Isaiah 12 is all about God’s salvation of His people. In chapter 11, there is talk of the Messianic Age that is to come “from the stump of Jesse” (11:1). Chapter 12 begins with “in that day” which shows the connection between the two chapters. The ‘day’ that is being discussed is thus the day of the Messiah. The Messiah is to bring salvation and deliverance to the people of God.
The first thing to notice is the Messiah’s salvation causes the Lord to not be angry with His people (v. 1) who have sinned against Him. This Messiah must have divine authority if He can satisfy the wrath of God. As we know, this Messiah is Jesus Christ who took the wrath of God upon Himself when He died on the cross for the sins of the world. Jesus brought salvation to those who repent and believe in His work, and they are delivered from sin and death and are justified before God.
Isaiah 12:3 talks about drawing water from the wells of salvation. This should bring to mind John 4 when Jesus is talking to the Samaritan Woman. In John 4:14 Jesus says to her, “but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” In both Isaiah and John, water is symbolic for salvation and in both case’s there is an endless supply of it that only comes from Jesus.
Going back to Isaiah 12, a key verse in the passage is verse 4. It shows that those who have received salvation (v. 3) are now to go and “proclaim that his name is exalted”. We, who have drawn from the well of salvation are now to help others draw from the well and this is done by telling others about Jesus and the salvation He brought through the cross.
If you have come into a relationship with Jesus and received salvation, who are you going to proclaim that message to today?
By: Brice Stockton — Student Ministry Apprentice