Isaiah 52: 3-10: For thus says the Lord: “You were sold for nothing, and you shall be redeemed without money.” For thus says the Lord God: “My people went down at the first into Egypt to sojourn there, and the Assyrian oppressed them for nothing. Now therefore what have I here,” declares the Lord, “seeing that my people are taken away for nothing? Their rulers wail,” declares the Lord, “and continually all the day my name is despised. Therefore my people shall know my name. Therefore in that day they shall know that it is I who speak; here I am.”
How beautiful upon the mountains
are the feet of him who brings good news,
who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness,
who publishes salvation,
who says to Zion, “Your God reigns.”
The voice of your watchmen—they lift up their voice;
together they sing for joy;
for eye to eye they see
the return of the Lord to Zion.
Break forth together into singing,
you waste places of Jerusalem,
for the Lord has comforted his people;
he has redeemed Jerusalem.
The Lord has bared his holy arm
before the eyes of all the nations,
and all the ends of the earth shall see
the salvation of our God.
Isaiah is prophesying of a time when God will intervene for his people. He will comfort his people and they will rejoice in the Lord. They will call on him and he will respond. Specifically he says that all the nations will witness the salvation of the Lord. This will be a moment to take note of, because everyone will know. Everyone will recognize God’s work in saving His people. This is the moment of reckoning, when all the nations recognize God and His reign. This is a day of celebration for us who long for this day. But a day of terror to those who fight against Him.
He will redeem his people without money. He will bring them back to himself without the need of wealth. How would God do this? He could easily take them back by force, similarly like he did with Egypt. In fact this could be assumed, since Egypt is referenced. In our understanding of redemption, there is a cost to make things whole. But God doesn’t explain this plan fully to us. He doesn’t explain what the cost will be to redeem his people, but instead jumps from people being in captivity to being comforted in the Lord.
You have redeemed us, going above and beyond for us. We cannot begin to fathom your love. You provide for us in ways we would think impossible. Thank you for not limiting your salvation. Let us see your Holy Arm bared before us.
In Jesus’ Name,
Carol of the day:
The First Noel
Step 1: Make cut a piece of paper into a square
Step 2: Fold the square of paper diagonally to make a triangle
Step 3: Fold the triangle in half forming another triangle
Step 4: Fold the triangle into thirds.
Step 5: Cut the final product. How you cut into it makes it unique.
Make many paper snowflakes and hang them up around your home. Turn your home into a winter wonderland.