Isaiah 64: Rend the Heavens!


(12 verses, 2:00 to read)

What I am about to READ

  • This short chapter is a prayer, asking the Lord to come and rescue His people. In fact, it is a prayer that the Lord would come as Judge, and execute vengeance on the enemies of His people.


  • This prayer of Isaiah to God for the people is full of theological images.
    • 64:2, As the fire boils the water, so the Lord’s name ought to cause the nations who are oppressing Israel to tremble and fear.
    • 64:6, The people, in their sin, are like “an unclean thing” and even their righteousness and good works are “filthy garments.”
    • 64:8, The Lord is like a potter, and the people like clay. This is a common image for Isaiah (see Isaiah 29:16, 45:9), and central for Jeremiah (see Jeremiah 18:6ff). Paul picks up on this image and its teaching in Romans 9:20ff.


  • This chapter of Isaiah fits will all the Psalms that pray and petition the Lord to act, to not sit by, to stir Himself up in anger and in love. We pray the same way. Especially as we see the enemies of God’s Word and Gospel gather around His church, we ask the Lord to come to us, to protect us, to keep us in His kindness, and bring us to the joys of everlasting life.

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Lord’s Blessings,
Pr Bryan Wolfmueller
Hope Lutheran Church, Aurora, CO


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