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1. Jerusalem is told to “put on her glorious garments. Babylon the ‘queen’ would fall to the dust in shame (47:1), but Jerusalem would rise up from the dust and be enthroned as a queen!” (Wiersbe, Warren W, The Bible Exposition Commentary: Old Testament Prophets. [Colorado Springs: David C Cook, 2002], 57)
“God means ‘Zion’, which is a geographical place in the land of Israel. It is actually the high point in the city of Jerusalem.” (McGee, J. Vernon, Thru the Bible: Volume III. [Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1983], 308)
2. “Jerusalem needs to be released from religion. It needs to be turned loose from the sin and low degree of civilization that is there right now. Release is coming some day, and it will come during the Millennium.” (McGee, 308)
3. “The Jews became the servants of their foreign conquerors, who paid nothing for Israel, so the Lord will redeem Israel gratuitously from sin (45:13; 55:1). “(MacArthur, John, The MacArthur Bible Commentary. [Nashville, Thomas Nelson Inc., 2005], 823)
4. “Jacob went down to Egypt by invitation, but his children were made slaves. The Assyrians, and other likewise, have oppressed them. That will end with the Millennium begins. (McGee, 308)
5. “God received no gain from the years of His people’s rejection.” (McGee, 308)
“God has power over any and every foreign uncircumcised king (52:1) that blasphemes his name. He reigns over Zion; these uncircumcised rulers are not in control.” (Smith, Gary V., The New American Commentary, Volume 15B, Isaiah 40-66. [Nashville, B & H Publishing Group, 2009], 422)
6. “This is a lovely thought! When the Lord was here over nineteen hundred years ago, they did not know Him. They will know Him when He comes again, and He will say, ‘Behold, it is I.” (McGee, 309)
“The world had rejected Christ; it doesn’t know Him. One day He will say to the Christ-rejecting world, ‘Here I am,’’; and it will be too late then for multitudes who have rejected Him to turn to Him.” (McGee, 309)
7. “God now explains his plans to reign as King among his redeemed people in an era of peace and joy.” (Smith, 422)
“When God comes to dwell among his people, the messenger’s four proclamations announce that he will inaugurate a time of peace, goodness, salvation, and a period of Divine rule.” (Smith, 423)
“‘Salvation’ indicates that God will deliver people from anything that might harm, oppress, or attempt to overpower them.” (Smith, 423)
“The defeat of Babylon by Cyrus was certainly good news to the Jews because it meant freedom for the captives.” (Wiersbe, 57)
8. “This voice of good news is soon joined by a larger group of heralds who quickly spread the good news.” (Smith, 424)
9. “Suddenly the text breaks into a hymn of praise (possibly borrowing from Psalm 98:8 for v. 9 and 98:1-2 for v. 10) that contains (a) a call for people to praise God and (b) a reason for praising God.”
10. “What will impress the nations and draw them to him will be the marvelous ‘salvation of our God.’” (Smith, 426)
“Everyone from all the ends of the earth will observe his revelation of his power; thus his name and glory will be known throughout the world (Ezekiel 20:32-44).” (Smith, 426)
11. “God had a special word for the priests and Levites who were carrying the vessels of the temple: ‘Come out from it [Babylon] and be pure’ [NIV].” (Wiersbe, 57)
12. “The prophet added a final word of encouragement: ‘The Lord will go before you, and the God of Israel will be your read guard’ (see 58:8).” (Wiersbe, 58)
Isaiah has prepared the way for the heart of God’s revelation of the Servant Messiah, the fourth Servant Song (52:13-53:12). We must prepare our hearts, for we are walking on holy ground.” (Wiersbe, 58)
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McGee, J. Vernon, Thru the Bible: Volume III. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1983
MacArthur, John, The MacArthur Bible Commentary. Nashville, Thomas Nelson Inc., 2005
Smith, Gary V., The New American Commentary, Volume 15B, Isaiah 40-66. Nashville, B & H Publishing Group, 2009
Wiersbe, Warren W, The Bible Exposition Commentary: Old Testament Prophets. Colorado Springs: David C Cook, 2002