Tuesdays are for the Old Testament
Luther, Martin, edited by Jaroslav Pelikan, Hilton C. Oswald, translated by Herbert J.A. Bowman) Luther’s Works, Vol. 17, Lectures on Isaiah Chapters 40-66.St. Louis: Concordia, 1972. Logos Electronic Edition.
“Isaiah Chapter 62” pp. 343-351.
Luther comments that the prophet in Isaiah 62 is very bold. He has been rejected but he intends to persist (LW 17, 344). Isaiah does expect the Gospel message to take hold at some point. This is pictured as a bright light. The Christian is a crown of beauty (v. 3). He shows the Lord’s glory. The prophet compares those who believe God to a bride of God. God rejoices over his people no matter what their apperaance (LW 17, 346). Verse 6 makes it clear that God’s people will also remember God. They will speak about him regularly (LW 17, 347). In this context God also promises (v. 8) that he will certainly care for the physical needs of his people (LW 17, 348). Luther comments that genuine preachers and teachers have trouble accepting this. They often feel guilty about receiving God’s care (LW 17, 349). However, in verse 10, we see that the work of proclamation is how God accomplishes His purpose. It is central and indispensable (LW 17, 350). This draws poeple to God as His people.