And not have compassion on the son of her womb? This is an important yet lightly noted prophecy of the rejection of the Messiah, by mankind in general and by Israel specifically. Click to enable/disable Google Analytics tracking. The Father is the Lord, the Redeemer, and Holy One of Israel, as sending the Son to be the Redeemer. "Sing, O heaven; and be joyful, O earth; and break forth into singing, O mountains: for Jehovah hath comforted his people, and will have compassion upon his afflicted.". But these, where were they? Shall go away from you. note on 42:1-4). The book of Isaiah contains 66 chapters divided into 39, and 27 the same way the Old and New Testament is divided. The servant was to be a light to the nations, making it possible for non-Jews who had been in darkness because of being without the knowledge of God and his promises to be forgiven of their sins and to cease being in a state of alienation from him. Lick up the dust of thy feet refers to the great honor which the great ones of the world will give Israel. 49:10) on those who need help, including Gentiles. i. (heaven) (Mt 7:13-14). And to restore the preserved ones of Israel; The Lord ( Yehovah) hath forsaken me, and my Lord ( Adonai) hath forgotten me. He named me even before my birth. God is saying, "I'll fight with those that fight with you." Her friends, who had deserted her, shall be gathered to her, and shall contribute their utmost to her assistance and comfort: Thy children shall make haste. 2 He made my words of judgment as sharp as a sword. a. The Pulpit Commentary - Isaiah 28:13 The word of the Lord was to them ; rather, shall be to them . Isaiah 56:1, 6-8 Commentary; Isaiah 58 Commentary. Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Isaiah 49:13-17 The scope of these verses is to show that the return of the people of God out of their captivity, and the eternal redemption to be wrought out by Christ (of which that was a type), would be great occasions of joy to the church and great proofs of the tender care God has of the church. God says, "It's all right, but I still won't. And He has made My mouth like a sharp sword; In the shadow of His hand He has hidden Me, And made Me a polished shaft; Let there be joy in heaven, and let the angels of God celebrate the praises of the great Redeemer; let the earth and the mountains, particularly the great ones of the earth, be joyful, and break forth into singing, for the earnest expectation of the creature that waits for the glorious liberty of the children of God (Romans 8:19; Romans 8:21) shall now be abundantly answered. I will feed those who oppress you with their own flesh, 49:14-16. But we have no more reason to question his promise and grace than we have to question his providence and justice. And he hath made my mouth like a sharp sword; in the shadow of his hand hath he hid me, and made me a polished shaft; in his quiver hath he hid me ( Isaiah 49:1-2 ); You go back to Psalms 22:1-31 , that glorious prophetic Messianic psalm of David, and we read there in Psalms 22:1-31 verse Isaiah 49:8 , or no, verse Isaiah 49:9 : "But thou art he that took me out of the womb: thou didst make me hope when I was upon my mother's breasts. Isaiah 49:14 But Zion said, The LORD hath forsaken me, and my Lord hath forgotten me. "[9] The appearance of this outburst of praise in the midst of a long list of prophecies is similar to the appearance of the proleptic songs interspersed throughout the prophecy of Revelation, thus exhibiting the same characteristic found in other authentic portions of God's Word. In these encouragements, Isaiah looks beyond his time to the coming of the Christ, and even beyond that to the second coming and the eternal kingdom. Get Your Bible Minute in Your Inbox Every Morning. All new evidence . So long as they are oppressed by fear or anxiety, or grief, they scarcely accept of any consolation; and therefore they need to be confirmed in various ways. Or the captives of the righteous be delivered? And that it was actually God who declared, "If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget its cunning. iv. And these from the land of Sinim.. 10 million Ukrainians without power because of Russia. That You should be My salvation to the ends of the earth. They are dwelling there. It is too small a thing that You should be My Servant And I will save your children. a. Isaiah concluded by calling on the whole created universe to rejoice because the Lord had comforted His people (cf. And if you look at it, it is a very small area. There I was, left alone; Half a century ago the blackest spot upon the map of the world, but if you ask the watchman, "what of the night" that brooded on these islands, he answers from the watch-towers of Omniscience that it is gone! You can also change some of your preferences. With his own hand he protected me. It occurs 12 times in the first 39 chapters and 14 times in chapters 40 through 66. Israel 40-66 is all about the comfort of God To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use the convenient, Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology, Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament, The Hawker's Poor Man's Concordance And Dictionary, International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. I will also give You as a light to the Gentiles, And God's purposes are to be fulfilled there. To