"I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for He (God) hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, and (as a result of those garments of salvation) he hath covered me with a robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels." Now, what’s Isaiah doing? Isaiah is giving a picture of his own spiritual relationship with his Creator God, which every Jew in the Kingdom economy will enjoy. His personal testimony is a picture of Israel’s future.
Now, I think I’ve got time. Come back with me quickly to Genesis chapter 3. Here we have Adam and Eve. They’ve sinned. They’ve been separated in their fellowship with God. But God takes the step, now, to restore them back to fellowship and, of course, extend their salvation to them. All right, now remember, they’re naked, and they’ve been wearing nothing but fig leaves, which God had nothing to do with. So, He’s going to clothe them in His own way.
"Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins,…" Now, where would He get the skins from animals? Did He skin them alive? No. They became sacrificial animals. So, here we have the blood sacrifice introduced already with Adam and Eve with that which was provided by God. All right, so the coats of skins clothed their physical nakedness, but here’s the key. Along with that, having seen their faith, the blood has now been shed, what does God do with them.
"…and clothed them." That’s not talking about the animal skins, it’s talking about His righteousness. So, for Adam and Eve, by virtue of their faith and the blood sacrifice, God clothed them with righteousness.
But you know what? He’s doing the same thing with us today. Romans 3 says that the moment we believe The Gospel of Salvation found in I Corinthians 15:1-4, what does God do? God clothes us with His righteousness!
LESSON THREE * PART I.
GOD IS NOT BEING UNFAIR.
ISAIAH 62:1 – 64:6.
For those of you out in television, we again want to welcome you to an informal Bible study. I emphasize the informality of it because that was one of the first stipulations I laid down when the folks asked me to make a television program. I’m not going to come up here in a three-piece suit and tie. They said, "That’s fine." So, I’m going to maintain, just like I teach my weekly Bible classes, my short sleeves and a pair of slacks, and that’s going to be sufficient. We appreciate the fact that this is what most of you are noticing.
We’re laid back. We don’t try to put on a lot of ‘whatever.’ We just want to teach the Word. I don’t want to draw any attention to myself. I want folks to simply see what the Book says. I think we’re making some headway. We’re getting a lot of response from even clerical people who are beginning to realize – as one fellow put it, he said, "Les, will the Lord ever forgive me for teaching the wrong thing for forty years?" And I said, "Well, just pray that He’ll give you a few years to teach it right." That’s all we can hope for.
So again, for all of you out there, we thank you for your prayers, your financial help, and your letters. My, how we appreciate your letters. That’s all the compensation we need, really. Okay, we’re going to go right in and pick up where we left off. We finished Isaiah 61 in our last taping, and we’re going into chapter 62 today. We’re going to start with verse 1. I want to read a few verses, and then we’ll come back and pick them apart, as we usually do.
"For Zion’s sake will I not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest, until the righteousness thereof go forth as brightness, and the salvation thereof as a lamp that burneth. 2. And the Gentiles shall see thy righteousness, and all kings thy glory: and thou shalt be called by a new name, which the mouth of the LORD shall name." Now, here’s one place I’d better stop and remind you, because it’s been a long time since I’ve done this. When you see the word LORD, capitalized, as it is here, all four letters L-O-R-D in capitalization, that is in reality – Jehovah. So they, more or less, used the term LORD because the Jews have such awe for the name of Yahweh, or Jehovah. Always remember that Jehovah and Christ are one and the same in personality. So, it’s God the Son. Always remember that.
There’s only one exception to that and that would be back in Psalms 2. But, otherwise, whenever you see this term LORD, it’s Jehovah and Jehovah is God the Son. I always go back to John’s Gospel to prove that, because you see, the term Jehovah was actually, literally translated the "I AM." When you get into John’s Gospel chapter 8:48-59, when Jesus was confronted by the Pharisees, and they said who are you? You’re a demon. He says, No. I come from my Father. Then they said, Abraham? Who do you claim to be? Then what did He say? "Before Abraham was, I AM." So, He puts the same stipulation on Himself as the term Jehovah implies – the Great I AM. So, always remember that when we come to this term LORD capitalized, it’s Jehovah, it’s God the Son in His Old Testament character.