Zion’s Glory and New Name
This prophecy of Isaiah was written in a time that Jerusalem was still a functioning city but it was spiritually corrupt. His prophecy is looking forward to the time that Jerusalem was conquered by the Babylonians, here he is speaking comfort and assurance to the people of Jerusalem. In the time of their exile, they will be a people that are downcast and discouraged. The Lord is giving the people an assurance that He will not rest until they are restored and have become a shining of righteousness. These words are written to Zion and Jerusalem but they are also written to all of God’s people.
When Zion is lifted up by God all the nations will see it and will bring trust in the Lord God and trust to the people of their God. It is a work from the Lord for more than the Israelites but is a work that the Gentiles will see also. That the kings of the nations will take note of.
The transformation of Jerusalem will be so great that she will have a new name. The Lord is the author of the transformation and is, therefore, the author of their new name which the Lord will give them. The idea of a new name also extends to the Christians in a passage in Revelation. (Revelation 2:17; Revelation 3:12) When in heaven where our transformation is complete we will receive a new name which will match our new transformed nature.
Jerusalem will become the crown of Glory to God. We are familiar with the idea that we will receive crowns but it is more wonderful that we will be a crown of glory in the hands of God. Paul presents a twist to the idea of the crown of His glory in his letter to the Ephesians. “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace which He lavished on us. In all wisdom and insight.” (Ephesians 1:7-8) It shifts the idea of our inheritance in God to His inheritance in us. This should give us a deeper understanding of how precious we are to God.
Jerusalem knows the experience of war, defeat, and desolation. God’s people knew the feeling of forsaken and desolation and this may be the names that they have taken. But their days of forsaken and desolation shall pass. The days will come when the people know that God delights in Jerusalem and His people. The meaning of Hephzibah is “My delight is in her.” The days will come when the people know the complete presence of God as a wife loves the presence of her husband. Beulah means “Married.” “With such economy of words and beauty of imagery Isaiah depicts the loving unanimity that characterizes Zion and her intimate union with the Lord – which Revelation19:7 foresees as the marriage of the Lamb.” (Motyer) The people will know the love of God, as He will rejoice over them. “May be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.” (Ephesians 3:18-19)
The Lord God will watch over the walls of Jerusalem and will rejoice in Zion. The Lord God will protect His Holy City. Though they were conquered before by the Babylonians in that day Jerusalem will be the praise of the Lord. The watchman is not who critics but one who prays constantly without rest. There will be no rest until God’s people are restored. The Lord will not rest in regard to Zion. The petitioners of the Lord are not to keep their silence in their prayers for Israel. God’s people are not to keep silent in their prayers to the Lord concerning the deliverance of Jerusalem.
“A restless Savior calls upon his people to be restless, and to make the Lord himself restless – to give him no rest till his chosen city is in full splendor, his chosen church complete and glorious.” “‘Give him no rest’ is our Lord’s own command to us concerning the great God. I do not suppose any of you ever advised a beggar to be importunate with you. Did you ever say, ‘Whenever you see me go over this crossing ask me for a penny. If I do not give you one, run after me, or call after me all the way down the street. If that does not succeed, lay hold upon me, and do not let me go until I help you. Beg without ceasing.’ Did anyone of you ever invite applicants to call often, and make large requests of you?.. He does in effect say, ‘Press me! Urge me! Lay hold on my strength. Wrestle with me, as when a man seeks to give another a fall that he may prevail with him.’ All this, and much more, is included in the expression, ‘Give him no rest.’“ (Spurgeon)
The days that Jerusalem is to be plundered are passed, those who steal her grain and new wine are gone. Those who gather shall eat and praise the Lord.
Isaiah looks forward to the time that the Lord will fulfill these promises. Since the salvation of the Lord is coming the way for the people must be prepared. A highway must be built that is without obstacle to usher the people to the Lord’s salvation. Great promises have been made by God that there will be a massive migration to Jerusalem so the highways must be built and the way prepared. There must be a banner for the people to see and guide them. Not only will they be able to come but they will be attracted to come.
The way has been prepared and the banner marks the way. It is now time for the salvation of the Load and the Savior to come and to come to Zion. The Lord as made known to the world that the Savior is coming.
When the Messiah comes He will bring the reward with Him. “Behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to render to every man according to what he has done.” (Revelation 22:12) The Apostle Paul continues their thought that when we appear before the Lord we will be judged for the work we have done with Him. (1 Corinthians 3:8-14) On that day each will receive their reward. (1 Corinthians 3:8) On that day Jerusalem will be called sought out and all will know that she is valued by God.