this he submitted for our salvation. Kings shall be your foster fathers, i. The whole problem that we're having here with inflation, our whole problem of economy is based to the increased oil prices. There is nothing in life no obstacle, no loneliness, no trial, no sorrow which may not be a way into Gods richest blessing. Gods blessing will seem to come from nowhere. Otherwise you will be prompted again when opening a new browser window or new a tab. The "mountain" (Isaiah 13:2) is discussed in Notes and Commentary on Isaiah 2:1-5. But he still loves them and has the power to save them. c. Even the captives of the mighty shall be taken away: Babylon, the mighty empire, had taken Zion captive. ; Place of Action: Jerusalem Golden Text: "Thus saith the LORD, In an acceptable time have I heard thee, and in a day of salvation have I helped thee: and I will preserve thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, to establish the earth, to cause to inherit the desolate heritages." (Isaiah 49:8). And set up My standard for the peoples; I was cast upon thee from the womb: thou art my God from my mother's belly" ( Psalms 22:9-10 ). See how deplorable the case of God's people may be sometimes, such that they may seem to be forsaken and forgotten of their God; and at such a time their temptations may be alarmingly violent. In His quiver He has hidden Me.. There I was, left alone; but these, where were they? a. 2 He made my words as sharp as a sword. The servant stands disbelieving in the face of God's call, blinded by self-condemnation to God's purposes. And when the Israelis go in and take the oil and cut the prices in half, everybody is going to hail them as the heroes, because suddenly this whole problem of world economy is going to be reversed. There is a loving, wise purpose for every mountain, and God wants to make each of My mountains a road. But Zion said, The LORD has forsaken me, The final verse (13) is a call to all creation to praise the Lord for the deliverance reported in vv. You won't find a clearer picture of Jesus Christ anywhere else in the OT. See, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands; The reason of all this is. We hanged our harps on the willows in the midst thereof. They shall feed along the roads, To bring Jacob back to Him, ii. Isaiah 46:1-13 Sovereign Control of God. The Lord called me before my birth; from within the womb he called me by name. Even when Jerusalem is in ruins, God's people envision the new day of restoration! II. There's not enough room." First, It is not likely that she should. This promise of salvation (49:8-12) leads into a rapturous eruption of praise and joy: "Shout for joy, you heavens; rejoice, you earth; burst into song, you mountains! and who hath brought up these? It is mainly on the basis of this phrase that there is the practice of kissing the popes feet. (Bultema). While some might need to brandish a weapon to show their authority, the Messiah needs only to speak. Kings shall see and arise, This is the third of our four lessons from Isaiah in our set of reflections on humanity's participation in God's new creation. [1.] Partners In a New Creation / Lesson #2 God Foretells Redemption / Isaiah 49:1-13. We are told that the word the goes forth out of his mouth is like a sharp, two-edged sword--Revelation. And He has made My mouth like a sharp sword; In the shadow of His hand He has hidden Me, And made Me a polished shaft; In His quiver He has hidden Me." "And He said to me, 'You are . I will make each of My mountains a road, He is protected by the Lord (49:2). This probably has reference to the hidden years of Jesus, when He lived in obscurity, as a polished shaft waiting in the quiver of the LORD. Surely they may forget, The servant who is the nation Israel is displeasing to God (42:18-25), but this servant is honored by God (49:5). Now by this it will appear that Zion's suggestions were altogether groundless, that God has not forsaken her, nor forgotten her, nor ever will. Isaiah 50:4-9a Commentary; Isaiah 51 Commentary. Isaiah 52:7-10 Commentary; Isaiah 52:13 - 53:12 Commentary; Isaiah 55 Commentary. In the larger sense, it speaks of mercy and the provision of God for people as they return to Him in the last days, as they shall come from afar. See, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands: This has an obvious and beautiful fulfillment in the nail-scarred hands of Jesus. Sing, O heavens; and be joyful, O earth; and break forth into singing, O mountains: for the LORD hath comforted his people, and will have mercy upon his afflicted. [When you make] the commitment of your life to Jesus Christ without reservation, then you can go to meet your mountains and meet obstacles in Jesus not to meet them outside Him, but in Christ. b. And the prey of the terrible be delivered; That God has a tender affection for his church and people, Isaiah 49:15; Isaiah 49:15. This promise was partially fulfilled in the return of the exiles from Babylon but will be ultimately fulfilled in the regathering of Israel in the last days. "Poor Fiji," the by-word of the nations, is become more Christian than the land that sent her Christ. i. The LORD has called Me from the womb; From the matrix of My mother He has made mention of My name. Salem Media Group. There is no exception in that great, but little word, all. 5. . They accused God of forsaking them. And I will feed them that oppress thee with their own flesh; and they shall be drunken with their own blood, as with sweet wine: and all flesh shall know that I the LORD am thy Saviour and thy Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob ( Isaiah 49:26 ). Isaiah 49 is actually the second of four songs called the Servant Songs. f. And these from the land of Sinim: Some identify Sinim with a place in Egypt; others identify it with China. Opponents who try to ruin Israels work will not be successful and will leave in shame and defeat (17-18). Who is speaking? This is rejoicing over deliverance from sin, not just exile. Notice it says My mountains. Bible Study: Isaiah 49:1-26. And they that had carried us away captive said, 'Sing us one of your songs.' 