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.