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The Future Glory
of
Jerusalem


Isaiah 60:1-6

Good News Translation (GNT)


1 Arise, Jerusalem, and shine
  like the sun;
  The glory of the Lord
  is shining on you!
2 Other nations will be covered
  by darkness,
  But on you the light
  of the Lord will shine;
  The brightness of his presence
  will be with you.
3 Nations will be drawn
  to your light,
  And kings to the
  dawning of your new day.
4 Look around you
  and see what is happening:
  Your people are gathering
  to come home!
  Your sons will come from far away;
  Your daughters will be
  carried like children.
5 You will see this
  and be filled with joy;
  You will tremble with excitement.
  The wealth of the nations
  will be brought to you;
  From across the sea
  their riches will come.
6 Great caravans
  of camels will come,
  from Midian and Ephah.
  They will come from Sheba,

bringing gold and incense.

  People will tell
  the good news of what
  the Lord has done!



 Taken from the
'word-on-the-web'
  supplied by
  Scripture Union


The Future Glory
of Jerusalem


Isaiah 60:1-6


The apparently impregnable Zion
was captured by David
and his men in a daring raid.
It appears that Zion was a
fortress in the old city of Jerusalem,
possibly in the place
where the temple later stood.

David established his capital there.
Later David brought
the Ark of the Covenant
to Jerusalem.
Solomon then built the temple
on the site that
David had purchased.

Jerusalem, or Zion,
became the centre of worship,
in line with God's requirement
for a central place of worship
(Deuteronomy 12:1-32).

Prophecy is the faithful
communication of God's word,
his perspective.

Usually expressed in
poetic language,
prophecy summons us to share
that perspective
and shape our lives by it.

There is an inevitable link
between the extent to which
we are receptive to
God's prophetic word
and the way we live:
'Where there is no prophecy,
the people cast off restraint,'
Proverbs tells us.

How then might this
profoundly hopeful prophetic
vision function,
both in its original setting
and today,
against the backdrop
of current events?

If scholars are right about
the situation addressed
by these prophesies in Isaiah,
things looked bleak in
Jerusalem around 530 BC.

Yes, the foundations of the
new Temple had been laid,
but the returned exiles
had little stomach
for getting on with the
gruelling work
of reconstruction.

Life was tough.
Money was scarce,
the political situation
frighteningly uncertain.

In the struggle for survival,
people were increasingly selfish,
losing sight of their
identity as a community
centred on the worship of God.

Into this situation,
of frightened self-interest,
God speaks,
urging people to share his vision
of another reality
in which dawn replaces darkness,
scattered people are
gathered and welcomed,
city gates stand wide
because all threat of war
has gone (vs 11,12)
and exhausted labourers
delight in rest and
new resources (vs 10,13).

That vision of hope gave
and gives courage to
live differently,
to 'live as children of light'
(Ephesians 5:8).

As the nation's capital,
and the centre of its worship,
it came to stand for
the nation as a whole
(Isaiah 51:3).

Many of the promises
of the return from exile
centre on Zion.

While these promises find a
level of fulfilment
in the return from exile,
they await a fuller level
of fulfilment with
the coming of the promised
Deliverer, God's Messiah.



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