When vengeance fills the heart of the Lord

Isaiah Bible Background

10.17.2014 Old Testament: Isa 63.1–4

To read the Bible in a year, read Isaiah 62–64 on October 17, In the year of our Lord 2014

By Don Ruhl

Our Lord loves beyond anything we can imagine, but He also has wrath beyond anything we ever want to see. He works with nations, but they eventually push Him to the brink, the point at which He has His day of vengeance,

Who is this who comes from Edom,
With dyed garments from Bozrah,
This One who is glorious in His apparel,
Traveling in the greatness of His strength?—
“I who speak in righteousness, mighty to save.”
Why is Your apparel red,
And Your garments like one who treads in the winepress?
“I have trodden the winepress alone,
And from the peoples no one was with Me.
For I have trodden them in My anger,
And trampled them in My fury;
Their blood is sprinkled upon My garments,
And I have stained all My robes.
For the day of vengeance is in My heart,
And the year of My redeemed has come.”
(Isaiah 63.1–4) 

The prophet asked who had come from Edom, wearing garments that looked as though they had been dyed in Bozrah; truly, His appearance was glorious and He traveled in His great strength.

The Traveling One answered that it was Him who spoke in righteousness, who is also mighty to save. Who could that be and why was His apparel red, as though He had been in a winepress?

The One wearing the glorious red apparel answered that He had trampled the peoples, the peoples of Edom, trampling them in His anger, because the day of His vengeance had arrived, and He Himself had fought them, staining Himself with their blood.

Oh my, we do not want that said about us or our nation! Let us repent of our sins and walk in righteousness, that the One who speaks in righteousness, might be happy with us.

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