Jerusalem a Place of Prosperity and Praise (Daily Portion 10330)

Content Author: 
Reagan, David
Scripture Passage: 
Isaiah 60:1-22

This chapter provides a beautiful picture of Jerusalem in the future kingdom age. The glory of the Lord will shine upon it and the Gentiles will come unto it. Jerusalem will be a place of prosperity and praise. It will be blessed with the glory of God and will be a joy of many generations.

What Does It Say?

  1. Of the flocks and rams brought to the temple, God says, “they shall come up with _______________ on my altar, and I will ___________ the house of my glory.
  2. The sons of ___________ shall build up the walls and their __________ shall minister unto Israel.
  3. Jerusalem will be called: The __________ of the Lord; The ________ of the Holy One of Israel.
  4. God will make their officers __________ and their exactors _____________.
  5. The time will come when Israel’s people shall be all ___________ and they shall ____________ the land forever.

What Does It Mean?

  1. Some form of the word glory is found 9 times in 7 of the verses of this chapter. See verses 1, 2, 7, 9, 13, 19, 21. Look up the words glory and glorify in a dictionary. Now, carefully read the way they are used in the verses in this chapter. What statements can you make about the glory of God after this study?
  2. In verses 1-2, the LORD is compared to a light that arises over a dark earth. The word arise is used 3 times in these verses. The picture is that of the Sun rising in the morning. This compares to Malachi 4:2 where, “unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings.” The Sun of righteousness is certainly Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Jesus testified, “I am the light of the world” (John 8:12). Jesus Christ is evidently compared to the Sun. Consider this comparison. In what ways is Jesus like the Sun? Try to come up with several comparisons.
  3. Isaiah 60 describes the kingdom age, also known as the millennium or thousand-year reign of Christ. Several of the descriptions of the city of Jerusalem match the description of the New Jerusalem in Revelation 21-22. One example of this is found in Isaiah 60:11 – “Therefore thy gates shall be open continually; they shall not be shut day nor night.” This is echoed in Revelation 21:25. Why are city gates shut in the first place. Joshua 2:5 and Nehemiah 13:19 might give you some ideas. Now, since the gates of the New Jerusalem are to remain open, what does this symbolize? What has changed in the world so that the gates can be left open day and night?

What Does It Mean to Me?

  1. In verse 5, the heart of Israel “shall fear, and be enlarged.” Since abundant blessings are the result of this, the fear must refer to the fear of the Lord. What then is the meaning of the enlargement of the heart? See also 1Kings 4:29; Psalm 119:32; 2Corinthians 6:11-13. How would you define the enlargement of the heart? What does it mean to us spiritually when God enlarges our heart?
  2. One of the blessings of the kingdom age is found in verse 18: “Violence shall no more be heard in thy land, wasting nor destruction within thy borders.” The first Bible references to violence are found in Genesis 6:11-13. What is violence a result of in society? What expressions of violence are seen around us? How should we respond to this culture of violence? Are there any ways that you allow violence to effect you? What should you do about it?

Suggested Memory Verses

Isaiah 60:1, 2, 19, 20

David Reagan
Daily Proverb

Proverbs 17:19

He loveth transgression that loveth strife: and he that exalteth his gate seeketh destruction.