The Year of the Lord’s Favour – (The Glory of Zion continued)
Again from Derek Kidner. “Although the term the ‘Servant of the Lord’ is absent from this song … it seems artificial to make the ‘me’ of v. 1 a new speaker. Our Lord saw his mission revealed as clearly in this song as in the others (cf. Luke 4:17-21; 7:220; and we may notice in this Spirit-endued (11:2; 42:1) and anointed one, a blending of therms that relate to the Servant and the Messianic King.”
The Easter we have just celebrated focuses our minds, as they should be focused daily, on the One whom John saw in Revelation 1:12-18. Here we see something of the majesty of our Lord Jesus to whom we look and to whom we owe our love and allegiance.
The Victory of God
This last of the Seven trumpets, as G. B. Caird wrote, “… is a jubilant fanfare, proclaiming the enthronement of the King of kings.” God has never been anything else than King of kings but here visibly and finally has “assumed (his) full power and entered on (his) reign.”
In verses 1-6 of chapter 12 the birth of Messiah is represented. The woman, representing God’s people escapes “to a place prepared for her by God. To those whose eyes are fixed only on what is seen and temporal the church is a vulnerable human society, utterly exposed to the attacks of Caesar; but to those with eyes to see what is unseen and eternal the church is inviolate to the assaults of Satan himself.” (Caird)
We, and all those who suffer for the Name of Jesus, wait for the day that God has appointed. Let us wait with patience and faithfulness.