January 1, 2013
Scripture and Commentary, Wednesday after the First Sunday after Christmas
Morning - Ps. 37, 26, Is. 63:7-14, 1 Jn 3:1-11
Evening - Ps.2, 100, Is. 63:15-64:1, Heb. 4:1-13
Commentary, Isaiah 63:7-64:1
Chapter 63 is a deep and moving prayer of Isaiah. The prophet confesses the sins of his people in their constant rebellion against God (63:10). He also pleads for mercy. "Where is He that brought them up out of the sea with the shepherd of His flock?" (63:11). Is Your mercy restrained? Will You hold it back from Your people? No, God loves His people far more than even Abraham and Jacob did. Being Humans and sinners, it was possible for them to deny their people, but it is impossible for God, their true Father, to forget them. Yet the enemies of Israel and God possess the land and have trodden down even the Holy of Holies. People who never knew God rule the land. Thus, Isaiah prays in 64:4, "Oh that thou wouldst rend the heavens and come down." He begs God to come down and free His people; to come down and judge His enemies; to restore the land to the people, and the people to God.