“One for Twelve”: Another Glimpse at Isaiah 62

Isaiah 62 with its 12 verses comprises the theme for the New Year: "Twelve for Twelve in 2012."

Here is the second in a series of entries related to Isaiah 62 and the theme for 2012: “Twelve for Twelve in 2012.” Below readers will also find Isaiah 62 in the New Living Translation, along with “One for Twelve,”the first poem in a series inspired by examining each verse in the chapter.

Biblical Significance of 12

According to Biblical scholar, E.W. Bullinger, Twelve is a perfect number, signifying perfection of government, or of governmental perfection. It is found as a multiple in all that has to do with rule. The sun which “rules” the day, and the moon and stars which “govern” the night, do so by their passage through the twelve signs of the Zodiac which completes the great circle of the heavens of 360 (12 x 30) degrees or divisions, and thus govern the year.

We note a number of “12s” in the Bible:

Twelve Patriarchs:  from Seth to Noah and his family, and twelve from Shem to Jacob.

Twelve tribes of Israel

In Solomon’s Temple, Bullinger notes, “[T]he number twelve as the predominating factor, in contrast with the Tabernacle, which had the number five. This agrees with the grace which shines in the Tabernacle, and with the glory of the kingdom which is displayed in the Temple.”

When we come to the New Testament we find that 12 represents Apostolic, governmental order as we see in  

  • The twelve Apostles.
  • The twelve foundations in the heavenly Jerusalem.
  • The twelve gates.
  • The twelve pearls.
  • The twelve angels.

Twelve is most evident in the measurement of the New Jerusalem that will be 12,000 furlongs square, while the wall will be 144 (12 x 12) cubits (Revelation 21:16,17).

The number of the sealed in Revelation 7:4 will be 144,000, and there will be stones in the in High Priest’s breastplate representing each of the Twelve Tribes. All this reveals that 12 is a number of great significance in the Bible. 

Isaiah 62:  “Twelve for Twelve for 2012”

Below is Isaiah 62 as rendered in the New Living Translation.

Isaiah 62

Isaiah’s Prayer for Jerusalem

 1 Because I love Zion,
      I will not keep still.
   Because my heart yearns for Jerusalem,
      I cannot remain silent.
   I will not stop praying for her
      until her righteousness shines like the dawn,
      and her salvation blazes like a burning torch.
 2 The nations will see your righteousness.
      World leaders will be blinded by your glory.
   And you will be given a new name
      by the Lord’s own mouth.
 3 The Lord will hold you in his hand for all to see—
      a splendid crown in the hand of God.
 4 Never again will you be called “The Forsaken City”[a]
      or “The Desolate Land.”[b]
   Your new name will be “The City of God’s Delight”[c]
      and “The Bride of God,”[d]
   for the Lord delights in you
      and will claim you as his bride.
 5 Your children will commit themselves to you, O Jerusalem,
      just as a young man commits himself to his bride.
   Then God will rejoice over you
      as a bridegroom rejoices over his bride.

 6 O Jerusalem, I have posted watchmen on your walls;
      they will pray day and night, continually.
      Take no rest, all you who pray to the Lord.
 7 Give the Lord no rest until he completes his work,
      until he makes Jerusalem the pride of the earth.
 8 The Lord has sworn to Jerusalem by his own strength:
      “I will never again hand you over to your enemies.
   Never again will foreign warriors come
      and take away your grain and new wine.
 9 You raised the grain, and you will eat it,
      praising the Lord.
   Within the courtyards of the Temple,
      you yourselves will drink the wine you have pressed.”

 10 Go out through the gates!
      Prepare the highway for my people to return!
   Smooth out the road; pull out the boulders;
      raise a flag for all the nations to see.
 11 The Lord has sent this message to every land:
      “Tell the people of Israel,[e]
   ‘Look, your Savior is coming.
      See, he brings his reward with him as he comes.’”
 12 They will be called “The Holy People”
      and “The People Redeemed by the Lord.”
   And Jerusalem will be known as “The Desirable Place”
      and “The City No Longer Forsaken.”

Footnotes:

  1. Isaiah 62:4 Hebrew Azubah, which means “forsaken.”
  2. Isaiah 62:4 Hebrew Shemamah, which means “desolate.”
  3. Isaiah 62:4 Hebrew Hephzibah, which means “my delight is in her.”
  4. Isaiah 62:4 Hebrew Beulah, which means “married.”
  5. Isaiah 62:11 Hebrew Tell the daughter of Zion.

“One for Twelve”

Most providentially, the passage from Isaiah 62 selected as my theme for the New Year contains twelve verses. I studying the chapter, I decided to write a poem, as I personalized each of the twelve verses, calling the collection “Twelve for Twelve for 2012.” Here is the first installment inspired by Isaiah 62:1:                                                          

One for Twelve

Isaiah 62:1 

Because I so love Zion, I will not keep still.
Because my heart deeply yearns for Jerusalem,
I cannot remain silent but will pray for them.
I will not stop praying for her to do His will.
Until her righteousness radiates like the dawn,                                                                                                                                                                                         So will I display her salvation as a flame,                                                                                                                                                                                                     As an ever-burning torch blazes to proclaim.
Like a brilliant landscape on a canvas is drawn,                                                                                                                                                                                           I will make known all the glory of God’s intent.                                                                                                                                                                                             I will not hold my peace but will pray and not cease                                                                                                                                                                               To intercede in prayer for the City of Peace                                                                                                                                                                                               And petition the Lord to the fullest extent.

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11 Responses to ““One for Twelve”: Another Glimpse at Isaiah 62”

  1. Brenda Says:

    Thanks Honey,
    Great research and inspiring.

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