This chapter assures Israel that they will be saved. There are numerous references to their physical safety and prosperity. Their righteousness and their blessings do not spring forth luckily or by chance; rather they are gifts of mercy from God.
Verses 1-5: A crown of glory
God will glorify Jerusalem as a city and Israel as a people. All of the gentiles, other nations and kings will see their glory and will know them by a new name. God will hold them in His hand as a diadem (crown or a cloth headband representing dignity and authority).
With this new glory, Israel will lose the monikers “Forsaken” and “Desolate.” Instead they will be called “Hephzibah,” (my delight is in her) and their land will be called “Beulah” (married).
The joy of a wedding accompanies these new blessings as God is happy to return His nation to peace and to see them crowned with blessings. This message is reminiscent of the language in Isaiah 54 in which God the Maker was described as the husband and Israel as the beautiful, adorned wife.
Verses 6-9: A praise in the earth
Jerusalem is watched over by prophets who are described here as watchmen. The prophets are encouraged to speak good on behalf of the Lord, and to continue to pray that He will fulfill His promise to the establish Jerusalem as a praised nation.
God has sworn to them: “Surely I will no longer give your grain As food for your enemies; And the sons of the foreigner shall not drink your new wine, For which you have labored. But those who have gathered it shall eat it, And praise the LORD; Those who have brought it together shall drink it in My holy courts.” Isaiah 62:8-9
God assures the nation that He will settle them; they will prosper once more by their own hands. The mention of “My holy courts” anticipates the temple rebuilding.
Verses 10-12: Redeemed of the Lord
In the concluding verses of this chapter, God tells the people to prepare for the influx of foreigners while also assuring salvation. Especially encouraging is the reference to Jesus in verse 11, which gives even more hope to an increasingly blessed people: “Surely your salvation is coming; Behold, His reward is with Him, And His work before Him.”
The new names given to Israel: “The Holy People,” “The Redeemed of the Lord,” “Sought Out,” and “A City Not Forsaken” suggest a people that have been called back to their right place with the Lord. Their directive now is to prepare the way for people to come to God. Israel will do this physically, welcoming foreigners to Jerusalem and conversion to belief in God.
But, more importantly for us, their redemption leads to our own as Jesus Christ is born through the remnant of righteous Israel and we wear the name “Christian.”