Nov. 30. The Promise of Salvation

Is. 61:1-62:12

Isaiah’s prophecy became more direct toward the coming Messiah. The Messiah’s mission was presented as words of encouragement for the poor and downtrodden. Rebuilding of Jerusalem from the destruction of the Babylonians was a picture of the blessings from the Christ as He rebuilds the ruins of sinful man. The joys of salvation are cause for rejoicing to the saved as they go forth bearing their fruit.

A contrast between the hardships of the rebuilding nation of Israel and the blessings that would be afforded by the Messiah was presented by the prophet. Those who faithfully serve the Lord will have a full life compared to those who hold on to the old life of sin. As the relationship between God and His people changed, He often would give them a new name as with Abram to Abraham and Jacob to Israel. Isaiah stated that in the future, they would be given a new name that the Lord would name. In the early existence of the Lord’s church, He gave His followers the name Christian.

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