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“May you and I seek God’s forgiveness quickly when we realize we’ve sinned.” <>< Dona (10/13/20)

Please read Isaiah 64 through 66.  If you don’t have a Bible handy just click here -> Biblegateway.com. The Biblegateway website should open for you to use. Type in the chapters you want to read and select the translation you want to read them from. Click search and the chapters should appear. Once you read the suggested chapters close the screen and you should return here.

Isaiah 64 Theme

The Potter and the clay (v.8).

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, the mountains quaked at Your presence (v. 3).

Something to think about

If the mountain can quake at the Lord’s presence shouldn’t we quake at the Lord’s presence? (v. 2). Isaiah believed there was no god like his God who was willing to help those who do right (v. 4-5a). At times we sin and anger God (v. 5b). And our connection with God is broken (v. 6-7). 

Something to experience

We can cry out to the Lord just as Isaiah did.  We can go to the Lord and seek His forgiveness too (v. 9).

Scripture to hide in your heart

Isaiah 64:2 As when fire kindles the brushwood, and the fire causes the water to boil; Make Your name known to Your adversaries, that the nations may tremble at Your presence!

Isaiah 64:3 When You did awesome things which we didn’t look for, You came down, and the mountains quaked at Your presence.

Isaiah 64:4 For from of old men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, nor has the eye seen a God besides You, who works for him who waits for him.

Isaiah 64:5 You meet him who rejoices and does righteousness, those who remember You in Your ways.  Behold, You were angry, and we sinned.  We have been in sin for a long time.  Shall we be saved?

Isaiah 64:6-7 For we have all become like one who is unclean, and all our righteousness is like a polluted garment.  We all fade like a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away.  There is no one who calls on Your name, who stirs himself up to take hold of You; for You have hidden Your face from us, and have consumed us by means of our iniquities.

Isaiah 64:8 But now, O Lord, you are our Father.  We are the clay and You our potter.  We all are the work of Your hand.

Isaiah 64:9  Don’t be furious, O Lord.  Don’t remember our iniquity forever. Look and see, we beg you, we are all Your people.


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Isaiah 65 Theme

Invitation.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, You invite us to come see You (v. 1).

Something to think about

The Lord spreads out His hands to those who are not yet following Him (v. 2). In fact, they are provoking Him through blatantly sinning (v. 3-4). Though they say they are holier than those around them, to God they are smoke in His nostrils (v. 5). The Lord compares the future of believers and the future of non-believers (v. 13-14). In the future the Lord will create a new heaven and a new earth (v. 17).  Some amazing things will happen (v. 18- 25).

Something to experience

God will judge our life (v. 6-7).  He will save those of us who’ve been faithful (v. 8-9). He will provide a resting place for those of us who seek after Him (v. 10).  For those who forsake Him there will be a different future (v. 11-12).

Scripture to hide in your heart

Isaiah 65:1 “I revealed Myself to those who didn’t ask for Me. I am found by those who didn’t seek Me.  I said, ‘See Me, see Me,’ to a nation that was not called by My name.”

Isaiah 65:2 “I have spread out My hands all day to a rebellious people, who walk in a way that is not good, after their own thoughts;”

Isaiah 65:3-4 “a people who provoke Me to My face continually, sacrificing in gardens, and burning incense on bricks; who sit among the graves, and spend nights in secret places; who eat pig’s meat, and broth of abominable things in their vessels;”

Isaiah 65:5  “who say, ‘Stay by yourself, don’t come near to me, for I am holier than you.’  These are smoke in My nose, a fire that burns all day.”

Isaiah 65:6-7“Behold, it is written before Me: I will not keep silence, but will repay, yes, I will repay into their bosom, your own iniquities, and the iniquities of your fathers together”, says the Lord, “who have burned incense on the mountains, and blasphemed Me on the hills.  Therefore, I will first measure their work into their bosom.”

Isaiah 65:8-9 The Lord says, “As the new wine is found in the cluster, and one says, ‘Don’t destroy it, for a blessing is in it:’ so I will do for My servants’ sake, that I may not destroy them all.  I will bring offspring out of Jacob, and out of Judah an inheritor of My mountains.  My chosen will inherit it, and My servants will dwell there.” 

Isaiah 65:10 “Sharon will be a fold of flocks, and the valley of Achor a place for herds to lie down in, for My people who have sought Me.”

