Description
End-time Jerusalem will be delivered and restored in the sight of all nations. Meanwhile, God himself intercedes for Jerusalem, and calls believers to intercede with him until Jerusalem is reestablished as the praise of the whole earth.
Commentary
The previous chapter ended with God saying he will give his people reason to praise him in the sight of all nations. This theme continues seamlessly into chapter 62, which portrays Jerusalem's very public deliverance, restoration and remarriage to God as her husband.

Verse 2 stresses that all nations and their kings will see Zion's (Jerusalem's) vindication and glory. In verses 2b to 5, Israel's very public remarriage to God is portrayed. God will give Jerusalem a new name (2b). Instead of being called 'Abandoned' or 'Desolate', God will rename her 'Hephzibah' meaning 'God's delight is in her', and her land will be called 'Married' (v4). This portrayal of divorce and abandonment followed by restoration and remarriage, to describe God's relationship with Israel, is the major focus of the book of Hosea (e.g. see Hosea 2:14-16). Verse 3 tells us Jerusalem will be like God's majestic crown and royal turban, and God will rejoice over her like a bridegroom over his bride (v5).

In verses 6 to 7, God appoints watchmen (intercessors) to intercede for Jerusalem, and tells them not to be silent or give God rest until he reestablishes Jerusalem as the praise of the earth. In verse 1, where God is speaking, he says that he himself will not be silent until her vindication shines brightly - so God is Jerusalem's chief intercessor, and he calls watchmen to join him in intercession. From an Old Testament perspective, the idea of God interceding seems strange, but in the New Testament, with the full revelation of God as Trinity, we see that Jesus intercedes before the Father (Hebrews 7:25), as does the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:26). Intercession is part of Jesus' priestly role, but as believers in Jesus, we all share in that priestly calling (Revelation 5:10).

As Christians who identify with the Bride of Christ, verses 1 to 7 represent a powerful call for us participate in God's end-time prayer movement with night and day prayer, particularly focussing on God's deliverance and vindication of Jerusalem. For further study concerning the end-time prayer movement and night-and-day prayer, see Revelation 5:8, 8:4, 22:17, Matthew 25:1-13, and Luke 18:7.

In verses 8 to 9, God swears an oath by his right hand and strong arm, which symbolise his power and ability to fulfil his promise. Never again will Israel's enemies plunder the produce of her land, but those who work hard to produce it will eat and drink it. In 61:5-6, God promised that foreign workers would tend Israel's farms to facilitate Israel's priestly calling, but it is clear that the people of Israel themselves are also involved in Israel's commercial enterprises. Those who produce the wine will drink it in the courts of God's holy sanctuary, a reference to the millennial temple in Jerusalem (v9).

In verse 10, God invites the Jewish exiles to come to Jerusalem, and calls for the roadway to be built to facilitate their return. Isaiah has already described this highway of holiness that will connect Egypt and Assyria with Israel, facilitating the return of the twelve tribes of Israel, and of ongoing worship for all the people of Greater Israel (Isaiah 11:15-16, 19:23, 27:12-13, and 35:8-10). Also, at the end of the Great Tribulation, Jerusalem and Israel, along with much of the world, will lie in ruins from the end-time war. Huge reconstruction projects will be necessary to restores roads and infrastructure. In verse 11, God announces to the ends of the earth to tell Daughter Zion that her deliverer comes and his reward goes before him. 'Daughter Zion' indicates a new generation and a new day for the people of Israel. The deliverer is Jesus, and his reward is the exiles of Israel whom he calls to return to Jerusalem from all the ends of the earth. They are God's Holy People, protected by the Lord. It is now safe for all to return to Jerusalem, the city that is no longer called 'Abandoned', but 'Sought after'.
Tags
Places: Zion, Jerusalem
Symbols: God abandons Israel, God remarries Israel, Divorce and remarriage, Bride, Arm of the Lord, Watchmen, Jerusalem like a bride, Jerusalem like a crown
Tags: Jesus delivers Israel, Restoration of Jerusalem, Return of exiles to Israel, Public deliverance of Israel, Remarriage of Jerusalem, End-time bride, Millennial Jerusalem, Millennium, God protects millennial Jerusalem, Millennial temple, Intercession for Jerusalem, Prayer for Jerusalem, End-time prayer, Day and night prayer, Highway of Holiness
The Lord Takes Delight in Zion
1 “For the sake of Zion I will not be silent; for the sake of Jerusalem I will not be quiet, until her vindication shines brightly and her deliverance burns like a torch.”
2 Nations will see your vindication, and all kings your splendor. You will be called by a new name that the Lord himself will give you.
3 You will be a majestic crown in the hand of the Lord, a royal turban in the hand of your God.
4 You will no longer be called, “Abandoned,” and your land will no longer be called “Desolate.” Indeed, you will be called “My Delight is in Her,” and your land “Married.” For the Lord will take delight in you, and your land will be married to him.
5 As a young man marries a young woman, so your sons will marry you. As a bridegroom rejoices over a bride, so your God will rejoice over you.
6 I post watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem; they should keep praying all day and all night. You who pray to the Lord, don’t be silent!
7 Don’t allow him to rest until he reestablishes Jerusalem, until he makes Jerusalem the pride of the earth.
8 The Lord swears an oath by his right hand, by his strong arm: “I will never again give your grain to your enemies as food, and foreigners will not drink your wine, which you worked hard to produce.
9 But those who harvest the grain will eat it, and will praise the Lord. Those who pick the grapes will drink the wine in the courts of my holy sanctuary.”
10 Come through! Come through the gates! Prepare the way for the people! Build it! Build the roadway! Remove the stones! Lift a signal flag for the nations!
11 Look, the Lord announces to the entire earth: “Say to Daughter Zion, ‘Look, your deliverer comes! Look, his reward is with him and his reward goes before him!’”
12 They will be called, “The Holy People, the Ones Protected by the Lord.” You will be called, “Sought After, City Not Abandoned.”
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