Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Beulah and Hephziabah - Isaiah 62

Isaiah 62:4 "Thou shalt no more be termed Forsaken; neither shall thy land any more be termed Desolate: but thou shalt be called Hephzibah, and thy land Beulah: for the LORD delighteth in thee, and thy land shall be married."

Beulah: married Hephzibah : my delight restored

Israel like Gomer in the book of Hosea is here restored to intimate relationship with the Lord. There is no denying that Israel is the apple of God's eye. If you read Hosea, you will see the sad condition of Israel of this day. They had left the Lord and gone after idols. In the comparison to marriage here, they had committed adultery.

v12 "And they shall call them, The holy people, The redeemed of the LORD; and thou shalt be called, Sought out, a city not forsaken."

We are, of course, speaking of Zion and Jerusalem.

v1 "For Zion's sake will I not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem's sake I will not rest until the righteousness thereof go forth as brightness, and the salvation thereof as a lamp that burneth."

The enemy will be cast out and God's people will again reap and eat the fruit of the crops they labored for. No longer will people pass through Israel and wag their heads at the desolation. In the marriage illustration, it would be the same as someone making fun of a man's wife, the husband would become very angry if he loved her as God loves Israel.

v6 "I have set watchmen upon thy walls, O Jerusalem, which shall never hold their peace day nor night: ye that make mention of the LORD, keep not silence,"

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