Isaiah 52 Awake, Awake!
Vs 1-2 For those who understand the references to blood covenant here, you see this as a call to take up the covenant again. The covenant hasn’t been destroyed or killed. It is as if it is sleeping. Zion is not only the mountain of the Lord, it is the place where witnesses can see the reinstitution of the covenant. Put on your garments of splendor. What happened to that coat that you received in the covenant exchange? Don’t forget the cut of the covenant that identifies you and your descendants as covenant people.
When the covenant is invoked by the people of God, then God acts accordingly. They slept so long without living in covenant with God that they collected dust (like some of our Bibles at home). But the call to wake up and rise up is a promise that no chains can hold the people that are in covenant with God.
Vs 3-6 When the covenant wakes up and the covenant people wake up God reminds them and the world what it means to be in covenant with God. He reminds them of Egypt (Exodus 1:13-14 how they went down willingly. This could also be in reference to the Assyrian kings and the many alliances that started this whole mess) and compares Assyria to Egypt. He reminds them what His name means and how they are attached to His name.
Vs 7 One of my favorite verses for today:
How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, “Your God reigns!”
Vs 8-10 Once the covenant has been awakened and Israel puts on the garments and remembers the mark of the covenant they can count on God to reveal that He is still in covenant with them. Everyone needs to see what is happening, the release from captivity and return to the covenant land as God “laying his arm bare.” In other words, he is showing the whole word that He is in covenant with Israel. He is their salvation. Remember, that raising the bared arm was a way of showing that you were in covenant with someone.
Vs 11-12 Once the world sees and is reminded that God is in covenant with Israel it is up to Israel to return in purity. They need to keep the covenant. God promises again to go before and behind them.
Vs 13-15 Now the Servant is revealed again. The Servant is the one whose feet brings the good news, etc. The Servant is the one who will ultimately keep the Abrahamic covenant to bless all nations. He will be rejected by the world, but it is for the world that He will be lifted up. It is because of the Servant that a blood covenant (sprinkled) with God will be made available to the whole world.