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2019 January 25
Isaiah 64

The Wanderer Above the Mists (1817-1818)
Caspar David Friedrich (1774-1840)
German Romanticism Style
Kunsthalle Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany
Image Source: Wikimedia

     [ Illustration: Today's painting symbolizes a man standing between heaven and earth, like Isaiah, asking the LORD to rend the heavens and come down. ]


[ I will again be working through the Scriptures from Genesis to Revelation. I will be adding links, resources, images, and the like, upgrading the former work-through which began with the 2013-10-12 posting which can be found, along with the full Genesis to Revelation postings, in the Archive Page. Postings will be at midnight Eastern Time, as I am able. However, no chapters will be skipped, even though a posting may be late. And all postings will be housed in the Archive Page. ]

     Explanation: In Isaiah 64, the prophet offers an earnest plea to the LORD for help. We may imagine Isaiah standing, as it were, between heaven and earth like the wanderer pictured above and calling upon the LORD to rend the heavens and come down, melting the mountains (literally causing them to 'quake') with his presence, causing the enemy nations to tremble (1-2).
     He asks that the LORD's coming might be like the time when the LORD did amazing (literally, 'terrifying') things which they did not expect (a reference to the Exodus and the time in the wilderness, particularly in his earth-shaking presence at mount Sinai) - (3).
     In fact, says Isaiah in his prayer, it is common since the beginning of the world for God to do amazing, unexpected things for those who wait for him - who work righteousness and remember him (4 - 5-a).
     But God is angry because of their continued sins, for their uncleanness, and their neglect of God; for these things they have been blown away like a faded leaf and consumed (5-b - 7).
     Nevertheless, the prophet turns again to God reminding him that he is their father, the potter, and they are the work of his hand (8).
     So Isaiah pleads that the LORD will not be wrathful or remember their iniquities, but rather that he will hear their prayers - the prayers of his people (9).
     He concludes the prayer with a recitation of the desolations of the land and its holy cities and the burned-down Temple and asks the LORD not to refrain or hold his peace and to end his affliction (10-12).

     [ Sermons: Dick Lucas. Various. ]

Bible Chronologies -- Genesis to Revelation

[Traditional Patriarchal Chronology. Judges Period Chronology 1. Judges Period Chronology 2. Kings of Judah and Israel #1. Kings of Judah and Israel #2].

[Post Exile Chronology 1. Post Exile Chronology 2. Post Exile Chronology 3.]

[Prophets Chronology 1. Prophets Chronology 2. Prophets Chronology 3. Prophets Chronology 4.]

[Intertestamental Period Chronology 1. Intertestamental Period Chronology 2. Intertestamental Period Chronology 3.
Intertestamental Period Chronology 4. Intertestamental Period Chronology 5.]

[New Testament Chronology 1. New Testament Chronology 2. New Testament Chronology 3. New Testament Chronology 4. New Testament Chronology 5.]


PLEASE NOTE: Use the resources on this and other sites thoughtfully, particularly the commentaries and encyclopedias. I have attempted to list conservative, scholarly resources. However, some providers use liberal or liberal-influenced commentaries such as the Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges (in Bible Hub). Such commentaries are undoubtedly included by the provider for the wealth of useful information and comments which they provide. By consulting several commentaries, it should be fairly easy to sort out the wheat from the chaff. If, however, you would like personal assistance, write to me at AD LIB ARTS EMAIL.

          [ THEMATICALLY AND CHRONOLOGICALLY RELATED SCRIPTURES: Isaiah 64: Isaiah 60. Isaiah 61. Isaiah 62. Isaiah 63. Isaiah 64. ]
[1] Isaiah 63:15-19; Psalm 68:8; Exodus 19:18.
[2] Hebrews 12:29.
[3] Isaiah 64:1.
[4] 1 Corinthians 2:9.
[5] Hebrews 4:16; Psalm 112:1; Philippians 3:13-15.
[6] Leviticus 13:45; Ezekiel 36:17.
[7] Romans 1:21-24.
[8] Romans 9:20-21; Isaiah 29:16; Jeremiah 18:6.
[9] Psalm 6:1; Psalm 119:94.
[10] Zechariah 2:12.
[11] 2 Chronicles 36:19.
[12] Genesis 45:1.
     -- From Treasury of Scripture Knowledge & Others ]

