He Is “Mighty To Save.”

The Lord has chosen Isaiah 63 where we find Him acting once again as Savior to all who are afflicted: His land is so corrupt, He has no one who will help Him judge evil in order to save those who are victimized by it.

And I have stained all My robes. For the day of vengeance is in My heart, And the year of My redeemed has come. I looked, but there was no one to help, And I wondered That there was no one to uphold; Therefore My own arm brought salvation for Me; And My own fury, it sustained Me. I have trodden down the peoples in My anger, Made them drunk in My fury, And brought down their strength to the earth.”

Egypt has been blessed by God with so many natural assets e.g., the very fertile Nile, so that they are not in want for anything. They say thank you by leaving Him and enslaving His people, their brothers and sisters. But the Lord is on His way.                                                              

Isaiah 63 (NKJV)

The Lord in Judgment and Salvation

63 Who is this who comes from Edom, With dyed garments from Bozrah, This One who is [a]glorious in His apparel, Traveling in the greatness of His strength?—

“I who speak in righteousness, mighty to save.”

Why is Your apparel red, And Your garments like one who treads in the winepress?

“I have trodden the winepress alone, And from the peoples no one was with Me. For I have trodden them in My anger, And trampled them in My fury; Their blood is sprinkled upon My garments, And I have stained all My robes. For the day of vengeance is in My heart, And the year of My redeemed has come. I looked, but there was no one to help, And I wondered That there was no one to uphold; Therefore My own arm brought salvation for Me; And My own fury, it sustained Me. I have trodden down the peoples in My anger, Made them drunk in My fury, And brought down their strength to th

He is doing so to save His people for there isn’t one who will join Him in His quest for justice.

God’s Mercy Remembered

I will mention the loving kindnesses of the Lord And the praises of the Lord, According to all that the Lord has bestowed on us, And the great goodness toward the house of Israel, Which He has bestowed on them according to His mercies, According to the multitude of His loving kindnesses. For He said, “Surely they are My people, Children who will not lie.” So He became their Savior. In all their affliction He was [b]afflicted, And the Angel of His Presence saved them; In His love and in His pity He redeemed them; And He bore them and carried them All the days of old. 10 But they rebelled and grieved His Holy Spirit; So He turned Himself against them as an enemy, And He fought against them.

11 Then he remembered the days of old, Moses and his people, saying: “Where is He who brought them up out of the sea With the [c]shepherd of His flock? Where is He who put His Holy Spirit within them, 12 Who led them by the right hand of Moses, With His glorious arm, Dividing the water before them To make for Himself an everlasting name, 13 Who led them through the deep, As a horse in the wilderness, That they might not stumble?”

14 As a beast goes down into the valley, And the Spirit of the Lord causes him to rest, So You lead Your people, To make Yourself a glorious name.

A Prayer of Penitence

15 Look down from heaven, And see from Your habitation, holy and glorious. Where are Your zeal and Your strength, The yearning of Your heart and Your mercies toward me? Are they restrained? 16 Doubtless You are our Father, Though Abraham was ignorant of us, And Israel does not acknowledge us. You, O Lord, are our Father; Our Redeemer from Everlasting is Your name. 17 O Lord, why have You made us stray from Your ways, And hardened our heart from Your fear?

As we read in the bible on several occasions, the Lord will harden the hearts of His people. Only the hearts of those who have already hardened it themselves by their choice to do that which is not right in the eyes of the Lord, the arbiter of all that is good. He knows when they have reached the point they will not return to Him and this when He acts. He solidifies their continual choice to go their own way, always the wrong way if they are not following His guidance. We read this when the Lord sent Moses to Pharaoh to tell him to release His people from their cruel bondage. Pharaoh refused each time. The Father brought plagues, pestilences etc., to Egypt, but each time Pharaoh obstinately refused. But notice the timing.

Pharaoh wanted proof that the frogs would die at the Lord’s command, so he told Moses to rid the houses and surrounding areas of the frogs, but let them remain in the river. The Lord complied. The land was no longer plagued by mass amounts of frogs everywhere. When prior, it was besieged by so many that when they collected them they were gathered together in “heaps, and the land stank.” Pharaoh seeing “that there was relief, he hardened his heart and did not heed them, as the Lord had said.”

This is our behavior since creation. He blesses, we leave Him but take the blessing before we leave. This always results in us transgressing for we are following our nature, and ignoring those whom He brings to warn us.

In all their affliction He was [b]afflicted, And the Angel of His Presence saved them; In His love and in His pity He redeemed them; And He bore them and carried them All the days of old. 10 But they rebelled and grieved His Holy Spirit; So He turned Himself against them as an enemy, And He fought against them.”

