Vs. 11 – (cf. 2:1 & 3:5). In the previous two instances where the lack of shame had been highlighted among the people of Judah, God was indicating their moral position before Him in the negative. Here the context demands a change in interpretation. This verse begins with “in that day”. Which day? The day mentioned at the outset of the present paragraph (context) [See commentary on vss. 8&9 above].

The absence of shame, in this instance, is not a matter for concern but rejoicing. Calvary has removed all shame (that painful emotion caused by guilt, embarrassment, unworthiness or disgrace) (Philippians 3:9; Colossians 2:11&13), the redeemed have been set free (Colossians 3:1-4; Hebrews 12:1&2; cf. I John 2:1). from their sinful deeds and rebellion (Proverbs 28:13; Isaiah 1:18; Revelation 21:4).

It is more than interesting what the prophet says next, “… I will remove … your proud, exulting ones.” Once such people are removed the haughty will never again be tolerated on Mount Zion. As it has already been determined that the prophet is speaking about the New Covenant to come post-Calvary, Mount Zion is then identified in Hebrews 12:18-24 (cf. Revelation 21).

Definitions:

  • Proud – Arrogance or majesty.
  • Exulting – Rejoicing. 
  • Haughty – To soar, by implication to be lofty.

From these definitions we get a picture of the type of people God was going to remove from Zion. They were those who arrogantly, as if they were majesties themselves, carried themselves in public and rejoiced in what they said and did (Luke 18:11). This attitude is in direct opposition to that which is expected from God’s people (Ezra 9:6). They considered themselves elevated above the henhouse scratching of gentile humanity like the eagle high above.

What was the source of this pride? In short, religion. God had privileged Israel, now Judah only, with His covenants, Law and Temple service. Although no more, the Temple had been host to the Shechinah glory of God (II Chronicles 7:1-3). The Israel of God (Galatians 6:16) of the New Covenant would be purged of this spiritual pride.

Psalm 15 considers Zion’s population from an Old Testament perspective and makes some interesting and relevant observations. Furthermore, King Solomon, the writer of Proverbs 11:2 links pride to shame.

The pride that is condemned by the Scriptures brings with it strife (Proverbs 13:10a; 28:25). From the new Testament point of view John clearly defines such sin as opposed to the Kingdom and very much of this world (I John 2:16; cf. Proverbs 8:13).

Vs. 12 – Here God makes it clear that while Judah is currently proud, even in the face of imminent judgment and suffering, there was a time coming when her population would be made up of the humble whose only refuge would be in their Saviour (John 15:5, 7; 16:33; II Corinthians 5:17; Colossians 2:8-15).

Vs. 13 – Throughout the Old Testament it is clear that God works with remnants. This principle continues, evidently, into the New. Anyone looking at the Church would be left in no doubt that such people do exist, but not generally in the majority,. God has His people within a people (I Corinthians 13:4-8; Galatians 5:22&23; Philippians 2:1-4ff).

Produced by: Adrian Tamblyn-Watts

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