The Book of Isaiah
SALVATION OF THE LORD
Text: ISAIAH 12:1-6
1. Isaiah was one of the greatest of the Hebrew writers and the greatest Hebrew prophet.
2. The Scofield Bible says: “Isaiah is justly accounted the chief of the writing prophets.”
3. Merrill Unger wrote, “For splendor of diction, brilliance of imagery, versatility and beauty of style, he is unequaled.”
4. Because he often preached about the coming Messiah, he is called “the evangelical prophet.”
5. Isaiah’s name means “Salvation of the LORD” or “Jehovah is Salvation.”
6. Note the emphasis on salvation in Isaiah 12 (cf. 12:2, 3).
7. Isaiah 12 is a psalm or a song. Note “song” in verse 2; “sing” in verse 5; and “cry out and shout” in verse 6.
8. We noted in the last few messages that Isaiah deals extensively with God’s judgment upon Israel and their eventual restoration during the millennial kingdom (cf. 9:6; 10:21; 11:9).
9. Chapter 12 deals with Israel in the millennium. “In that day” refers to the day of the Lord, specifically the millennial kingdom.
10. “This brief chapter reads like a psalm – for that is what it is. It is a jewel of beauty. Here is set before us the praise of a people under the direct and personal reign of Christ” – J. Vernon McGee (Thru the Bible).
I. PRAISE GOD FOR HIS COMFORT (12:1).
1. Isaiah deals quite a bit with God’s judgment upon Israel and Judah in his day and beyond his day to the coming tribulation period (cf. Isa. 10:5, 6, 23).
2. But now Isaiah says, “Thine anger is turned away” (12:1), i.e., the tribulation is over.
3. After the tribulation, the Jews will enter into the peace and joy of the millennial kingdom. This is a great occasion for praise.
4. F.C. Jennings wrote that Isaiah 12 is “Israel’s song when Jerusalem’s walls become no longer wailing-places, but resound with joyful praise” (Studies in Isaiah).
5. Psalm 30:5 says, “For His anger endureth but a moment; in His favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.”
6. “And in that day thou shalt say, O LORD, I will praise thee: though thou wast angry with me, thine anger is turned away, and thou comfortedst me” (12:1).
7. God’s anger will be turned away, and then the Jews will praise God for His comfort. This is one of the great themes of the Bible, and one of the great themes of the prophet Isaiah (cf. Isaiah 54).
8. Isaiah uses the word “comfort” quite a bit. In Isaiah 40:1, 2 he says, “Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God. Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned: for she hath received of the LORD's hand double for all her sins.”
II. PRAISE GOD FOR HIS SALVATION (12:2, 3).
1. Note that Isaiah does not say that God provided salvation, but that God “is salvation” (12:2).
2. We think of Matthew 1:21, when the angel said unto Joseph, “and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.”
3. The name Jesus means “Saviour.”
4. Isaiah’s song reminds us of Moses’ song in Exodus 15:2, “The LORD is my strength and song, and He is become my salvation.”
5. Psalm 118:14 says the same thing, “The LORD is my strength and song, and is become my salvation.”
6. Salvation is a Person. I have been engaged in an email correspondence with a RC relative. Everything from this devout RC is “my church says” or “the RCC teaches,” etc.
7. But salvation is not in a church, or in a pope, or in ritual, or in sacraments. Salvation is in the Lord Jesus Christ.
8. “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).
III. PRAISE GOD FOR HIS MIGHTY WORKS (12:4-6).
1. Isaiah 12:4 says, “declare His doings among the people, make mention that His name is exalted.”
2. This is not just for the Jews during the millennial kingdom. We should be declaring “His doings” among the people too.
3. We should be telling others of God’s creation and His regeneration. We should tell others that God answers prayer.
4. Isaiah 12:5 says, “Sing unto the LORD; for He hath done excellent things.” And then, “this is known in all the earth” (12:5b).
5. This will be known in all the earth when Christ comes back (cf. 11:9), but this is certainly not known in all the earth today. So let us get busy making God known to the millions who have never heard the Gospel.
6. “The Holy One of Israel” (12:6) is the Lord Jesus Christ. Isaiah uses the term 25 times.
7. The Lord Jesus, the Holy One of Israel, will be “in the midst of thee” (Isa. 12:6; cf. Ezek. 48:35; Zeph. 3:15, 17; Zech. 2:10).
The presence of the Lord makes a difference. It provides the power of their
testimony. Worship without His
presence is either dead ritualism or deceptive emotionalism.
1. Isaiah 12:3 reminds us of our Lord’s words to the Samaritan woman at the well. “Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life” (John 4:13, 14).
2. And again in John 7:37, 38, our Lord said, “If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.”
3. Maybe there is one here tonight who is in need of this living water that only God can give.