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November 21, 2018

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Reading along with us in Isaiah & 2 Kings? Here’s today’s reading:

Isaiah 64 (ESV)

Oh that you would rend the heavens and come down,
    that the mountains might quake at your presence—
as when fire kindles brushwood
    and the fire causes water to boil—
to make your name known to your adversaries,
    and that the nations might tremble at your presence!
When you did awesome things that we did not look for,
    you came down, the mountains quaked at your presence..
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  1. Isaiah 64:1-4 (ESV)
    1 Oh that you would rend the heavens and come down, that the mountains might quake at your presence— 2 as when fire kindles brushwood and the fire causes water to boil— to make your name known to your adversaries, and that the nations might tremble at your presence! 3 When you did awesome things that we did not look for, you came down, the mountains quaked at your presence. 4 From of old no one has heard or perceived by the ear, no eye has seen a God besides you, who acts for those who wait for him.

    There are times in our lives where we wish God would reveal himself plainly, that he would ‘rend the heavens and come down’ and manifest himself … oh, wait, he did. Isaiah’s prayer is actually answered in the person of Christ.

    He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. (John 1:10 ESV)
    He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. (John 1:11 ESV)

    But still, the sentiment is the same. It is interesting to peer back into time to catch a small glimpse of the heart of Isaiah for God to come and change things, for God to make his presence known. How it reflects the desires of those who follow him today. I see the chaos and sinfulness of our day and internally I cry out continually that God would show me how to make a difference, how to get people to listen and receive the gospel.

  2. As I sit on the cusp of Thanksgiving Day preparing to read Isaiah 64, I wanted to express my appreciation for those who have most consistently made comments here. So thanks Melanie and Jim. May God bless you fo your faithfulness to His word!

    There are good insights in this chapter for those who wonder where God is or why He is silent. First Isaiah recognizes what God has done in the past and affirms what it would be like for God to answer. Second he reminds himself what kind of God God is: He acts on behalf of those who wait on Him And comes to the help of those who do right. Third He is confessional. Not only have the people of Israel done wrong but even their righteous acts are like filthy rags to a perfect God. And fourth, he calls on God. He calls on Him to remember His relationship to His people, to respond with favor, and to observe what is going on, particularly pointing to those things going on that God cares about.

    And yes Jesus is the answer for many of the things that Isaiah hopes for or what the people of Israel lack. We can be thankful this day for the nature of our relationship we have with God through Christ and all that brings to our lives!

  3. Reconciled by God’s grace through the blood of His son… Alive and made new in Christ’s righteousness

    Behold, you were angry, and we sinned;
    in our sins we have been a long time, and shall we be saved?
    6 We have all become like one who is unclean,
    and all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment.
    We all fade like a leaf,
    and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away.
    7 There is no one who calls upon your name,
    who rouses himself to take hold of you;
    for you have hidden your face from us,
    and have made us melt in the hand of our iniquities.
    8 But now, O Lord, you are our Father;
    we are the clay, and you are our potter;
    we are all the work of your hand.

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