Isaiah 54: HOPE

The Lord’s dying was proclaimed in Isaiah 53, 700 years before He went to the cross. Verse 4 says, “Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God and afflicted.” Hebrews 4:15 says that He was tempted in all points as we are. He thoroughly understands our emotional pain because He bore it.

Luke 4:18 Amplified says, “…He has sent Me to announce release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to send forth as delivered those who are oppressed (who are downtrodden, bruised, crushed, and broken down by calamity).”

Isaiah 54 was written about Israel. Again, we can apply it to our lives. It is a chapter of hope for: those who are barren, fearful, shamed, widowed, forsaken, afflicted, and oppressed. Listen to this promise in verse 10. It says, “For the mountains shall depart and the hills be removed, but My kindness shall NOT depart from you, nor shall My covenant of peace be removed, says the Lord, who has mercy on you.”

I love Psalm 145:9 which says, “The Lord is good to all, and His tender mercies are over all His works.” No matter what you have been through, focus on what He has done FOR you. His goodness cannot be measured.

Isaiah 54 ended with this promise. It is like the Lord’s signet ring, pressed into wax with an eternal seal. Verse 17 says, “No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against you in judgment you shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is from Me, says the Lord.”

The word formed is better understood as forged. In the old days the enemy would craftily forge a weapon that would go into the chink in his opponent’s armor and kill him. Remember that the enemy of our soul is crafty, but he WAS defeated at the cross. He uses deception but we are armored with God’s truth that has no chinks!

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