1 Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The Lord hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. Nevertheless, that Servant knew he was called by God. Isaiah 55:1-13 Commentary; Isaiah 56 Commentary. But if that were the case, an apparent contradiction would arise in Isaiah 49:5-6, in which the Servants task is to bring Israel back to Yahweh and to the landthe view that Israel is a title of the individual messianic Servant harmonizes most satisfactorily with the passage and context. (Lindsey). The place is too small for me; He will receive the worship and honor He deserves, because He is the chosen of the LORD. Chapter 49Now in chapter 49, we have a fabulous prophecy of Jesus Christ in the first seven verses as God speaks of the Redeemer that He is sending. Commentary on 16 New Testament books, from Matthew to 2 Timothy. He was despised and rejected. 2 The message that he gave me to speak. And in this Israel is the true name expressed. So the work of Christ among the Gentiles, the kings worshipping and so forth as the gospel of Jesus Christ has permeated many kingdoms of the Gentiles. To bring Jacob back to Him: This shows that an important aspect of the Messiahs mission was to bring Israel back to the LORD. And it is equivalent to Revelation 7:16 . Verse Isaiah 49:13. They bring together all the relevant aids to exegesis - linguistic, textual, archaeological, historical, literary, and theological - to help the reader understand the meaning of the books of the Old and New Testaments. Can a woman forget her sucking child?" Then you will know that I am the LORD, We use cookies to let us know when you visit our websites, how you interact with us, to enrich your user experience, and to customize your relationship with our website. The whole thing comes back to the oil. Then shalt thou say in thine heart, Who hath begotten me these, seeing I have lost my children, and am desolate, a captive, and removing to and fro? Shall the prey be taken from the mighty, Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary 49:13-17 Let there be universal joy, for God will have mercy upon the afflicted, because of his compassion; upon his afflicted, because of his covenant. 10 They will neither hunger nor thirst, nor will the desert heat or the sun beat down on them. That I, the LORD, am your Savior, God's grace is too huge to be limited to one area or region. Even unmapped places are known to God, and even from them he will gather his pilgrims., Sing, O heavens! The mountains in the way are still the LORDs mountains, allowed there for a purpose. Shall the prey be taken from the mighty, or the lawful captive delivered? Though the promise seems too good to be true, God confirms it with an oath to the nations. Before I was born, the *Lord called (appointed) me to be his special Servant. Lesson Text: Isaiah 49:1-13; Time of Action: between 700 and 695 B.C. He'll gather them from the north and from the west and from the east. He is as sure a rewarder as he is a revenger. The overall message of second Isaiah is one of comfort and redemption: God hasn't forgotten you-all, still loves you, and is absolutely going to redeem and restore you. They ignored God when he spoke to them through his servants the prophets. To Him whom the nation abhors, That You may say to the prisoners, Go forth, He was a "Jewish prophet who lived during the eighth century BC." Isaiah's words were written more than 700 years before the birth of Christ. Behold, these shall come from far: and, lo, these from the north and from the west; and these from the land of [China] Sinim ( Isaiah 49:11-12 ). 49:1-13 - today's passage 50:4-11 52:13-53:12 Oswalt: In subtle but nevertheless clear ways the focus has shifted from the physical captivity of the Judeans to the moral and spiritual captivity of Israel and the whole world. Verse 14 Verse Isaiah 49:14. are without the yod or the conjunction vau before the verb: and so the Septuagint, Syriac, and Vulgate. He referred to this Servant earlier (Isaiah 42:1-9), but now he reiterated and reinforced what he had revealed in preparation for further revelation about this key figure. From the matrix of My mother He has made mention of My name. All of the Arab states that have been giving them such a bad time, they are planning to go full on against the Arab world. As the prophet spoke, he called on nature, personified, to rejoice (on the mountains rejoicing see 44:23). ", You remember in Psalms 137:1-9 is the psalm of Babylonian captivity, "When we were in Babylon by the rivers we sat down. As I live, saith the LORD, thou shalt surely clothe thee with