Got a few minutes? Take a look at Isaiah 63 -64.
The first seven verses paint a picture of a victorious warrior returning from battle. His garments are stained with the blood of his enemy. He has defeated his foe. Who is this warrior verse 1 asks. We know it to be Christ. Compare this passage with Revelation 19. This a reference to that battle on the Great Day of The Lord. We often refer to it as the battle of Armageddon. It is that battle where Christ defeats the Anti Christ and the great false prophet. He throws Satan into a pit for 1000 years while He, King Jesus reigns as King of this World. Notice in verse 4 that this will be a time of vengeance and a time of redemption. Vengeance upon His enemies and redemption for His own.
Notice that God’s Kingdom does not come to our world quietly and softly. Notice that it is not something that gradually comes into being over time. It requires a radical revolution to bring about the rule of The Lord Jesus Christ. May I also note that this is the same in our individual lives. We need a radical invasion of Christ into our lives as He changes us completely. Then He can reign in each of us.
In verses 7-14 Isaiah remember the great ways that God has chosen and worked in His people. One of the great words in this passage to me is the word in verse 7 that the KJV and NKJV translate “lovingkindness”. This is one of my favorite words that describes God’s loyal, faithful, undeserved love for His people.
Beginning in 63:15 through 64:12 we have a sort of prayer of petition from Isaiah. In verse 15 he asks God to “look down” on His people. I think he is asking God to acknowledge His people. They are suffering. They are in exile. They need to know that God knows and cares about where they are and what they are going through. Don’t you need that sometime? Not that you believe He is not there, but you just need that assurance. That reminder. From Him. I love the passage in Exodus 2:23-35. How God hears Israel’s groaning and He looked down on them and acknowledged them. He then set in motion the chain of events for their deliverance. Oh God, look down upon me!
In 64:1 he calls on God to “come down’. I love this picture. I hope I get to see the day when the sky will be torn open. It will be rolled back like an ancient scroll. Behind it we will see Our Lord Jesus Christ and the Hosts of Heaven! Even so, come Lord Jesus!
Read 64:4 and compare it with 1 Corinthians 2:9 and Eph 3:20-21. God is the God of the unimaginable. We cannot even imagine what God wants to do in us and through us. I need to wait on Him. Allow Him to work His incredible works. Me? I’m just along for the ride.
Have a great Wednesday.