          [ CHRONOLOGY: GENERAL. Patriarchs (Traditional). Judges # 1. Judges # 2. Kings # 1. Kings # 2. Prophets # 1. Prophets # 2. NT # 1. NT # 2. NT # 3. ]

          [ MAPS: Maps # 1. Maps # 2. Maps # 3. Maps # 4. Maps # 5. ]

          [ COMMENTARIES, ETC: GENERAL: Bible Study Tools; Bible Hub: Study Light; Blue Letter Bible // PSALMS: Monergism: Precept Austin: The Treasury of David; John Gill; John Calvin - Volumes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5]

          [ MUSIC: GENERAL: The Cyber Hymnal // PSALMS: Genevan Psalter (Instrumental). PROVERBS: Book of Proverbs. ECCLESIASTES: Book of Ecclesiastes Dramatized. SONG OF SOLOMON: Song of Solomon Dramatized. ISAIAH: Isaiah Dramatized. VARIOUS ARTISTS: Micha'el Ben David. Sons of Korah. Fernando Ortega. Janet Isaac Morrison. Music of the Bible Revealed - Suzanne Haik-Vantoura. Dr. David Erb. Gregorian Chants. ]


John Calvin - CCEL | Analytical Chart - BLB


Gospel Harmony - Summary | The Harmony of the Gospels - Augustine | Gospel Harmony Chart - Online Bible

Greek Harmony of the Gospels - Robertson - (Downloadable PDF) | Gospel Harmony in English - Robertson - (Downloadable PDF)


Hebrew and Greek Interlinear Download - Scripture 4 All

Bible Hub Interlinear Hebrew and Greek Bible

Bible Hub Hebrew Interlinear | Scripture 4 All Hebrew Interlinear

Mounce Interlinear | Bible Hub Greek Interlinear | Scripture 4 All Greek Interlinear Bible

Isaiah Detailed Outline

Isaiah 64

Map 1: Bible Nations | Map 2: Empire of David and Solomon Map 3: Kingdoms of Judah and Israel | Post Exile Chronology.

2. Post-Exile: The Blessing & Judgment Cycles ( 40:1 - 66:24 ) - 701-681 B.C., Israel
(These 8 groups of prophecies alternate between blessings on Israel and judgment on God's enemies.)

H. Cycle 8 (63:7 - 66:24)

1. Blessing On Israel (63:7 - 66:14)

a. Their Prayer of Repentance (Continued) (63:7 - 64:12)

1 Oh that thou wouldest rend the heavens,
that thou wouldest come down,
that the mountains might flow down at thy presence,
2 As when the melting fire burneth,
the fire causeth the waters to boil,
to make thy name known to thine adversaries,
that the nations may tremble at thy presence!
3 When thou didst terrible things which we looked not for,
thou camest down,
the mountains flowed down at thy presence.
4 For since the beginning of the world
men have not heard,
nor perceived by the ear,
neither hath the eye seen,
O God,
beside thee,
what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him.
5 Thou meetest [this] him that rejoiceth and worketh righteousness,
those that remember thee in thy ways:
thou art wroth;
for we have sinned:
in those is continuance,
and we shall be saved.
6 But we are all as an unclean thing,
and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags;
and we all do fade as a leaf;
and our iniquities,
like the wind,
have taken us away.
7 And there is none that calleth upon thy name,
that stirreth up himself to take hold of thee:
for thou hast hid thy face from us,
and hast consumed us,
because of our iniquities

8 But now, O LORD,
thou art our father;
we are the clay,
and thou our potter;
and we all are the work of thy hand.
9 Be not wroth very sore, O LORD,
neither remember iniquity for ever:
we beseech thee,
we are all thy people.
10 Thy holy cities are a wilderness,
Zion is a wilderness,
Jerusalem a desolation.
11 Our holy and our beautiful house,
where our fathers praised thee,
is burned up with fire:
and all our pleasant things are laid waste.
12 Wilt thou refrain thyself for these things, O LORD?
wilt thou hold thy peace,
and afflict us very sore?

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