Isaiah 63* Christ's victory over his enemies. (1-6) His mercy toward hischurch. (7-14) The prayer of the church. (15-19)1-6 The prophet, in vision, beholds the Messiah returning intriumph from the conquest of his enemies, of whom Edom was atype. Travelling, not as wearied by the combat, but, in thegreatness of his strength, prepared to overcome every opposingpower. Messiah declares that he had been treading the wine-pressof the wrath of God, #Re 14:19; 19:13|, and by his own power,without any human help, he had crushed his obstinate opposers,for the day of vengeance was determined on, being the appointedseason for rescuing his church. Once, he appeared on earth inapparent weakness, to pour out his precious blood as anatonement for our sins; but he will in due time appear in thegreatness of his strength. The vintage ripens apace; the day ofvengeance, fixed and determined on, approaches apace; letsinners seek to be reconciled to their righteous Judge, ere hebrings down their strength to the earth. Does Christ say, "Icome quickly?" let our hearts reply, "Even so, come; let theyear of the redeemed come." 7-14 The latter part of this chapter, and the whole of thenext, seem to express the prayers of the Jews on theirconversation. They acknowledge God's great mercies and favoursto their nation. They confess their wickedness and hardness ofheart; they entreat his forgiveness, and deplore the miserablecondition under which they have so long suffered. Theonly-begotten Son of the Father became the Angel or Messenger ofhis love; thus he redeemed and bare them with tenderness. Yetthey murmured, and resisted his Holy Spirit, despising andpersecuting his prophets, rejecting and crucifying the promisedMessiah. All our comforts and hopes spring from theloving-kindness of the Lord, and all our miseries and fears fromour sins. But he is the Saviour, and when sinners seek afterhim, who in other ages glorified himself by saving and feedinghis purchased flock, and leading them safely through dangers,and has given his Holy Spirit to prosper the labours of hisministers, there is good ground to hope they are discovering theway of peace. 15-19 They beseech him to look down on the abject condition oftheir once-favoured nation. Would it not be glorious to his nameto remove the veil from their hearts, to return to the tribes ofhis inheritance? The Babylonish captivity, and theafter-deliverance of the Jews, were shadows of the events hereforetold. The Lord looks down upon us in tenderness and mercy.Spiritual judgments are more to be dreaded than any othercalamities; and we should most carefully avoid those sins whichjustly provoke the Lord to leave men to themselves and to theirdeceiver. "Our Redeemer from everlasting" is thy name; thypeople have always looked upon thee as the God to whom theymight appeal. The Lord will hear the prayers of those who belongto him, and deliver them from those not called by his name.
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