Isaiah 63

Isaiah 63 has the prophet answering the question (who is this) of who is coming from Edom, a land where God has judged first before coming to His people Israel.  God took action in Edom to correct the wrongs it had done, and now is with His own people.  “It is I, speaking in righteousness, mighty to save”.  This is the Lord’s reply to the question in the prophecy. He identifies Himself by what He says (speaking in righteousness) and what He does (mighty to save). Even in the midst of judgment, in His glory and strength, He wants men to know He is mighty to save, not only mighty to judge.

After answering the first question of who was coming, a second question comes.  “Why is your apparel red and your garments like his who treads the winepress”?  The prophet asks why the garment of the Lord is red, and gets this answer: “I have trodden the winepress alone….their lifeblood spattered on my garments, and stained all my apparel”.  Guzik reminds us that ‘Jesus will accomplish two things alone. First, He atones for our sin alone. He alone hung on the cross, bearing the weight of all our guilt. Second, He judges the world alone. God does not need us to execute His ultimate judgment; we leave that to Him.’

We see the two contrasts to the tasks Jesus must do.  “For the day of vengeance was in my heart, and my year of redemption had come”.  He will be the judge of all mankind.  God doesn’t love punishing sinners – that’s not really the message here.  He does love setting them free and judging them as redeemed.  That’s the second part of Christ’s mission – first He is judge, second He is redeemer.  God uses the picture of a day for His judgment but a year for His grace.  That’s what Jesus really came to do – to set us free from the punishment of sin and redeem us to eternity in heaven.  But unfortunately many will not pass that judgment because they refuse to receive the gift of grace from God through Christ.

We have a very real problem, both in the days of Isaiah, and today as well.  Sin gets in the way of our walk with God.  “But they rebelled and grieved his Holy Spirit; therefore he turned to be their enemy, and himself fought against them”.  Rather than walk in obedience with Him, people responded with cold, rebellious, unresponsive hearts. God had to deal with this in His people.  We follow that same path unfortunately and miss the blessing of God’s power in our life.  If not for His undying love for us, we’d never have a chance.  As He looked down at His people “He remembered the days of old, of Moses and his people”.  God is faithful, which is good for us.  Without that, we’d never have a chance to achieve eternity with Him!

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  1. Very interesting. Please come comment on my posts. Thanks and God Bless.

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