Isaiah’s next prophecy sent a message to Israel and to all God’s chosen of how the Lord envisioned His nation of priests. It was never God’s plan for His people to be mighty warrior tyrants. Instead, it was always God’s plan for His people to be an example and guide to the rest of the world for having a relationship with the Lord. It was never God’s desire that any should be separated from Him. He created us and planned to be in fellowship with people for eternity.
Sadly, men chose to separate from God, and in their independence, they lost the ability to find Him. God had a plan, to build a nation of priests that would draw men back to Him. So, through the generations God led Israel to become that nation. They were unable, however, to remain faithful and so they never achieved that goal. That is why God sent Christ to be the sacrifice so that men could once again be in relationship with Him.
Now, we as His chosen are the nation of priests He spoke about. In our walk with the Lord, we are to be the lights and guide that Isaiah spoke about. It is our cause and mission to draw men to the Lord. If we will honor God, then He will make us that light of Zion that Isaiah describes. What a great honor, and what a great mission.
God Bless You
Arise, shine, for your light has come,
and the glory of the Lord rises upon you.
2 See, darkness covers the earth
and thick darkness is over the peoples,
but the Lord rises upon you
and his glory appears over you.
3 Nations will come to your light,
and kings to the brightness of your dawn.
4 “Lift up your eyes and look about you:
All assemble and come to you;
your sons come from afar,
and your daughters are carried on the hip.
5 Then you will look and be radiant,
your heart will throb and swell with joy;
the wealth on the seas will be brought to you,
to you the riches of the nations will come.
6 Herds of camels will cover your land,
young camels of Midian and Ephah.
And all from Sheba will come,
bearing gold and incense
and proclaiming the praise of the Lord.
7 All Kedar’s flocks will be gathered to you,
the rams of Nebaioth will serve you;
they will be accepted as offerings on my altar,
and I will adorn my glorious temple.
8 “Who are these that fly along like clouds,
like doves to their nests?
9 Surely the islands look to me;
in the lead are the ships of Tarshish,[a]
bringing your children from afar,
with their silver and gold,
to the honor of the Lord your God,
the Holy One of Israel,
for he has endowed you with splendor.
10 “Foreigners will rebuild your walls,
and their kings will serve you.
Though in anger I struck you,
in favor I will show you compassion…
The sun will no more be your light by day,
nor will the brightness of the moon shine on you,
for the Lord will be your everlasting light,
and your God will be your glory.
20 Your sun will never set again,
and your moon will wane no more;
the Lord will be your everlasting light,
and your days of sorrow will end.
21 Then all your people will be righteous
and they will possess the land forever.
They are the shoot I have planted,
the work of my hands,
for the display of my splendor.
22 The least of you will become a thousand,
the smallest a mighty nation.
I am the Lord;
in its time I will do this swiftly.”