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Isaiah 59:15-21

By Fergus Davar

Hello folks, today too I came across some interesting scripture. Let’s check it out.

Isaiah 59:15-21

The Lord has seen this, and he is displeased that there is no justice. 16 He is astonished to see that there is no one to help the oppressed. So he will use his own power to rescue them and to win the victory. 17 He will wear justice like a coat of armour and saving power like a helmet. He will clothe himself with the strong desire to set things right and to punish and avenge the wrongs that people suffer. 18 He will punish his enemies according to what they have done, even those who live in distant lands. 19 From east to west everyone will fear him and his great power. He will come like a rushing river, like a strong wind.

20 The Lord says to his people, “I will come to Jerusalem to defend you and to save all of you that turn from your sins. 21 And I make a covenant with you: I have given you my power and my teachings to be yours for ever, and from now on you are to obey me and teach your children and your descendants to obey me for all time to come.”

To start with, what is striking is the word astonished in verse 16. You tend to ask your self, how could possibly God be astonished, when He knows everything of the present, past and future. What is intriguing is that there is a very similar instance when Jesus Himself was astonished. Check out Luke 7:1-10, just as the God of the Old Testament was astonished about there being no one to help the oppressed, in the same way the God of the New Testament (Jesus) is astonished that this Roman Officer, who has done so much for the Jewish people (oppressed under the then Roman rule), would have so much faith in Jesus. Doesn’t this give you a kind of inkling that the God of the Old Testament is the same as the God of the New Testament?

Luke 7:1-10

1 When Jesus had finished saying all these things to the people, he went to Capernaum. 2 A Roman officer there had a servant who was very dear to him; the man was sick and about to die. 3 When the officer heard about Jesus, he sent some Jewish elders to ask him to come and heal his servant. 4 They came to Jesus and begged him earnestly, “This man really deserves your help. 5 He loves our people and he himself built a synagogue for us.”

6 So Jesus went with them. He was not far from the house when the officer sent friends to tell him, “Sir, don’t trouble yourself. I do not deserve to have you come into my house, 7 neither do I consider myself worthy to come to you in person. Just give the order, and my servant will get well. 8 I, too, am a man placed under the authority of superior officers, and I have soldiers under me. I order this one, ‘Go!’ and he goes; I order that one, ‘Come!’ and he comes; and I order my slave, ‘Do this!’ and he does it.”

9 Jesus was surprised when he heard this; he turned round and said to the crowd following him, “I tell you, I have never found faith like this, not even in Israel!”

10 The messengers went back to the officer’s house and found his servant well.

Note: verse 8, shows that the Holy Spirit led the Roman officer to know that Jesus mission of Salvation for men was in submission to the will of His Father. Hebrews 2:9 does say that for a while Jesus was made lower than even the angels, so that he could die for sins.

Coming back to Isaiah 59, verse 16 (So he will use his own power to rescue them and to win the victory) talks about God Himself saving His people. Jesus shed His own flesh and blood. He being God had to die so that he could destroy death Himself, so that those who believe in Him could live in union with Him forever.

Isaiah 25:8 (Prophesized by the prophet Isaiah that the Lord Himself would destroy death)

The Sovereign Lord will destroy death for ever! He will wipe away the tears from everyone’s eyes and take away the disgrace his people have suffered throughout the world. The Lord himself has spoken!

Hebrews 2:14 (fulfilled by Jesus-Sovereign Lord)

Since the children, as he calls them, are people of flesh and blood, Jesus himself became like them and shared their human nature. He did this so that through his death he might destroy the Devil, who has the power over death,

God alone could destroy death; the wages of sin is death. The only way God could snatch His people from the power of death, is if He Himself took upon all sin and entered the realm of death & then destroyed it.

Romans 6:23

For sin pays its wage death; but God’s free gift is eternal life in union with Christ Jesus our Lord.

A penalty is always dearer than the normal charge. The normal charge was that all mankind would endure hell forever. The penalty was that God the creator Himself would give up His heavenly existence, become man & endure suffering till death. The ransom for sin was the life of the creator for the lives of the created. The life of Jesus (through whom all that exist has been created [John 1:3, Rom 11:36, Col 1:16]) for the lives of God’s people (believers in Jesus).

Coming back to Isaiah 59, verses 17-19, refers to Jesus’ second coming. You must understand that since this (Book of Isaiah) is prophesy we are talking about, it need not necessarily mean that this prophesy go in order from beginning to end of time because in verse 20 of Isaiah 59 God (Jesus) goes back to talking about His first coming to Jerusalem and saving those who repent of their sin

Luke 5:31-32

31 Jesus answered them, “People who are well do not need a doctor, but only those who are sick. 32 I have not come to call respectable people to repent, but outcasts.”

Matthew 1:21

She will have a son, and you will name him Jesus because he will save his people from their sins.”

Luke 2:36-38

36-37 There was a very old prophet, a widow named Anna, daughter of Phanuel of the tribe of Asher. She had been married for only seven years and was now 84 years old. She never left the Temple; day and night she worshipped God, fasting and praying. 38 That very same hour she arrived and gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were waiting for God to set Jerusalem free.

Let now check the amazing parallel between verse 21 of Isaiah 59 and a few scriptures from the New Testament

Luke 22:20 (Jesus Words to His disciples during the last supper)

In the same way, he gave them the cup after the supper, saying, “This cup is God’s new covenant sealed with my blood, which is poured out for you.

Note: The covenant God makes with His people (Isaiah 59:21) is the one mentioned in Luke 22:20 that will save people from their sins as per Isaiah 59:20. Scripture says that a life of being is in its blood (Gen 9:4, Lev 17:11, Deut 12:23), so this New Covenant is sealed with the life of God the creator Himself. This is the most powerful of all covenants that God has made with man.

Matthew 28:18-20 (this is the commissioning God prophesied through Isaiah in Isaiah 59:21: Here is Jesus after His resurrection)

18 Jesus drew near and said to them, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. 19 Go, then, to all peoples everywhere and make them my disciples: baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, 20 and teach them to obey everything I have commanded you. And I will be with you always, to the end of the age.”

By Fergus Davar (Saved by HIS grace), just a pen in His Hand.

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