THE LORD SHALL COMFORT ZION
Leslie M. John
“For the LORD shall comfort Zion: he will comfort all her waste places; and he will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of the LORD; joy and gladness shall be found therein, thanksgiving, and the voice of melody” Isaiah 51:3
“Zion” was the region, which was under the Jebusites, was captured by King David. The region had hills and upon one such hill David built Jerusalem, which is also called, the “City of David” (cf. Joshua 15:63; 2Sam.5:7; 1Kings 8:1)
Later, this city was referred to as “Zion” many times in the Old Testament (cf. Ps. 87:2; 149:2; Isa 33:14; Joel 2:1). It is the same name to which reference is made in New Testament as “Sion” (cf. Hebrew 12:22; Revelation 14:1). That is the “Ekklesia”, which is the “Church”.
Christianity became reality as the body of Christ, who is compared as the bridegroom, and the Church as the bride. All those who have accepted Lord Jesus Christ as personal savior have part in the body of Christ, and they all, thus, form as an entity, as the bride espoused to the bridegroom. The bride is waiting for the Lord to come and take home, and likewise the bridegroom is waiting for the fulfillment of the Promise that was given that that day shall not come in “until the fulness of the Gentiles” is come in.
“For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in” Romans 11:25
In Isaiah 51:1 Prophet Isaiah speaks the Word of God, and says to the children of Israel, and prophetically to the body of Christ, as well, that they should seek the LORD, who is our rock of refuge, and look unto Him, that rock, from whom we all have been hewn. He cites the case of Abraham and Sarah, who bore Isaac, and Isaac who bore Jacob. The LORD called Jacob alone as blessed and renamed him as “Israel”.
Although God has bestowed upon them uncountable blessings, yet they rebelled against God. They also failed seventy times to allow the land to take rest for a year after every six years and therefore, God sent them captivity into Babylon under Nebuchadnezzar for seventy years. It is during this period, when they were in captivity in Babylon the LORD assures through Prophet Isaiah that they will be restored to their former glory. The LORD promises that He will comfort Zion and He will make her wilderness like Eden, the Garden of the LORD. He will restore joy, gladness, thanksgiving and the voice of melody.
What a great privilege that we, who did not deserve His grace, were sought after by the LORD in His love. The LORD sent His only Son into this world that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life (cf. John 3:16)