Isaiah 57:15 can be seen as the key to the message of the whole Bible.
For this is what the high and lofty One says — he who lives forever, whose name is holy: “I live in a high and holy place, but also with him who is contrite and lowly in spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite. Isaiah 57:15
The question we raised last time (see: “In a Nutshell”) was why? Why would the God of the universe, the One Who “lives forever,” Who exists beyond all time and space “in a high and holy place,” also live “with him who is contrite and lowly”? Set aside the “who” question – what is it about the contrite and lowly – and focus on the “why?” question. The idea seems preposterous, that Almighty God would somehow choose to inhabit humans. Remember the vast size and scope of His Creation, and what a tiny speck our whole solar system is in that universe? Even our Milky Way Galaxy, at a mere 100,000 light years wide, is only a tiny speck in space.
Why would God care about a certain life form on earth, much less arrange to live in us? King David asked that question, roughly 3000 years ago:
When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him? Psalm 8:3-4
The answer to the “why?” question is given in Isaiah above . It is ” to revive the spirit … and to revive the heart …” God does it to revive us. The original word translated, revive, means “to bring something back to life!” It means to take something that is dead and make it alive.
Chew on this: If God lives with someone to bring him or her back to life, it follows that this person must be dead. But she or he is also “lowly and contrite,” attributes that cannot belong to the dead. Dead guys don’t have character traits. So then, in what sense are they (are we) dead? Stay tuned…