Vs. 17 – What a proclamation of victory and encouragement, “The Lord your God is in your midst.” As a result of the victory at Calvary redeemed mankind is no longer separated from God in terms of proximity or relationship. He is in our midst, in other words, He is among us (John 14:3b; Revelation 1:13a; 21:3) and wants to be (Genesis 3:8; Hebrews 13:8; cf. Matthew 23:37).Furthermore, He is my (your) God.

Revelation 19:11-16 confirms the warrior status of my God. Having said that, the literal interpretation of that statement is, “A warrior who saves.” (Revelation 19:1; cf. I Samuel 2:1; Psalm 27:1; 37:39; 62:2; Isaiah 12:2).

Our Warrior King will rejoice (to be bright and cheerful) and exult (to spin round under the influence of any violent emotion) over us with shouting (Isaiah 62:5b). The King celebrates His subjects and in so doing expresses a facet of His Kingdom (Romans 14:17) which He expects each citizen to nurture (Galatians 5:22&23).

The N.A.S.B. rendering, “He will be quiet in His love” is somewhat confusing given the context of celebration on His part. The N.K.J.V. says the following, “He will quiet you with His love.” (Psalm 29:11; 55:18; 85:8; 119:165; John 14:27; 16:33; Philippians 4:7) Some other ancient manuscripts state, “He will renew you in His love.”

Vs. 18 – The prophet seems to speak directly to Judah once again. God acknowledges that there are those who have remained righteous and are about to suffer exile because of the disobedient (Matthew 5:45b).

He assures that He will look after those who are concerned over the correct way of celebrating the feasts and the necessity of the temple to that end (faithfulness to the terms of the Old Covenant). Such people are rooted in Zion, i.e. what is right before the Lord and the location of the temple itself (cf. Colossians 2:16&17; Hebrews 7:18&19).

While such faithfulness is to be commended, Jesus warned that the new Covenant would usher in a time when no one temple would be a designated place of worship in the eyes of God (John 4:21-24).

Vss. 19&20 – Both these verses speak of “at that time” and refers us back to vs. 16. So Calvary will be the place where defeat is turned into victory as far as the redeemed are concerned. That which oppressed (Psalm 12:5) us has been dealt with (Colossians 2:17; Revelation 12:10&11) – past tense.

He promised to save the lame. Sickness and infirmity lost their authority and power because of the Cross (Mark 16:18b; Luke 4:18&19 & Revelation 22:2).

Those that were outcast would now be included (Matthew 8:11&12; John 10:16; Ephesians 2:13). The closing line of vs. 19 clearly illustrates the result of salvation. Shame has been removed for all time and in its place has come the ability to praise the God of all creation. Not only that, but the redeemed would have renown in the earth. This is echoed in vs. 20 (Micah 4:1; Revelation 21:24-26).

The festival that represents the accomplishment of salvation is the Feast of Tabernacles (Zechariah 14:16). No one will be prevented from attending as the oppressors (Isaiah 9:2-5) have been overthrown.

-Finis-

Produced by: Adrian Tamblyn-Watts

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