This promise stands to God’s covenant people: nothing can happen to them unless God wills it and makes it so. Only if they invite it will destruction come. Throughout this time of rebellion and punishment God makes it clear that they hold their fate in their own hands. And if they haven’t understood the message, God tells them who will do the nation-building—an unworldly restoration. He says that He provides the raw materials; He creates the tools and provides the skills with which the builders build. He alone is responsible for restoring the nation. And no matter what charges the adversary may concoct, God will not be put off. Even though Israel rebelled and was unfaithful at one time, that is in the past. The future is sure: God’s faithfulness to His covenant, His enduring love for His people, will stand for all time. So the challenge goes out from the prophet to God’s people—speaking on God’s authority—to align themselves with God, accept Him as God, and they will surely win.
11 Eternal One: Ah, Jerusalem, so miserable and distressed! I will rebuild you with floors of shimmering mosaics, set sapphires in your foundations. 12 I will decorate your towers with rubies, and your gates will sparkle with all manner of precious gems. Costly jewels will adorn the entire wall that circles your precincts. 13 Every one of your children, the people who call you home, will be students of the Eternal; oh, they’ll be so happy and live in peace! 14 This time, you will be founded and grounded on right thought, speech, and action. And no one will trouble you, abuse or oppress you; you will know no fear and have no worries. 15 If a nation marches against you, know that I am not behind it. Anyone foolish enough to challenge you will fall to you. 16 I have created the blacksmith who readies the fire and forges weapons for wars; And I have created the destroyer to ravage and ruin. 17 But no instrument forged against you will be allowed to hurt you, and no voice raised to condemn you will successfully prosecute you. It’s that simple; this is how it will be for the servants of the Eternal; I will vindicate them.
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