Promise Of Perfect Peace – Isaiah 26:3
“You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!” –Isaiah 26:3 There is a promise of perfect peace for the righteous who remain faithful to God.
Isaiah was a true prophet of God who wrote about certain judgement and eventual restoration in Israel. Isaiah was a poet who shared God’s hatred for compromise; either choose faith or choose unbelief, love God with all your heart and all your mind or face the consequences of your actions.
In that day this song will be sung in the land of Judah…. Isaiah 26:1, in what day? In the day when human pride and arrogance will be brought down to humility and the LORD alone will be lifted up and glorified. In the day when God will completely dwell with all His people and all God’s people will praise their Messiah in Jerusalem.
Jesus will be praised in the day when He defeats His proud enemies who join together to fight against the truth and the way. In the day Hosea wrote about, all people will know God by the end result of their life, just like the way we know Jesus now as our Friend.
What song will be sang in that day? “We have a strong city; God will appoint salvation for walls and bulwarks.” Isaiah 26:1 What salvation will God appoint in Jerusalem? What strength will make Jerusalem strong? God will take away violence, devastation and destruction from Jerusalem and will appoint Salvation as our protection in that day. We shall call our walls Salvation and our gates Tehillah Praise in that day.
“Open the gates, That the righteous nation which keeps the truth may enter in.” Isaiah 26:2, keeps the truth actually means remains faithful, and is only used 5 times in Scripture. What does Isaiah mean by open the gates? This gate is the gate of the Lord, where God is enthroned on the praises of Israel.
What does Isaiah mean by a righteous nation? A righteous nation is one God has tested, a nation whose heart and mind God examined and found faithful, a diverse nation made up of many different kinds of righteous gates. A righteous nation is a nation that is made up of righteous people who walked in God’s truth, righteous people who God found no wicked way inside of them and He led them in the everlasting way.
“You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You.” –Isaiah 26:3 Who is him? Him is the righteous nation. What is this perfect peace? This perfect peace is in part a promise from Isaiah 57:19, where God says, “I create the fruit of the lips.” What is the fruit of the lips? In Hebrews 13:15, Paul defines the fruit of the lips as a continual sacrifice of praise to God through Jesus by giving thanks to His Name.
Hebrews was written about AD 67–70, just before Jerusalem was completely destroyed by the Romans in AD 70, a prophecy Jesus said would happen. Paul knew this was going to happen because he believed Jesus, which is why Paul wrote in Hebrews 13:13-14 for the Christians to start going out into the rest of the world to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ. He wrote “For here we have no continuing city, but we seek the one to come,” which means Jerusalem was going to be destroyed, but we know it will return someday as the capital city of God’s Kingdom.
Isaiah goes on to prophesy in Isaiah 57:19, “Peace, peace to him who is far off and to him who is near.” Isaiah is prophesying here that both Jew and Gentile will be reconciled into one person from two people, as explained by Paul in Ephesians 2:14-18. Christ is our peace and He has broken down the middle wall of separation, which refers to the courts of the temple in Jerusalem. A wall separated Jews and Gentiles and signs were posted excluding Gentiles from the inner courts where sacrifices for sin were performed.