thing has been transformed.
Genesis 17:5 “No longer will you be called Abram; your name will be Abraham, for I have made you a father of many nations.”
Genesis 17:15 “God also said to Abraham, ‘As for Sarai your wife, you are no longer to call her Sarai; her name will be Sarah.’”
Revelation 2:17 “To him who overcomes…I will also give him a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to him who receives it.”
Revelation 3:12 “Him who overcomes…I will write on him my new name.”
c) The whole world will now know God delights in Israel and is married to her. He will no longer forsake His people. I think other nations would be hesitant to take on Israel of try to conquer her knowing this. I think it would make Israel a desired place to live.
8a) The Lord has sworn to never again let Israel be conquered (let enemies and foreigners take Israel’s grain and wine), and instead Israel shall eat it in a sanctuary of safety. Israel must prepare the way for all those to come to receive the Lord’s salvation.
b) The Savior comes bringing His reward and recompense. Israel will be called Holy People, Redeemed of the Lord, Sought After, and City No Longer Deserted
Conclusions: Another message of hope from God to His people: in the future you will be great. These days are fun for me because it gives me something to look forward to when my day isn’t going quite as planned. Our furnace broke 2 days ago and I was majorly stressed. It’s fixed now but I was stuck in worry. I guess I should have read this passage!
End Note: Good reference for 7b: http://www.gotquestions.org/name-change.html