The Lord’s Comfort for His People
“Can the prey be taken from the mighty, or the captives of a tyrant be rescued? For thus says the LORD; Even the captives of the mighty shall be taken, and the prey of the tyrant be rescued, for I will contend with those who contend with you, and I will save your children. I will make your oppressors eat their own flesh, and they shall be drunk with their own blood as with wine. Then all flesh shall know that I am the LORD your Savior, and your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob.” – Isaiah 49: 24-26
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“Listen to me, you who pursue righteousness, you who seek the LORD: look to the rock from which you were hewn, and to the quarry from which you were dug. Look to Abraham your father and to Sarah who bore you; for he was but one when I called him, that I might bless him and multiply him. For the LORD comforts Zion; he comforts all her waste places and makes her wilderness like Eden, her desert like the garden of the LORD; joy and gladness will be found in her, thanksgiving and the voice of song.” – Isaiah 51:1-3
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During the lamentations of Israel, Israel was going through many difficulties due to forsaking the LORD and going after idols instead of the Savior. The sin led many to captivity and devastation. However, the LORD heard the lamentations of His people and was able to forgive them even after they had sinned. Isaiah describes the forgiveness that the LORD gives His people. Even after being held in captivity, He decides to free them because they called on His name. He is the LORD that brings out of captivity and saves. Whether the captivity is sin, shame, guilt, condemnation, anger, envy, or control, He is able to deliver.
Even after the nations that oppressed Israel, the LORD is sure to see how His children are treated. He does not let those who contend with His children attack freely, but contends with those that contend with His children. He is there to protect us from our adversaries and those who wish to do ill will against us. He expresses this through Abraham and Sarah who served as the foundation for the blessings that would be created. The LORD comforts us. Even when there are difficulties or a desert of afflictions, He promises that He will spring a garden from the desert and joy and gladness will be there. Therefore, we must be able to give praise to the LORD regardless of the circumstances and praise His mighty and glorious name.