I was reading today’s Portals of Prayer devotional and one of the Scripture readings was from Isaiah 60:1. For my Olive Tree Bible Study software, I have the Lucado Life Lessons Study Bible Notes. I liked the journey the notes took me on during today’s lunch time:
Life Lessons: Isaiah 60:1—61:11
- Isaiah continued to prophesy. He reported the deliverance that the Messiah would bring to Israel.
- Because of God’s great love for His people, He would send a Savior to comfort, heal, and set His people free. He would clothe His people with goodness and salvation (Isaiah 61:10).
- We eat our share of forbidden fruit. We say what we shouldn’t say. Go where we shouldn’t go. Pluck fruit from trees we shouldn’t touch.
- And when we do, the door opens, and the shame tumbles in. And we hide. We sew fig leaves. Flimsy excuses. See-through justifications. We cover ourselves in good works and good deeds, but one gust of the wind of truth, and we are naked again—stark naked in our own failure.
- So what does God do? Exactly what He did for our parents in the garden. He sheds innocent blood. He offers the life of His Son. And from the scene of the sacrifice the Father takes a robe—not the skin of an animal—but the robe of righteousness. And does He throw it in our direction and tell us to shape up? No, He dresses us Himself. He dresses us with Himself. “You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ” (Galatians 3:26, 27).
- The robing is His work, not ours. Did you note the inactivity of Adam and Eve? They did nothing. Absolutely nothing. They didn’t request the sacrifice; they didn’t think of the sacrifice; they didn’t even dress themselves. They were passive in the process. So are we. “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them” (Ephesians 2:8–10).
- We hide. He Seeks. We bring sin. He brings a sacrifice. We try fig leaves. He brings the robe of righteousness. And we are left to sing the song of the prophet: “He has clothed me with the garments of salvation, He has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels” (Isaiah 61:10).
- God has clothed us. He protects us with a cloak of love. Can you look back over your life and See instances of God’s protection? I can too. (From A Love Worth Giving by Max Lucado)
- Salvation is a free gift from God. Only He can clothe us with righteousness. Whom can you talk to this week who needs to hear of God’s salvation?
- God’s Free Gift—John 4:10; Acts 2:38; Romans 6:23.