Read Isaiah 64 - 66
In Today's Reading:
Our righteousness as filthy rags; prayer
for God's presence; rebelliousness punished
Most of the northern kingdom of Israel was carried away captive by the Assyrians during the reign of wicked King Pekah (Isaiah 7:1; II Kings 15:27-29). Having witnessed the destruction of the northern kingdom before he came to the throne, undoubtedly, godly King Hezekiah of the southern kingdom was greatly encouraged by the prophet Isaiah. Sadly, after Hezekiah's death, his son Manasseh became one of the most wicked kings in Judah's history.
During this time, the Word of God, as proclaimed by Isaiah, had been ignored and now God spoke through him these pitiful words: I have spread out My hands all the day to a rebellious people, which walks in a way that was not good, after their own thoughts (Isaiah 65:2). Although God had reached out to them, the Israelites had not responded to Him. They had gone their own ways. The Lord continued: I also will choose their delusions, and will bring their fears (dread, terrors) upon them; because when I called, none did answer; when I spoke, they did not hear: but they did evil before My eyes, and chose that in which I delighted not (66:4).
The Apostle Paul quoted from Isaiah 64:4 to encourage the Corinthian church, and wrote: But as it is written, Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God has prepared for them that love Him (I Corinthians 2:9). The magnificence of God's wisdom and glory are now revealed to us as we read His Word. Paul goes on to state that believers in Jesus also receive the very thoughts of Christ through the indwelling Holy Spirit and the Written Word of God (2:10-16). Through Isaiah, God declared things which were beyond the comprehension of His creation, but these very things were later bestowed through the Messiah upon those that love Him. At any time, in any place, we may pray to our loving God. While we have an opportunity to serve Him, we should determine to make His will the priority in our lives.
To the small minority who remained faithful then, as well as to the faithful today, Isaiah is saying: Hear the Word of the LORD, you that tremble at His Word; Your brethren that hated (despised) you, that cast you out for My Name's sake . . . shall be ashamed. . . . For thus says the LORD, Behold, I will extend peace . . . like a river (Isaiah 66:5,12).
As the Creator of new heavens and a new earth (Isaiah 65:17; 66:22; compare John 1:1-3; II Peter 3:13; Revelation 21:1). As the One whose glory will be declared among the nations (heathen, Gentiles) (Isaiah 66:18-19; Revelation 5:12-13).
64:3 terrible = awesome; 64:11 are laid waste = have been destroyed; 65:14 howl for vexation of spirit = cry out in misery; 66:6 voice = sound.
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Prayer Suggestion: Raise your hands in praise and prayer, and worship the Lord (I Timothy 2:8).
Optional Reading: I Peter 3
Memory Verse for the Week: Romans 5:1