“Glory To The Lamb Jesus”/Isaiah 63, “PRAISE AND PRAYER,” cont’d

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“Let The Church Say Amen,”  Andre Crouch Featuring Marvin Winans

“PRAISE AND PRAYER,” cont’d, Isaiah 63:10) 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 bought them up out of the sea, with the shepherd (Moses) of HIS flock?  where is HE THAT PUT HIS HOLY SPIRIT within him (Moses)?  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 (the people of Israel) to rest:  SO DIDST THOU LEAD THY PEOPLE, TO MAKE THYSELF A GLORIOUS NAME.

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary –  v10, rebelled:  this verb means “to be contentious” (Numbers 20:10; Psalm 78:40; 106:33, 43).  The HOLY SPIRIT is referred to from time to time in the Hebrew Scriptures, and several times in the Book of Isaiah (11:2; 42:1).  v11, Days of old refers to the period of the Exodus and the Wilderness.  The sea is an allusion to the Red Sea (50:2; Exodus 14:21-29).  Shepherd, referring to Moses, is plural.  CHRIST IS THE GREATER SHEPHERD (John 10:11; Hebrews 13:20; 1 Peter 5:4).  PUT HIS HOLY SPIRIT WITHIN THEM is an allusion to Numbers 11:17, 25.  v12, GLORIOUS ARM is an allusion to Exodus 15:6 (see also 41:13; 51:9).  Dividing The Water is a reference to Exodus 14:16, 21 (see Psalm 78:13).   v13, 14, The account of the Exodus and settlement of the land is concluded with two images.  The first is a horse moving sure-footedly across the sea bottom as through a wilderness; the second is a beast, meaning “a domesticated herd,” returning from grazing on mountainsides into the valley … to rest (Deuteronomy 12:9).

Quest Study Bible – v10, “How Can GOD Be Grieved (Vexed)?”  The BIBLE Often Speaks Of GOD’S PASSION AND DEEP EMOTIONS.  HE LOVES PEOPLE; HE HATES SIN.  HE SHOWS COMPASSION AND MERCY; HE GROWS ANGRY.  GOD’S EMOTIONS DEMONSTRATE HIS PERSONAL NATURE.  GOD IS NOT AN OMNIPOTENT MACHINE LOOKING DISPASSIONATELY ON THE WORLD.  HE LONGS TO BE INVOLVED IN OUR LIVES AND IS GRIEVED WHEN PEOPLE REJECT HIM.  THE PERSONAL SIDE OF GOD’S SPIRIT IS REVEALED MORE CLEARLY IN THIS PASSAGE THAN ANYWHERE ELSE IN THE OLD TESTAMENT.  Also see “WHAT GRIEVES THE HOLY SPIRIT?” (Ephesians 4:30).   v12, 14, “WHY DID CARE ABOUT PUBLIC RELATIONS?”  When people want to gain … renown or make … a glorious name for themselves, they are usually driven by less than pure motives including pride, self-centeredness and lust for power.  BUT GOD’S MOTIVES ARE ENTIRELY PURE.  HE WANTS PEOPLE TO KNOW THE TRUTH—THAT HE ALONE IS GOD, that other so-called gods are false.  ONLY WHEN PEOPLE KNOW THE TRUTH ABOUT GOD AND HONOR HIM AS GOD WILL THEY FIND THEIR DEEPEST NEEDS MET.

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v7-14, The Latter Part Of This Chapter, and the whole of the next, seem to express the Payers of the Jews on their conversation.  They Acknowledge GOD’S GREAT MERCIES AND FAVORS TO THEIR NATION.  They Confess Their Wickedness And Hardness Of Heart; They Entreat HIS FORGIVENESS, And Deplore The Miserable Condition Under Which They Have So Long Suffered.  THE ONLY-BEGOTTEN SON OF THE FATHER BECAME THE ANGEL OR MESSENGER OF HIS LOVE; THUS HE REDEEMED AND BARE THEM WITH TENDERNESS.  Yet They Murdered, And Resisted HIS HOLY SPIRIT, Despising And Persecuting HIS HOLY PROPHETS, REJECTING AND CRUCIFYING THE PROMISED MESSIAH.  All Our Comforts And Hope Spring From THE LOVING-KINDNESS OF THE LORD, And All Our Miseries And Fears From Our Sins.  BUT HE IS THE SAVIOUR, And When Sinners SEEK AFTER HIM, WHO IN OTHER AGES GLORIFIED HIMSELF BY SAVING AND FEEDING HIS PURCHASED FLOCK, AND LEADING THEM SAFELY THROUGH DANGERS, AND HAS GIVEN HIS HOLY SPIRIT TO PROSPER THE LABORS OF HIS MINISTERS, There Is Good Ground To Hope That They Are Discovering THE WAY OF PEACE.  Amen.      

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