15 Truth is lacking, and whoever turns from evil is despoiled. The Lord saw it, and it displeased him that there was no justice. 16 He saw that there was no one, and was appalled that there was no one to intervene; so his own arm brought him victory, and his righteousness upheld him. 17 He put on righteousness like a breastplate, and a helmet of salvation on his head; he put on garments of vengeance for clothing, and wrapped himself in fury as in a mantle. 18 According to their deeds, so will he repay; wrath to his adversaries, requital to his enemies; to the coastlands he will render requital. 19 So those in the west shall fear the name of the Lord, and those in the east, his glory; for he will come like a pent-up stream that the wind of the Lord drives on. 20 And he will come to Zion as Redeemer, to those in Jacob who turn from transgression, says the Lord. 21 And as for me, this is my covenant with them, says the Lord: my spirit that is upon you, and my words that I have put in your mouth, shall not depart out of your mouth, or out of the mouths of your children, or out of the mouths of your children’s children, says the Lord, from now on and forever” (Isaiah 59:15-21).
Isaiah heralded the coming of the Lord and the completion of the restoration of God’s people. However, in light of this blessing there was also the burden of Israel’s sin.
To begin with, there is the plight of Israel living in a fallen world (59:15b–16). Because God saw there was no justice on earth, nor was there anyone who sided with Israel, the LORD chose to personally intervene. He would come to Jerusalem (Zion) as Redeemer. The redeemed will be those who turn from their transgression.
God’s unfolding plan of redemption will be two-fold. First, He will punish sin. Second, He will usher in everlasting righteousness. There will be great tribulation (59:17–18), but it will be followed by a glorious millennium where the LORD’s people will be wonderfully blessed (59:19-21).
Dr. R. C. Sproul commented that, “The LORD will come in the person of Jesus Christ, brining salvation to all who repent and turn from their sins. The Apostle Paul quotes this promise in Romans 11:26-27. The LORD’s covenant of grace is renewed through the gift of His promised Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38-39).”
Soli deo Gloria!