I’m confused. Is this verse saying that because Jerusalem suffered punishment from God, her sins have been paid for…double? How does this fit with everything Jesus did?

Dec 11th, 2009 | By | Category: Questions You Ask (click for the full answer)

Isaiah 40:2 says:
Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and proclaim to her that her hard service has been completed, that her sins have been paid for, that she has received from the LORD’s hand double for all her sins.

I’m confused. Is this verse saying that because Jerusalem suffered punishment from God, her sins have been paid for…double? How does this fit with everything Jesus did?

Thanks.

Verse 2 tells the nature of the message of comfort for natural Israel. “Speak ye comfortably” suggests a softer, more private approach, whereas “cry unto her” implies a more public message, or pronouncement.

“Cry unto her, that her warfare is accomplished [ended].” What “warfare”? Israel’s punishment, her “appointed time” (KJV margin), her “time of service” (RSV footnote). In other words, Israel’s “warfare” is not merely a date but a period of time that terminates with a date.

We see this same promise with the Valley of Dry bones, which takes place when Jesus cast off Israel in 33AD and the fig tree withered. But in that prophecy, we see that they are brought back to life. The same with the two sticks, of the same chapter: Ezekiel 37. (see our verse by verse study on Ezekiel Chapter 37)

Israel was told in Lev. 26 that if they did thus and so, God would do this and that. God knew they would pursue the path that they did and He punished them as promised.

Just as He promises to bring them back into favor (but favor cannot be fully restored to Israel, until the Bride of Christ is complete), and we see that favor coming back fully when Gog and Magog go down to take a spoil of Israel and He fights for Israel as He did in days of Old, He saves the tents of Judah first….( Dan. 12:1; Zech 12:7)

Consider the following scriptures which promise their return to favor. (see our Romans Chapter 11 verse by verse study)

Now if the fall of them be the riches of the world, and the diminishing of them the riches of the Gentiles; how much more their fulness? Romans 11:12

For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in. And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins. Romans 11:25-27

For if the casting away of them be the reconciling of the world, what shall the receiving of them be, but life from the deadRomans 11:15

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