Isaiah looked up into the sky and prayed. “Look down from heaven and regard us from your holy and glorious palace! . . . Were Abraham not to know us, nor Israel to acknowledge us, You, Lord, are our father, our redeemer you are named forever.”
Isaiah was a humble man who only wanted his people to follow God’s laws. When he was a younger man, he saw a vision of the Lord seated on a high and lofty throne. He felt unworthy for such a vision, but the Lord cleansed him of his sin and sent him to speak to the people of Israel.
Now, so many years later, he was pleading with God for the sake of Israel. He paced back and forth and called to God again. “Why do you let us wander, O Lord, from your ways, and harden our hearts so that we fear you not? Return for the sake of your servants, the tribes of your heritage.” Isaiah was angry because of the things he had watched happen to his people, to his country, to all that belonged to his God. “Why have the wicked invaded your holy place … (why) have we been like those you do not rule, who do not bear your name?” He picked up a stone and threw it as far as he could. “Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down, with the mountains quaking before you.”
Then Isaiah began to fill with hope. Instead of his own anger, he could feel the justice and hope of the Lord. “Thus your name would be made known to your enemies and the nations would tremble before you, While you wrought awesome deeds we could not hope for, such as they had not heard of from old.”
Isaiah became silent and meditated on the message God was giving to him. Then he whispered reverently, “No ear has ever heard, no eye has even seen, any God but you doing such deeds for those who wait for him. Would that you might meet us doing right, that we were mindful of you in our ways!” Kneeling before the presence of the Lord, Isaiah bowed his head. “Behold you are angry, and we are sinful; all of us have become like unclean men … Be not so very angry, Lord, keep not our guilt forever in mind.”
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Isaiah 63 & 64
1. Where did Isaiah see God in a vision?
2. What did Isaiah ask God to do with the guilt of Israel?
Archaeologists have been excavating a site in the Holy Land that is believed to have belonged to a wealthy man during New Testament times. The site lies between the Mediterranean Sea and Samaria. This is not barren desert land but fertile fields and valleys.
The home resembled a walled-in castle with many rooms, a swimming pool and a luxurious bath. Beneath the home was a device that used steam to heat part of the house.
Finely crafted stoneware and large stone wine jars from the time of King Herod have been found. They are similar to those Jesus may have blessed with his first miracle.
The property was preserved by the financial support of a man called Ha-Nadiv, which means the benefactor. He died in 1934.