them all, as with an ornament, and bind them on thee, as a bride doeth. Nothing can furnish us with more convincing arguments to prove the most tender and affectionate concern God has for his church, and her interests and comforts. For the LORD has comforted His people, By proceeding, you consent to our cookie usage. "I will also give thee." What Does It Mean That There Is No One Holy Like God? This week, we're looking more closely at "daughter Zion's" restoration to motherhood. d. For He who has mercy on them will lead them, even by the springs of water He will guide them: In an immediate sense, this refers to Gods supply and sustaining of the exiles returning from Babylon to Judah, through the unseen hand of the Messiah. And My highways shall be elevated. Accordingly, he places the subject almost before their eye, that they may be fully convinced that they shall have the most abundant cause of rejoicing; though at that time they saw nothing but grief and sorrow. 1. In an acceptable time I have heard You, Hebrew OT - Transliteration - Holy Name KJV Yeshaiyah / Isaiah 9. Your children shall make haste; your destroyers and they that made thee waste shall go forth of thee. And so Jesus, who was rejected by the Jews, has become a light unto the Gentiles, and the gospel of Jesus Christ has come unto us who were once alienated from God and far off from the promises. The whole inflationary cycle can be placed on the increased oil prices. Copyright 2023, Bible Study Tools. It's two hours wide and six hours long driving in a car. b. c. Thus says the LORDto Him whom man despises, to Him whom the nation abhors: The LORD speaks to His Messiah, and reveals that He will be One whom man despises, and whom His own nation abhors. And they required some happy songs from us saying, 'Sing one of the songs of Zion.' There are wonderful industrial, agricultural and cultural developments in Israel, in fulfilment of prophecy - Isaiah 35:1-10; Jeremiah 30:18-22; 31:7-14; Zechariah 14:9-11; Hosea 3:4-5. Jesus sets those in bondage to sin and the law free (John 8:33-36, Galatians 3:22-23). Its use here is possibly because of the similarity in sound to the word 'destruction'(dad). And take heed, you peoples from afar! So does her God. 'The Almighty'(verse 6) translates aday - the only time this title for God appears in Isaiah. Rather their sins are the cause of their troubles (50:1). Or, "The plan and model of thy walls, that are to be rebuilt, is before me, and they shall certainly be built according to it." But how shall we sing the Lord's songs in a strange land?" Partners In a New Creation / Lesson #5 And I'll be sanctified before the nations of the earth. Nothing can furnish us with better matter for songs of praise and thanksgiving, Isaiah 49:13; Isaiah 49:13. What Does It Really Mean That Your Body Is a Temple? God is always mindful of the condition of His people, despite the objections of a doubting Zion. But, Secondly, It is possible that she may forget. Man, whom he came to save, put contempt upon him. The Most Amazing Child Shout for joy, O heavens! You are free to opt out any time or opt in for other cookies to get a better experience. And some of the old rabbis say that that is God speaking there in response to the people who were captives in Babylon, who said, "God has forgotten us. Article Images Copyright 2023 Getty Images unless otherwise indicated. THE MESSIAH: A RESTORER OF ISRAEL (Isaiah 49:8-13) 8. Please do not deface or discard. And bind them on you as a bride does. Thus says the LORD: Yet I will not forget you. Isaiah 13 begins a section ending at Isaiah 23:18 where he prophesies against the nations. For the LORD has comforted His people, But Zion said, The LORD has forsaken me, The LORD has forsaken me, and my Lord has forgotten me., Surely they may forget, yet I will not forget you, See, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands, Your sons shall make haste. Because of their captivity in Babylon, Zion wonders Does God really care about us? God will answer, with strength and insight, this question that many have asked since. The land will be too narrow for you by reason of the inhabitants. She would not have compassion, well she might. This represents the choices and lifestyle a person accepts as well as calling attention to the . The prophet speaker-author is using poetic forms, with dramatic or heightened images and turns of phrase. Click to enable/disable essential site cookies. Then I said, I have labored in vain ( Isaiah 49:3-4 ), "For He came to His own, His own received Him not" ( John 1:11 ). The children which thou shalt have, after thou hast lost the other, shall say again in thine ears, The place is too strait for me: give place to me that I may dwell. i. Beg your pardon, I jumped. lay upon them command after command, rule alter rule, a constant series of minute injunctions, under which they will . Break forth into singing, O mountains - "Ye mountains, burst forth into song"] Three ancient MSS. (Alan Redpath) A. Because of the LORD who is faithful, If we bind God's law as a sign upon our hand (Deuteronomy 6:8; Deuteronomy 6:11; Deuteronomy 6:18), he will engrave our interests as a sign on his hand, and will look upon that and remember the covenant. Read Isaiah 49:1-4. i. The Second "Servant Song" (Isa. Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. The Servant, the Light to the Gentiles - "Listen, O coastlands, to Me, And take heed, you peoples from afar! The work of God's Servant v1 Listen to me, you foreign nations. Isaiah 13 - The Burden against Babylon. God replies that they have no evidence to support such an accusation, for he has neither divorced them nor sold them. "Commentary on Isaiah 49:13". Isaiah 49 reminds us that God's deep and abiding love for God's world is just too enormous to be limited to just one kind of person or people. He was crucified. For I will contend with him who contends with you, The "multitude" is "a great people" (Isaiah 13:4) who come together, mustered by the Lord of Hosts, ready to do battle (compare 2 Nephi 23:3-5). - The Burden against Babylon. Listen, O coasts, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; For the LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. Indeed He says, Or, "Thy walls (that is, thy safety) are my continual care; so are the watchmen on thy walls." iii. He will crush the Babylonians in a judgment suited to the cruel oppression that they inflicted on their helpless victims (25-26).Other Jews blamed God for their troubles, as if he had cast them off like a husband who divorces his wife or a father who sells his children to pay off his debts. Break forth into singing, O mountains - "Ye mountains, burst forth into song"] Three ancient MSS. Will even now be too small for the inhabitants; c. Your walls are continually before Me: The walls refer to the walls of the city of Jerusalem, which figuratively speak of the health, the strength, the prosperity, and the security of Gods people. Since these providers may collect personal data like your IP address we allow you to block them here. Now God here speaks of the judgment He's going to bring on their oppressors. The scope of these verses is to show that the return of the people of God out of their captivity, and the eternal redemption to be wrought out by Christ (of which that was a type), would be great occasions of joy to the church and great proofs of the tender care God has of the church. 3 He said to me, "You are my servant, Israel, and . Yeshayahu - Isaiah - Chapter 49 Previous Chapter 48 Next Chapter 50 Rashi's Commentary: Show Hide Show content in: English Both Hebrew Previous Chapter 48 Next Chapter 50 The text on this page contains sacred literature. The land previously uninhabited and in ruins will become well populated and prosperous again (19-21). The LORD has called Me from the womb: The Messiah, later revealed as Jesus Christ, was called from the womb. There I was, left alone; but these, where were they? The Servant is God's agent to do God's work in the world. The Messiah declares His mission. If the tokens of his wonderful power are to be seen everywhere, he intends that there shall be an eminent and remarkable example of it in the salvation of the Church. So any nation or any people that opposes the Jews is not just contending with a race of people. Help us purchase electrical generators for churches. Which may be understood of the heavens, and the earth by a personification, a figure usual in Scripture, to express the greatness of the benefit received, and to raise thankfulness and admiration in the hearts of God's people; see Psalms 90:11 or by the heavens may be meant the angels in heaven, who, as they rejoice at the conversion of a single sinner, will much more rejoice at such numerous conversions among Jews and Gentiles, here prophesied of, Luke 15:10 and, by the "earth", the saints on earth, the excellent in it, who have a more immediate concern in, and must be affected with, the case here represented: and break forth into singing, O mountains; such as are in high office either in the state, as Christian kings and princes, Isaiah 49:23 or in the church, as prophets and apostles, Revelation 18:20. . [Note: See F. Duane Lindsey, "The Commission of the Servant in Isaiah 49:1-13," Bibliotheca Sacra 139:554 (April-June 1982):129-45.]. The despising nation was Israel. We see his calling, his mission, his faithfulness, and His protection. And My God shall be My strength), Now even so, God is going to preserve the people of Israel. well, they may forget, but I will not forget thee ( Isaiah 49:15 ). Jesus set the righteous dead captive in Hades free from their place (Ephesians 4:8). To restore the earth, Surely these shall come from afar; Proud member The following cookies are also needed - You can choose if you want to allow them: You can read about our cookies and privacy settings in detail on our Privacy Policy Page. His setting them thus as a seal upon his arm denotes his setting them as a seal upon his heart, and his being ever mindful of them and their interests, Song of Solomon 8:6. But now, the LORD speaks against the nations, beginning with . Even the captives of the mighty shall be taken away, Let the whole creation join with us in songs of joy, for it shares with us in the benefits of the redemption, and all they can contribute to this sacred melody is little enough in return for such inestimable favours, Psalms 96:11. (2.) a. In this case, the servant, too, is hidden even from himself as an agent of God. The Lord has called Me from the womb; From the matrix of My mother He has made mention of My name. But when a stronger than he comes upon him and overcomes him, he takes from him all his armor in which he trusted, and divides his spoils.