Isaiah 64 ✒️ The Potter and The Clay

May 26, 2024 • Dr. Dave Burnette

1 Oh that thou wouldest rend the heavens, that thou wouldest come down, that the mountains might flow down at thy presence,

 2As when the melting fire burneth, the fire causeth the waters to boil, to make thy name known to thine adversaries, that the nations may tremble at thy presence!

 3When thou didst terrible things which we looked not for, thou camest down, the mountains flowed down at thy presence.

 4For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside thee, what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him.

 5Thou meetest him that rejoiceth and worketh righteousness, those that remember thee in thy ways: behold, thou art wroth; for we have sinned: in those is continuance, and we shall be saved.

 6But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.

 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.

 10Thy holy cities are a wilderness, Zion is a wilderness, Jerusalem a desolation.

 11Our holy and our beautiful house, where our fathers praised thee, is burned up with fire: and all our pleasant things are laid waste.

 12Wilt thou refrain thyself for these things, O LORD? wilt thou hold thy peace, and afflict us very sore?

COMMENTARY by Dr. Dave Burnette

Written By: God through Inspiration

Penned By: Isaiah

Date Penned: (700-681 BC)

Overview: To Tell of God's Salvation through the Messiah (c 1-66)

Theme: Words of Comfort (c 40-66)

Message: The Lord is the Potter (v 1-12)

Isaiah 64 Commentary 

(64:1-6) God's Mercy - God's appearance is so intense that it is like a consuming fire that burns everything in its path. If we are impure, how can we be saved? Only by God's mercy. The Israelites had experienced God's presence at Mount Sinai. When God met with Moses, there was a thunderstorm, smoke, and an earthquake (Exodus 19:16-19). If God were to meet us today, his glory would overwhelm us, especially when we look at our "filthy rags." 

(64:6) A Hope in Jesus Christ - Sin makes us unclean so that we cannot approach God any more than a person in filthy rags could dine at a king's table (see 6:5; Romans 3:23). Our best efforts are still infected with sin. Our only hope, therefore, is faith in Jesus Christ, who can cleanse us and bring us into God's presence (Romans 3). (See the notes on Titus 2:14; 3:4-8; Hebrews 9:13-14; 10:21-22 on how we are cleansed today.) This passage can easily be misunderstood. It doesn't mean that God will reject us if we come to him in faith, nor that he despises our efforts to please him. It means that if we come to him demanding acceptance on the basis of our "good" conduct, God will point out that our righteousness is but filthy rags compared to his infinite righteousness. This message is primarily for the unrepentant person, not the true follower of God.

LIFE APPLICATION by Dr. Dave Burnette

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today, we continue in the Book of Isaiah with Chapter 64. In our text today, we see the Lord is the Potter, and we are the Clay. In applying, we see that the Lord shapes us and molds us with situations and circumstances in our lives. Today, we see that the Lord is still working on us no matter what stage of Christianity we are in. The Potter knows how much pressure and water are needed to mold us into vessels of honor fit for the master's use. How about you? Do you see the Lord working in your life? Let us learn from our text today with the example of the Lord being the Potter and we are the Clay to remember that the Lord is working on us with the situations and circumstances of our lives.

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