a. The main point is that all, Babylonian captives and everyone else, can place total confidence in God’s word. (See Briley.) b. Coffman wrote that the big point in this paragraph is that the only dependable and certain anchor that men have is the word of the Lord. Isaiah 40:9, Go up on a high mountain, O herald Zion! Shout out loudly, O herald Jerusalem! Shout, don’t be afraid! Say to the towns of Judah, “Here is your God!” (NET) I. Go up on a high mountain, O herald Zion! Shout out loudly, O herald Jerusalem! Shout, don’t be afraid! A. Isaiah 40:9-11, Hamilton noted, announces that Yahweh is coming from Babylon to Jerusalem as a victorious king bringing like a shepherd his people with him. 1. 2 Samuel 5:2, In the past, when Saul was our king, you were the real leader in Israel. The Lord said to you, ‘You will shepherd my people Israel; you will rule over Israel.’” (NET)2. Psalm 78:70-72,He chose David, his servant, and took him from the sheepfolds. He took him away from following the mother sheep, and made him the shepherd of Jacob, his people, and of Israel, his chosen nation. David cared for them with pure motives; he led them with skill. (NET)
43 Commentary, Questions and Answers by John C. Sewell Landmark Publications, Inc., P.O. Box 160018, Nashville, TN 37216, U.S.A., John C. Sewell, Ph.D., Editor. B. “Jehovah has returned to Zion-Jerusalem, and now that he has returned, let Zion-Jerusalem get up on a high mountain and shout the message to all the people and cities of Judah,” Hailey wrote. 1. There is now no reason to be afraid of Babylon or anything else. II. Say to the towns of Judah, “Here is your God!” A. God’s people are to proclaim the name and glory of God. 1. They are to do this with the purpose of evangelizing, converting all who hear. B. Clarke noted that Judah was the recipient, not the publisher of these glad tidings. C. It was customary for women to gather, celebrate and proclaim news in song and dance of special happy events. 1. Exodus 15:20-21, Miriam the prophetess, the sister of Aaron, took a hand-drum in her hand, and all the women went out after her with hand-drums and with dances. Miriam sang in response to them, “Sing to the Lord, for he has triumphed gloriously; the horse and its rider he has thrown into the sea.” (NET)2. Judges 11:34,When Jephthah came home to Mizpah, there was his daughter hurrying out to
44 Commentary, Questions and Answers by John C. Sewell Landmark Publications, Inc., P.O. Box 160018, Nashville, TN 37216, U.S.A., John C. Sewell, Ph.D., Editor. meet him, dancing to the rhythm of tambourines. She was his only child; except for her he had no son or daughter. (NET)3. 1 Samuel 18:6-7,When the men arrived after David returned from striking down the Philistine, the women from all the cities of Israel came out singing and dancing to meet King Saul. They were happy as they played their tambourines and three-stringed instruments. The women who were playing the music sang, “Saul has struck down his thousands, but David his tens of thousands!” (NET)4.