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Bible Commentaries
Isaiah 12

Smith's Bible CommentarySmith's Commentary

Verses 1-6

Chapter 12

And in that day ( Isaiah 12:1 ).

This day of the Lord when He returns and establishes His kingdom.

thou shalt say, O LORD, I will praise thee: though thou wast angry with me, thine anger is turned away, and thou comfortedst me ( Isaiah 12:1 ).

This is, of course, the declaration of Israel who had been dispersed in the anger of the Lord. And now as they are returning, they're returning to God, they shall look upon Him whom they have pierced and they shall weep over Him as one weeps over their only son that is lost and all. And this beautiful recognition by the nation Israel that Jesus is indeed the true Messiah. And so they will praise the Lord and they will say, "You were angry with us, but now Your anger is turned away and now You are our comfort."

Behold, God is my salvation ( Isaiah 12:2 );

That's the name Joshua or Jesus. The acknowledgment of Jesus. They're acknowledging that, "God is my salvation." Jehoshua, the name of Jesus.

I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he is become my salvation ( Isaiah 12:2 ).

And the word "Jehovah is salvation" is the name Jesus. So it speaks here very clearly of the recognition of Jesus as the Savior, even as we are told, "Behold, He comes with the clouds; every eye shall see Him" ( Revelation 1:7 ). They also which pierced Him shall mourn and all. The recognition that Jesus, Jehovah, is their salvation, is become my salvation; Jehovah Shua.

Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation ( Isaiah 12:3 ).

Jesus stood and cried saying to them, "If any man thirst, let him come unto Me, and drink" ( John 7:37 ). But they refused to come. And so in Revelation the last chapter, Jesus said, "Let him that is athirst come, and drink of the water of life freely" ( Revelation 22:17 ). In that day they will accept the offer and they will draw with joy the water out of the wells of salvation.

And in that day shall ye say, Praise the LORD ( Isaiah 12:4 ),

Now that seems to bug a lot of people because it seems to be an indication the person's getting sort of turned on, and some people object to people getting turned on to the Lord. I have a friend who was a pastor here in Santa Ana and he pastored the Northside Church of Christ. He started coming to some Bible studies that we were holding here in Costa Mesa and he really got turned on to the Lord. And because we were always going around, all the kids in the Bible study and all, were always going around just rejoicing in the Lord saying, "Oh, praise the Lord!" And as he began to see the work of God and as God began to work in a vital way in his life, he started saying, "Oh, praise the Lord!" Well, he finally was called before his church board, and one of the orders that the church board gave to him was don't use the phrase "Praise the Lord" anymore. It's undignified. And he was forbidden by his church board. Well, he didn't last long, because when you see God working so much, it's just awfully hard not to say, "Praise the Lord!" when you really see the work of God being accomplished.

There is a magazine, religious magazine that is filled with satire and sarcasm. It's called the Wittenberg Door published down in San Diego area, El Cajon. And these guys are always panning some segment in the body of Christ, and I understand that the latest pan is against the Charismatics. And in one of the descriptions of them, it refers to them as these people are always going around saying, "Praise the Lord!" Trying to sort of put down the exuberance, the joy, the excitement that we experience when we see God really working. Oh, praise the Lord! In that day they're going to say it, and so I don't see any problem of saying it today. When you really...

They're excited because God is working. They're excited because they are taking now the wells of salvation. They're excited because they have discovered that Jesus is the Messiah. Well, I've discovered that He's the Messiah, so I should have the privilege of going ahead and saying it now. Praise the Lord for the glorious salvation that we have through Jesus Christ.

call upon his name, declare his doings among the people, make mention that his name is exalted. Sing unto the LORD; for he has done excellent things: this is known in all the earth. Cry out and shout, thou inhabitant of Zion: for great is the Holy One of Israel in the midst of thee ( Isaiah 12:4-6 ).

And so this is the glorious acclamation and praise and all that comes when Jesus returns and sets Himself up as the King over the earth. And that whole recognition now as the Lord reigns finally over the earth. As His kingdom has now come and soon His will is to be done here on earth, even as it is in heaven. And we're going to enter in to this glorious new age. Oh, who can't say Praise the Lord to that? When we see the world as God wants it to be. When we dwell together in love. When we dwell together in peace. When we dwell together in just this full openness of love one to another. It's going to be glorious! "

Bibliographical Information
Smith, Charles Ward. "Commentary on Isaiah 12". "Smith's Bible Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/csc/isaiah-12.html. 2014.
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