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This chapter portrays the results of the atoning work of the Servant of the Lord and adds a further description of the previous chapter. The gentile nations are depicted as a barren and desolate woman who breaks forth into songs of praise because of her recent (assumed) marriage and children (vv. 1-4). To be childless at that time was a woman’s great shame, a disgrace. Israel was unfruitful like a childless woman, but God would permit her to have many children and would change her mourning into singing.
God said that He had abandoned Israel for a brief moment, the nation was like a young wife rejected by her husband (vv. 5-8). But God still called Israel His own. The God we serve is holy, and He can’t tolerate sin. When His people blatantly sinned, God in His anger chose to punish them. Sin separates us from God, but if we confess our sin and repent, then He will forgive us. God makes a covenant with Noah that He has never broken (Gen. 9:8-17); Likewise, God made a covenant of peace with the people of Israel that the time would come when He would stop rebuking them, would restore their wealth, and would personally teach their children (vv. 9-13).
Sin will separate me from God and may bring pain and suffering. I want to always be ready to quickly repent and experience the joy of walking with Him.
"Sing, O barren one, who did not bear; break forth into singing and cry aloud, you who have not been in labor! For the children of the desolate one will be more than the children of her who is married," says the LORD. "Enlarge the place of your tent, and let the curtains of your habitations be stretched out; do not hold back; lengthen your cords and strengthen your stakes. For you will spread abroad to the right and to the left, and your offspring will possess the nations and will people the desolate cities. "Fear not, for you will not be ashamed; be not confounded, for you will not be disgraced; for you will forget the shame of your youth, and the reproach of your widowhood you will remember no more. For your Maker is your husband, the LORD of hosts is his name; and the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer, the God of the whole earth he is called. For the LORD has called you like a wife deserted and grieved in spirit, like a wife of youth when she is cast off, says your God. For a brief moment I deserted you, but with great compassion I will gather you. In overflowing anger for a moment I hid my face from you, but with everlasting love I will have compassion on you," says the LORD, your Redeemer. "This is like the days of Noah to me: as I swore that the waters of Noah should no more go over the earth, so I have sworn that I will not be angry with you, and will not rebuke you. For the mountains may depart and the hills be removed, but my steadfast love shall not depart from you, and my covenant of peace shall not be removed," says the LORD, who has compassion on you. "O afflicted one, storm-tossed and not comforted, behold, I will set your stones in antimony, and lay your foundations with sapphires. I will make your pinnacles of agate, your gates of carbuncles, and all your wall of precious stones. All your children shall be taught by the LORD, and great shall be the peace of your children. In righteousness you shall be established; you shall be far from oppression, for you shall not fear; and from terror, for it shall not come near you. If anyone stirs up strife, it is not from me; whoever stirs up strife with you shall fall because of you. Behold, I have created the smith who blows the fire of coals and produces a weapon for its purpose. I have also created the ravager to destroy; no weapon that is fashioned against you shall succeed, and you shall confute every tongue that rises against you in judgment. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD and their vindication from me, declares the LORD."
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Isaiah 51:1-11Reassurance of Israel’s Future
Isaiah 51:12-23Reassurance of God’s Forgiveness
Isaiah 52:1-15Reassurance of Israel’s Future Restoration
Isaiah 53:1-12Humiliation of The Servant
Isaiah 54:1-17Blessing of The Restored Nation
Isaiah 55:1-13Blessings of The Nations
Isaiah 56:1-12Inclusion of The Gentiles
Isaiah 57:1-13Condemnation of Idolaters
Isaiah 57:14-21Compassion of The Repentant