“I will tell of the Lord’s unfailing love.
I will praise the Lord for all he has done.
I will rejoice in his great goodness to Israel,
which he has granted according to his mercy and love.” (Isaiah 63:7, NLT)
When Babylon made its last attack on Jerusalem (587 BCE), Edom joined in, taking wicked delight in helping to destroy the Israelite nation. Edom may be a symbol for all God’s enemies.
On seeing a person clothed in red approaching him from Edom, the prophet asks who it is. The person replies that he is the Lord, who punishes his enemies but saves his people. The prophet asks why his clothes are red, and receives the reply that they are red with the blood of slaughtered enemies. When God acts in his righteous anger, the blood of sinners runs freely over the earth, in much the same way as juice runs out of grapes when workers tread them in winepress. Since God alone is all-holy and all-powerful, he alone can carry out this judgment. The prophet’s prayer for God’s suffering people begins by recalling God’s great acts of love in the past. (Isaiah 63:1-7)
Yahweh had given them abundant cause of praise, notwithstanding the evils which they endured. This passage is a testament to God’s unfailing love and as he stood true to his covenant with Israel.
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