On your walls, O Jerusalem, I have set watchmen; all the day and all the night they shall never be silent. You who put the LORD in remembrance, take no rest, (Isa. 62:6 ESV).
In this verse the LORD speaks of watchmen in the sense of those who continually remind Him of what He has promised to do until He actually does it – which in this context – is making Jerusalem an object of praise in the earth during the future 1,000 year Messianic kingdom. This verse is in a section of Isaiah (chs. 60-62) where Israel is portrayed as the corporately restored covenant people of God who display God’s salvation to the earth. In fact John Oswalt in his commentary on Isaiah notes that all of the following themes are strongly emphasized in these three chapters:
1. God will save Israel.
2. God will give Israel light.
3. God will share His glory with Israel.
4. Israel will draw the nations to God.
5. The nations will bring the Israelites back to Zion.
6. The nations will bring their wealth to Zion.
7. God will exalt Israel over the nations.
8. Israel will experience and exemplify God’s righteousness.
So what’s the point of continually reminding God of something He has already promised to do? Well – it’s like when we bring our cares and concerns to God in prayer even though God already knows – has always known – and always will know – more about our cares and concerns than we ever will. The purpose of talking to the omniscient sovereign God is less about – or should be less about –trying to get God to do something – but rather it should be more about aligning our hearts and minds with His plans and purposes – plans and purposes that in the big picture of things – concern our holiness more than our happiness.
Here’s where I’m going with this: Given the eschatological replacement/agnostic mindset characterizing most of evangelicalism today – and given that as you’re reading this – both Israelis and Palestinians are dodging weapons coming out of the sky designed to take them out – we do well to biblically align ourselves – or realign ourselves – with the already promised who-what-when-why – concerning Messiah’s return and establishment of His kingdom on planet earth! Believe it or not – this makes a lot more sense than assuming you’re the “New Israel” with a direct non-stop flight to the final eternal state – because we’re talking about a future reality that’s ultimately based on God’s unchanging character and commitment.