62:1 For Zion's sake I will not keep silent,
and for Jerusalem's sake I will not be quiet,
until her righteousness goes forth as brightness,
and her salvation as a burning torch.
2 The nations shall see your righteousness,
and all the kings your glory,
and you shall be called by a new name
that the mouth of the Lord will give.
3 You shall be a crown of beauty in the hand of the Lord,
and a royal diadem in the hand of your God.
4 You shall no more be termed Forsaken,
and your land shall no more be termed Desolate,
but you shall be called My Delight Is in Her,
and your land Married;
for the Lord delights in you,
and your land shall be married.
5 For as a young man marries a young woman,
so shall your sons marry you,
and as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride,
so shall your God rejoice over you.
6 On your walls, O Jerusalem,
I have set watchmen;
all the day and all the night
they shall never be silent.
You who put the Lord in remembrance,
take no rest,
7 and give him no rest
until he establishes Jerusalem
and makes it a praise in the earth.
8 The Lord has sworn by his right hand
and by his mighty arm:
“I will not again give your grain
to be food for your enemies,
and foreigners shall not drink your wine
for which you have labored;
9 but those who garner it shall eat it
and praise the Lord,
and those who gather it shall drink it
in the courts of my sanctuary.”
10 Go through, go through the gates;
prepare the way for the people;
build up, build up the highway;
clear it of stones;
lift up a signal over the peoples.
11 Behold, the Lord has proclaimed
to the end of the earth:
Say to the daughter of Zion,
“Behold, your salvation comes;
behold, his reward is with him,
and his recompense before him.”
12 And they shall be called The Holy People,
The Redeemed of the Lord;
and you shall be called Sought Out,
A City Not Forsaken.
The Lord is determined to redeem. Hallelujah! Despite the devastation of the desert place, the City of God will be renewed, "for the Lord delights in you."
Though seemingly forsaken for a long wondering between Egypt & the Promise, the Day of the Lord is coming! Her Maker will make her new yet again. "Behold, I am making all things new," proclaims the Christ.
Therefore, abide in hope! God will bring glory to His name by redeeming His people. Such a future hope fuels the present fight for faith!
O citizens of the Kingdom, your story is not over. "Say to the daughter of Zion, 'Behold, your salvation comes.'" Her Author & Perfector is making her a Holy People, Sought Out & Redeemed!
Christian, your disobedience past cannot undo the Cross of Christ or His Resurrection.
Repent of sin & turn to Him whose arms were stretched & opened wide to redeem His wayward bride.
5:1 Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. 2 And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
3 But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints. 4 Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving. 5 For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous (that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. 6 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. 7 Therefore do not become partners with them; 8 for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light 9 (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), 10 and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord. 11 Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. 12 For it is shameful even to speak of the things that they do in secret. 13 But when anything is exposed by the light, it becomes visible, 14 for anything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says,
“Awake, O sleeper,
and arise from the dead,
and Christ will shine on you.”
15 Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. 18 And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, 19 addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, 20 giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, 21 submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.
Having proclaimed the New Life in the previous section, the apostle commands that those of the Light be imitators of the Light: walk in the love of Jesus who laid down His life for us, to the glory of His Father.
There is no such thing as cheap talk. Wasted words matter much, so watch your speech, especially upon the slippery slope of sexual immorality. Rather than ruin, give thanks in all things to the Righteous One who causes all to work for the good of those who love Him. The immoral has no place in the Kingdom. Is that not sufficient warning?!
Time is precious. "Be filled with the Spirit." What a command upon the passive party! How can the passive "be filled" when the Spirit is the active Filler? If you want to get wet, get near the fountain: abide in the fellowship of the Lord & His people, "giving thanks (mentioned twice now) in all things."
Will you submit to a friend or foe out of reverence for Christ today? Why?