Saturday, 22 August 2015

Isaiah 61-65

Here's how the study works: Read the chapters mentioned in the heading during the week and share any words, thoughts, verses that stood out to you. Having a week for several chapters creates the opportunity to revisit them and make additional comments as you feel inclined as well as make comments on other people's insights.


Susan said...

61:10 I delight greatly in the LORD; my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of his righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.

It is God who has clothed me with garments of salvation and He has arrayed me in a robe of his righteousness. We do not clothe or array ourselves. When God looks at me he sees his robe of righteousness.

Susan said...

62:6-7 I have posted watchmen on your walls, Jerusalem; they will never be silent day or night. You who call on the LORD, give yourselves no rest, and give him no rest till he establishes Jerusalem and makes her the praise of the earth.

God wants us to be reminding him of his promises to us. This demonstrates our faith—we believe God will do all he says.

Susan said...

63:9 In all their distress he too was distressed, and the angel of his presence saved them. In his love and mercy he redeemed them; he lifted them up and carried them all the days of old.

(From Constable's Commentary) "Just as a man can feel pain, and yet in his personality keep himself superior to it so God feels pain without his own happiness being thereby destroyed" (Delitzsch).

Since we are made in the image of God, through his enabling, we can feel pain without our happiness being destroyed.

Susan said...

64:8 Yet you, LORD, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.

Regardless of how bad Israel was, they were still God's creation and Isaiah appeals to God on that basis. Israel was just clay but he was the Potter.

Susan said...

65:20 Never again will there be in it an infant who lives but a few days, or an old man who does not live out his years; the one who dies at a hundred will be thought a mere child; the one who fails to reach a hundred will be considered accursed.

I believe in the millennium we will finally see the world as God intended. Yet perhaps here there is an indication there will still be death until we see the New Jerusalem coming down from heaven. God gives us hints and pictures of the future but we still "see only a as a reflection as in a mirror" (1 Corinthians 13:12).