Isaiah 60

 Before Reading.

  • Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.

Reading.

  • Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
  • Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
  • Take a note if you have question, inspiration.   

Read Isaiah 60

Overview

The glory of Zion.

Chapters 60-62 are one long prophecy of salvation with poetic description. “You,” indicates redeemed people of God, Jerusalem, Israel, and for all.  This prophecy is for Israel who are still in ruin, in exile, and for city of Jerusalem who is still forsaken. To them, prophet shouts out, “Arise, shine, see, lift up,” calling for the hope of redemption, the salvation of God.

Verses 4-9 describes what Jerusalem is to be made radiant. People will return from exile. The wealth of nations, Kedar’s flocks, the reams of Nebaioth, the ship of Tarshish, will begin to flow into Jerusalem to enrich the new temple.

Zion is symbolic expression, a nation ruled by God, and the city of the Lord, the holy one of Israel. Zion is the nation ruled by God with peace and righteousness. The righteousness of God in brighter than the sun during the day, and more radiant than the moon at night. The justice of God will be done for all, for the least and the smallest.

This vision of Zion is fulfilled in Jesus Christ and in his Kingdom. His first preaching is “Repent, the Kingdom of God is near.” (Matthew 4:17).  The Kingdom of God has already come through Jesus Christ. We are called to come into his Kingdom. His Kingdom has not yet fully accomplished. It is future reality where we have hope for.

With this hope, we are living our present time, singing, “ We are marching to Zion, beautiful, beautiful Zion. We are marching upon to Zion, the beautiful City of God.”

Reflection.

 1. What does this passage tell you about God?

 2. What does this passage tell you about people.?

3. What does this passage tell you about yourself and God’s will for you?   

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