Being a Watchman

Let’s consider being watchman for our communities/Israel on account of the commission we received from Elohim in accordance to Isaiah 62:1-12

For Tziyon’s sake I will not be silent,

for Yerushalayim’s sake I will not rest,

until her vindication shines out brightly

and her salvation like a blazing torch.

The nations will see your vindication

and all kings your glory.

Then you will be called by a new name

which ADONAI himself will pronounce.

You will be a glorious crown in the hand of ADONAI,

a royal diadem held by your God.

You will no longer be spoken of as ‘Azuvah [Abandoned]

or your land be spoken of as’ Sh’mamah [Desolate];

rather, you will be called Heftzi- Vah [My- Delight- Is- In- Her]

and your land Be’ulah [Married].

For ADONAI delights in you,

and your land will be married-

as a young man marries a young woman,

your sons will marry you;

as a bridegroom rejoices over the bride,

your God will rejoice over you.

I have posted watchmen

on your walls, Yerushalayim;

they will never fall silent,

neither by day nor by night.

You who call on ADONAI,

give yourselves no rest;

and give him no rest till he restores Yerushalayim

and makes it a praise on earth.

ADONAI has sworn by his right hand

and by his mighty arm:

“Never again will I give your grain

to your enemies as food;

nor will strangers drink your wine,

for which you worked so hard;

but those who harvest the grain will eat it

with praises to ADONAI;

those who gathered the wine will drink it

in the courtyards of my sanctuary.”

Go on through, go on through the gates,

clear the way for the people!

Build up a highway, build it up!

Clear away the stones!

Raise a banner for the peoples!

ADONAI has proclaimed to the end of the earth,

“Say to the daughter of Tziyon,

‘Here, your Salvation is coming!

Here, his reward is with him,

and his recompense is before him.'”

They will call them The Holy People,

The Redeemed of ADONAI.

You will be called D’rushah [Sought- After],

‘Ir Lo Ne’ezvah Ne’ezvah [City- No- Longer- Abandoned].

To understand the commission of Isaiah 62, we need to understand, that it is a prophetic word for these days, the time of Israel’s return to the promised land. So that God’s plan for His people (community), the people of Israel/community will come to pass. As written in Isaiah 62 that the vindication of Israel/community will seen by the nations and kings, for it will shine out brightly and her salvation will be like a blazing torch. At that time Israel/community will be a glorious crown in the hand of ADONAI, a royal diadem held by your God. Israel/community will be called Heftzi- Vah [My- Delight- Is- In- Her] and the land Be’ulah [Married]. For ADONAI delights in Israel.

But for the mentioned to come to pass, God raised up watchman over Israel/community that will never fall silent, neither by day nor by night. The the Word of Elohim spoken through His prophet Isaiah identified the watchman as those who call on ADONAI, till He restores Yerushalayim/your community and makes it a praise on earth. These watchman have been commissioned in verse 10, with a command.

Go on through, go on through the gates,

clear the way for the people!

Build up a highway, build it up!

Clear away the stones!

Raise a banner for the peoples!

First command – Go through, go on through the gates :

Based on the identity of the watchman, “those who call on ADONAI”. The gates they have to go through is the gates that keep them from doing what ADONAI called them to do.

A lot of people who call on ADONAI is not watchmen, because they stay within the comfort of their city, their protection or beliefs that contradict the call of Elohim. As watchmen we can not be emotional about the call of Elohim, we must only consider the call and our obedience to the mentioned command to go through these gates that hold us back from the call of Elohim.

These gates can represent fear from criticism, rejection and so on. These gates can be the comfort of a lifestyle that keep you from being released as a watchman. These gates can be a stronghold of belief that contradict the call of being a watchman over Israel. A lot of time these fears, comfort and strongholds are based on an affiliation that as Paul said in 1 Corinthians 3:3-7 is based on the associations we have formed and the standard we live by.

For you are still worldly! Isn’t it obvious from all the jealousy and quarrelling among you that you are worldly and living by merely human standards? For when one says, “I follow Sha’ul” and another, “I follow Apollos,” aren’t you being merely human? After all, what is Apollos? What is Sha’ul? Only servants through whom you came to trust. Indeed, it was the Lord who brought you to trust through one of us or through another. I planted the seed, and Apollos watered it, but it was God who made it grow. So neither the planter nor the waterer is anything, only God who makes things grow- planter and waterer are the same. However, each will be rewarded according to his work

Second command – Clear the way for the people. Build up a highway, build it up!

John the Baptist was send as prophesied to prepared the way for the people by telling them to repent for the Kingdom of God is at hand. The watchman of Isaiah 62 as prophesied is call to stand in the gap for Israel, building up a spiritual highway as mentioned in Isaiah 35:8 A highway will be there, a way, called the Way of Holiness. The unclean will not pass over it, but it will be for those whom he guides- fools will not stray along it.

This highway is a highway built in the Spirit, as a way by which ADONAI can guide His people unto Himself. It is a hedge to protect them until their Salvation has been revealed. As prophesied give Him no rest till He restores Yerushalayim and makes it a praise on earth.

Third command – Clear away the stones!

As watchman we are called to repent for the people of Israel so that there will be nothing standing in their way to receive the promised Salvation in Yeshua the Messiah.

We are called to breakdown down any spiritual barrier that stand between them and their Salvation, as John said in 1 John5:16 If anyone sees his brother committing a sin that does not lead to death, he will ask; and God will give him life for those whose sinning does not lead to death. There is sin that does lead to death; I am not saying he should pray about that.

Israel is our brothers and we must pray that ADONAI will show mercy as we received mercy.

Fourth command – Raise a banner for the peoples!

Raise a banner for the peoples! : A man once said that if he could see the Messianic community the Bible talk about, he would become a believer in Yeshua! The standard by which we live must proclaim our trust in Yeshua the Messiah. As we raise up a standard within our own lives, people must be able to follow as Paul said “follow me as I follow Yeshua”.

As the song says “let my walk speak loud and my words be true, let my life-song sing to You!”

As we prepare a way for the people of ADONAI, let us lift up the banner of the Messiah’s love as a standard over the people of Israel.