Justice, Judgment & Mercy – Part 4
A Study of Isaiah 59-61
“And the Redeemer shall come to Zion, and unto them that turn from transgression in Jacob, saith the Lord. As for me, this is my covenant with them, saith the Lord; My spirit that is upon thee, and my words which I have put in thy mouth, shall not depart out of thy mouth, nor out of the mouth of thy seed, nor out of the mouth of thy seed’s seed, saith the Lord, from henceforth and for ever. Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee. And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.” Isaiah 59:20-60:3
Despite their transgressions, which were many, God’s mercy and His faithfulness to keep His covenants compelled Him to declare that those who “turn from transgression in Jacob,” [Jacob – Israel] would be partakers in the covenant He first swore to Abraham and through Him to Isaac and then to Jacob the father to the twelve tribes of Israel.
His Spirit would be upon them and His Words would be in their mouths. In other words, His covenants would be spoken of among the people and declared to the nations from generation to generation forever. “…not depart from your mouth” really means the Word of God will be so present and in such overflowing measure in your heart that “out of the abundance of your heart your mouth will speak.” And in speaking the Word of God you call forth things into being that are not as though they are and as a result those things come to be, to reality, according to God’s Word spoken from the mouth of every believer.
Therefore, they are summoned to “Arise, shine for the Light, the Savior, the Messiah, Jesus Christ has come and the glory of the Lord is now present shining on them. The rest of the world will be in darkness but the light, the glory of God in Jesus Christ would be shinning on them and the world will see it.
And this prophecy is fulfilled in Jesus Christ.
“The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, and upon those who sat in the region and shadow of death Light has dawned.” Matthew 4:16
The Apostle Paul speaks this same Word to the Church.
“For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” 2 Corinthians 4:6
Apart from God all men walk in darkness. In darkness transgression, sin and iniquities abound. But when Jesus comes into the situation He is the Light that shines over all revealing what is good and what is evil, establishing the way to deliverance, to salvation, to forgiveness, to mercy, grace and peace.
Ultimately, all will stand before God to be judged. But God will not declare the sentence on the transgressors, it will be the Son.
“For the Father judges no one, but has committed all judgment to the Son…” John 5:22
And all judgment is summed up in this.
“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life.” John 5:24
“I can of Myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is righteous, because I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent Me.” John 5:30
"And yet if I do judge, My judgment is true; for I am not alone, but I am with the Father who sent Me.” John 8:16
Jesus will be our judge, but because He is our High Priest who ever lives to make intercession or us, He is also our Advocate, our Attorney in Heaven, who will plead our cause and does so daily in our defense against the accusations of the enemy.
We rightly would deserve God’s judgment unto death for our sins, transgressions and iniquities but Jesus has taken all the penalty for all of them on Himself so that we would be free of them forever. Thus we received mercy and grace as our judgment from God.
“For He knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust.” Psalm 103:14
But now that dust has been infused with life and given a new spirit that is both righteous and eternal. We are now new creations in Christ and in that we have attained a new relationship with God as sons of God, heirs and joint heirs with Jesus Christ our Lord. We have been transformed from sin to son-ship, from darkness to light. And He has made us to shine as light in the world. [2 Corinthians 5:17; 1 John 3:2; Romans 8:16-17; 1 Peter 2:9]
Now we who have received the light are called to shine as lights in the world so we can point the way for those in darkness to come to the light of salvation, of forgiveness, of reconciliation, the light of truth, of justice, the light of mercy and grace, the light of peace and healing, the light of life and that more abundantly, the light of the love of God that casts out all fear, the light of true wisdom, knowledge and understanding, the light of hope and the light of the promises of God fulfilled in us unto eternal life with the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit forever.
“That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world…” Philippians 2:15