About Jesus Steve Sweetman
Of Praise (ch 12:1 - 6)
Chapter 12 has only 6
verses. It is a short song,
a short psalm. As I've said
before, more than any other Biblical writer, Isaiah uses as many
literary devices at his disposal, and they're scattered throughout his
Verse 1 begins with,
"in that day'. To keep
the consistency from the previous chapter, "that day" means
the end of this age when Jesus returns to earth. "That day"
can also mean when
In that day Jews will
sing, "I will praise you O Lord".
The pronoun "I" refers to Israelis.
This will be a day when the remnant of Israel
will have returned to their God, Yahweh, for good.
This is one of the songs they sing.
Verse 1 continues with
the recognition by the Jews that their God has been angry with them, but
His anger is now turned away. This
is an acknowledgment of God's anger due to the sin of Israelis.
It's part of the process of repentance.
In verse 2 we have the
Jews acknowledging that "God is their salvation".
No longer will they rely on their own strength or the strength of
others. They will totally
rely on their God.
Note in verse 2, the
duplication of "the Lord".
Obviously the Jews are serious about the Lord being their
salvation. We must remember,
as a prophetic futurist, I believe this spirit of repentance and praise
on the behalf of Israelis is due to the fact that God will have brought
them to their knees in the Great Tribulation.
Verse 3 mentions the
phrase "wells of salvation".
Some take these wells of salvation as being spiritual, while
others say they are real wells. They
could well be both. As we see in other parts of the prophetic writings,
there will be many geographical changes in the
"In that day",
as verse 4 begins, the Jews will declare what the Lord has done among
the nations. It's my
thinking, the things which Jesus will have done when that day comes is
that He would have brought the nations of the earth into the final
battle of Armageddon. This
might also refer to other things that have transpired during the
tribulation period and the things Jesus will do during His thousand year
rule on earth.
Verse 4 also speaks of
Jesus' name being exalted. This
means that when Jesus returns to earth, He, and His name, will be
exalted as He rules over all the earth from Jerusalem.
Note in verse 5 the text
reads, "sing to the Lord'. It
does not say, "Sing about the Lord".
This is important. This
suggests heart felt worship. What
the Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements brought to the Evangelical
world of church is worship. Seeing
songs about Jesus is one thing, but singing songs to Jesus is quite a
different thing. It shows
intimacy. Intimacy as
worship is vital to the Christian life, whether corporate intimacy or
Verse 6 ends this chapter
with shouts of joy because the "Holy One of Israel" is among
the Jews. "The Holy One
of Israel" is Jesus. He
will be among the Jews as He lives and rules from