Isaiah 63-64 contrasts The Bloody Warrior God and the Ever-Loving Lord. Very briefly, the bloody, gruesome and very disturbing imagery (63:1-6) suggests how seriously God regards sin. Yet He is also forever lovingly committed to his sinful people (Isa 63:7). Whitney Houston's poignant song--"I will always love you"--expresses God's sentiment toward his people. God always loves you no matter how much you might cling to your sin. If we believe this, the power of sin begins to dim and diminish in our lives. On the cross, Jesus believed that his Father always loves him, even though at the moment he was utterly forsaken (Mt 27:46; Mk 15:34). This is the majesty and mystery of the Cross. Do you believe that God loves you when you're going through an unbearable trial?
“These are the ones I look on with favor: those who are humble and contrite in spirit, and who tremble at my word" (Isa 66:2b).
Theme: Christians often think and communicate to others that the primary distinction in the Bible is between Christians and non-Christians. But in fact the primary distinction in Scripture is not between believer and non-believer (Jew and Gentile, or Christian and non-Christian), but between a true worshiper of God and a false worshipper, between a true Jew and a false one (Rom 2:28-29), between a true Christian and a false Christian (Mt 7:21, 24, 26).