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Redeemed by God Without a Penny
Bible Passage Isaiah 52: 1-10
This content is part of a series Bright Morning Reflections, in topic 2022 & books 2 Kings, ISAIAH, Romans.

Redeemed by God Without a Penny

  • Rev. Bright Mawuena Nfodzo
Date preached April 22, 2022

1 Awake, awake! Clothe yourself with strength, O Zion! Put on your beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city, for the uncircumcised and the unclean won’t enter you.

2 Shake yourself from the dust and arise, and sit on your throne, O Jerusalem! Loosen the bonds from your neck, O captive daughter of Zion.

3 For this is what the LORD says: “You were sold for nothing, and you’ll be redeemed without money.”

4 For this is what the LORD says: “My people went down long ago into Egypt to live there; the Assyrian, too, has oppressed them without cause.

5 “Now therefore, what am I doing here,” asks the LORD, “seeing that my people are taken away without cause? Those who rule over them are deluded,” says the LORD, “and continuously, all the day long, my name is blasphemed.

6 Therefore my people will know my name; in that day they’ll know that it is I who speaks, ‘Here I am!’

7 “How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of the one who brings news of peace, who announces good things, who announces salvation, who says to Zion, ‘Your God reigns!’

8 Listen! Your watchmen lift up their voices, together they sing for joy; for they will see in plain sight the return of the LORD to Zion with compassion.

9 “Break forth together into singing, you ruins of Jerusalem; for the LORD has comforted his people, and he has redeemed Jerusalem.

10 The LORD has bared his holy arm in the eyes of all the nations; and all the ends of the earth will see the salvation of our God.

Prophet Isaiah urges the Jews who were in captivity in Babylon to prepare for the return to Jerusalem. Hallelujah!!! The city that heathen armies defiled and destroyed will be rebuilt, to become strong, holy, and beautiful again (verses 1-2). The call to ‘awake’ means ‘realize your true value to God’. He is giving you a new opportunity to take your proper place of honor.

God will redeem His people from slavery, but He will not pay the slave-owner (Babylon) any ransom (verse 3).

In earlier days the Israelites were made slaves in Egypt (Exodus 1:8-16), even though they went there in peace. They then established themselves in Canaan, but again they fell into bondage. Some were taken captive to Assyria (2 Kings 15:29), and now the rest are slaves in Babylon (2 Kings 24:14). The oppressor nations paid nothing for their slaves, and God will pay nothing to release the slaves. Rather, He will punish the slave-owners, particularly since they have mocked Him (verse 4-5).

Then the doubting Israelites will see clearly that their God is the controller of history with honor, character, authority, and strength (verse 6).

Overjoyed at this reminder of the triumph of God, the prophet pictures a messenger going from Babylon to Jerusalem to announce the good news that God reigns supreme. The messenger’s name does not appear. His name is not important. What matters is the message of good news (see Romans 10:15). The people of Israel will return and Jerusalem will be rebuilt (verse 7). Although God’s people are now prisoners in a foreign country, God controls the situation. The good news is that the Lord is rescuing His people.

Isaiah pictures the watchmen in Jerusalem rejoicing as they see the first lot of exiles returning to the city. Onlookers from other nations will see God’s power displayed (verses 8-10).

🔷 God reigns supreme with great power and controls everything in the world

🔷 God restores and gives hope to all (including you) who trust in Him

🔷 Allow God to deal with the enemy in His own way. He should do it and not you.

💥 Ask God to deliver you from any captivity
💥 Pray that everything you have lost will be restored

Be comforted for our God is promising good things and good shape for you. Be loosed from bondage and become freed in Christ. The powerful arm of God will not sit quietly for the enemy to suppress you in any way. Cheers to your victory.

In series Bright Morning Reflections