Justice, Judgment & Mercy – Part 13
“For I the Lord love judgment, I hate robbery for burnt offering; and I will direct their work in truth, and I will make an everlasting covenant with them. And their seed shall be known among the Gentiles, and their offspring among the people: all that see them shall acknowledge them, that they are the seed which the Lord hath blessed. I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels. For as the earth bringeth forth her bud, and as the garden causeth the things that are sown in it to spring forth; so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations.” Isaiah 61:8-11
God loves judgment because God is just ad true in all His ways. He is not about deceiving anyone or compromising His righteousness to appease anyone’s offense at his Word and the Truth. He is steadfast in
the immutability of His nature and His character. He has not pleasure in empty religious exercises or sacrifices that have been stolen in order to bring an offering to Him.
And yet there will come a time when men will willingly submit to His will and He will direct them toward what is good and away from what is evil.
The fame of God in their lives will be known from generation to generation that they are His special chosen seed of Abraham.
Now Isaiah concludes these verses with this worshipful declaration.
“I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.”
There is a great day of celebration coming, a great wedding feast. This will be no party of meager means but a feast of biblical proportions that will join the Godhead three in one to the bride of Christ, the Church, His Body for all eternity in a never ending ecstatic expression of Love begetting love never ending always increasing and sustaining life ever more abundantly. Salvation and righteousness will be the adorning garments of the bride and the bridegroom. The splendor of their appearance will cause the nations to break forth in praise and adoration because righteousness will prevail over all the nations.
We see our world today in such turmoil and confusion, such violence and madness, such evil and darkness of thought of words and deeds that we are hard pressed to find righteousness outside the body of believers who have put their faith wholeheartedly in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord.
But there is coming a day of culmination of all the brokenness and decay in the world, the restoration of life from death, and the transformation of all of us to become the express image of Jesus Christ our Lord.