Isaiah 51 Commentary
A Message for the righteous: Consider Abraham’s case. The mention of Sarah alongside her husband may remind the remnant of the God of miracles. He makes dead situations live again. Israel’s situation isn’t impossible at all.
The LORD intends to transform the dead ground into Eden – the Garden of God. Let life begin again. Or like the famous exodus, let Israel prepare for restoration. The LORD is doing something new but not exactly new; the LORD is restoring Israel’s blessings.
Verse 6 may remind us of the words of the LORD Jesus Christ. “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.”
Do not be afraid, Israel. Don’t fear mortals. The LORD is on your side. These are the words of the LORD to the remnant.
Chapter 51 is interesting because the LORD is talking to the remnant, them that are serious about living right and are committed to seeking the LORD God. And they are in exile and experiencing hardships. It is clear; the LORD’s wrath affected even the righteous.
When the LORD stretched out His hand against Israel, even the righteous felt it. Nothing has changed. God’s people experience fear. There is suffering. But the LORD encourages us not to fear. The LORD God has taken up His people’s case: He will judge in favor of His own. Oppression isn’t permanent. The LORD will make things right again.
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