Isaiah 62: The Refugees Return
Have you ever wondered what it is like to be a refugee? Have you ever wondered how it feels to pick up the few belongings you can carry and with a sick heart to leave your family home, your family farm, your family graves, your town, your country—perhaps never to return? But what if the chance comes to return home, for a new start under a new regime? The exultation and bridal joyousness of this chapter must be understood from the perspective of the returning refugees. The Israelites might have thought that Jerusalem had been irreversibly abandoned by the Lord—but it is not so.
Warming Up to God
Picture yourself as a refugee returning home to the Lord. What do you experience?
Discovering the Word
- Isaiah has not kept silent about Judah's wickedness and her judgment. What motives does verse 1 reveal about his refusal to keep silent?
- How do verses 2-5 describe the new relationship between God and Zion?
- What will the role of Jerusalem's watchmen be (vv. 6-7)?
- What is promised in verses 8-9?
- Describe the scene which verse 10 sets up.
Applying the Word
- What role do celebratory processions and marches of witness have in the church today?
- Pause and dwell on Zion's new names.Hephzibah means "my delight is in her," and Beulah means "married." How do you respond to these expressions of God's feelings toward you?
Responding in Prayer
Respond in joyful prayer and worship to the God who calls you "Sought After, the City No Longer Deserted" (v. 12).