Summary: What do you do when the church sinks to the level of the world, leaving its high calling, quitting the path of being a separated people, & becoming like those whom God does not know? After the entreaty to remember the pitiful spiritual condition of His pe
ISAIAH 64: 1-12
THE MADE RIGHTEOUS PLEA
[Exodus 19:16-19 / Mt 24:36-44 / 1Corinthians 2:9]
What do you do when the church sinks to the level of the world, leaving its high calling, quitting the path of being a separated people, and becoming just like those whom God does not know? After the entreaty to remember the pitiful spiritual condition of His people we now have an appeal for an overwhelming demonstration of God’s power. It comes as a prayer bursting up like a volcano through the hearts of gracious men who no longer could hold in the agonizing cry.
The prophet appeals so longingly to God because unless God does come down the people will not return. The people’s are so distance from God they will not return without God’s presence coming in power.
This prayer reveals the hope of the church and brings the solution for her many ailments. If His people will confess their sins and turn to Him, God would rescue them from their tragic condition. Yahweh works wonders for those who in righteousness wait for Him.
I. DEMONSTRATE YOUR POWERFUL PRESENCE, 1-3.
II. HONOR THE PLEA OF THE RIGHTEOUS, 4-5a.
III. CAPTIVES OF OUR SIN, 5b-7.
IV. RESCUE AND RESTORE US, 8-12.
Isaiah’s ardent plead for the manifested presence of God begins in verse 1. Oh, that You would rend the heavens and come down, that the mountains might quake at Your presence—
"Rend the heavens! and come down!" Having already called on God to see how bad the situation is (63:15), the prophet now pleas for God to come down and shatter their serious situation. Tear apart whatever barrier is separating us from You! Come down and shake the mountains, the most solid foundations of the earth.
It’s as if Isaiah is asking, "Why have You let the situation get so desperate? Why have You not already intervened? Feel the heart cry of God’s prophet for God’s direct intervention in the affairs of man and church.
In verse 2 the prophet gives the manner and effect with which He wants the Lord to come down. As fire kindles the brushwood, as fire causes water to boil— To make Your name known to Your adversaries, that the nations may tremble at Your presence!
God’s manifested presence is so intense that it is like a consuming fire that burns everything in its path. Make Your name known by making the mountains shake and the nations tremble, he advised the Lord. Reveal Your nature to the nations by the wonders of Your presence.
Throughout the Bible (Gen. 3:24; Ex. 3:1; Acts 2:3; Rev. 20:9) fire is closely associated with the presence of God. If God were to come among us and apply His fire to our unclean lips and hardened hearts as He had with Isaiah (6:1ff); the trash of our lives would be consumed in flames and the lukewarm water of our souls would burst into a rolling boil. The result would be that God’s adversaries, those who has trampled down His worship (63:18), would realize His name, who He truly is. Then they would tremble.
In verse 3 Isaiah relays to God that their plea is not beyond Him, that He has done it before when He was separating out a people for His own possession. When You did awesome things which we did not expect, You came down, the mountains quaked at Your presence.