Isaiah 47 … Consider Him, Our Holy Redeemer, the Lord of Hosts

Our Redeemer, the Lord of hosts is His name,
The Holy One of Israel,

As the Lord conveys what is coming to those who have treacherously dealt with His chosen people, it was most probably received through ears of doubt. For everything God laid forth seemed to be the furthest thing from the Babylonian’s reality. Actually, it would have more accurately described Israel.

For in their current state, it was Israel who had none on the throne (47:1); it was Israel who was reduced to slavish labor (47:2); it was Israel whose shame was exposed (47:3); it was Israel now sitting in darkness for failing to remember and consider God’s declared outcome (47:5-7); it was Israel who knew the full measure of the pain of losing their loved ones (47:8-9); it was Israel who had been deluded by falsehood and idolatry (47:9-10); and it was Israel who had experienced disaster and destruction (47:11).

And as the Lord concludes His grim and determined prognosis for the fate of the Babylonians, He forewarns them, yet again, that their hope is sorely misplaced and their labor is in vain.

 “Stand fast now in your spells
And in your many sorceries
With which you have labored from your youth;
Perhaps you will be able to profit,
Perhaps you may cause trembling.
13 “You are wearied with your many counsels;
Let now the astrologers,
Those who prophesy by the stars,
Those who predict by the new moons,
Stand up and save you from what will come upon you,”

And the judgment is settled against the Babylonians; they would in fact succumb to the disastrous destruction, much like Israel had endured; but oh, so much the worse. They would look to their sorcerers, their astrologers, their counselors, but their fall would be irredeemable as each persisted in their own ways, and there would be none to save.

“Behold, they have become like stubble,
Fire burns them;
They cannot deliver themselves from the power of the flame;
There will be no coal to warm by
Nor a fire to sit before!
15 “So have those become to you with whom you have labored,
Who have trafficked with you from your youth;
Each has wandered in his own way;
There is none to save you, (47:14-15).

While the Babylonians would be resolute in following that which could never save, God Who had set His people apart to be His own, would be the Only One to save them as their Holy Redeemer, the Lord of Hosts.

Our Redeemer, the Lord of hosts is His name,
The Holy One of Israel,

Consider Him, the Holy Redeemer, the Lord of Hosts

As we consider these attributes of God, we will once again turn our eyes to see Jesus Christ, the Holy One, Our Redeemer, the Lord of Hosts Who came as the Victorious Warrior, conquering and defeating sin and death.

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord, (Romans 6:23).

(Definitions of Hebrew words provided below are from Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance)

