Isaiah Chapter 62 Notes

Isaiah Ch 62 Commentary // larryhuntbiblecommentary.wordpress.com

Chapter Sixty-two:

The speaker in these first verses is hard to determine.  Perhaps it is the Messiah; his function looks very similar to that of the speaker in 61:1-4.

He seems distinct from God, as such, because he refers to God in the third person.[1]  Since the Messiah can be understood as being distinct from God (although we Christians believe that he is also paradoxically one and the same with God) it is possible that the speaker here is the Messiah.  He appears to place himself at the head of a class of people (prophets?) whose job is to petition God for Israel’s salvation.  Notice in v. 1 he says, “I will not keep silent, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest….”  Compare this with the purpose of the sentinels he has placed on Jerusalem’s walls.  He commands them “never to be silent.  You who remind the Lord, take no rest, and give him no rest[2] until he establishes Jerusalem…” (vs.6-7).  Of course, the speaker may also be Isaiah.  Compare this speaker, for instance, with the speaker of 21:6 and 21:11, who seems to be Isaiah.  In 21:6 God asks the speaker to “post a lookout” as the speaker here in chapter 62 does.  The prophecy beginning in 21:11 also describes sentinels, and it deals with Edom.

v. 2:  For notes on new names see Revelation 2:17.

v. 4:  It is interesting that the people and the land both symbolize the same thing: the bride of God.

v. 7:  The people are exhorted to give God no rest, but rather to pray unceasingly for the reestablishment of Jerusalem.  It reminds me of the parable of the unjust judge in Luke 18:1-8.

[1] This is potentially deceptive, however.  God may very well refer to himself in the first and third person at different times, as he does in vs. 8-9.

[2] Given the fluid pronoun references, I suppose this could be God himself encouraging these sentinels to give him no rest, and that that is one way that God could give himself no rest if he is the speaker in v. 1, but this interpretation is not as believable to me.


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