Day 245 of the Holy Bible One Year CHALLENGE. Introduction to the Book of the Prophet, Isaiah. 2 Corinthians 5: Now is the time for salvation
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2 Corinthians 5:11-21
2 Corinthians 6:1-2
Psalm 105: 1-11
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Rebuilding Judah (56:1 – 66:24)
This is the vision Isaiah son of Amoz saw about what would happen to Ju-
dah and Jerusalem. Isaiah saw this dur- ing the time when Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah were kings of Judah.
God’s Case Against Israel
2 Heaven and earth, listen! This is what the LORD says:
“I raised my children and helped them grow up,
but they have turned against me.
3 A bull knows its master,
and a donkey knows where its owner feeds it.
But Israel does not know me; my people do not understand.”
4 You are hopeless, you sinful nation!
Your guilt is like a heavy weight that you must carry.
You are evil, destructive children*
who left the LORD and insulted the Holy One of Israel.
You turned away and treated him like a stranger.
5 What good will it do to keep punishing
You will continue to rebel.
Your whole head and heart are already sick and aching.†
6 From the bottom of your feet to the top of your head,
every part of your body has wounds, cuts and open sores.
You have not taken care of them.
Your wounds have not been cleaned and bandaged.
7 Your land is in ruins,
and your cities are in flames.
Your enemies have taken your land,
and foreigners are taking what it produces.
It looks like some foreigners destroyed it.
8 The city of Jerusalem‡ is now left all
like a shelter out in a vineyard
or like an old hut in a field of melons. It is a city under attack.
9 “If the LORD All-Powerful
had not allowed a few people to live, we would have been destroyed
like the wicked cities of Sodom and Go- morrah.”¶
10 You officers of Sodom, listen to the LORD.
You people of Gomorrah,§ listen to God’s
*1:4 You … children Or “You are destructive children of evil parents.”
†1:5 Your whole … aching Or “Every head and heart is already sick and aching.”
‡1:8 city of Jerusalem Literally, “Daughter Zion”. See Zion in the Word List.
¶1:9 These words are probably what the people of Jerusalem said.
§1:10 officers of Sodom … Gomorrah Here, this refers to leaders and people from Judah.
11 The LORD says:
“Why do you offer me all these sacrifices?
I have had enough of your offerings of rams
and the fat from well-fed cattle.
The blood of the bulls, sheep and goats you bring
gives me no pleasure at all.
12 When you people come to meet with me,
you trample everything in my courtyard. Who told you to do this?
13 Stop bringing me these worthless
The incense you offer is disgusting to me.
I cannot stand your festivals for the New Moon,
the Sabbath and other special meeting days.
I hate the evil you do
during these holy times together.
14 I hate your monthly meetings and councils.
They have become like heavy weights to me,
and I am tired of carrying them.
15 When you raise your arms to pray to me,
I will refuse to look at you.
You will say more and more prayers, but I will refuse to listen
because your hands are covered with blood.
16 Wash yourselves and make yourselves
Get rid of the evil I see you doing. Stop doing wrong,
17 and learn to do good.
Work for justice.
Help those who suffer under the control of others.
Speak up for the widows and orphans. Argue for their rights.
18 I, the LORD, am the one speaking to you.
Come, let’s discuss this.
Even if your sins are as dark as red dye, that stain can be removed,
and you will be as pure as wool that is as white as snow.
19 If you listen to what I say,
you will get the good things from this land.
20 But if you refuse to listen and rebel
your enemies will destroy you.” The LORD himself said this.
21 Look at Jerusalem. She was a faithful city.
What made her become like a prostitute?
In the past Jerusalem was filled with justice,
and goodness should live there now. Instead, there are murderers.
22 You were once like pure silver,
but now you are like the useless part left behind.
You are like good wine
that has been made weak with water.
23 Your rulers are rebels and friends of thieves.
They demand bribes
and accept money for doing wrong. They take money to cheat people,
and they don’t speak up for widows and orphans.
They will not even listen to their cries for help.
24 Because of this, the Lord GOD All-
the Mighty One of Israel, says:
“Look, I will get relief from my enemies. You will not cause me any more trouble. 25 In the same way, people use lye to
I will clean away all your wrongs.
I will remove all the impurities from you.
26 I will bring back the kind of judges you had in the beginning.
Your counsellors will be like those you had long ago.
Then you will be called
‘The Good and Faithful City’.”
27 God is good and does what is right, so he will rescue Zion
and the people who come back to him.
28 But all the criminals and sinners will be destroyed.
Those who stop following the LORD will be removed.
