From last week's sermon (1/22/17), Isaiah emphasizes that The Goal of Salvation (Isaiah 60-62) is righteous living. From Isaiah 63 the primary emphasis is on God's power to enable his servants to live righteous lives.

Who are the enemies of the Judeans? Their own sins. Edom is no longer a problem (Isa 63:1a). They were captured by Babylon and were destroyed. They never returned. Edom doesn’t exist at this point in the return from exile. In the O.T. Edom is the symbol of the enemies of God.

So if the divine warrior is the one sent from God (Isa 63:1b-3), whose blood splatters his garment? It is his own. He became sin for our sakes (2 Cor 5:21). This warrior has symbolically become the sins of his enemies. He has become the sins of his people. In so doing it is his own blood that covers his garment (Rev 19:13).

Considering salvation, conversion, regeneration, Jesus comes as the suffering servant (Isaiah 42, 49, 50, 53). He takes the sins of the world into himself submissively and meekly. Like a lamb before it’s shearers he is dumb and silent (Isa 53:7). But when it comes to defeating sin in his people, he doesn’t come as the suffering servant. Rather, he comes as a divine warrior to destroy the power of sin in our lives (Isa 59:15-18).

It is important that we understand both pictures: 1) The suffering servant who meekly takes the sins of the world into himself and gives back love, AND 2) the divine warrior who comes to attack sin of his people; the divine warrior who destroy sin with his own blood. The cross is the answer to sins that were committed, and it is the answer to sins as a power in our lives. Only the cross is and has the power to defeat sin in our lives now. This is good news. Tragically, in the U.S. we have made it the answer to sins that were committed in the past, but which has nothing at all to say about sins that Christians commit now. This is tragic and unfortunate.

Isaiah60-62_Slides. "What is ultimate reality?" is the question posed in the last sermon, The City of God (Isaiah 60). Briefly, it is the world to come where God rules as King in righteousness (Isa 60:21) and where all sorrow and pain, evil and violence have been eradicated (Isa 60:19-20). This is in contrast to our present reality where all manner of vileness and darkness, rebellion and sin is prevalent and not at all unexpected.

Isaiah 60-62 display the glorious future of a Jerusalem in which God's glory shines through his anointed Servant (Isa 61:1-3). That glory is an expression of the reality that will exist when the divine warrior's conquest of sin is complete (Isa 59:16-17; 63:1-6). [Isaiah 60-62 form the center section of the chiastic structure in which chapters 56-66 are arranged.]

Isaiah58-60 WestLoop Why How What. "They will call you the City of the Lord, and Zion of the Holy One of Israel" (Isa 60:14b, NLT). "For the Lord will be your everlasting light. Your days of mourning will come to an end" (Isa 60:20b, NLT).

"In the old order of creation, life was governed rigidly by night and day and unpredictably by the fitfulness of sun and moon. But in the new order of salvation, the ruling principle is the changeless presence of the Lord." Alec Motyer.

Isaiah 60 may be the (best Old Testament) picture of the world to come, i.e., of ultimate reality.

Revelation 21 draws freely for its picture of the radiant city from heaven. Isaiah 56-66 primarily addresses the dispersed Israelites who have returned to Jerusalem from Babylon. But the description in Isaiah 60 point far beyond the return from exile. The walls are not going to be built by Jews but by foreigners, and the gates of the city will ever be open. It is an idealised Jerusalem that is depicted--one that speaks of the eschatological days of redemption and bliss.