Isaiah is telling us about who we are and what God has done for us. In Isaiah 59 the Lord reminded us of our total sinfulness and the redemption God supplies by his own arm. The Redeemer will come to Zion (59:20), making a covenant with them and forgiving their sins. We learn in Isaiah 59:21 that Zion is a picture of the redeemed people of covenant. These are the one who desire to be set free from their sins. Isaiah 60 describes who we are because of what God has done for us. As we read this chapter we must read looking at who we are supposed to be now that we have been redeemed.
Hope For The World (60:1-3)
Isaiah begins with hopeful words, “Arise, shine, for your light has come!” Isaiah 59:9-10 confessed that we are looking for light but remain in the darkness, living like the blind spiritually. But now that will change. Darkness will lift suddenly with the arrival of the Lord. Your light has come! Verses 1 and 2 describe that it is the Lord that is shining as the light. “The glory of the Lord has risen upon you” (60:1) and “the Lord will arise upon you” (60:2). What does it mean for us to arise and shine? Listen to how the apostle Paul describes what this looks like in our lives.
Therefore do not become partners with them; 8 for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light 9 (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), 10 and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord. 11 Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. 12 For it is shameful even to speak of the things that they do in secret. 13 But when anything is exposed by the light, it becomes visible, 14 for anything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says, “Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” (Ephesians 5:7–14 ESV)
Notice that we are the light of the Lord because Christ has come and is shining on us. Therefore we are to walk as children of light, discerning what is pleasing to the Lord. We expose the unfruitful works of darkness rather than participating in them. This is how we awake, arise, and shine because the light of Christ has arrived. We are supposed to shine like the sun. The effect is described in verse 3 that the nations will come to your light. We are reflecting the glory of the Lord to the world. We are shining as followers of Christ. The redeemed of God do not simply enjoy being redeemed for selfish purposes. We are to arise and shine as the light to the nations.
Nations Will Come To Zion (60:4-9)
The picture is that the people of God, Zion, will be restored. The nations are shown as coming to Zion. But they are not coming to attack or destroy. They are coming to you in joy bringing the wealth of the nations. This is a restoration image. The nations had attacked Jerusalem in the days of Isaiah. Isaiah predicted that the Babylonians would attack and take everything from Jerusalem. Now the nations are going to come and they are not going to come to take anything. Rather, they are bringing wealth. They are not stripping the people of their wealth. Not only are they coming in with wealth, verse 6 says they will bring good news, the praises of the Lord. They are coming to honor the Lord. Now when people come to Zion, they will be coming to the city of God to praise it, not destroy it. They will support it, not steal from it. But we see that a spiritual shift is occurring in Isaiah’s prophecy as God continues to describe what will happen when the Lord comes. The nations are bringing the wealth. But this is not the physical temple being built. The nations are coming and God “will beautify my beautiful house.” God will make Zion beautiful. Verse 9 drives this point home even further, describing the coming in of the nations “because he has made you beautiful.” The beautiful house and the beautiful temple is the people of God. God will make them beautiful. Previously, the people were not beautiful. Isaiah has seen them full of their sins. Isaiah had to confess for himself and for his people concerning their uncleanness when the Lord commissioned him to preach to the people (Isaiah 6).
Verse 9 pictures how we are made beautiful. There is a change of desire. There is a change of hope. “For the coastlands will hope for me.” Those who have seen the light of the Lord hope in God alone. God takes our filthiness and makes us beautiful. We cannot beautify ourselves. Christ cleanses and beautifies. Our hope shifts away from this world. Our desire is not for this life. Our citizenship is not in this world. Our hope is in God. Our desire is now in God. This is how we are made beautiful. Hope in God through the light of Jesus.
And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit. (2 Corinthians 3:18 ESV)
We are looking at Jesus and we are being transformed into a new person, matching the image of Jesus. Remember that John 1 told us that we are looking at the Lord and the glory of the Lord when we see and examine Jesus (cf. John 1:14-18). We have spent much time asking about where our hope lies and examining our hearts. Our hope cannot be in our careers, in our spouses, in our families, in our children, in our parents, in any person or any object. The people of God hope in God.
