Sunday, December 26, 2010
Rend the Heavens
Oh that thou wouldst rend the heavens; that thou wouldst come down.
This statement by the prophet Isaiah (Isaiah 64:1)has been going through my mind repeatedly for last few days. I thought that it was in one of the Psalms but discovered that it was at the tail-end of the prophecy where God is called upon to issue powerful supernatural judgment on the enemies of Israel. No sooner does he speak these words than the prophet acknowledges that all have failed to do the will of God and that 'all men's righteousnesses are as filthy rags'.
God's response is a baby in a humble setting in the City of David, and 'one who has not come into the world to condemn the world, but rather that the world through Him might be saved'. He intends to love His enemies into fellowship.
Isaiah has an inkling of this agenda as he states in the same chapter:
7And 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.
8But now, O LORD, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.
9Be not wroth very sore, O LORD, neither remember iniquity for ever: behold, see, we beseech thee, we are all thy people.