Isaiah 63 Commentary

Isaiah 63 Commentary

In chapter 59 verse 16, the LORD was appalled that there was no one to intervene. Consequently, His arm achieved salvation for the oppressed, and His righteousness sustained them.

In this chapter and having started the rescue mission, the LORD is appalled that there is no one to help, so His own arm achieves salvation for Him, and His own wrath sustains Him. Verse 5.

The New Testament saint knows that salvation is initiated in the heart of the LORD. He presents it as a gift to mankind. It is a special car; basic yet everything for us. It is meant to be driven by everyone but alas, no one does and the LORD is appalled at our failure.

Holiness isn’t achieved by resolutions, no matter the emphasis. The LORD comes down to help the saint achieve it.

“LORD, I want to be holy today but I cannot do it by myself. Help me.” It should be every saint’s prayer every morning.

And the LORD shows up at the end of the day with His garments stained crimson. It is the blood of the enemies of holiness. The saint can look back and see just how the LORD did it. It is amazing!

It should be simple to understand. Edom represents the enemies of Israel. But Isaiah is a complex situation – a book is brilliantly woven together to deliver God’s message to a global audience for all time. Edom or indeed Assyria; Babylon or any other physical opponents are not exactly the issue here. It is Israel’s wickedness that Isaiah blames for Israel’s separation from the LORD. She is divorced not because Edom has interfered in the marriage but because of her own infidelity.

The reader is encouraged to decode Isaiah’s message by looking at the New Testament. And it is beautiful! And why not? Indeed why not. Praise the LORD for the many good things He has done for Israel, according to His compassion and many kindnesses.

Let the sinner know that the LORD is equally distressed about the sinner’s situation. The discomfort that the sinner feels is probably a strong message from the LORD prompting the sinner to look to the LORD who alone can save.

“Why, LORD, do you make us wander from your ways and harden our hearts so we do not revere you?” A heart that throws itself on the LORD and subjects itself to the manipulation of the LORD can always know the meaning of salvation. The LORD is always knocking at the door.

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Published by Joseph Malekani

Joseph Malekani is a born-again Christian with a strong PAOG/Baptist background. He is heavily involved in student ministry with ZAFES – an IFES movement with focus on student ministry in Zambia. He is married to Audrey and they have two lovely children.

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