Week 29   Day 2

 

The books of the Bible

            are not in

            chronological order 

The prophets for whom

            the remaining books

            of the Old Testament

            are named

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.

 

 

God initiates

            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 SIN
God 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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