The Book of Isaiah-Is.59:16-17- “Arm of the Lord”

Overview of the Concluding Section:

“….. therefore his arm brought salvation unto him; and his righteousness, it sustained him./  For he put on righteousness as a breastplate, and an helmet of salvation upon his head; and he put on the garments of vengeance for clothing, and was clad with zeal as a cloke (vv.16-17)”

In the above key verses  we find God setting about a series of actions because there was no intercessor.  Significance of the expression ‘therefore his arm brought salvation unto him; and his righteousness, it sustained him./’ cannot be lost on anyone. Here Prophet Isaiah introduces the Messiah King whose warlike appearance reminds a diligent reader to the full armor of God (Ep.6:11). Before coming to it let us keep focus on the intercessor. Jesus Christ as the Mediator is designated as the Arm of the Lord who shall establish salvation which is qualified as the everlasting salvation.  The Book of Isaiah from this point onwards is winding down and his prophecies overshoot the burden he originally began with. Not only Judah and Jerusalem his prophesies carry us to the nations on a new earth, under new heavens.  The foretaste of the everlasting joy marking the eternity. forms the climax, the apotheosis of the Salvation Report.

In short the Book of Isaiah anticipates, because of many passages cited in the New Testament more as an evangelical tract, and forms a test run for the four gospels to come. Inasmuch as was written under the inspiration of the Spirit we see an unbroken thread from first book to the last apocalyptic book. When Jesus at the start of his ministry began from a passage (to which we shall come anon) he was in a way establishing his credentials as sent from God, the Father.  At the synagogue of Nazareth he read the passage marked for reading and said,”This day is this scripture fulfilled in you ears (Lk.4:16-21)”.Isaiah’s work serves as a bridge from old covenant to the new and beyond. It is the same everlasting covenant between God the Father and the Son and the man. The man in this case is the Son of man, the Word made flesh. So the divine Intent is clear: the Jewish nation and the Gentiles are alike,- and the Salvation Report must usher in everlasting joy to all nations. Symptomatic of this are introduction of the key words ‘new heavens and a new earth’ :(Is.65:17) and ‘man child’ (Is.66:7-8).

Coming back to the key verses we find the Father-Son relationship is once again characterized by hand and the arm, the latter signifying its fulfillment aspect. Consider the verses we had already come across,But I am the Lord thy God, that divided the sea, whose waves roared: The Lord of hosts is his name./ And I have put my words in thy mouth, and I have covered thee in the shadow of mine hand, that I may plant the heavens, and lay the foundations of the earth, and say unto Zion, Thou art my people (Is. 51:.15-16).” The Word was with God from the beginning. Father holds the Will symbolized by hand whereas God the Son denotes the arm fulfilling divine Will to perfection: so the heaven and earth is created new, and the everlasting covenant works as from the beginning. In short Alpha Omega aspect of God is the testimony of Jesus Christ. In this context let us examine the full armor of God and helmet of salvation in particular. Jesus Christ as the Head of the Church covers both Gentiles and the Jews. He is also man child bringing them to the throne of God. The vision of the Woman Clothed with the Sun (Re.12) makes the significance of the covenant of peace clearer.

He put on the garments of vengeance for clothing, and was clad with zeal as a cloke ” Isaiah inspired by the Spirit serves as the man bridging Psalms with the Revelation. Man child mentioned in Revelation ch.12 was given an iron rod with which to to rule the nations. This refers to “Thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel (Ps.2:9).”

Benny

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About bennythomas

I am a Dutch citizen. An architect by profession I am married and have six grandchildren. I am still keen on expressing myself and each day is new and an occasion where I might bring out from within something worthwhile.
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