Isaiah 64:1-12


In 63:1 the mighty warrior returns and demonstrates his power.


In 63:15-19 Isaiah speaks for the remnant of Israel and pleads with God to intervene.

            They ask God to see how bad their situation is.

In 63:18 Isaiah speaks prophetically in 700 BC about the Babylonian destruction in 586

63:19 leaves the situation as:

a)      We are the people of God

b)      God has not been allowed to rule them and so he has not been seen

c)      In their present condition they are as if they never where the people of God

Isaiah is speaking the attitude of a future generation concerning an judgment that has not yet       occurred.  This is a classic example of the word of God being given for a generation that     has not yet even been born.      


In 64:1-7 Isaiah, again speaking for the remnant, pleads with God.



They want God to intervene like he did in the past.  The description is a theophany like on Sinai.

“Rending” means to tear the sky like cloth. 



The manifestation of the LORD would result in the enemies of Israel being destroyed’

There is through out Isaiah a two fold enemy:

a)      The sin of the people

b)      The nations who oppress Israel because of their sins


64:1 and 2 can be read together as one broken sentence in the Hebrew basically telling God if he had just done those things listed there everything would have been different.


“cause the nations to quake” refers to supernatural manifestations that control events that men can not control.



A reference to Mt. Sinai



God is the only God that can manifest himself and intervene in history

He is historically the only God who has appeared visibly to his people.

Notice, though, waiting is involved.  The Exodus generation had waited 400 years.  God will appear but it will be in his time.



How do we wait?  By continuing to do right.  Gal. 6:9; Heb. 12:3;

See Isaiah 7:9 with Ahaz and Isaiah words in 8:17

If you do not continue to do what is right you are not waiting for the Lord.

The Israelites in captivity needed to live as Daniel did.  Continue to be righteous and wait for God.  Do not say I am waiting for God and when he does something then I will be righteous. 


God helps those who. . .

a)       gladly do right

b)       remember your ways


But, if you do not remember God’s ways and instead sin against them. . .

a)       God is angry

b)       People need to be saved



Describes the people

a)       unclean

b)       so unclean that the best they can do is filthy rags


They are like dead leaves that sin blows away.

A leaf that has fallen from the tree because of the blowing of sin.  When it falls sin finishes it off



Here a description of the people after they have entered into sin and rebellion towards God:

a)       they do not call on his name . . . . . . Do not pray for help

b)       they do not strive to lay hold of his name . . . . Do not seek God for direction


This is all, they admit because of their sins.



“Yet” is ‘atta and means “now” or in summary.  This begins the summary of the final decision and response of the remanant.


In scripture clay responds to the potter:

a)       2 Timothy 2:20-21
b) Jeremiah  18:6


The incorrect response for the clay is to disregard the potter as in Isaiah 29:16

In Isaiah 45:9 the clay rejects the potter.


These next verses are the remnant saying we will wait because we know God will not punish us beyond measure or remember their sins forever.


In other words the road to recovery is to start being righteous now.



The remnant does not ask that God stop the judgment but just that it not last forever.

Here Israel is calling on the covenant and is living righteously as they wait


They say “we are your people.’



They say “Jerusalem is your city.”




They say, “Even the temple has been burned.”



After all this:  Your people, Your city, Your temple, will you still be silent?

The remnant thinks not and are waiting for God’s time.