The Lord’s Day of Vengeance
63 Who is this who comes from Edom,
in crimsoned garments from Bozrah,
he who is splendid in his apparel,
marching in the greatness of his strength?
“It is I, speaking in righteousness,
mighty to save.”
Why is your apparel red,
and your garments like his who treads in the winepress?
“I have trodden the winepress alone,
and from the peoples no one was with me;
I trod them in my anger
and trampled them in my wrath;
their lifeblood spattered on my garments,
and stained all my apparel.
For the day of vengeance was in my heart,
and my year of redemption had come.
I looked, but there was no one to help;
I was appalled, but there was no one to uphold;
so my own arm brought me salvation,
and my wrath upheld me.
I trampled down the peoples in my anger;
I made them drunk in my wrath,
and I poured out their lifeblood on the earth.”
The Lord’s Mercy Remembered
I will recount the steadfast love of the LORD,
the praises of the LORD,
according to all that the LORD has granted us,
and the great goodness to the house of Israel
that he has granted them according to his compassion,
according to the abundance of his steadfast love.
For he said, “Surely they are my people,
children who will not deal falsely.”
And he became their Savior.
In all their affliction he was afflicted,
and the angel of his presence saved them;
in his love and in his pity he redeemed them;
he lifted them up and carried them all the days of old.
But they rebelled
and grieved his Holy Spirit;
therefore he turned to be their enemy,
and himself fought against them.
Then he remembered the days of old,
of Moses and his people.
Where is he who brought them up out of the sea
with the shepherds of his flock?
Where is he who put in the midst of them
his Holy Spirit,
who caused his glorious arm
to go at the right hand of Moses,
who divided the waters before them
to make for himself an everlasting name,
who led them through the depths?
Like a horse in the desert,
they did not stumble.
Like livestock that go down into the valley,
the Spirit of the LORD gave them rest.
So you led your people,
to make for yourself a glorious name.
Prayer for Mercy
Look down from heaven and see,
from your holy and beautiful habitation.
Where are your zeal and your might?
The stirring of your inner parts and your compassion
are held back from me.
For you are our Father,
though Abraham does not know us,
and Israel does not acknowledge us;
you, O LORD, are our Father,
our Redeemer from of old is your name.
O LORD, why do you make us wander from your ways
and harden our heart, so that we fear you not?
Return for the sake of your servants,
the tribes of your heritage.
Your holy people held possession for a little while;
our adversaries have trampled down your sanctuary.
We have become like those over whom you have never ruled,
like those who are not called by your name.
Isaiah 63 Commentary
by Hank Workman
We have heard the term “Grieving the Holy Spirit.” Sometimes the word “quenching” is used as well. But what exactly does this mean?
In simple terms, it is when we as Believers don’t allow the Holy Spirit to be part of our life. We relegate Him to the back burner through our actions; we grieve Him when we know something we’re doing is wrong but continue forward with our own selfish agenda. We simply don’t allow Him to reveal Himself to us in ways that He longs to do because of our hardheartedness.
But let’s get a bit more specific.
Paul wrote in Ephesians 4 several things that will bring grief upon the Holy Spirit of God. When we live like pagans, lie, when anger takes over our behavior, when we steal. Cursing and being bitter or even when we’re unforgiving of another or sexually immoral. What a list, huh? But the reality is when we grieve the Holy Spirit we are acting in a sinful way through our thoughts or our actions.
Of all the prophets of the Old Testament, Isaiah is one who mentions the work and presence of the Holy Spirit more than any other. After Jesus’ death and resurrection and then the outpouring of the Spirit of God upon people that day in Jerusalem, He was made available to all who believe. Sometimes we forget that before these events of Jesus and Pentecost, He most definitely showed up but was not as commonly seen and felt as He is today even though He was there.
Throughout Isaiah, he mentions the Holy Spirit and held a tremendous thought or teaching in regards to Him. There is a tremendous chart that outlines this in the Life Application Bible. Just consider:
- The Spirit of the Lord brings wisdom, understanding, knowledge and the fear of the Lord. (11:2)
- The Spirit of the Lord brings abundance. (32:15)
- The Spirit of the Lord carries out God’s Word. (34:16)
- The Spirit of the Lord is the master Counselor. (40:13)
- The Messiah, God’s Servant, will be given the Spirit. (42:1)
- Through the Spirit, God’s true children will thrive. (44:3-5)
- The Spirit of the Lord sent Isaiah to prophesy. (48:16)
- God’s servants (Isaiah and then Jesus) were anointed by the Spirit to proclaim the Good News.(61:1)
- The Spirit of the Lord was grieved because of God’s people. (63:10-11)
- The Spirit of the Lord gives rest. (63:14)
Here are some thoughts to chew on. When we grieve the Holy Spirit we are hindering His work in our life. We do so by pursuing our own desires and goals rather than what He’s calling and asking of us. I feel like when we pursue our selfishness it’s almost like we turn the volume down to His voice the further we walk from Him. The ramifications of this are great. Not clearly hearing Him sets us up for further rebellion. If we’re not hearing His voice He then can’t lead as He desires. And when we are not doing either of these, we are left to our own devices of reason which always turns out badly. In all this, we bring grief to Holy Spirit.
Simply consider your life and ways. Are you bringing joy to the Spirit of God or grief?
Isaiah 63 Commentary
by Brad Boyles
LORD, look upon us from heaven, where you live in your holiness and glory. Where is your great concern for us? Where is your power? Where are your love and compassion? Do not ignore us.Isaiah 63:15 GNB
These are relevant and difficult questions to wrestle with. I was having a conversation yesterday with a close friend who is also a pastor and we were talking about the state of the world. When you look at the state of our world, it does seem, at times, that God is far away. It’s hard to wrestle through these thoughts as we know in our hearts He is not far away.
What should we do when we feel God is withholding from us? As we read Isaiah, and many others who have recorded their feelings in Scripture, we can first appreciate their brutal honesty with God. They hold nothing back. Really, it’s foolish anyway because He knows our thoughts and our motives.
Next I think we must ask ourselves, for what reason do we believe God should care about us? And by what standard should He act upon that care? He is our Father. This is Isaiah’s answer in verse 16. However, the problem is glaring. It’s sin.
The prayer here is an acknowledgment of our sin and a plea for help. It’s a call for Jesus. We need an advocate who can wipe away our sinful ways forever. This is really the heart of the prayer at the end of this chapter and it should be the thankful heart of us today. We are so blessed to be on the other side of Jesus’ sacrifice. We no longer have to call out to God for a mediator because He has already come!