For Zion’s sake will I not hold my peace,
And for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest,
Until the righteousness thereof go forth as brightness,
And the salvation thereof as a lamp that burneth.
And the Gentiles shall see thy righteousness,
And all kings thy glory:
And thou shalt be called by a new name,
Which the mouth of the Lord shall name.
Thou shalt also be a crown of glory in the hand of the Lord,
And a royal diadem in the hand of thy God.
Another facet of God’s redemptive process is the assignment of a new identity, literally a new
name. “And thou shalt be called by a new name, which the mouth of the Lord shall name.” (Isaiah 62: 2b) Jerusalem has known some glory in its past. But it has also been the backdrop for deep evil and even treachery. Ancient idol worship there required the sacrifice of children. And the betrayal of crucifying their prophesied Messiah has left a 2000-year old blight on the city’s reputation. But that will one day change.
After a season of cleansing, Jerusalem will be granted a new name to take with them into a fresh future and glorious kingdom.