Isaiah 65:11-12 11 “But you who forsake the Lord, you who forget My holy mountain, you who prepare a table for Fortune, and you who fill up mixed wine to Destiny; 12 I will destine you to the sword, and you will all bow down to the slaughter; because when I called, you didn’t answer.  When I spoke, you didn’t listen; but you did that which was evil in My eyes, and chose that in which I didn’t delight.”

Isaiah 65:13-14 13 Therefore the Sovereign Lord says, “Behold, My servants (the faithful ones) will eat, but you (the ones who have forsaken the Lord) will be hungry; behold, My servants will drink, but you will be thirsty.  Behold, My servants will rejoice, but you will be disappointed; 14 Behold, My servants will sing for joy of heart, but you will cry for sorrow of heart, and will wail for anguish of spirit.”

Isaiah 65:17 “For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth; and the former things will not be remembered, nor come into mind.” 

Isaiah 65:18-25 18 “But be glad and rejoice forever in that which I create; for, behold, I create Jerusalem to be a delight, and her people a joy.  19 I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and delight in My people; and the voice of weeping and the voice of crying will be heard in her no more.  20 “No more will there be an infant who only lives a few days, nor an old man who has not filled his days; for the child will die one hundred years old, and the sinner being one hundred years old will be accursed.  21 They will build houses and inhabit them.  They will plant vineyards and eat their fruit.  22 They will not build and another inhabit.  They will not plant and another eat: for the days of My people will be like the days of a tree, and My chosen will long enjoy the work of their hands.  23 They will not labor in vain nor give birth for calamity; for they are the offspring of the Lord’s blessed and their descendants with them.  24 It will happen that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.  25 The wolf and the lamb will feed together.  The lion will eat straw like the ox.  Dust will be the serpent’s food.  They will not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain,” says the Lord.

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Isaiah 66 Theme

Judgment and Hope.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, You esteem those who are humble, contrite and revere You (v. 1-2).

Something to think about

The Lord will show mercy to the humble in spirit.  But He will curse the proud who go their own way (v. 3). Because they didn’t answer the Lord when He called (v. 4).

Something to experience

One day we will be comforted by Jerusalem (v. 12-13).  There is a wonderful future for those of us who are faithful to the Lord (v. 22-23).

Scripture to hide in your heart

Isaiah 66:1-21 The Lord says, “Heaven is My throne, and the earth is My footstool.  What kind of house will you build to Me?  Where will I rest?  For My hand has made all these things, and so all these things came to be,” says the Lord: “but I will look to this man, even to he who is poor and of a contrite spirit, and who trembles at my word.”

Isaiah 66:3 “He who kills an ox is as he who kills a man; he who sacrifices a lamb, as he who breaks a dog’s neck; he who offers an offering, as he who offers pig’s blood; he who burns frankincense, as he who blesses an idol.  Yes, they have chosen their own ways, and their soul delights in their abominations:”

Isaiah 66:“I also will choose their delusions, and will bring their fears on them; because when I called, no one answered; when I spoke, they didn’t listen; but they did that which was evil in My eyes, and chose that in which I didn’t delight.”

Isaiah 66:12-13 12 For the Lord says, “Behold, I will extend peace to her (Jerusalem) like a river, and the glory of the nations like an overflowing stream; and you will nurse.  You will be carried on her side, and will be dandled on her knees.  13 As one whom his mother comforts, so I will comfort you.  You will be comforted in Jerusalem.”

Isaiah 66:22-23 22 “For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before Me,” says the Lord, “so your offspring and your name shall remain. 23 It shall happen that from one new moon to another, and from one Sabbath to another, all flesh will come to worship before Me,” says the Lord. 

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Prayer

Lord, I pray You will hear us when we repent and ask for Your forgiveness (Isaiah 64:9).  Lord, I pray we will be faithful to You (Isaiah 65:8-9).  Lord, I ask You to provide us with a resting place (Isaiah 64:10).  Lord, I ask You to show us mercy as we follow You (Isaiah 66:3).  I pray we will always respond to You (Isaiah 66:4).  Lord, thank You for preparing a wonderful future for us (Isaiah 66:22-23). In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

“May you and I look forward to a wonderful future with the Lord.” <>< Dona