Today the people have a question for the Lord. “’Why have we fasted,’ they say, ‘and You have not seen? Why have we afflicted our souls, and You take no notice?’” God does see and does take notice but what He sees and notices is just a bunch of people not eating while oppressing their workers. 😏 Once again the Lord makes clear that He is not interested in religious acts if a person’s heart is not surrendered to Him. His desire for them is to not be wicked, lift heavy burdens, feed the hungry, and clothe the poor. “Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer.” He also tells them to honor the Sabbath by turning from doing their ways to delighting in the Lord.
Isaiah says that the Lord is capable of saving the people “But your iniquities have separated you from your God”. Therefore, the Lord is sending His Son to redeem them. “‘The Redeemer will come to Zion, and to those who turn from transgression in Jacob…this is My covenant with them: My Spirit who is upon you, and My words which I have put in your mouth shall not depart from your mouth, nor…your descendants… forevermore.” Later in the Story, Paul will quote these words from Isaiah when explaining the future restoration of Israel (Romans 11:26-27).
Jesus will also quote Isaiah during his first sermon in the synagogue in his hometown Nazareth. “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, because the Lord has anointed Me to preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord” (Luke 4:16-19, Isaiah 61:1,2). After reading from the scroll of Isaiah, Jesus will say, “Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing” (Luke 4:21); which will cause quite an uproar as we will read about later.
Isaiah says the Lord will restore Zion as His bride “and as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, so shall your God rejoice over you”. We are going to find out that Jesus, the Lamb sent to be slaughtered, will love the church as His bride and one day He is coming back for her. ”Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.” … ‘Blessed are those who are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb!’” (Revelation 19:7-9).