That is always His reaction to our inequity. He warns and only corrects when all of His warnings have been disregarded. Being a good Father who will not abandon His children, He corrects to bring us back before our heart has been hardened. Too late, they have added “sin upon sin.” At this point they are completely flesh driven; the spirit isn’t even a thought for their flesh has silenced His “still, small voice.”

There isn’t anything that He will not do for us. If the only way He can save us is to bring discomfort into our lives by depriving us of something we need, He will do it. Always the same purpose: to save our soul and bless our lives while here.

So He makes them uncomfortable, they ask Him for forgiveness, He returns the blessings and the entire process begins again. This is not just the history of Egypt during Moses time, it is the history of human behavior for all time.  

 

Exodus 8 (NKJV)

12 Then Moses and Aaron went out from Pharaoh. And Moses cried out to the Lord concerning the frogs which He had brought against Pharaoh. 13 So the Lord did according to the word of Moses. And the frogs died out of the houses, out of the courtyards, and out of the fields. 14 They gathered them together in heaps, and the land stank. 15 But when Pharaoh saw that there was relief, he hardened his heart and did not heed them, as the Lord had said.

Return for Your servants’ sake, The tribes of Your inheritance. 18 Your holy people have possessed it but a little while; Our adversaries have trodden down Your sanctuary. 19 We have become like those of old, over whom You never ruled, Those who were never called by Your name.

That is not His doing, we have brought it upon ourselves. This is true when writes in this chapter the reason behind all He does:

God’s Mercy Remembered

I will mention the loving kindnesses of the Lord And the praises of the Lord, According to all that the Lord has bestowed on us, And the great goodness toward the house of Israel, Which He has bestowed on them according to His mercies, According to the multitude of His loving kindnesses. For He said, “Surely they are My people, Children who will not lie.” So He became their Savior. In all their affliction He was [b]afflicted, And the Angel of His Presence saved them; In His love and in His pity He redeemed them; And He bore them and carried them All the days of old.  

Isaiah 63 (NKJV)

The Lord in Judgment and Salvation

63 Who is this who comes from Edom, With dyed garments from Bozrah, This One who is [a]glorious in His apparel, Traveling in the greatness of His strength?—

“I who speak in righteousness, mighty to save.”

Why is Your apparel red, And Your garments like one who treads in the winepress?

“I have trodden the winepress alone, And from the peoples no one was with Me. For I have trodden them in My anger, And trampled them in My fury; Their blood is sprinkled upon My garments, And I have stained all My robes. For the day of vengeance is in My heart, And the year of My redeemed has come. I looked, but there was no one to help, And I wondered That there was no one to uphold; Therefore My own arm brought salvation for Me; And My own fury, it sustained Me. I have trodden down the peoples in My anger, Made them drunk in My fury, And brought down their strength to the earth.”

God’s Mercy Remembered

I will mention the lovingkindnesses of the Lord And the praises of the Lord, According to all that the Lord has bestowed on us, And the great goodness toward the house of Israel, Which He has bestowed on them according to His mercies, According to the multitude of His lovingkindnesses. For He said, “Surely they are My people, Children who will not lie.” So He became their Savior. In all their affliction He was [b]afflicted, And the Angel of His Presence saved them; In His love and in His pity He redeemed them; And He bore them and carried them All the days of old. 10 But they rebelled and grieved His Holy Spirit; So He turned Himself against them as an enemy, And He fought against them.

11 Then he remembered the days of old, Moses and his people, saying: “Where is He who brought them up out of the sea With the [c]shepherd of His flock? Where is He who put His Holy Spirit within them, 12 Who led them by the right hand of Moses, With His glorious arm, Dividing the water before them To make for Himself an everlasting name, 13 Who led them through the deep, As a horse in the wilderness, That they might not stumble?”

14 As a beast goes down into the valley, And the Spirit of the Lord causes him to rest, So You lead Your people, To make Yourself a glorious name.

A Prayer of Penitence

15 Look down from heaven, And see from Your habitation, holy and glorious. Where are Your zeal and Your strength, The yearning of Your heart and Your mercies toward me? Are they restrained? 16 Doubtless You are our Father, Though Abraham was ignorant of us, And Israel does not acknowledge us. You, O Lord, are our Father; Our Redeemer from Everlasting is Your name. 17 O Lord, why have You made us stray from Your ways, And hardened our heart from Your fear? Return for Your servants’ sake, The tribes of Your inheritance. 18 Your holy people have possessed it but a little while; Our adversaries have trodden down Your sanctuary. 19 We have become like those of old, over whom You never ruled, Those who were never called by Your name.