I was reading Isaiah 12 at breakfast, the other morning, and I discovered something that blew my mind.
I’m sure others have discovered this, but I can’t remember ever hearing a preacher speak on this subject.
The first thing I noticed was that it starts with “And in that day…” and so, because I couldn’t remember what I was reading the morning before, I went back and scanned chapter 11 to see what the subject is; and yes, it is Israel in the Millennial Kingdom, most definitely.
So then I went back and read the first two verses;
1 And in that day thou shalt say, O Lord, I will praise thee: though thou wast angry with me, thine anger is turned away, and thou comfortedst me.
2 Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the Lord Jehovah is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation.
Hmm, “God is my salvation” nothing controversial there; at least not at first glance. Then it gets more interesting; “for the Lord Jehovah… is become my salvation”
You see, God has existed from everlasting to everlasting, He always was, so how could he “become” something He was not before?
You see, if God simply says “I forgive you for your sin” He isn’t really a Saviour. It could be argued that God can’t just forgive sin, and if He did so without satisfying Justice, He would be participating in something very evil! He would be an accomplice of the evil-doer he had forgiven!
For example, when David committed adultery with Bathsheba, and then murdered her husband, If God had simply said “David, I forgive you” but He didn’t do something about the injustice against Uriah, He would be participating in the evil deed Himself!
What God did, was to transport David’s sin forward in time, and placed it on His only Begotten Son, and crucified it on the cross!
Not only is God “Love”, but God is also Just. He must satisfy justice, because that is His character; He can’t just say “your sins are forgiven”. Something must be done about the sin. The sentence “for the Lord Jehovah… is become my salvation” is a clue that God has done something about our sin!
The truth is that I thought of these things after reading this passage. At the time, however, I had Strong’s Numbers open, and I noticed that the phrase “…he also is become my salvation” is represented by one word!
Now what do you suppose that word might be?
The Lamed (ל) at the beginning of the word is simply a prefix, meaning “to”; the rest of the word is, ישועה or Yeshuah! This is the Hebrew form of the name of the Saviour, who is also God! Jesus! The name “Jesus” means “Jehovah is Salvation”!
The Hebrew name of the Saviour was hidden in plain sight, in Isaiah!
The Lord God became my Salvation, and I hope yours, when He died on the cross! That was the central, and greatest event in human history, and the best thing that anyone has ever done for anyone else; Jesus took our sin on Himself and He crucified it on that cross, so Justice would be satisfied! Without the cross we could never enter into God’s presence! That is the day that Isaiah was referring to, some 700 years before it occurred!
The very name of the Saviour is embedded in the writings of the Jewish prophets! The amazing thing is that it was done in such a way that most of the Jews missed it. If He had made it simple to understand there would have been hundreds of Jesuses all claiming to be the Messiah, but as it is there is only one legitimate contender for the title! Jesus of Nazareth; He’s the only one!
If you haven’t trusted Him yet, do it today! Jesus is your only hope!