I realized today that Isaiah tells a similar story to the one I told in my Tackling the Atonement post.
I’m using the NASB today. This is Isaiah 59:16-21:
And He saw that there was no man,
And was astonished that there was no one to intercede;
Then His own arm brought salvation to Him,
And His righteousness upheld Him.
17 He put on righteousness like a breastplate,
And a helmet of salvation on His head;
And He put on garments of vengeance for clothing
And wrapped Himself with zeal as a mantle.
18 According to their deeds, so He will repay,
Wrath to His adversaries, recompense to His enemies;
To the coastlands He will make recompense.
19 So they will fear the name of the Lord from the west
And His glory from the rising of the sun,
For He will come like a rushing stream
Which the wind of the Lord drives.
20 “A Redeemer will come to Zion,
And to those who turn from transgression in Jacob,” declares the Lord.
21 “As for Me, this is My covenant with them,” says the Lord: “My Spirit which is upon you, and My words which I have put in your mouth shall not depart from your mouth, nor from the mouth of your offspring, nor from the mouth of your offspring’s offspring,” says the Lord, “from now and forever.”
This passage builds up from God who is going to rescue his people, not just from enemies, but from the sin that keeps getting them in trouble, and then climaxes with the introduction of the new covenant. Everyone will have the Spirit, and the promise will be to your children and to all who are afar off (Acts 2:38).
In this passage God’s wrath is falling on his enemies. He is conquering those who have held us in bondage. In the end, he gives a condition to be a part of the rewards obtained by this Redeemer he is sending. It is the same reward we have looked at previously: repentance. He comes to those who “turn from transgression in Jacob.”