Thursday, May 22, 2014

Journal Through the Bible: Week 66 Friday

Isaiah 63:1-64:12

Isaiah received a vision of the King armed for battle. It caused him to praise God, pray for his nation, and repent of personal and national sins.

Doubtless thou art our father, though Abraham be ignorant of us, and Israel acknowledge us not: thou, O LORD, art our father, our redeemer, thy name is from everlasting. (63:16)

Does God issue any commands?

  • No

Does God make any promises?

  • Through Isaiah's vision of the last days, vengeance is promised.
  • Through Isaiah's prayer, restoration through a remnant is promised.

Does this passage teach anything about Jesus?

  • I think that Jesus is the one that comes from Edom with dyed garments from Bozrah since "who is this?" is answered with "I that speak in righteousness, mighty to save." Jesus is the person that speaks in righteousness and is mighty to save. Is this a future prophecy? Perhaps! (63:1)
  • Jesus is the one whose apparel is red like someone who has been treading grapes. (63:2) See Revelation 19:11-16
  • Jesus is the person who has trodden the winepress alone. No one else was able pay the atonement on the cross. Others died on crosses, but no one else's death satisfied the wrath of God.
  • Jesus is the Savior mentioned by Isaiah in his prayer of praise. (63:8)
  • Jesus is the person afflicted with Israel whose presence saved them from. He redeemed them and bare them. He carried them in days of old. (63:9)
  • Jesus is the one who fought against Israel when they rebelled. (63:10)
  • Jesus is the one that sent His Holy Spirit within Moses to lead the people by God's glorious arm, dividing the water before them, led them through the deep, and gave them rest in the wilderness. (63:11-14)
  • Jesus exchanges our righteousness which is like filthy rags for his righteousness.

Does this passage teach anything about yet-future events?

  • Will Jesus come from Edom when He returns to bind Satan? 63:1 seems to indicate this!
  • The day of vengeance is coming. The person and events described are of the battle to take Satan captive before the 1,000 year reign of Christ. (Compare 63:1-6 with Revelation chapter 19.)
  • No one has seen or heard all that God has prepared for those who wait for Him. Faith has yet to become sight! 

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Psalms 19:14 (KJV)