An inspired vision of Zion, when God shall have fulfilled towards her all his purposes, and clothed her with his glory.
- Try to build up the picture of the glorified Zion as given in this vision. Gather out the references to God and observe carefully the place he occupies in Zion. Has he this central place in your life and in your Christian fellowship?
- Consider how many of the features of beauty and glory in the Zion of this chapter are to be found, in their spiritual counterpart, in a life dwelling in the fullness of the Holy Spirit. See especially verses 2, 5, 7 (last clause), 13 (last clause), 16b, and 17-21; and cf. 2 Cor. 3:18; 4:6; 6:16; Eph. 3:14-21.
- Verses 8, 9. The ships coming from the west, with their white sails, looking like a flock of doves.
- Verse 13. ‘The place of my sanctuary’: i.e. the temple called also ‘the place of my feet’.
- Verse 21. ‘For the display of my splendor’: compare ‘he has endowed you with splendor’ (verse 9) and ‘I will adorn my glorious temple’ (verse 7; so also verse 13). Where God is glorified all else is glorified in Him. Cf. 2 Thess. 1:12.
- How would you summarize the teaching of chapters 61 and 62 regarding the Lord’s purpose of good for Zion? What do we learn, for example, about: (a) the relation to God into which God’s people will be brought (61:6, 8, 9; 62:4, 12) and (b) the response of God’s people to his promised salvation (61:10)? Is your experience of this kind?
- In chapter 61 the coming salvation is proclaimed in 62 it is prayed for (verses 1, 6, 7). If the gospel is to prevail on earth, are not both the proclamation of it and prayer concerning it still necessary? Cf. Rom. 10:14, 15; 2 Thess. 3:1. What characteristic of prevailing prayer is emphasized here?
- In Luke 4:17-21 our Lord says that the opening words of chapter 61 were spiritually fulfilled in his own ministry. Why did he cut his reading in the synagogue short in the middle of 61:2? Meditate on the scope of our Lord’s ministry as revealed in these verses.
- 61:2. ‘A new name’: the symbol both of a new character, and of a new relation of a God. Cf. Rev. 2:17; 3:12.
- 63:4. The day of redemption is also a day of judgment. Cf. 61:2; John 3:17-19.