Isaiah 51 God heals physical and emotional afflictions

We have been reading from the book of Isaiah ‘deliberately’ looking at some of the aspects of how God wants to impact His people (our) lives which few Bible scholars talk about. Why? Because this blog is not a theological study. Daily this watchman (or watchwoman) watches and records something he (or she) sees that God reveals through prophet Isaiah, so that even the ordinary people who struggle with daily living may know God as a personal God and not some distant unrelated name.

Today’s chapter 51 is a bit lengthy. So we shall only look at a few (not all) aspects that stand out, outside the paradigm of theology. I encourage you to ask the Spirit of the Lord to help you, and read the whole chapter and even the whole book to gain more understanding and insight.

God speaks to: all who hope for deliverance (physical, mental and emotional) and all who seek the Lord.

God talks about one old person (an old man with his old wife): Abraham. He went through the same agonies brought about by the uncertainties (in the seen world) even in his senior years. He persisted in trusting the unseen God, and held fast to God’s unseen promises. He made it, reaching the impossible goals in human eyes, receiving all the blessings, riches, and honor as the father of many nations and a spiritual father of faith, just as God has said.

Their physical conditions: ruins, barren wilderness, desolation, destruction, famine and war.

Their soul conditions: mentally and emotionally anguished, fearful, afflicted, tormented.

God gives hope and assurance that these will happen:

Mental and emotional sufferings: comfort, pity, mercy, justice, salvation, righteousness, joy and gladness, no more dread of human oppressors, no more fear of spiritual enemies, no more affliction, no more torments, and freedom from captivity, imprisonment, starvation and death.

The salvation that God has sent through His Son, Jesus Christ has accomplished this part of the prophecy. Jesus has broken the power of the devil who had the power of death and set free all who have lived their lives as ‘slaves’ to the fear of dying. (Hebrews 2:14-15)

Physical restoration as described in the following verses:

Her desert will blossom like Eden,
    her barren wilderness like the garden of the Lord.
Joy and gladness will be found there.
    Songs of thanksgiving will fill the air.

Has this come true? Yes (for those who believed in this prophecy, chose to trust God and return to God). The desert and desolated lands have been turned into fertile cultivated land with blooms and fruit.

________Bible verses

Isaiah 51 New Living Translation (NLT)

A Call to Trust the Lord

1-5 “Listen to me, all who hope for deliverance—
    all who seek the Lord!
Consider the rock from which you were cut,
    the quarry from which you were mined.
Yes, think about Abraham, your ancestor,
    and Sarah, who gave birth to your nation.
Abraham was only one man when I called him.
    But when I blessed him, he became a great nation.”

The Lord will comfort Israel[a] again
    and have pity on her ruins.
Her desert will blossom like Eden,
    her barren wilderness like the garden of the Lord.
Joy and gladness will be found there.
    Songs of thanksgiving will fill the air.

“Listen to me, my people.
    Hear me, Israel,
for my law will be proclaimed,
    and my justice will become a light to the nations.
My mercy and justice are coming soon.
    My salvation is on the way.
    My strong arm will bring justice to the nations.
All distant lands will look to me
    and wait in hope for my powerful arm.

Excerpts:

7b Do not be afraid of people’s scorn,
    nor fear their insults.

12 “I, yes I, am the one who comforts you.
    So why are you afraid of mere humans,
    who wither like the grass and disappear?

13b Will you remain in constant dread of human oppressors?
    Will you continue to fear the anger of your enemies?
Where is their fury and anger now?
    It is gone!

14 Soon all you captives will be released!
    Imprisonment, starvation, and death will not be your fate!

What Jesus has done and completed

Hebrews 2:14-15 New Living Translation (NLT)

14 Because God’s children are human beings—made of flesh and blood—the Son also became flesh and blood. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the devil, who had[a] the power of death. 15 Only in this way could he set free all who have lived their lives as slaves to the fear of dying.

Footnotes:

  1. 2:14 Or has.

Colossians 1:13-14 New Living Translation (NLT)

13 For he has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of his dear Son, 14 who purchased our freedom[a] and forgave our sins.

Footnotes:

  1. 1:14 Some manuscripts add with his blood.

Isaiah 51:3

Her desert will blossom like Eden,
    her barren wilderness like the garden of the Lord.

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