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Thou hast given a banner to them that fear thee, that it may be displayed because of the truth. (Psalm 60:4 )

"Thou hast given a banner to them that fear Thee, that it may be displayed because of the truth" (Ps. 60:4).
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The Man from Edom
(with Dyed Garments from Bozrah)




“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” (Isa. 63:1).


 

By Michael Zaucha

 

To the prophet Isaiah was given a glorious foretelling of the accomplishments of the Lamb of God, even Jesus, who, by Himself, would not only shed His own blood to wash us from our sin (Rev. 1:5), but also being clothed with a vesture dipped in blood – His own blood – the wrath of the Lamb (Rev. 14:10) will be executed upon all His adversaries and enemies (Rev. 19:13-16). For He will be eased of His adversaries and avenged of His enemies (Isa. 1:24), and the destruction of the transgressors and of the sinners shall be together, and they that forsake the Lord shall be consumed (Isa. 1:28). 

 

In this most graphic revelation of Jesus - being The Mighty Man of God, mighty to save, God’s only Potentate, the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords (I Tim. 6:15) is the fullness of the day of salvation realized: for not only is the year of the redeemed come (Isa. 63:4), so is the day of vengeance against all ungodliness and all unrighteousness of men (Rom. 1:18). 

 

God begins by revealing what He is going to do: “Behold, the LORD hath proclaimed unto the end of the world, Say ye to the daughter of Zion, Behold, thy salvation cometh; behold, His reward is with Him, and His work before Him. And they shall call them, The holy people, The redeemed of the LORD: and thou shalt be called, Sought out, A city not forsaken” (Isa. 62:11-12). 

 

And as the Spirit will continue on, God will reveal the One by whom He will accomplish all His good pleasure – and of the incomprehensive cost of that accomplishment – even the sufferings of the Christ, particularly, the shedding of His blood upon the cross - as the prophet queries of this Mighty Man of God, whose name is called The Word of God (Rev. 19:13). 

 

“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?” – This was no ordinary man that the prophet was given to see. This was a mighty man of God – the One by whom salvation would come unto the ends of the world - and His appearance and His speaking made that perfectly clear. 

 

The prophet seeing this One from afar noticed the bright redness of this Mighty One’s garments, likening Him unto those of Edom and Bozrah who names speak of redness (see Gen. 25:30; Isa. 34:6). From afar, it appeared to the prophet that these were as royal garments covering a mighty king, and when this Mighty One spoke, He affirmed His high position before God as He spoke: “I that speak in righteousness, (am) mighty to save.” 

 

But as the prophet saw this Coming One more closely, he saw His reddened garments were not colored like as were the kingly or priestly garbs of men. Rather, this Mighty One’s garments were clearly stained red, so much so that the prophet asked of this One the reason for His stained garments: 

 

“Wherefore art Thou red in Thine apparel, and Thy garments like him that treadeth in the winefat?” (Isa. 63:2). 

 

Brethren, hear the spirit of the prophets as they testify of Jesus – specifically, of the sufferings of the Christ.  The blood stained Mighty Man of God replies to the prophet: “I have trodden the winepress alone; and of the people there was none with Me” (Isa. 63:3). 

 

The winepress Jesus was required to walk in was done so by Himself (Heb. 1:3), and the winepress Jesus walked in was the anger and fury of God against all sin and ungodliness. Jesus alone was trodden down in the anger of the Lord as He was bruised by God on the tree (Isa. 53:5).  Jesus alone was pressed out of measure on the cross by God as He was made to be sin who had no sin (II Cor. 5:21). Because of this righteous assault on His Christ, Jesus’ “visage was so marred, more than any man, and His form more than the sons of men” (Isa. 52:14).  Brethren, Jesus did this to satisfy God (Isa. 53:11) for us – and to His glory and praise and honor – since there was no man, Jesus did it by Himself! (Isa. 63:5; Heb. 1:3). 

 

While on the cross, God judged the sins of the world – IN HIS SON! Like a lamb, Jesus was led to the slaughter (Isa. 53:7) – a slaughter that was due us – the likes of which go beyond human comprehension. And from this all – to the glory of God and to the Lamb - the salvation of the Lord cometh! Jesus truly purged our sins by removing them from before the face of God – “for Thou hast cast all my sins behind Thy back” (Isa. 38:17). 

 

And because of what Jesus had accomplished – by Himself - God would honor Him far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come (Eph. 1:21). “Wherefore God also hath highly exalted Him, and given Him a name which is above every name: that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father (Phil. 2:9-11). 

 

And when Jesus comes again, every eye shall see Him as He truly is. For God will show Jesus to all of creation – in the fullness of His glory – that Jesus is “the King of Kings and Lord of Lords” (Rev. 19:16). And Jesus shall take vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and the glory of His power” (I Th. 1:8-9). 

 

By the grace of God, by the revelation that God has shown to us of His Son through the Gospel, let us kiss the Son – now; let us bow the knee to Him – now, and let us begin to join in – now – with the heavenly chorus: “saying with a loud voice, worthy is the Lamb that was slain, to receive power and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honor, and glory, and blessing” (Rev. 5:12).  Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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"Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning;  and ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their lord, when he will return from the wedding; that when he cometh and knocketh, they may open unto him immediately" (Lk. 12:35-36).