Isaiah 51:17-52:12

( Isaiah 51:12)

But you will not leave in haste or go in flight; for the LORD will go before you, the God of Israel will be your rear guard.

Instead of being angry with the exiles, how does God help them, transform and elevate them?

The LORD was angry with the people before, and brought destruction, famine, and sword to Jerusalem, and no one sympathized with it. Now God will help helpless Israel, take away this bitter cup, so that they will not suffer any more; and pass it on to their tormentors, who dishonored and trampled upon the captive people. God raised up Jerusalem, raised it from slavery, and sat on the throne of king. God changed the status of the people because His name was despised by the Gentiles. So when God brings them back, the people will know His name. Even people from afar will see God show salvation and return to Zion. God commanded the people to leave Babylon, an unclean place, and God would go ahead of the people and be their backing.

God wants to help Israel, take away this bitter cup, so that they don’t have to suffer anymore. Come play cup game.

  1. An ancient drinking utensil.
  2. Blasphemy: contempt, insult.
  3. Carrying: Carrying things with hands or shoulders together.

Holy God, he is not pleased that we live in uncleanness, am I influenced by bad friends or information, have unholy words and actions? I am willing to discard all uncleanness, keep myself with the holy Lord, improve my life, and glorify the name of the Lord.

Dear Heavenly Father, praise You for being a righteous and holy Lord, please forgive me, your precious blood removes all my unclean words and deeds, keeps my mind holy, and makes my life glorify Your name. I pray in the name of the Lord Jesus, amen.