- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- 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 62
New name as a sign of deliverance.
Renaming is a way of giving new identity, of forming new relationship.
The prophecy in chapter 62 is addressed to demoralized people of Israel, Zion, in exile, as a deserted wife.
This prophecy is to assure her in a beautiful poetic form of salvation that the Lord has not desert her but still love her
The two new names, Hephzibah and Beulah, are ordinary girls’ names. Hephzibah means “My delight is in her.” It occurred in 2 Kings 21:1, the name of the mother of King Manasseh. Beulah means “Married.” The prophetic message of the two names is this: Zion, Jerusalem, people of Israel is still like God’s bride, loved, cherished and enjoyed by God.
Four new names are given to the people of Israel in exile— The Holy People, paired with the redeemed of the Lord, Sought After, paired with the City No Longer Deserted. These new names indicate that God will redeem them to establish new nation again in Zion.
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?