August 16, Reading 2 – Isaiah 63:15-64:12

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SAA Notes

This reading recounts the spiritual history of Israel. It makes sorry reading, just like our own spiritual histories. The wonderful thing is that God did rend the heavens and come down! (64:1)

SJA Notes

In this passage we see the truth of our fallen state.

“There is no one who calls upon your name, who rouses himself to take hold of you; for your have hidden your face from us, and have made us melt in the hand of our iniquities.”

It is very true that we cannot rouse ourselves to take hold of the Lord. We are without ability or intent to cause even a single movement toward the Lord in our sin.

But.

BUT!

“But now, O LORD, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand.”

Isaiah recognises his and our state before the Lord, and recognises who the Lord is.

HE is the Father, the Potter, the Creator.

We are the children, the clay, the work of His hand.

Let’s be encouraged to dwell on these truths, to have them bounce around in our minds, to wrestle with what they mean in our lives, the practical outworking of them in each day, hour, moment.

* Father God.

We are the clay. You are the potter.

Mould us Lord God, sanctify us, Your people, in the likeness of Jesus.

Each day make us more like Him, point us to You, refine us Lord God as the fire refines the metal.

And please show us today what You want us to know from Your word.

Amen.

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