Nations Will Glorify Zion (60:10-16)
Isaiah returns to the picture of restoration. The nations are not destroying the city, but are rebuilding the walls of the city. We cannot read verse 10 as a reference to the return that occurred in the days of Nehemiah, as he came to Jerusalem to rebuild the walls. While the Persians allowed for the rebuilding of the Jerusalem walls, they did not build those walls themselves. Instead, our context has been when the Lord comes and brings light to the world, which refers to the coming of Jesus. Further, verse 11-12 shows that this is not referring to physical Jerusalem. The gates of physical Jerusalem were not continually open and there were many nations that did not serve Jerusalem and did not perish. No nation served Jerusalem or physical Israel from its restoration in 445 BC to its destruction by the Romans in 70 AD. Isaiah is picturing a glorious kingdom, not the physical city. We will note the connection to Revelation 21 shortly.
God is reversing the fortunes of his people. We cannot reverse our fortunes. We deserve punishment for our sins. Israel deserves its punishments and judgments for its rebellion to the Lord. Notice verse 14. “The sons of those who afflicted you shall come bending low to you, and all who despised you shall bow down at your feet.” See the reversal/restoration imagery. Those who harmed you are now bowing down to you. God reversing the judgment. God is solving our sin problem. The Redeemer has come, the covenant has been established, and the curse of sin is removed so that restoration can occur.
Therefore God gives another picture. “For the nation and kingdom that will not serve you shall perish; those nations shall be utterly laid waste” (Isaiah 60:12). Be part of the city of God that glories and hopes in the Lord, or perish. This is hope for God’s people. Ultimate justice will come from God’s hand. Those who are against God’s people will be judged. Therefore, the people of God wait for the Lord, putting their trust and hope in him for restoration. God will vindicate his people by judging those who do not come to him, turning away from sin. How could we not want to belong to the Lord? Not only has God acted on our behalf to save us, but the enemies will receive the wrath of God. We want to be on the right side of his victory. Belong to God and be the victors. Our God shows grace to us and extends blessings to us, making us beautiful and glorious before him (60:15-16). God is providing our needs, our satisfaction, our nourishment, and loving care. God meets our longings and our lasting needs. This is another reason that we hope in God. “I will make you majestic forever, a joy from age to age” (60:15). God offers far more than the world could ever offer. Hope in God.
The Transformation of Zion (60:17-22)
God continues to picture the radical transformation of his people. God will transform you inside and out (60:17-18). We are being made perfect in his grace, belonging to a new kingdom under a new rule as his citizens. Verse 18 describes our new identity as Salvation and Praise. Salvation and praise is who we are. We are the saved who are continually praising God for his mercy.
The chapter concludes with beautiful imagery. God’s people are not ruled by the times and seasons of this world. Night and day control everything we do. Light and darkness of the earth affects everything we do. But now our lives will be affected by something else. God is their light. God rules their lives. God gives them their direction. The Lord shows us how to live and we follow his path. This imagery is used again beautifully in the book of Revelation.
And I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb. 23 And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and its lamp is the Lamb. 24 By its light will the nations walk, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it, 25 and its gates will never be shut by day—and there will be no night there. 26 They will bring into it the glory and the honor of the nations. 27 But nothing unclean will ever enter it, nor anyone who does what is detestable or false, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s book of life. (Revelation 21:22–27 ESV)
Notice how this is summary of Isaiah’s prophecy. The nations are coming into the city of God. The Lord is the light. More specifically, the Lamb is the lamp. Remember that Jesus declared, “I am the light of the world” (John 8:12). A whole different life because of Jesus, who we follow as our new light.
Look at what the people of Zion are doing now. Another picture is given to us in verse 19. “Your God will be your glory.” This is our problem. This is the human problem. We are glory thieves. We steal glory away from God. We glory in everything but God. We take pride in all the wrong things. What was the problem at Babel? Pride and glory were the problems. They wanted to make a name for themselves. They wanted recognition. Why was Moses unable to enter into the promised land? We must certainly assume that Moses had sinned many times during the 80 years he had been with these people. But why now can he not enter the promised land? He stole the honor and glory that belong to God and took it to himself when he struck the rock rather than speaking to it. What is the sin in the garden of Eden? Pride as Adam and Eve eat because they are only concerned about themselves, rather than the way of the Lord. We could go on and on that the problem with humanity is we glory in all the wrong things. We take pride in our children. We glory in temporal, worldly things. We fail to glory in God. God says his people will glory or boast in one thing: God. The apostle Paul said this very thing, perhaps even calling to mind this prophecy.
“Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.” (1 Corinthians 1:31; cf. 2 Corinthians 10:17; Galatians 6:14)
Look at the other picture in verse 21. “Your people shall all be righteous.” How are we going to be righteous? We are wicked and ungodly! But Isaiah 59 told us that those who would turn from their sins would be redeemed by the Redeemer and be counted as his children. This leads to the transformation of our lives and hearts, as we look into the face of Jesus, seeing the glory of the Lord. Isaiah has emphasized that transformation will occur because God’s Spirit is on Christ and on his lips which will then be on our lips and heart. The result is the glorification of God (60:21). No one is excluded from experiencing this joy (60:22).
Awake! Rise up because the light of Jesus is shining on every one of you. Jesus is our light, changing our ways and changing our lives. God has reversed our fortunes so that we now have our hope in the Lord and our glory is in him alone. Turn from your sinful ways and love the Lord your God today!
The glory of Israel in the Kingdom of God.. ( Isa 60:1-3 ) The glorious light of God's Kingdom.. c. Gentiles shall come to your light : When the LORD lifts up His glorious light over Israel, the Gentiles nations shall see it and be attracted to the light.. This will be ultimately fulfilled in the Millennial Kingdom of Jesus, when Israel is lifted up among all nations.. Second, they do it because they see the work of God in Israel: because He has glorified you .. d. Why does the LORD do this?. 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.
Series : Glory of God from Isaiah 1.. Evil king Ahaz made images of the Baals, burned incense in the valley of Benhinnom and burned his sons in the fire provoking the Lord God to anger.. I. Isaiah saw the glory of the Lord (1-5).. When you experience the glory of God you may be terrified because it is here that you are made aware of your sin.. Without experiencing the glory of God you do not know sin.. But without experiencing the glory of God you cannot know forgiveness.. Sin and forgiveness are both found at the same place—in the presence of the glory of God.. Isaiah’s seeing the glory of God lead him to volunteer for service (8).. D. It is people today who have seen the glory of the Lord who volunteer for service.. It is those who have seen the glory of the Lord who warn against materialism (5:8).. It is those who have seen the glory of the Lord who warn against drunkenness (5:11).. Where are those who have seen the glory of the Lord who will serve as overseers?. Where are those who have seen the glory of the Lord who will serve as teachers?. Will you encourage your sons and daughters to say, “Here am I send me?” When you have seen the glory of the Lord you understand His mission and you make it yours.. Have you seen the glory of the Lord?
And on Christmas Eve this year we looked at how Isaiah 60 both predicts and expands our understanding of God’s glorious light.. In the fullness of time, we see how the Magi in Matthew 2 fulfill Isaiah’s promise of the nations coming to worship the Lord.. As Hebrews 12:22 tells us, when we worship the Lord we have come to Mount Zion and join in the worship that is ever present in glory.. 1 Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.. 3 And nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising.. They shall bring gold and frankincense, and shall bring good news, the praises of the Lord.. 9 For the coastlands shall hope for me, the ships of Tarshish first, to bring your children from afar, their silver and gold with them, for the name of the Lord your God, and for the Holy One of Israel, because he has made you beautiful.. The sun shall be no more your light by day, nor for brightness shall the moon give you light; but the Lord will be your everlasting light, and your God will be your glory.. How does understanding the place of Zion help us read Isaiah 60?. Does the proposed structure (Light — Gathering — Worship in Zion — Gathering — Light) help organize the chapter?
You have it translated here in the King James Version out of which I preach, “Unto Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus, auto , “to Him,” he doxa , “the glory,” en te ekklesia , “in the church,” en Christo Iesou , “in Christ Jesus,” not “by Christ Jesus,” “unto Him, unto God, be the glory in the church in Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end.. The glory of God, the being of God, the essence and character of God, glory.. That is why in the one hundred sixth Psalm, speaking of the worship of those Israelites around the golden calf [Exodus 32:4; Psalm 106:19]—that’s why the psalmist says, “They exchanged the glory of God, their glory into the similitude of an ox that eateth grass” [Psalm 106:20], the glory of God, the being, the excellence, the presence of God.. And when it came to pass, John wrote of it like this in the fourteenth verse of his first chapter, “And the Word was made flesh, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten Son of God” [John 1:14]; glory identified with the character and being and presence of God Himself.. And when God is present and when God appears, there is glory, there is brightness, brilliance, splendor, iridescence, effulgence, the glory, the shekinah garments of the Lord, glory.. Praise: and the angels burst into exclamatory praise and said, “Glory to God in the highest,” glory, praise, exultation, “Glory to God in the highest” [Luke 2:14].. And this is the power of God in the church, that is, the glory of God in the church, when people are saved, when God is adding to His congregation; that’s the glory in the church [Ephesians 3:21].. We glorify God with the sacrifice of thanksgiving and praise [Psalm 116:17]; the glory of God in the church, singing about Him, and loving Him, and reading about Him, and preaching about Him, and giving an appeal in His name, praying to Him, calling upon Him; the glory of God in the church, praising the Lord, thanking the Lord [Ephesians 3:21].
