What Does Isaiah 64:1 Mean?

Verse Thoughts

The little remnant of Israel recalled the faithfulness of God and the wonderful way He led His people in the wilderness. They remembered His compassionate-mercy and long-suffering kindness towards His people, when their forefathers were subjugated in the land of Egypt, and the Lord redeemed them from the hand of their enemy.

They confessed the rebellious-unbelief into which their people had quickly fallen, and they acknowledged that this disobedience had grieved the Holy Spirit of God. This little remnant of Israel bewailed the trouble and distress that had come upon their nation and it was all because they broke God’s covenant Law with Israel.

As so this little remnant called on the Lord in the day of trouble. They implored the Lord to look down from heaven on His people Israel with loving kindness and great goodness. They prayed that God would save them in their affliction, just as He had done in bygone days, when He brought them out from the land of Egypt and redeemed them from bondage and subjugation to their Egyptian masters.

But as they remembered God’s mighty deliverance from the hand of their wicked enemies, the urgent plea this little remnant, was that God would show His mighty power and rout the wicked enemies of His chosen people - because they were waxing worse and worse. Oh, that You would rend the heavens, was their urgent cry, Oh that You would and come down quickly, so that the mountains might quake at Your presence, was their insistent plea.

The urgent cries for help that were being uttered by the faithful remnant of Israel reflects the increasing urgency that is seen in the book of Revelation, as the weary tribulation saints of God cry out to the Lord - "how long.... how long, sovereign Lord, holy and true, until you judge the inhabitants of the earth and avenge our blood.”

But the blood of many martyrs in the body of Christ are also crying out today during this Church age. The cries of God's people during this dispensation of grace are also urgently calling for God's help in these times of trouble. For the times in which we live are waxing worse and worse and the days are getting darker and increasingly difficult, for so many who are called by His name.

But the Lord has promised that at His appointed time He will come, and He will not delay. The trumpet will sound, the dead in Christ shall be raised incorruptible, and then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds and so we shall ever be with the Lord. This is a comfort to the heart of each believer in Christ as we unite in the harmonious chorus - Even So Come Lord Jesus...

My Prayer

Father God, we thank You that You have promised to be with us no matter what difficult circumstances invade our lives and we lift up our many brothers and sisters in Christ who are facing increasingly hard times. We are watching and waiting for the soon return of our Lord Jesus Christ and join with the Spirit in praying: Come Lord Jesus. In these increasingly difficult times, we ask for Your strength and courage to face whatever lies ahead, knowing that nothing can separate us from the love of God, which in Christ Jesus. AMEN.

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