Reflections on Scripture

by Wayne Bandy

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      Isaiah - Chapter 12 (Contemporary English Version)
    1. At that time you will say, "I thank you, LORD! You were angry with me, but you stopped being angry and gave me comfort.
    2. I trust you to save me, LORD God, and I won't be afraid. My power and my strength come from you, and you have saved me."
    3. With great joy, you people will get water from the well of victory.
    4. At that time you will say, "Our LORD, we are thankful, and we worship only you. We will tell the nations how glorious you are and what you have done.
    5. Because of your wonderful deeds we will sing your praises everywhere on earth."
    6. Sing, people of Zion! Celebrate the greatness of the holy LORD of Israel. God is here to help you.

Isaiah - Chapter 12

Entered: July 06, 2004

Entered: July 16, 2010

Continuing from chapter 11, Isaiah is describing in this chapter "that day" of Israel's restoration under the reign of the Messiah during His millenial reign at the end time. God's purpose for Israel, as outlined in His covenant with Abraham, is not totally fulfilled until that time. At that time they will praise the Lord whole heartedly and not just with their lips. They will recognize His compassion for them, even though He had been angry with them. They will realize that He alone is their salvation. 

Israel's attitude toward the Lord is the first stanza of this song of thanksgiving. Stanza two tells of Israel's proclamation of God's name to the world. Under the Abrahamic covenant, Israel's enjoyment of special status as God's people and its enjoyment of His blessings was not the total fulfillment of the covenant. Its primary purpose was for Israel to be God's messengers to the world of His salvation. Here Israel is fulfilling that purpose by proclaiming His name and celebrating His deeds "among the peoples," and letting it be known "throughout the earth" of the glorious things the Lord has done. (12:4-5) 

In Genesis 22:18, God tells Abraham that "all the nations of the earth will be blessed by your offspring because you have obeyed My command." As is confirmed for us by the Apostle Paul in Galatians 3:16, this is a reference to Christ, the Messiah. Paul says, "Now the promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. He does not say "and to seeds," as though referring to many, but and to your seed, referring to one, who is Christ." Ironically, though the world has been blessed by Christ Abraham's descendants, the Israelites, have not enjoyed that blessing to this point in time, for they have rejected Christ as the Messiah and Savior of the world. But she will finally accept Him and enjoy this blessing when Christ reigns during this period described in chapter 12.