  • First and Foremost, He alone Is Holy, completely set apart from all of His creation.
    • Holy: “6918. קָדוֹשׁ qāḏôš: An adjective meaning sacred, holy…This word is often used to refer to God as being inherently holy, sacred, and set apart… as being free from the attributes of fallen humanity… Therefore, in the Old Testament, God is accorded the title ‘The Holy One of Israel’…”
      • “Who is like You among the gods, O Lord?
        Who is like You, majestic in holiness,
        Awesome in praises, working wonders?”
        (Exodus 15:11).
      • Exalt the Lord our God
        And worship at His holy hill,
        For holy is the Lord our God,
        (Psalm 99:9).
      • “Holy, Holy, Holy, is the Lord of hosts,
        The whole earth is full of His glory,”
        (Isaiah 6:3).
      • The angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; and for that reason the holy Child shall be called the Son of God,” (Luke 1:35).
      • The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of our fathers, has glorified His servant Jesus, the one whom you delivered and disowned in the presence of Pilate, when he had decided to release Him. 14 But you disowned the Holy and Righteous One and asked for a murderer to be granted to you, (Acts 3:13-14).
      • For it was fitting for us to have such a high priest, holy, innocent, undefiled, separated from sinners and exalted above the heavens, (Hebrews 7:26).
  • He alone is Our Redeemer Who purchased us out of the bondage of our sin.
    • Redeemer: “1350. גְּאוּלִים geʾûliym,  גָּאַל gāʾal: A verb meaning to redeem or act as a kinsman-redeemer… to redeem or buy back from bondage… to redeem an object through a payment… Theologically, this word is used to convey God’s redemption of individuals from spiritual death and His redemption of the nation of Israel from Egyptian bondage and also from exile…”
      • He has sent redemption to His people;
        He has ordained His covenant forever;
        Holy and awesome is His name,
        (Psalm 111:9).
      • O Israel, hope in the Lord;
        For with the Lord there is lovingkindness,
        And with Him is abundant redemption,
        (Psalm 130:7).
      • But now, thus says the Lord, your Creator, O Jacob,
        And He who formed you, O Israel,
        “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
        I have called you by name; you are Mine!”
        (Isaiah 43:1).
      • In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace which He lavished on us… (Ephesians 1:7-8).
      • …our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus, 14 who gave Himself for us to redeem us from every lawless deed, and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds. (Titus 2:13-14).
      • knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, 19 but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ, (1 Peter 1:18-19).
  • He alone is the Lord of Hosts, the Uncreated, Eternal God, the Lord over Heaven’s Armies, the Supreme Ruler over every kingdom.
    • Lord: “3068. יְהוָֹה yehōwāh: A noun meaning God. The word refers to the proper name of the God of Israel, particularly the name by which He revealed Himself to Moses… Although the exact derivation of the name is uncertain, most scholars agree that its primary meaning should be understood in the context of God’s existence, namely, that He is the “I AM THAT I AM” (Ex. 3:14), the One who was, who is, and who always will be…”
    • Hosts: “6635. צָבָא ṣāḇāʾ:  A masculine noun meaning service, servants. It may apply to military service … or divine service … The angels and the heavens alike are in divine service and therefore come under this term… Over half of its nearly five hundred uses come in the phrase, the Lord [or God] of hosts…”
      • Who is this King of glory?
        The Lord of hosts,
        He is the King of glory,
        (Psalm 24:10).
      • David became greater and greater, for the Lord God of hosts was with him, (2 Samuel 5:10).
      • “Thus says the Lord, the King of Israel and his Redeemer, the Lord of hosts:
        ‘I am the first and I am the last,
        And there is no God besides Me,”
        (Isaiah 44:6).
      • Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, then My servants would be fighting so that I would not be handed over to the Jews; but as it is, My kingdom is not of this realm,” (John 18:36).
      • having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us, which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. 15 When He had disarmed the rulers and authorities, He made a public display of them, having triumphed over them through Him, (Colossians 2:14-15).
      • When I saw Him, I fell at His feet like a dead man. And He placed His right hand on me, saying, “Do not be afraid; I am the first and the last, 18 and the living One; and I was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of death and of Hades,” (Revelation 1:17-18).
      • And I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse, and He who sat on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and wages war… 16 And on His robe and on His thigh He has a name written, “KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS…19 And I saw the beast and the kings of the earth and their armies assembled to make war against Him who sat on the horse and against His army. 20 And the beast was seized, and with him the false prophet… (Revelation 19:11, 16, 19-20).

How do we respond to Him, Our Holy Redeemer, the Lord of Hosts?

First and Foremost, because He Is Holy, He has called us to be holy.

“Thus you are to be holy to Me, for I the Lord am holy; and I have set you apart from the peoples to be Mine,” (Leviticus 20:26).

but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior; 16 because it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy,” (1 Peter 1:15-16).

But as we all know, holiness does not come easy; actually it does not come at all, except through His gift of grace, received by faith in Him Who Is Holy.

For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God, (Ephesians 2:8).

It is because of Him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God–that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption, (1Corinthians 1:30 NIV).

It is as we humble ourselves in faith before Him, that we are redeemed and granted His grace to dwell in the presence of Him, Our Holy Redeemer.

For thus says the high and exalted One
Who lives forever, whose name is Holy,
“I dwell on a high and holy place,
And also with the contrite and lowly of spirit
In order to revive the spirit of the lowly
And to revive the heart of the contrite,
(Isaiah 57:15).

But He gives a greater grace. Therefore it says, “God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” (James 4:6).

When we have placed our faith in Jesus Christ for our redemption, and have been set apart as His holy people, we must always remember that holiness is not a matter of keeping the Law; we can never achieve holiness in our own might or power. It is only as we depend on the Spirit of Him Who Is the Lord of Hosts, the Spirit of Him Who has dominion and authority over every enemy, that we will be empowered to live holy and blameless before Him.

Then he said to me, “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel saying, ‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ says the Lord of hosts,” (Zechariah 4:6).

Now that no one is justified by the Law before God is evident; for, “The righteous man shall live by faith,” (Galatians 3:11).

Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy, 25 to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen, (Jude 1:24-25).

Oh, such glorious grace to be known by Him, Our Holy Redeemer, the Lord of Hosts, our Savior. Oh the blessing of being purchased and set apart by Him to be called His own.

But now, thus says the Lord, your Creator, O Jacob,
And He who formed you, O Israel,
“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by name; you are Mine! (Isaiah 43:1).

How can we not share our story with others? Let us ask the Lord for opportunities each and every day to proclaim the grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ, that others would come to saving faith in Him, Our Holy Redeemer, the Lord of Hosts.

Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story—
those He redeemed from the hand of the foe,
(Psalm 107:2 NIV).

Let’s Grow Together!

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