SGA Thirteenth Street Baptist Church Isaiah lesson 19


Lesson 19
Isaiah 52:7-15

Henry Mahan

INTRODUCTION: (Vs. 1-6) By ZION is meant the church in the days of the Messiah and following His manifestation in the flesh and His exaltation. "My people went down into Egypt; they were oppressed and my name was continually blasphemed;" but (Vs. 6) here is the good news of redemption!

(Vs. 7) This is Christ, the MESSENGER of the covenant (Mal. 3:1), the APOSTLE of our profession (Heb. 3:1), who was anointed to preach glad tidings to the meek (Isa. 61:1) "UPON THE MOUNTAINS" of Israel and of the Gentile world.

(Vs. 8) "THY WATCHMEN;" perhaps this refers mainly to His apostles, prophets, missionaries, pastor-teachers, bringers of good tidings in Christ.

(Vs. 9-10) This calls for joy, singing, and praise; for the Lord God has comforted and redeemed His people. He has "MADE BARE HIS HOLY ARM IN THE EYES OF ALL THE NATIONS." That is, He has revealed the gospel of His power, glory, and righteousness openly in the sight of all nations. Everywhere Christ is preached, His holiness and power are set forth (Psa. 98:3). The sound of the gospel is everywhere (Rom. 10:17-18; Psa. 19:3; Heb. 4:2).

(Vs. 11-12) These verses will open up to us when we read II Cor. 6:14-18. When the Spirit of God reveals the gospel of Christ to us, as He did to religious Saul of Tarsus, we depart from our works religion, our former false gospel, and "TOUCH NOT THE UNCLEAN" and have no more part with them. "YE THAT BEAR THE VESSELS OF THE LORD" (His preachers) must be pure from false methods, means, and messages.

His servants "GO NOT IN HASTE OR BY FLIGHT." They do not hide, flee, nor fear the enemy, but openly, boldly, quietly, and safely preach His gospel; for "THE LORD WILL GO BEFORE YOU AND WILL BE YOUR REWARD." He will be your captain and gather you up.

(Vs. 13-15) The chapter is concluded with an account of the humiliation, exaltation, person, work, and office of THE MESSIAH!

Henry Mahan
Ashland, Ky.