Verse 1 – Oh, that You would rend the heavens! That You would come down! That the mountains might shake at Your presence –
The Israelites had experienced this at Mt Sinai. When God met with Moses, there was thunder, smoke and an earthquake. Isaiah wants desperately for God to come and help them.
Verse 2 – As fire burns brushwood, as fire causes water to boil – to make Your name known to Your adversaries, that the nations may tremble at Your presence!
Verse 3 – When You did awesome things for which we did not look, You came down, the mountains shook at Your presence.
Verse 4 – For since the beginning of the world men have not heard nor perceived by the ear, nor has the eye seen any God besides You, who acts for the one who waits for Him.
Are you expecting something from God; are you waiting on Him to answer your prayer? If you are, then you will receive.
Verse 5 – You meet him who rejoices and does righteousness, who remembers You in Your ways. You are indeed angry, for we have sinned in the ways we continue; and we need to be saved.
Isaiah confessed the sins on behalf of the people who had been unrepentant. He knew they were undeserving of God’s help, but needed mercy. They were willing now to acknowledge God’s ways.
Verse 6 – But we are like an unclean thing, and all our righteousness are like filthy rags; we all fade as a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.
I absolutely cringe when I hear a born-again believer say, “My righteousness is as filthy rags!” They have been taught to say that to sound humble. It is not true of a blood-bought child of God and here’s why: When Christ died on the cross, He took all the punishment for the world’s sin. He took what we deserved and gave us His righteousness.
2 Corinthians 5:21 – For He (God) made Him (Jesus) who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might (if you believe) become the righteousness of God in Him (Christ). So, n, because it is an insult to the Son of God.
Verse 7 – And there is no one who calls on Your name, who stirs himself up to take hold of You; for You have hidden Your face from us, and have consumed us because of our iniquities.
Verse 8 – But now, O Lord, You are our Father; we are the clay, and You our potter; and all we are the work of Your hand.
Isaiah appeals to their Creator, Father, to take pity on them.
Verse 9 – Do not be furious, O Lord, nor remember iniquity forever; indeed, please look-we all are Your people!
Verse 10 – Your holy cities are a wilderness, Zion is a wilderness, Jerusalem a desolation.
Verse 11 – Our holy and beautiful temple, where our fathers praised You, is burned up with fire; and all our pleasant things are laid waste.
Verse 12 – Will You restrain Yourself because of these things, O Lord? Will You hold Your peace, and afflict us very severely?
Isaiah foresaw the time when the Babylonians would destroy the city and the temple in Jerusalem. Isaiah pleaded with God to turn things around.