Though the mountains fall away and the hills be shaken, My love shall never fall away from you nor my covenant of peace be shaken, says the LORD, who has mercy on you. Isaiah 54:10 NABRE
Isaiah foretells of the great city, Jerusalem, in many ways he could be speaking of a New Jerusalem that comes down out of the heavens. The timing is the returning exiles from Babylon, to a destroyed city and temple. It is a call to these people to return but it is also a call that is made at all times for everyone. The poem opens with God’s tenderness towards the city and the people; the city is a woman once barren and now has many children, she is the new Sarah (Genesis 16:1), the new Rachel (Genesis 29:31) and the new Hannah (1 Samuel 1:2) Next the poem stresses the titles of her husband – Maker, Lord of hosts, Redeemer, the Holy one of Israel … confirmed by the saying, “says your God.” We read of the husband’s tender affection; He abandoned Israel “for a brief moment” but His love is everlasting. As in the time of Noah when the earth was flooded, there could be mountains falling and hills shaking but the love of the Lord will never fall away. The second part of the poem consists of restoration, the city is reconstructed with precious stones and filled with sons who will serve the Lord; and it confirms, God Himself guarantees the splendor and permanence of Zion.
Christians may see this as the Church continuing and the culminating entity that carries the ancient and new people of God, especially in its eschatological stage when tribulation has passed. This Jerusalem foreshadows the permanence of the kingdom, foundational on Jesus Christ and God’s promise. Christ is the husband and the church is the woman, His wife.
Do you believe in the permanence of the church? Do you work toward the everlasting kingdom?We read of the husband's tender affection; He abandoned Israel 'for a brief moment' but His love is everlasting. There could be mountains falling and hills shaking but the love of the Lord will never fall away. Click To Tweet
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