The Glory of God in the Church; you have it translated here in the King James Version out of which I preach, "Unto Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus.". [Exodus 33:18-23] The glory of God, the being of God, the essence and character of God, glory; that’s why in the one hundred sixth Psalm, speaking of the worship of those Israelites around the golden calf, that’s why the psalmist says, "They exchanged the glory of God, their glory, into the similitude of an ox that eateth grass" [Psalm 106:19-20] – the glory of God, the being, the excellence, the presence of God.. His first coming announced by the great Baptist preacher named John [Matthew 3:11-12]; and His second coming in glory with the holy angels [Matthew 16:27] – identified with the Lord Himself, the glory of God, the presence of God.. And when God is present, and when God appears, there is glory, there is brightness, brilliance, splendor, iridescence, effulgence: the glory, the shekinah garments of the Lord, glory.. When the tabernacle was made, the place was filled with the glory of God When the temple was dedicated, the priests could not enter because the house was filled with the glory of God [2 Chronicles 5:14].. Praise: "And the angels burst into exclamatory praise, and said, Glory to God in the highest, glory, praise, exaltation, Glory to God in the highest!". And this is the power of God in the church; that is, the glory of God in the church.. Looking at the glory of God we are changed into the same image from glory to glory; that is, as the Holy Spirit works with us and sanctifies us, we rise from one triumph to the other, from one glory, from one image, likeness of God, to the other, until finally we come to the perfection of glory in heaven.. Fourth: the brightness and the effulgence of God: that is in the church – the iridescent splendor of the Lord, the glory of God in the church [Ephesians 3:21], His shekinah glory, the brightness, the splendor.. There is a glory of the sun, there is a glory of the moon, there is a glory of the stars: for one star differeth from another in glory.
The community of God’s. people was in no condition to be a light to the nations (42:5-7).. your light has come Since the. beginning of the second section of Isaiah (40:10), there has been the. anticipation of God’s "coming" to deliver His people and restore justice to. the land.. Prophets often. used this form to refer to God’s future activity as well.. The people have no light of their. own.. This light will bring the. world justice, peace and deliverance from oppression (Isa 49:6; 58:6-12;. Acts 13:47).. In several places in. the second section of Isaiah, the prophet portrays Israel as a wife deserted. by her husband (49:20-21; 54:6-8).. These verses return to the. imagery of light and glory with which the chapter began.
Some had drawn back from God, given up hope and abandoned the faith.. He tells them to encourage one another, not only to attend church services regularly, but to encourage one another while they were actually at church assemblies so that weak Christians would not become discouraged and leave the church.. This may not refer to the Lord's Day either because the author is discussing what they ought to be doing within the assembly and not merely having to attend.. There is a sacrifice for those who sin and need forgiveness, but there is no sacrifice for those who know the truth, and despite this, willfully continue to sin.. In this discussion of sin the author includes the sin of abandoning the assembly because it is the outward sign of a willful falling away from the faith (one cannot be faithful to Jesus, the head, without being faithful to the church, the body of Christ).. The author states that since Jesus is greater than the Jewish religion, the sin of abandoning Him is greater than the sin of abandoning the Jewish faith, and so will the punishment.. The author reminds them that they endured these things joyfully at the time because their hope for a better "home" was strong.. He tells them that he is aware that they faithfully endured these things at the beginning, and should not throw away their confidence now since the reward is still to come.. 36 For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised.. The author uses this passage as an encouragement to his readers who also had suffered persecution and discouragement.. Drawing near to God with confidence now that Jesus has opened the way by His sacrifice.. He warns the church that abandoning Christ is a greater sin than abandoning Moses because Christ is greater, and finally, he encourages them to finish the race with the same zeal that they began with so they can receive the rewards.. These Christians, as well as every disciple until the end of time, were learning some of the most basic lessons about the Christian life:. ( Hebrews 10:26-31 ) How does the writer of Hebrews encourage Christians to endure?
