God’s Answer to the Prayer
What was God’s answer to the prophet’s prayer?
God reminded the prophet of several things.
First, He reminded the prophet of how He had called and waited for His people with open arms (65:1-2).
Second, He reminded the prophet of how His people had engaged in abominable religious practices (65:3-5).
Third, He reminded the prophet that He had taken note of the rebellion and that the people would be repaid for their iniquities (65:6-7).
Fourth, God announced to the prophet that He would deal graciously with His people because of the presence of a righteous remnant (65:8-10).
Fifth, God announced to the prophet that the unrighteous would be condemned (65:11-12) and not enjoy the privileges and blessings of the righteous (65:13-16).
Sixth, God revealed to the prophet something of the glorious destiny awaiting His people (65:17-25). That glorious destiny includes the creation of a new heaven and earth (65:17), the elimination of sorrow (65:18-19), the promise of long lives (65:20), the enjoyment of the fruit of one’s labor (65:21-23), the promise of answered prayers (65:24), and harmony on the earth (65:25).