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Bible Commentaries

Bell's Commentary on the Bible

Isaiah 12

Verses 1-6

  1. A HYMN OF PRAISE! (Ch.12)
    1. WORSHIPING PEOPLE! (1-3)
    2. Isaiah often turns to praise in the light of the truth he believes & proclaims.
      1. Q: Do we?
      2. Worship & the Word should be married!
    3. (1) Isaiah rejoices at the end of the estrangement between God & His people.
      1. Praise Him for forgiveness!
      2. Note: There cannot be a transformed community w/o saved individuals; nor can there be a saved individual who is not incorporated into the community! {should be the same today!}
    4. (2) This is much like the song of Moses Exodus 15:2 “The LORD is my​​​​​​​ strength and song, And He has become my salvation; He is my God,and I will praise Him; My father's God, and I will exalt Him.”
      1. Ps.118:14 “The LORD is my strength and song, And He has become my salvation.”
    5. (3) To enter salvation is an individual experience(2), but to enjoy it is communal(3)!
      1. “My” strength, song, & salvation! (2)
        1. Such is Christ to the believer – he is our strength, song, & salvation.
      2. “You” is plural. (3)​​​​​​​
    6. Wells of salvation – not a cistern.
      1. [i.e. unfailing assurance, ever flowing consolation, gushing hope, & streaming victory]
      2. Maybe joy is our rope & the bucket is our measure of need?
      3. Our pilgrimage as believers is lined w/these wells of saving help!
        1. Wells were costly! {obviously to man hours to dig} (ranked with vineyards & olive groves, which took a long time to establish)
        2. Cities named after them. (Beer=well, Sheba=7)
        3. A blessing! (Deut. 6:11 in the promise land they would receive wells that they did not dig)
        4. To defend you wells sometimes you had to temporarily cover them yourself.
        5. Special vengeance upon an enemy was to fill their wells. (2 Kings3:25)
        6. Some will come along & try to seize your well of salvation, & others try to fill it in.
        7. Gen.21:25-34 – Abraham & Abimelech. His servants seized Abrahams well.
        8. Gen.26:18 – Isaac dug again the wells that his father Abraham dug, but that the Philistines plugged!
        9. Q: Have you let any enemies in your life & allowed them to seize or fill in any of your wells?
          1. Actually take away someone’s salvation??? – No, but make them doubt they still have it!
          2. Fill in? – Yes, hinder you from living the abundant life.
          3. Dig them again, re-dig them tonight!
      4. Our pilgrimage as believers is lined w/these wells of saving help!
        1. [i.e. unfailing assurance, ever flowing consolation, gushing hope, & streaming victory]
    7. Q: What results of salvation are mentioned here, & are you experiencing them all? (comfort, trust, no fear, strength, song, joy, )
    8. Worshiping people give thanks to the Lord for saving them & bringing them home again. Witnessing people tell all the nations of the greatness of God.
    9. WITNESSING PEOPLE! (4-6)
    10. Witnessing? - It tells us to declare His deeds…make mention that his name is exalted…cry out & shout.
    11. His name is shorthand for all that he has revealed about Himself.
    12. Ch.12 is a personal hymn of praise. Ponder their truths it proclaims.
      1. Q: Can you make it truly yours?
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Bibliographical Information
Bell, Brian. "Commentary on Isaiah 12". "Bell's Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/cbb/isaiah-12.html. 2017.