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Week 29 Day 2
The books of the Bible
are not in
The prophets for whom
the remaining books
of the Old Testament
lived during the times of the kings
and the exile.
God spoke to Israel as to a person
with a past, a present and a future--
chosen to belong to God
and be faithful to the covenant
yet they were disobedient
now in troubled times
alienated from God and suffering through trying conditions
but when the present time of suffering is complete
God is offering forgiveness with the promise
to blot out past sins and begin anew.
but does not force
If you want to live without me
then please stay out
of my temple
and don't expect me to hear you
when you call to me.
STAINED RED WITH SINGod does not want your worship without having your heart. Isaiah 1
1The vision of Isaiah, concerning Judah and Jerusalem in the
days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah.
2Hear, give ear, O earth! The Lord has spoken: "I have
nourished and brought up children, and they have rebelled
against Me. 3The ox knows its owner and the donkey its
master's crib; but Israel does not know."
4Alas, sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity,
A brood of evildoers, children who are corrupters!
They have forsaken the Lord, they have provoked to anger
The Holy One of Israel, they have turned away backward.
5Why again? You will revolt more and more.
The whole head is sick, and the whole heart faints.
6From the sole of the foot to the head, there is no soundness.
But wounds and bruises and putrefying sores;
They have not been bound up, or soothed with ointment.
7Your country is desolate, your cities are burned with fire;
8So the daughter of Zion is left as a booth in a vineyard,
As a hut in a garden of cucumbers, as a besieged city.
9Unless the Lord of hosts had left to us a very small remnant,
We would have become like Sodom, and like Gomorrah.
10Hear the word of the Lord, you rulers of Sodom;
Give ear to the law of our God, you people of Gomorrah:
11"To what purpose are your sacrifices," says the Lord.
"I have had enough of offerings of rams and the fat of cattle.
I do not delight in the blood of bulls, or of lambs or goats.
12When you come you trample My courts.
13Bring no more futile sacrifices; incense is an abomination to Me.
The New Moons, the Sabbaths, and the calling of assemblies--
I cannot endure iniquity and the sacred meeting,
14 I am weary of bearing them.
15You spread out your hands, I hide My eyes from you;
I will not hear your prayers. Your hands are full of blood.
16Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; put away the evil.
17Learn to do good; seek justice, rebuke the oppressor;
Defend the fatherless, plead for the widow.
18"Come now, and let us reason together," says the Lord,
"Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow;
Though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
19 If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land;
20But if you refuse and rebel, you shall be devoured by the sword." This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV
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