A Study in the Word – Isaiah 62:1-12


Celebration of a restored Jerusalem continues (62:1). The focus now is on Jerusalem’s new status and identity. The city represents the fortunes of the nation. Since the city will enjoy being righteous before God, He will give the city a new name that reflects the change (62:2-3). Formerly she was “Forsaken” and “Desolate.” Names that better describe her changes are in order (62:4). The happiest day of a young couple is their wedding day when their new commitment is affirmed and joy is shared. This illustration points the remnant toward the new day of faith that comes to all who believe in God (62:5).

The Lord’s promise to create a new Jerusalem and fill it with joy now takes an interesting turn. He invites Jerusalem to appoint watchmen day and night, not for alerting the city to danger, but to “remind the Lord” of His promise to make Jerusalem “a praise in the earth” (62:6-7)! Obviously, God does not need reminding. But Isaiah speaks of persistency on their part. As these watchmen remind the Lord, they will simultaneously be reminding the people of what God is doing and will do (62:8). Encouragement will increase whenever they hear the praise reminders of the watchmen. They will receive assurances that society and the worship of Yahweh will resume (62:9).

Judah will return from exile as if they are royalty (62:10). A proclamation will sound to the “ends of the earth” that the Lord Himself is leading the way (62:11). Faith will be rewarded. In verse 12 “they” refers to the ends of the earth (vs. 11) and “you” is the city of Jerusalem. Having finally trusted in God and having taken on His character, they are to be called a “holy people.” They are “redeemed” to become what God desires for any people: “holy.” The city gains a new identity: “Sought out,” literally, “being continually sought out” by others. Their restoration is their testimony.

When this study in Isaiah began, three major themes were mentioned. First, God is the Holy One of Israel. Second, God provides for a Faithful Remnant. Third, Redemption is to come through the Suffering Servant of God. Return from exile partially fulfilled these themes in Isaiah’s time. It is much more important, though, that the perfect fulfillment of the Servant of the Lord still lay in the future. The End is not yet, but it is coming.

Dr. David Moore is a Baptist preacher in Pampa and an online instructor in Bible and theology for Taylor University and Nations University. Email: dm5867se@outlook.com