The Book of Isaiah-Is.63 -“Shepherd of his flock”

“Behold, the LORD’S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear(Is.59:1)”:This verse spoken by Isaiah reminds us of God telling Moses,””Is the LORD’s arm too short? Now you will see whether or not My word shall come to pass.(Nu.11:23)”

Hand, arm and the finger of God are all expressions which we shall see referred to many persons who have been pressed into God’s service. These are persons graded as saviors for specific purpose and by law of gradation are one and the same used by the angel of his Presence sent on behalf of the Lord God. So in terms of service each one of them bears relation to Jesus Christ who is the Savior of the world. God sent Moses to deliver the Israelites from their bondage in Egypt. In the fulness of time the Spirit informs us that God sent his only begotten Son for this purpose. So when we study the Book our safety lies in sticking to the prophecies as from God and as he said to Moses,  ‘Now you will see whether or not My word shall come to pass’

“Then he (the Savior) remembered the days of old, Moses, and his people, saying, Where is he that brought them up out of the sea with the shepherd of his flock? where is he that put his holy Spirit within him?/ That led them by the right hand of Moses with his glorious arm, dividing the water before them, to make himself an everlasting name?(vv.11-12)” Here Isaiah qualifies the Savior as the shepherd of his flock which has several layers of meaning. Angel of his presence is symbolized by pillar of fire by night and pillar of cloud by day. These are observable phenomena as well. It is same as the spiritual rock from which water issued forth and slaked the thirst of the Israelites. As St Paul says the rock was Christ.  The everlasting name  denotes of course the Lord Almighty  . So when Isaiah  writes ‘To make himself an everlasting name it implies the death and resurrection of the savior so God raised him and gave a name every other name. In effect what Jesus said,’I and my Father are one (Jn.10:30) also covers the everlasting name.

In the first two verses we read of the Day of the wrath of the Lamb and Edom is a tag used by the Spirit and  redness is indicative of the degree of ‘vengeance in my heart.I have trodden the winepress alone’ thereby stained with blood. It also implies a play on the name Edom or redness associated with Jacob’s elder brother, Esau.

As often with prophetic writings and with  Isaiah in particular we see many passages serving as subtext and it leaps forward in time or backwards which serves a definite purpose. The entire Scripture being the eternal word of God is to underpin the narrative of the Father and Son with the Word. The Word was God and was with him from the beginning.  So the signature ‘Jesus Christ the same yesterday today and forever (He.13:8)’ runs from start to finish.

One curious feature which is not often we find Isaiah adding a prayer in vv.15-19,

Benny

Who is this that cometh from Edom, with dyed garments from Bozrah? this that is glorious in his apparel, travelling in the greatness of his strength? I that speak in righteousness, mighty to save.

Wherefore art thou red in thine apparel, and thy garments like him that treadeth in the winefat?

I have trodden the winepress alone; and of the people there was none with me: for I will tread them in mine anger, and trample them in my fury; and their blood shall be sprinkled upon my garments, and I will stain all my raiment.

For the day of vengeance is in mine heart, and the year of my redeemed is come.

And I looked, and there was none to help; and I wondered that there was none to uphold: therefore mine own arm brought salvation unto me; and my fury, it upheld me.

And I will tread down the people in mine anger, and make them drunk in my fury, and I will bring down their strength to the earth.

I will mention the lovingkindnesses of the Lord, and the praises of the Lord, according to all that the Lord hath bestowed on us, and the great goodness toward the house of Israel, which he hath bestowed on them according to his mercies, and according to the multitude of his lovingkindnesses.

For he said, Surely they are my people, children that will not lie: so he was their Saviour.

In all their affliction he was afflicted, and the angel of his presence saved them: in his love and in his pity he redeemed them; and he bare them, and carried them all the days of old.

10 But they rebelled, and vexed his holy Spirit: therefore he was turned to be their enemy, and he fought against them.

11 Then he remembered the days of old, Moses, and his people, saying, Where is he that brought them up out of the sea with the shepherd of his flock? where is he that put his holy Spirit within him?

12 That led them by the right hand of Moses with his glorious arm, dividing the water before them, to make himself an everlasting name?

13 That led them through the deep, as an horse in the wilderness, that they should not stumble?

14 As a beast goeth down into the valley, the Spirit of the Lord caused him to rest: so didst thou lead thy people, to make thyself a glorious name.

15 Look down from heaven, and behold from the habitation of thy holiness and of thy glory: where is thy zeal and thy strength, the sounding of thy bowels and of thy mercies toward me? are they restrained?

16 Doubtless thou art our father, though Abraham be ignorant of us, and Israel acknowledge us not: thou, O Lord, art our father, our redeemer; thy name is from everlasting.

17 Lord, why hast thou made us to err from thy ways, and hardened our heart from thy fear? Return for thy servants’ sake, the tribes of thine inheritance.

18 The people of thy holiness have possessed it but a little while: our adversaries have trodden down thy sanctuary.

19 We are thine: thou never barest rule over them; they were not called by thy name.

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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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