29 In the future you will be ashamed of
the oak trees
and special gardens* you chose to worship.
30 You will be like an oak tree whose
leaves are dying,
like a garden dying without water.
31 Powerful people will be like small, dry pieces of wood,
and what they did will be like the sparks that start a fire.
These people and their works will both burn up,
and no one will be able to put out that fire.
God’s Message to
Then God will teach us his way of living, and we will follow him.”
His teaching will begin in Jerusalem.
It will go out from Mount Zion to all the world.
4 Then God will settle arguments be-
He will decide what is right for people of many lands.
They will stop using their weapons for war.
They will hammer their swords into ploughs
and make their spears into tools for harvesting.
All fighting between nations will end. They will never again train for war.
5 Come, descendants of Jacob,
let us follow the way the LORD has shown us.
The Lord Has Left His Sinful People
6 O LORD, you have left your people, the descendants of Jacob,
because they are following evil ideas they learned from people in the East.
They try to tell the future like the Philistines.
They have accepted the wrong ideas of
Judah and Jerusalem
2 Isaiah son of Amoz saw this message
7 Your people’s land is filled with silver and gold,
about Judah and Jerusalem:
2 In the future, the mountain of the LORD’s Temple
will be the highest of all mountains. It will be raised higher than the hills.
There will be a steady stream of people from all nations going there.
3 People from many places will go there
“Come, let’s go up to the mountain of the LORD,
to the Temple of the God of Jacob.
with all kinds of treasures. Their land is filled with horses and too many chariots to count. 8 Their land is full of idols.
The people worship things they made with their own hands.
9 They are bowing down on the ground.
They are as low as their idols. God, do not forgive them!
A Time of Judgement Is Coming
10 Find a place behind the rocks
*1:29 special gardens Gardens where people worshipped false gods.
to hide from the LORD’s anger!
Or dig a hole in the ground
to hide from his glorious power!
11 Proud people will stop being proud.
They will bow down to the ground with shame,
and only the LORD will still stand high. 12 The LORD All-Powerful has set a day to punish the proud and boastful people. He will bring them down.
13 They may be as tall as the cedar trees of Lebanon
or the great oak trees of Bashan, but the LORD will cut them down.
14 They may be as tall as the mountains
or as high as the hills,
but he will bring them down.
15 They may be as tall as the city’s towers or as strong as its high walls,
but he will pull them down.
16 They may be as fast as the ships from Tarshish
and carry as much treasure, but he will destroy them all.
17 On that day the proud people will fall.
They will bow low to the ground,
and only the LORD will stand high.
18 The idols will all be gone.
19 When the LORD rises up to terrify the earth,
people will crawl into holes in the ground
or find caves in the rocks to hide in. The LORD’s coming will terrify them. They will run from his great glory.
20 At that time people will throw away
they made from silver and gold.
They will take those statues they made to worship
and throw them away into caves where the rats and bats live.
21 They will go down into cracks in the
rocks and boulders.
The LORD’s coming will terrify them, and they will run from his great glory,
when he rises up to terrify the earth.
22 Stop trusting other people to save you. Do not think too highly of them;
2 Corinthians 5:11-21
Helping People Become God’s Friends
11 We know what it means to fear the Lord, so we try to help people accept the truth. God knows what we really are, and I hope that in your hearts you know us too. 12 We are not trying to prove ourselves to you again. But we are giv- ing you reasons to be proud of us. Then you will have an answer for those who are proud about what can be seen. They don’t care about what is in a person’s heart. 13 If we are crazy, it is for God. If we are in our right mind, it is for you. 14 The love of Christ controls us, because we know that one person died for every- one. So all have died. 15 He died for all so that those who live would not continue to live for themselves. He died for them and was raised from death so that they would live for him.
16 From this time on we don’t think of anyone as the world thinks of peo- ple. It is true that in the past we thought of Christ as the world thinks. But we don’t think that way now. 17 When any- one is in Christ, it is a whole new world.* The old things are gone; suddenly, ev- erything is new! 18 All this is from God. Through Christ, God made peace be- tween himself and us. And God gave us the work of bringing people into peace with him. 19 What we are saying is that through Christ, God was making peace between himself and the people of the world. He was offering forgiveness to ev- eryone for the wrongs they had done against him. And he gave us this message of peace to tell people. 20 So we have been sent to speak for Christ. It is like
God is calling to people through us. We speak for Christ when we beg you to be at peace with God. 21 Christ had no sin, but God made him become sin† for us so that through Christ we could be right with God.
2 Corinthians 6:1-2
Psalm 105: 1-11
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