Isaiah Chapter 54


  • Isaiah 54:1 Sing, O barren, thou that didst not bear; break forth into singing, and cry aloud, thou that didst not travail with child: for more are the children of the desolate than the children of the married wife, saith the LORD.

The children of Israel brought forth much seed. Sarah was barren and could not bring forth birth to a child but she did. Through the seed of a barren woman came the Messiah in whom all who believe become adopted children of Abraham and children of the promise.

The seed of the woman that is to bring salvation to the whole world is Jesus Christ. He came not by the natural seed of man but the power of God. He was a child of a miracle. Born of a virgin who knew not a man. Born of the Holy Spirit. Isaac was born of a barren woman who was past the time of life that she could bear a child. Sarah was even barren before she became too old to bear so the birth of Isaac was miraculous and made by the power of God to fulfill His promise to Abraham: That His seed would inherit the earth and the promises of God.

Through Isaac shall the seed be called. So the descendants of Isaac are children of promise but it doesn't stop there. All upon the face of the earth no matter what their natural descent may inherit the promise made to Abraham. By faith in Jesus Christ born also by promise, born by a miracle, and by the power of God to bring salvation to the whole world.

  • Isaiah 54:2 Enlarge the place of thy tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains of thine habitations: spare not, lengthen thy cords, and strengthen thy stakes;
  • 3 For thou shalt break forth on the right hand and on the left; and thy seed shall inherit the Gentiles, and make the desolate cities to be inhabited.

Here we see that God truly shows the inheritance of the Gentiles. All who believe shall be part of the kingdom of God. Gentiles stand for those outside of the natural descendants of Abraham and are not naturally the children of Abraham or the children of promise. They through Jesus Christ can be partakers of the promise of Abraham and be partakers of the eternal life through faith.

The old law was one of works, which no man could possibly keep; the new covenant is by faith in which we trust in Christ to obtain our salvation for us. He was able to keep the law and fulfill the law. He has the righteousness to be worthy of the kingdom of God but we do not. Through faith in Him and trust in Him to take our sins away, we can inherit eternal life. We have to trust in Him to receive this because there is nothing natural that we could possibly do to obtain it ourselves.

  • Isaiah 54:4 Fear not; for thou shalt not be ashamed: neither be thou confounded; for thou shalt not be put to shame: for thou shalt forget the shame of thy youth, and shalt not remember the reproach of thy widowhood any more.

Here is a promise to the natural seed of Israel. They will not be outcasts forever but will be reconciled to God whom they abandoned for other gods.

  • Isaiah 54:5 For thy Maker is thine husband; the LORD of hosts is his name; and thy Redeemer the Holy One of Israel; The God of the whole earth shall he be called.

They will be redeemed and brought back into fellowship with God. God is called the Holy of Israel.

  • Isaiah 54:6 For the LORD hath called thee as a woman forsaken and grieved in spirit, and a wife of youth, when thou wast refused, saith thy God.

Because of sin they were temporarily cut off from God.

  • Isaiah 54:7 For a small moment have I forsaken thee; but with great mercies will I gather thee.

In the last days before the reign of Christ upon the earth, they will be reconciled to God.

  • Isaiah 54:8 In a little wrath I hid my face from thee for a moment; but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee, saith the LORD thy Redeemer.

They have an everlasting inheritance in the kingdom of God.

  • Isaiah 54:9 For this is as the waters of Noah unto me: for as I have sworn that the waters of Noah should no more go over the earth; so have I sworn that I would not be wroth with thee, nor rebuke thee.

When God makes a promise, He keeps it and is faithful to fulfill all His word. It is us who do not keep the covenants and promises. His word will come to pass and nothing shall by any means stop it.

  • Isaiah 54:10 For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed, saith the LORD that hath mercy on thee.
  • 11 O thou afflicted, tossed with tempest, and not comforted, behold, I will lay thy stones with fair colours, and lay thy foundations with sapphires.
  • 12 And I will make thy windows of agates, and thy gates of carbuncles, and all thy borders of pleasant stones.

This will literally take place. Many things have happened throughout history to try to destroy Israel and any believers in God or in Jesus Christ but they will be standing before the throne of God one day victorious over all the enemies who tried to defeat them.

  • Isaiah 54:13 And all thy children shall be taught of the LORD; and great shall be the peace of thy children.

There is an everlasting peace that shall come upon the earth, not by any peace treaties of man but by the coming of Jesus Christ to rule the earth. What a wonderful thought in verse 13. "Thy children shall be taught of the Lord." Those words are so beautiful.

  • Isaiah 54:14 In righteousness shalt thou be established: thou shalt be far from oppression; for thou shalt not fear: and from terror; for it shall not come near thee.

No more will the enemies of righteousness oppress any believer.

  • Isaiah 54:15 Behold, they shall surely gather together, but not by me: whosoever shall gather together against thee shall fall for thy sake.

There will be those in the last days who will try to destroy Israel and the believers of Jesus Christ but in the end it is the enemies that gather around Israel and Jerusalem to destroy it that will perish. This looks like the prophecy that foretells the battle of Armageddon.

  • Isaiah 54:16 Behold, I have created the smith that bloweth the coals in the fire, and that bringeth forth an instrument for his work; and I have created the waster to destroy.
  • 17 No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD.

This is not only a promise to natural Israel but adopted Israel (those who have faith in the Lord Jesus Christ). This is a heritage of the servants of the Lord. This is our hope, our joy and our salvation.

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