Summary of passage: God will make Israel the everlasting pride and joy of all nations and will drink the milk of nations and be nursed by royal breasts so they will know He is their Redeemer, Savior, and Mighty One. God will bring the better material (gold instead of bronze, silver instead of iron, bronze instead of wood, and iron instead of stones) and will make peace and righteousness their ruler. Israel’s walls and gates will be Salvation and Praise. Violence will be vanquished.
9a) God will make Israel the everlasting pride and joy of all nations and generations. Israel will drink the milk of nations and be nursed by royal breasts (will receive the wealth of nations freely as a mother nurses her baby). God will replace bronze with gold, iron with silver, wood with bronze, and stones with iron (give better things). God will give peace and righteousness, vanquish violence, ruin and destruction, and call Israel Salvation and Praise.
b) God can make our walls (be it of our home or those around us) a place of salvation, peace, and righteousness. He can turn whatever we have into something better. We can be the pride and joy in our generation especially amongst our family. We can receive God’s riches freely–as freely as a babe nurses (a mother gives her baby milk).
10) Personal Question. My answers:
Lord: Ruler of my life
Your Savior: God’s unfathomable love for me
Your Redeemer: I can fall but God will catch me
The Mighty One of Jacob: God can do anything for me, through me, and with me.
Conclusions: It’s nice to have an easy day now and then. The image of God blessing Israel as freely as a mother gives her milk to her baby speaks to me because I remember those days where baby came first in everything including when she or he wanted to nurse. Great stuff!