Summary: Exposition of Isaiah 62-65
Revival and the Return of the Lord
Bestowing a New Name Is 62
Announcing a New Victory Is 63-64
Blessing of a New Creation Is 65
Intro: Grand Canyon
This summer we took a road trip as a family with our first stop being the Grand Canyon
Driving all that way and trying to convince our kids that a hole in the ground was cool was tough
Even walking up to it they were reluctant
Was it going to be fun? What are we going to do?
Typical questions kids have for something they can’t picture in their mind
Then there is that magical moment when they first see the majesty of that hole in the ground
It literally takes your breath away and leaves you speechless
I had been to the Grand Canyon before so I just watched their reactions and it was worth the trip
Sometimes we treat God’s word like the Grand Canyon
We miss the majesty of it all because we are too focused on what we’re going to get out of it
What’s in it for me? How can I benefit from it?
Especially when we hit passages that hard to understand
The end of Isaiah is like that. Lots of stuff that is hard to understand but so full of God’s majesty
When it's opened up we are blown away
Today we are going to look the Return of the Lord
Read Isaiah 62:1-4
Isaiah startles us with the complexity of God.
He structures this passage around three main points.
First, God assures us that he’s preparing a place for us so great we’ll never want to leave
Thirdly, God reminds us of his steadfast love throughout our history—and in spite of us too
But between those two statements God reveals the triumphant anger of Christ, the bloodied victor in a war of vengeance against human evil (63:1–6).
Future promise, past faithfulness, bloody vengeance, all in one passage. Why?
Because God is not a simplistic person. He is complex
Isaiah invites us to look at the grandeur of God. His text is a Biblical Grand Canyon.
We step up to the edge, we take a long, thoughtful look, and we see more of God than we’ve ever seen before.
That’s helpful. How so?
We look at the world today, we see the brutality, the sufferings, the insecurity of our own lives, and we wonder, “God, are you asleep? Why don’t you do something about all this? You have the power. Why don’t you act?” That’s the way we think, looking at our surroundings.
But when we look beyond this world and enlarge our vision of God and accept him for all that he is, our frustrations melt, and we are strengthened to face anything
This passage answers the prayer of our hearts when we sing “Be Thou My Vision.”
Without a vision of Christ before us, we’re overwhelmed.
Without a clear view of Christ in his glory, all we can see is the world around us, and we’re thrown back on the defensive. We feel threatened.
We then become aggressive and complicate our problems still further.
But with Christ himself clearly before us, when his glory weighs upon us as it should, we know what to fear and what not to fear.