Isaiah 62

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This chapter is about the New Zion (in both America and in Jerusalem) being restored and redeemed.  The Lord reminds us that He has worked for all these things to be accomplished from the very beginning (verse 1).  All who are not of the covenant will see these things unfold, and want to know more about it and admire the goodness of these societies and cultures (verse 2).  This will be like the crown of Jehovah, that He accomplished all He promised He would do (verse 3).

In the past, both the land and the people of Israel have been “forsaken” and “desolate”, but the Lord promises they will one day be called “Hephzibah” (“delightful”) and Beaulah (“beautiful”) (verse 4).  The land itself will be restored, or “married”, when the continents shift back into one place and one continent as it once was (see also Genesis 10:25; Moses 6:42; D&C 133:21-24).   This will be a temporal (Aaronic) working of what will happen spiritually (Melchizedek) when the Church (with its restored ordinances) is “married” again to the Israelite people (verse 5).

To prepare the people for these things, He continues to send Prophets to warn and teach and prepare the people (verse 6).  The Lord will accomplish all He has promised, but He invites the people to use their agency to participate in the creation of Zion (verse 7).  When they do this, other nations will no longer prey on them and the adversary will no longer have power over them (verse 8).  They will be safe temporally, but also safe spiritually, empowered by ordinances of the rebuilt temple (verse 9).  The Lord doesn’t just invite the people to participate, but urges them to “cast up”, or ascend, or become righteous, or literally make Aliyah and return to Israel – both a literal return to the land as well as a spiritual return to holiness (verse 10).   As they return to the Lord, He will enable and empower them to do this (verse 11)!  Everyone will see what the Lord has done, and know they are a holy people – and even see and declare that the Lord has kept His promise, and Israel is not forgotten.

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I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since 2009. I serve as a Chaplain, and work as a counselor. I got bilateral cochlear implants in 2010, but will always love sign language. I choose books over television, and organics over processed. Nothing is as close to flying as ballroom dancing - except maybe running, when in the solo mood. I would rather be outside than anywhere else, especially at the river riding my bike or kayaking. PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy, and currently doing a post-doc in Jewish Studies and an MDiv in Pastoral Counseling. The best thing about Emily World is that it's always an adventure, even if (not so) grammatically precise. The only thing better than writing is being married to a writer. Nathan Christensen and I were married in the Oklahoma City temple on 13 October 2012, and have since fostered more than eighty-five children. We have adopted the six who stayed, and are totally and completely and helplessly in love with our family. Nathan writes musical theater, including "Broadcast" (a musical history of the radio) and an adaption of Lois Lowry's "The Giver". He served his mission in South Korea, has taught song-writing in New York City public schools, and worked as a theater critic for a Tucson newspaper. This is not an official Web site of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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