[COMMENTARY ON ISAIAH 52:2]
Shake off your dust; rise up, sit enthroned, Jerusalem. Free yourself from the chains on your neck, Daughter Zion, now a captive
Set yourself free. This is indicative of the terrible responsibility that faces the believer. There is a sense that God is intimately aware OF our weakness – He knows that we are held captive. The question is what captivates us?
Paul declares that we are alienated and made enemies in our minds. The walls that hold us back are firmly rooted in our heads, between our two ears. We have allowed the pernicious principles of the prince of perdition to render us useless. We feed fat on a diet of death and despair, ignoring the vast vista of virtues and victory. Daily as we trudge along life, we are doused with dust. Our minds are tainted with wrong philosophies and beliefs.
What do we do? We need to renew our minds constantly [Romans 12:1-2].
There is no longer any excuse for us to remain in this state for Christ on the cross emptied death of its poison. Christ stripped sickness and sin of its glory and set us free. Yet we remain separated in our own minds. Sad and worried God looks at us his daughters and lovingly urges us to shake the dust off. He beckons to us with eyes that drip love and points to the throne at his right hand – come and sit. Kings and queens! That is who we are. There is a call to kingship that we can no longer ignore.
The chains that bind us no longer have any power except that which we give them. In our ignorance we have empowered the devil; in our blindness we have given him leeway to run roughshod over us. Surely in Christ the chains of calamity and chaos have been crushed but foolishly we cower in fear and allow them oppress us. Shake off your dust! Look to the cross and see victory perfected.
Verse 7: How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, “Your God reigns!”
This is good news. It is excellent news and I am glad that my feet are beautiful. The devil’s only ploy against you is to steal your identity. He is the identity thief and as long as he can get you to question and inevitably doubt your freedom he will hold you in his grip. Do not stand by idly while he shoves you around in life. Take hold and hold fast your confession of faith: You are seated with Christ in heavenly places. This reality is more factual than your everyday life. It is truth. God reigns and He invites you to take your place in his kingdom.
Don Moen once sang I just want to be where you are. I don’t dislike the song. It is beautiful but creates a mentality that the believer is outside Christ. The bible says that Christ dealt with separation on the cross. We are already hid in Christ; we are in HIM and with HIM. Having the craving to be with God is a noble desire but we must open our eyes to the reality of Ephesians 1 – God has reconciled us unto Himself! You are accepted in the beloved.
WAKEUP!!!! HE THAT THE SON SETS FREE IS FREE INDEED.
Now you see that the task ahead is made lighter by the burden of the cross. You are more than a conqueror. Your responsibility is to labor (RENEW YOUR MIND) to enter the REST that Christ’s Grace has opened IN YOUR SPIRIT.