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Arise Shine
Bible Passage ISAIAH 60:1-9
This content is part of a series Bright Morning Reflections, in topic 2018 & book ISAIAH.

Arise Shine

  • Rev. Bright Mawuena Nfodzo
Date preached December 31, 2018

SCRIPTURE 📖
1  “Arise, shine! For your light has come; the glory of the LORD has risen upon you.

2  For look! Darkness will cover the earth and thick darkness is over the people, but the LORD will arise upon you, and his glory will appear over you.

3  Nations will come to your light, and kings before your dawn.

4  “Lift up your eyes and look around: They all gather together, they come to you; your sons will come from far away, and your daughters will be carried on the hip.”

5  Then you will look and be radiant; your heart will swell with joy, because the abundance of the seas will be diverted to you, and the riches of the nations will come to you.

6  Throngs of camels will blanket you: the young camels of Midian and Ephu; all those from Shebu will come. They’ll carry gold and frankincense, and proclaim the praise of the LORD.

7  All Kedar’s flocks will be gathered to you, the rams of Nebaioth will serve you. and they’ll come up with acceptance upon my altar, and I’ll glorify my glorious house.”

8  “Who are these that fly like clouds, and like doves to their windows?

9  For the coastlands will look to me, with the ships of Tarshish in the lead, to bring my children from far away, their silver and gold with them, to the name of the LORD your God, and to the Holy One of Israel, because he has glorified you.

BACKGROUND ✝
The scene of Isaiah 60 is the return to Babylon, where the captive Israelites looked forward to the return to their homeland and the reconstruction of their national life. Here, more than in the previous chapters, the blessings seem to go far beyond those experienced by post-exilic Israel.

When sin is removed and enemies are punished, Israel will receive the glory it has always hoped for. Not only will scattered Jews return to their land, but people of all nations will come to Jerusalem to worship the God of Israel (60:1-5).

Some countries send camels loaded with treasure. Others send animals that guarantee a constant supply for the sacrifices in the rebuilt temple.

The light is another name for God or the Messiah. Glory is the revelation of God’s greatness.

This was a sure promise that God would cause a new thing among His people. He is in their midst to deliver them.

Darkness means places where people do not obey God’s laws. It means people in Judah and people in the rest of the world. And today, it means our world. What God does for His people Israel, He will do for everybody! His glory will come upon you.

Jesus the Messiah bears that light. He is the King of the world. There’s no other king but Christ.

In the light of Christ are numerous blessings for those who trust in Him. God will provide the wealth and riches that we need.

People will come to the LORD from many directions. Midian and Sheba were in the South.
Ephah, Kedar, and Nebaioth were in the North and East. Tarshish was in the west.

Isaiah is telling us that people are coming from many places to Zion, to experience God’s goodness. These people will come to serve God and confess His majesty.

LESSONS ✍🏽 Arise Shine
🔷Arise Shine  Jesus is the Redeemer of the world who came to save us

🔷God Rules  Earthly kingship is mere. Jesus is the real King that deserves the honor

🔷God Rules  Christ will restore all your lost years and wealth, and even give you more

PRAYER POINTS 🙏🏽
💥Arise Shine Ask for Christ’s light to shine on you
💥God Rules Pray for a blissful 2019

CONCLUSION 📙
Only God can give to people what they want, or expect. Jesus, who is the light of Christ dwells among us and offers Himself as for our redemption. Rise up and rejoice because God’s promises have come to pass already.
AMEN

In series Bright Morning Reflections