Thursday, April 25, 2013

Isaiah | Motif #1 - Spiritual Zion - (Imagery of Nations part 2) | Steve Gregg

Before diving into the verse-by-verse study of Isaiah, Steve Gregg looks into some major motifs throughout the book.

This is the 2nd session on Imagery of Nations. This one is concerning spiritual Zion. Zion does not refer literally to Jerusalem, but  to the Church, the Body of Christ, his bride.

 Hebrews 12:22-24

22 But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, to an innumerable company of angels, 23 to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are registered in heaven, to God the Judge of all, to the spirits of just men made perfect, 24 to Jesus the Mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling that speaks better things than that of Abel.

Isaiah 60:10-12, 18

10 “The sons of foreigners shall build up your walls,
And their kings shall minister to you;
For in My wrath I struck you,
But in My favor I have had mercy on you.
11 Therefore your gates shall be open continually;
They shall not be shut day or night,
That men may bring to you the wealth of the Gentiles,
And their kings in procession.
12 For the nation and kingdom which will not serve you shall perish,
And those nations shall be utterly ruined.

18 Violence shall no longer be heard in your land,
Neither wasting nor destruction within your borders;
But you shall call your walls Salvation,
And your gates Praise.

Revelation 21

        10 And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me the great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God...Now the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them were the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb

Isaiah 28:16

A Cornerstone in Zion

16 Therefore thus says the Lord God:
“Behold, I lay in Zion a stone for a foundation,
A tried stone, a precious cornerstone, a sure foundation;
Whoever believes will not act hastily.
  • 1 Peter 2:4-6

    Coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious, you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. Therefore it is also contained in the Scripture,
    “Behold, I lay in Zion
    A chief cornerstone, elect, precious,
    And he who believes on Him will by no means be put to shame.”[b] 

    • Romans 9:30-33

      30 What shall we say then? That Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness, have attained to righteousness, even the righteousness of faith; 31 but Israel, pursuing the law of righteousness, has not attained to the law of righteousness.[n] 32 Why? Because they did not seek it by faith, but as it were, by the works of the law.[o] For they stumbled at that stumbling stone. 33 As it is written:
      “Behold, I lay in Zion a stumbling stone and rock of offense,
      And whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.”[p]
      • Romans10:11

        11 For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.”[f]
        • Psalm 118:22

          The stone which the builders rejected
          Has become the chief cornerstone.  



Steve gives 2 lectures on 6 motifs in Isaiah:

  1. Imagery of Nations
  2. Symbolic Imagery of Warfare, Judgment and Redemption
  3. From Bondage to Nationhood
  4. Barrenness and Fruitfulness
  5. The Servant of Yahweh
  6. The King and his Kingdom