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08/01/2018 — Isaiah Chapters 64-66

Isaiah 65:17-18 17 “See, I will create     new heavens and a new earth. The former things will not be remembered,     nor will they come to mind. 18 But be glad and rejoice forever     in what I will create, for I will create Jerusalem to be a delight     and its people a joy I begin with these verses

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07/31/2018 — Isaiah Chapters 59 – 63

Isaiah 59:15-20 is certainly a fitting brief description of the Lord’s Plan of Salvation for all nations.  15  Truth is nowhere to be found and whoever shuns evil becomes a prey. The Lord looked and was displeased that there was no justice.  16 He saw that there was no one,     he was appalled that there was

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07/30/2018 — Isaiah Chapters 54-58

As I read Chapter 58 based on Jesus’s teachings I could almost hear Him using these verses to address the “Leaders of the Jews.”   Can’t you envision Him saying something like “You have hard it said that is good to fast.  Yet, I tell you:” Isaiah 58:3  “Yet on the day of your fasting, you

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07/29/2018 — Isaiah Chapter 49-53

Are not Chapters 52 and 53 exalted in their reference to the coming Messiah, especial when we remember that they were penned 700-800 years before the coming of Jesus? I had written a note in the margin of my Bible from a sermon (probably preached by Artie.)  My notes states that in Chapters 52 and

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07/28/2018 — 2 Kings Chapter 19; & Psalms 46, 80, 135

We read of the details of the salvation of Jerusalem and destruction of Sennacherib in Isaiah 37.  So, isn’t it marvelous that the developer of our reading program follows with Psalm 46?  Several commentators record that this Psalm was written shortly after the salvation of Jerusalem as the opening stanza seems to reference: 1 God is

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07/27/2018 — Isaiah Chapters 44-48

As we read through these chapters I saw an overall theme — the Lord describing the worthlessness of idols and the Lord describing who He is. The worthlessness of idols is so logically (and inspiringly) presented in Chapter 44:12-20 as to be undeniable.  The blacksmith forges an idol but remains hungry, looses his strength and

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07/26/2018 — Isaiah Chapters 40-43

As you read through these chapters I am sure that you could see the numerous references Isaiah makes to the signs of the coming Messiah.   But I was not fully aware of how many times these prophecies of Isaiah are referenced in the New Testament.   For example Isaiah 40:3-5 is referenced in each of the

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07/24/2018 — Isaiah Chapters 35 – 36

Chapter 35 continues the prophecy of the day of Judgement.  But now we read Isaiah’s inspired words of the “Joy of the Redeemed.”   And there is nothing I can add to the glory of the vision Isaiah provides in Isaiah 35:5-10.  All we need to do is just read, shut our eyes, and reflect …

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07/23/2018 — Isaiah Chapters 31-34

In yesterday’s reading we saw Isaiah prophesy “woes” on  — Ephraim, Ariel (Jerusalem) & the “Obstinate Nation” ( Israel.)  The “woes” continue with today’s reading and include “those who rely on Egypt and the “destroyer” (most likely Assyria.)  Then, in Chapter 34 we see the prophecy against “all nations.”  While the nation of Edom is

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07/22/2018 — Isaiah Chapters 28-30

As we read of the destruction of Israel and Judah are you like me and continue to see plainly stated in Scripture from the various prophets the continued reality of hope for us all?  From Isaiah 28:5 5 In that day the Lord Almighty     will be a glorious crown, a beautiful wreath     for the remnant of

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7/21/2019 — Hosea Chapters 8 – 14

As I read through the graphic details that describe the fall of the northern kingdom (Israel) a very short but beautiful passage of God’s love caught my eye.  From Hosea 11:3 It was I who taught Ephraim to walk,     taking them by the arms; but they did not realize     it was I who healed them.

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07/20/2018 — Hosea Chapters 1-7

A bit of background — Hosea is the first of the so-called Minor Prophets. Interestingly, these twelve prophets are comprised in one single book in the Hebrew Bible and are called “the Twelve.”  Except for the name of his father,Beeri, we do not know anything about the background of this prophet. Hosea worked in the

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07/19/2018 — 2 Kings 18; 2 Chronicles 29-31; Psalm 48

When comparing 2 Kings and 2 Chronicles I denote an interesting point to me.  2 Kings 9-12 relates the fall of Samaria so we see the Northern Kingdom coming to ruin.  Then, in 2 Chronicles 30 we see Hezekiah, the good king of  of Judah, invite the Northern Kingdom to participate in the restoration Passover. 

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07/18/2018 — Isaiah Chapters 23-27

Chapter 23 completes the prophecy of the nations near Israel, referring to Tyre.  Then we enter a new series of Isaiah’s prophecies — those regarding the final judgement “in that day.” And as you read take note of the number of times the expression “in that day” is written throughout chapters 24-27.  Numerous commentators agreed

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07/17/2018 — Isaiah 18-22

In these chapters we see prophecies regarding Cush (present day Ethiopia,) Egypt, Babylon (again,) Edom, Arabia, and Jerusalem??. That’s right — Jerusalem, the capital of the Southern Kingdom – Judah.   I was perplexed – why is Jerusalem included in this list of “foreign” nations?  Coffman writes: This oracle appearing here against Jerusalem says that, “If

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07/16/2018 — Isaiah Chapters 13-17

Chapter 13 is the beginning of multiple chapters (chapters 13-23) in which Isaiah prophesies the fate of 12 nations surrounding Israel.  In these chapters; Babylon, Assyria, the Philistines, Moab, and Damascus (Syria.) And, as we have seen with other prophecies, these came to fruition hundreds of years after Isaiah’s prophecy. While much of the wording

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07/15/2018 — 2 Chronicles Chapter 28 & 2 Kings 16-17

Returning to the history lessons — When you read of the evil of Ahaz (worshiping Baal, sacrificing his sons in fire, shutting the doors of the Lord’s temple, etc.) can’t you envision why the nation needed prophets?  And reflect on the Lord’s grace in sending them, giving the nations’ another chance. While reading of the

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07/14/2018 — the book of Micah

As customary, a bit of background — Micah’s prophecies were directed to Judah under the kings Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah (around 750 – 700 BC.) He therefore was a contemporary of Isaiah, Hosea and Amos. We probably best know Micah best for the fulfillment of his prophecy referring to Bethlehem as the birthplace of the

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07/13/2018 — 2 Chronicles Chapter 27 & Isaiah Chapters 9-12

Wasn’t today’s reading from Isaiah outstandingly beautiful and prophetic!  So beautifully written that the words of Chapter 9:6-7 were incorporated directly into one of the most glorious works of music ever written, Handel’s “Messiah.”  And the prophecy continues in Chapter 11. In keeping with a theme we have seen in several other prophecies I focus

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