Isaiah 12 Commentary

Isaiah 12 Commentary

The vision of chapter 11 is the reason for the praise song in this chapter.

The LORD Jesus Christ is the history-long blessing of the LORD to humanity. Isaiah has a simple format. He states the problem or describes the sorry state of humanity before announcing a series of God’s judgments. This is always followed by God’s solution.

“Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.” Cleansing, that was chapter 1.

Chapter 2 talked about the Mountain of the LORD. It mirrored the priestly functions of the LORD Jesus Christ. Chapter 4 introduced us to the Branch – a cloud of smoke by day and a glow of flaming fire by night.

We have Immanuel in chapter 7 and then “a child is born, to us, a son is given” in chapter 9.

Chapter 11 is about the Branch – the root of Jesse.

Varied images but one object: the LORD Jesus Christ. The word is upper case LORD and not any other format. It makes sense because Adam’s problem is the absence of God, the LORD God Almighty. So the solution can only be one: the presence of the same God, the LORD God Almighty. Isaiah describes this God using countless images with all sorts of backgrounds.

Therefore, this praise song is a celebration of all that the LORD is to humanity. The LORD became a branch of Himself and came down to save humanity. It is God’s special gift – the history-long blessing specially preserved and sustained down the pages of scripture.

We can trust and not be afraid because the LORD Jesus is our comfort. He is our strength and our defense.

For what He has done, proclaim His name among the nations; let it be known everywhere.

Shout it loud. The Saints shouldn’t keep quiet. The El-Shaddai God is among us – Immanuel; the Holy One of Israel.

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Published by Joseph Malekani

Joseph Malekani is a born-again Christian with a strong PAOG/Baptist background. He is heavily involved in student ministry with ZAFES – an IFES movement with focus on student ministry in Zambia. He is married to Audrey and they have two lovely children.

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