The city, new Jerusalem, represents the people of God.. Open the gates, that the righteous nation that keeps faith may enter in.” (Isaiah 26:1–2 ESV). On the foundation stones were inscribed the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.. The apostles were the foundation of the city of God, the new Jerusalem.. The measuring of the city (and the temple in Ezekiel’s vision) is to show the security found in this city.. The holy people of God are with the Lord in perfect fellowship where there is nothing evil.
Just after her baby was born, Nancy Guthrie knew something was wrong.. But not God.. The reason I say this is that every effort to define the holiness of God ultimately winds up by saying something like, "God is holy means God is God.". . . which is just another way to say, God is God!. "Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of Hosts; His glory fills the whole earth.". When God shows Himself to be holy, we have seen God's glory.
If it is now revealed to us that we are formed and created for the glory of God, then the next question is, why should we give Glory to God?. If all of creation declare the glory of God, then there is a greater onus for us to glorify God.. It is only when we set our eyes on the Lord Jesus Christ who freed us from the weight of sin and death and when your whole life becomes about Him, then in this freedom we find the life that we were always meant for, to glorify God and to declare His Glory to the world.. 1 Peter 4:11 says “whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves as one who serves by the strength God supplied – in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ.. In order for us to flourish like a well-watered plant and to produce the kind of fruit that declares the glory of God, there are some things we must allow God to do in our lives.. The end result of the pruning is a beautiful tree with abundant fruits, and the end results of God’s pruning in your life is a life that shouts out and declares the glory of God through your person.. This is the person whose heart is not hard, receiving the word of God into their lives and working the soil of their hearts, ploughing it, weeding it and fertilizing it and so become productive whose end is abundant fruit that declares the glory of God to all those surrounding it and far beyond its reaches.. What is special about glorifying God through worship is that it combines the other two points I mentioned above, “Glorifying God by Believing in Him” and “Glorifying God by Declaring Him”.. As you fill your heart and mind with the pure word of God, the truth of God will move your spirit to praise and love and glorify God through worship in Him.
First, God’s essential glory: the sum of his attributes makes him the “God of glory” (Acts 7:2).. His glory is the “sparkling of the deity.” God’s life lies in his glory, and his glory cannot increase or decrease, for his glory is infinite, unchangeable, eternal, and so on.. Consequently, we behold the glory of God in the person of Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 3:18; 4:6), not only in this life, but also in the life to come!. Christ is the God-man, what theologians call a “complex person.” Thus he has a distinct glory, also called a “personal glory” by theologians.. But he saw God’s glory in the person of Christ, not God’s glory as God sees and knows his own glory.. As sinners, we should be thankful that we see God’s glory in the person of his Son, because that glory, when beheld by faith, saves us rather than consumes us.. Christ also has another glory besides his personal glory: a mediatorial glory.. And the bride of Christ is, naturally, his glory, just as a woman is the glory of man (1 Corinthians 11:7).. If Pastor John Piper has coined the phrase, “God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him,” then I would like to (by way of complement) coin the phrase, “God is most satisfied in himself when Christ is most glorified in us.” In other words, in God’s purposes for his Son, the world, and his people, he is “most satisfied” when his Son is glorified by those for whom he gave to the Son.. Christ’s personal glory is the primary glory by which we come to know, love, and enjoy God.. The only way we can have any access to God, any sight of God, any knowledge of God, any fruition of God, is in and through the God-man, Jesus Christ.
The book of Isaiah is mentioned around 60 times in the NT, which is more than all other prophets together.. Isaiah chap.. Isaiah experienced how the Northern Kingdom was allied with Egypt against Assyria and finally was defeated all the same and brought into Assyrian captivity in 722/21 BC (2 Kings 17).. 1 - 35) contains mainly prophecies about the last times and God's ways with Judah, Israel (chap.. A special emphasis is found in Isaiah using this name in his word to king Hezekiah in 2 Kings 19:22!. Besides the book of Psalms there is none other in the OT containing so many prophecies concerning the Lord Jesus.