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Living Life

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  • May 2018
2018. 5. 16 | Awesome God (Isaiah 64:1~12)         Speakers Dave Paek

1 Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down, that the mountains would tremble before you!
2 As when fire sets twigs ablaze and causes water to boil, come down to make your name known to your enemies and cause the nations to quake before you!
3 For when you did awesome things that we did not expect, you came down, and the mountains trembled before you.
4 Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for him.
5 You come to the help of those who gladly do right, who remember your ways. But when we continued to sin against them, you were angry. How then can we be saved?
6 All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away.
7 No one calls on your name or strives to lay hold of you; for you have hidden your face from us and made us waste away because of our sins.
8 Yet, O LORD, you are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.
9 Do not be angry beyond measure, O LORD; do not remember our sins forever. Oh, look upon us, we pray, for we are all your people.
10 Your sacred cities have become a desert; even Zion is a desert, Jerusalem a desolation.
11 Our holy and glorious temple, where our fathers praised you, has been burned with fire, and all that we treasured lies in ruins.
12 After all this, O LORD, will you hold yourself back? Will you keep silent and punish us beyond measure?

 

 

Reflection

Come Down (64:1–7)

Isaiah wishes that God would rip through the heavens and come down to His people so that they could see and experience His overwhelming presence. His presence would be so powerful that it would cause nations to quake because there is no other God like Him. No other god is as faithful as the LORD, who helps those who wait on Him and follow His ways. Yet God’s people have sinned against Him; they are unclean, like filthy rags or a shriveled-up leaf, and have allowed their sins to sweep them away. As a result, God is angry and has hidden His face from His people. May we not make the same mistakes as the Israelites but remain faithful to Him and continually seek His presence.

 

When do you feel the presence of God the most? Why do you feel it so strongly in those moments?

 

Hope in the Creator (64:8–12)

At the climax of his prayer, Isaiah acknowledges the distinction between the Creator and His creation. God is the potter, and we are the clay. Isaiah thus places his hope in the sovereign Creator. Though His people do not deserve it, the prophet asks God not to be angry and not to remember their sins. He asks God to look upon His devastated people, desolated cities, and the once glorious temple that is now in charred ruins. There is nowhere else to turn except back to the LORD. Even when there seems to be no hope in the world, we can turn to the sovereign God who is merciful to His chosen people. We can hope in Him for He cares about His creation.

 

What causes you to hope in the LORD? How can you help others to hope in Him?

 

A letter to God 

Lord, thank you for creating me with love and purpose. I acknowledge that I need You, and I cannot live my life without You. May my eyes see more of Your amazing deeds, and may my heart know more of You each and every day. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

 

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