Isaiah painted a bleak picture of sin and hopelessness. He explained that God was able to hear and to save them from their enemies, but that was not possible because their sins had separated them from Him. When a child of the Lord is mired in sin and all hope seems lost, he should realize that he cannot escape by his own efforts. Repentance and a return to God is the answer. The prophet looked ahead by inspiration and saw salvation for Zion. “The Redeemer will come to Zion, And to those who turn from transgression in Jacob.” A new covenant would be made by the Lord. Through present day knowledge, we know that covenant was of the Lord Jesus Christ that superseded the Law of Moses.
Many of God’s prophets preached gloom and doom against His people. Isaiah’s words were beginning to be more hopeful. The glory of God would shine upon the dark gloom that had enveloped them. They would begin to amass abundant riches from their Gentile neighbors. Sons of their former enemies would bow before them. Those blessings would let them know that, “I, the Lord, am your Savior And your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob.” Peace and prosperity would reign under the bright glory of God.
The prophet wrote in terms of the restoration of the physical Jerusalem. There was implicated also a spiritual Jerusalem that would arise as Jesus, the Son of God would shine upon His church. All nations would flow to it including the Gentiles. The message calls for all of God’s children to arise and shine as we reflect the glory of Christ.