Daily Bible Reading

July 4, 2024

Isaiah 63:15-64:12(GNT)

July 4

Introduction

Isaiah 63:15—64:12: Today’s reading begins with a communal lament in which God’s love and mercy are remembered. God is petitioned to “tear the sky open and come down” (64:1). The reading concludes with a reference to the Babylonian army’s destruction of Jerusalem.

Today’s Key Verse: Isaiah 64:4

No one has ever seen or heard of a God like you, who does such deeds for those who put their hope in him.

Reading

15 Lord, look upon us from heaven, where you live in your holiness and glory. Where is your great concern for us? Where is your power? Where are your love and compassion? Do not ignore us. 16 You are our father. Our ancestors Abraham and Jacob do not acknowledge us, but you, Lord, are our father, the one who has always rescued us. 17 Why do you let us stray from your ways? Why do you make us so stubborn that we turn away from you? Come back, for the sake of those who serve you, for the sake of the people who have always been yours.

18 We, your holy people, were driven out by our enemies for a little while; they trampled down your sanctuary. 19 You treat us as though you had never been our ruler, as though we had never been your people.

64 Why don’t you tear the sky open and come down? The mountains would see you and shake with fear. They would tremble like water boiling over a hot fire. Come and reveal your power to your enemies, and make the nations tremble at your presence! There was a time when you came and did terrifying things that we did not expect; the mountains saw you and shook with fear. No one has ever seen or heard of a God like you, who does such deeds for those who put their hope in him. You welcome those who find joy in doing what is right, those who remember how you want them to live. You were angry with us, but we went on sinning; in spite of your great anger we have continued to do wrong since ancient times. All of us have been sinful; even our best actions are filthy through and through. Because of our sins we are like leaves that wither and are blown away by the wind. No one turns to you in prayer; no one goes to you for help. You have hidden yourself from us and have abandoned us because of our sins.

But you are our father, Lord. We are like clay, and you are like the potter. You created us, so do not be too angry with us or hold our sins against us forever. We are your people; be merciful to us. 10 Your sacred cities are like a desert; Jerusalem is a deserted ruin, 11 and our Temple, the sacred and beautiful place where our ancestors praised you, has been destroyed by fire. All the places we loved are in ruins. 12 Lord, are you unmoved by all this? Are you going to do nothing and make us suffer more than we can endure?

Reflect

Reread Isaiah 64:8, which speaks of the LORD creating and forming the people of Israel like a potter shapes a piece of clay into something useful or beautiful. What does the image of God as a potter suggest to you? In what ways do you believe God has shaped your life?

Pray

Compassionate God, I thank you for your mercy and for your unfailing and constant love. Mold me and shape me so that my life reflects honor and glory to you. I praise you now and forever. Amen.

Tomorrow’s Reading

Isaiah 66:1–11: The worship God demands.

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