Isaiah 64 Commentary

Isaiah 64 Commentary

We’ve sinned and kept at it for so long! Is there any hope for us?

Who wouldn’t have the same conclusion? Even our best efforts are filthy through and through.

Isaiah continues the prayer he began in chapter 63. Indeed, the question remains: Is there any hope for us? “For to us a child is born, to us, a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

Or, “But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds, we are healed.”

Isaiah has unfolded the LORD’s master plan by which Israel would be saved; not just Israel but the entire world – the nations.

Of course, this prayer is written within the context of Isaiah’s post-exile experiences. The famous temple on whose grounds Solomon once stood and raised his hands to the LORD is all but completely gone. Jerusalem is simply a heap of wreckage. The temple had stood as a place of mediation between the Creator God and man but it is no more.

Isaiah’s prayer reflects the hope of the nation in deep grief.

No man living today needs to repeat this prayer. The good news is that the LORD has come down to the aid of His people. The LORD Jesus, a child born to us, the Servant, or simply Immanuel is knocking at every man’s heart. Won’t you say yes to the invitation?

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Published by Joseph Malekani

Joseph Malekani is a born-again Christian with a strong PAOG/Baptist background. He is heavily involved in student ministry with ZAFES – an IFES movement with focus on student ministry in Zambia. He is married to Audrey and they have two lovely children.

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