”O Zion, that bringest good tidings, get thee up to the high mountain; O Jerusalem, that bringest good tidings, lift up thy voice with strength; lift it up, be not afraid; say unto the cities of Judah, Behold your God.”
At first look this may sound like a command given to Zion and Jerusalem to do something; as if Zion was not the city set upon the hill and Jerusalem had no strength. But the command is unto My people to whom the Lord sends a word of comfort (vs. 1). This is the same wording as when the Word of the Lord called to His people, “Come ye out and be ye separate and be not partakers of her sin”. A commandment not to be entangled with the things of this world but to “look unto the Rock from whence you were hewn”. Jerusalem means the coming forth of peace, not a peace according to this world but according to the finished work of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. A peace which passes all understanding and which keeps the hearts and minds of His children safe and sure in Christ Jesus. A peace that is because of His death and resurrection (Roms. 5:1). The strength of this peace is the arm of the Lord which He has revealed to bring salvation unto Himself since NO MAN was worthy or capable, yet all flesh has seen it. No need for any mission trips to bring the Glory of the Lord to the world. The good tidings or gospel or power of God unto salvation is the Glory of the Lord and by His Word He has revealed this to all the world, “For the gospel is come unto you as it has unto all the world”. The cities of Judah are the inhabitants of praise. Not the inhabitants of this world which as like grasshoppers, but those who dwell in the One who is the gate, the Door, the Way, the Truth and the Life. The walls of Zion, that city built upon the Rock, are Salvation and the gates are Praise and those that dwell therein are His sheep of whom He has lost none. This chapter begins with “Be ye comforted My people” and declares the glory of God in His majesty and sovereignty. “Look unto the high mountains from whence cometh our help”. Satan took our Lord to a high mountain but he could only try to show Him the glory of this earth and the power thereof. As the prince of the air and the god of this world he has no other authority but what has been delivered unto him. But our God sits in Heaven and He is the Rock of our Salvation. The earth is under His command and the inhabitants thereof are grass which withers and fades away when He blows upon it. He has built His church upon that Rock and the gates of hell shall not prevail upon it.
Dear inhabitants of Zion, Behold your God!
Your servant in Christ,
(Elder) Chet Dirkes