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Gary H. Everett's Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures
Isaiah 64

 

 

Verses 1-12

Isaiah 64:4 For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside thee, what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him.

Isaiah 64:4Old Testament Quotes in the New Testament - Isaiah 64:4 is quoted in 1 Corinthians 2:9.

1 Corinthians 2:9, "But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of Prayer of Manasseh , the things which God hath prepared for them that love him."

Comments- Note these insightful words from Sadhu Sundar Singh.

"The human spirit abides in the body very much as the chicken in the shell. If it were possible for the bird within the shell to be told that outside of it was a great widespread world, with all kinds of fruit and flowers, with rivers and grand mountains, that its mother also was there, and that it would see all this when set free from its shell, it could not understand or believe it. Even if anyone told it that its feathers and eyes, ready now for use, would enable it to see and to fly, it would not believe it, nor would any proof be possible till it came out of its shell. In the same way there are many who are uncertain about the future life and the existence of God, because they cannot see beyond this shell-like body of flesh, and their thoughts, like delicate wings, cannot carry them beyond the narrow confines of the brain. Their weak eyes cannot discover those eternal and unfading treasures which God has prepared for those who love Him (Isa. lxiv 4, lxv 17). The necessary condition for attaining to this eternal life is this, that while still in this body we should receive from the Holy Spirit by faith that life-giving warmth which the chicken receives from its mother, otherwise there is danger of death and eternal loss." 90]

90] Sadhu Sundar Singh, At the Master's Feet, trans. Arthur Parker (London: Fleming H. Revell Co, 1922) [on-line]; accessed 26 October 2008; available from http://www.ccel.org/ccel/singh/feet.html; Internet, "I The Manifestation of God's Presence," section 2, part 7.

Isaiah 64:6 But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.

Isaiah 64:6 — "and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags" - Comments- These kind of good deeds do not bring glory to God, but glory to man. Those done by faith glorify God, who is their hope and strength.

Isaiah 64:11 Our holy and our beautiful house, where our fathers praised thee, is burned up with fire: and all our pleasant things are laid waste.

Isaiah 64:11Comments- The holy and beautiful house mentioned in Isaiah 64:11 refers to the Temple in Jerusalem.

 


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Everett, Gary H. "Commentary on Isaiah 64:4". Gary H. Everett's Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ghe/isaiah-64.html. 2013.

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Monday, September 23rd, 2019
the Week of Proper 20 / Ordinary 25
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