1/28/2017

Isaiah 63-66

  1. The Solitary Avenger, the Anointed Conqueror (63:1-6)
  2. The Good, Ever-Loving Father and Lord (63:7-64:12)
    1. Remembrance/recollection (63:7-14). Rehearsing the theological significance of the Exodus, and the elements of God's character: kindness, compassion (63:7) and love and mercy (63:9).
    2. Prayer/plea/petition (63:15-64:5)
    3. Confession of helplessness/hopelessness (64:6-12)
John Oswalt
  • [The Divine Warrior] (63:1-6).
  • [God's Love and Man's Rebellion] (63:7-14).
  • The complaint (63:15-19).
  • The petition (64:1-5).
  • The contradiction (64:6-7).
  • The petition repeated (64:8-12).
  • God's continuing revelation (65:1).
  • Israel's problem (65:2-7).
  • A remnant of the faithful (65:8-11).
  • God's promises remain (65:12-16).
  • [New heaven and new earth] (65:17-25).
  • A final diatribe against ritualism (66:1-6).
  • Hope and abundance (66:7-14).
  • Judgment and hope (66:15-24).
Alec Motyer
  1. The final poem of the Anointed Conqueror (63:1-6).
  2. The remembrancer's prayer (63:7-64:12).
    1. Recollection (63:7-14).
    2. Where is the Lord's love? (63:15-16)
    3. Why does the Lord remain estranged? (63:17-19)
    4. Why has the Lord not acted? (64:1-3)
    5. Is there still hope? (64:4-5)
    6. Helplessness and hopelessness (64:6-7).
    7. The unchanged God (64:8-9)
    8. Can love still be withheld? (64:10-12)
  3. The Lord's response (65:1-16).
    1. The Lord's world-initiative (1)
    2. Provocation and penalty (2-7)
    3. Blessing for the remnant (8-10)
    4. Contrasting destinies (11-16)
  4. All things new: 1. The New Creation (17-18a)
  5. All things new: 2. The New City and its people (18b-20)
  6. All things new: 3. The New Society (21-25)
    1. Security of tenure (21-22)
    2. Prosperity in blessing (23)
    3. Peace with God, universal harmony (24-25)
  7. The House and its people: Welcome and refusal (66:1-21)
    1. Trembling at Yahweh's Word (1-2)
    2. Refusing to listen (3-4)
    3. Trembling...or else!... (5-6)
    4. Suddenly! Joy for Jerusalem! (7-14)
    5. The equally certain doom (15-17)
    6. World pilgrimage to Zion (18-21)
  8. The House and the cemetery (66:22)
Alan Harman
  1. The Day of Vengeance (63:1-6).
  2. God the Father and Redeemer (63:7-64:12).
  3. A Patient and Compassionate God (65:1-16).
  4. The New Heaven and the New Earth (65:17-25).
  5. Distinguishing True and False Worshippers (66:1-9).
  6. Zion Triumphant (66:10-24).
Derek Kidner
  1. The Solitary Avenger (63:1-6).
  2. The Crying Needs of Zion (63:7-64:12).
    1. God's former mercies (63:7-14).
    2. God's forlorn family (63:15-64:12).
  3. The Great Divide (65:1-66:24).
    1. The owned and the disowned (65:1-16).
    2. New heaven and earth (65:17-25).
    3. Worshippers, welcome and unwelcome (66:1-5).
    4. The last intervention (66:6-17).
    5. The nations gathered in (66:18-24).