Day 249 | Isaiah prophesies the coming Messiah and the Fall of Babylon | 2 Corinthians 8: Support for Titus
Day 249 of the Holy Bible One Year CHALLENGE. Isaiah prophesies the coming Messiah and the Fall of Babylon. 2 Corinthians 8: Support for Titus
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2 Corinthians 8:16-24
2 Corinthians 9:1-5
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20 Then the people from Jacob’s family who are left living in Israel will stop depending on the one who beat them. They will learn to depend on the LORD, the Holy One of Israel. 21 Those who are left in Jacob’s family will again follow the Powerful God.
22 Israel, your people are as many as the grains of sand by the sea, but only a few of them will be left to come back to God. But before that happens, your country will be destroyed. God has announced that he will destroy the land. And then justice will come into the land like a river flowing full. 23 The Lord GOD All-Powerful really will destroy this land.
24 The Lord GOD All-Powerful says:
My people living in Zion, don’t be afraid of the Assyrians! Yes, for a while they will beat you with sticks and clubs, just as the Egyptians did. 25 But before long, my anger will turn from you to them. And I will begin to destroy them.
26 Then the LORD All-Powerful will beat the Assyrians with a whip, just as they defeated Midian at Raven Rock.† He will punish his enemies, as he did when he raised his stick over the sea‡ and led his people from Egypt.
27 He will take away the troubles Assyria brought you,
troubles that are like heavy weights carried with a yoke on your neck.
But that yoke will be taken off your neck.
The burden will be lifted from your shoulders.
The Army of Assyria Invades Israel
28 The army of Assyria will enter near Aiath.
They will walk through Migron.
They will keep their food in Micmash.
29 The army will cross over the mountains
and sleep at Geba.
Ramah will be afraid,
and the people at Gibeah of Saul will run away.
30 Cry out, Bath Gallim!
Anathoth, answer me!
31 The people of Madmenah are running away.
The people of Gebim are hiding.
32 This day the army will stop at Nob
and prepare to fight against Mount Zion, the hill of Jerusalem.
33 Look, the Lord GOD All-Powerful will
use his great power
and chop down that great tree of Assyria.
Their highest officials will be brought down.
Their most important leaders will be humbled.
34 God will cut down his enemies.
Like the tall trees of Lebanon he will cut them down with an axe.
The King of Peace Is Coming
A small tree will begin to grow from the stump of Jesse.
That branch will grow from Jesse’s roots.
2 The LORD’s Spirit will always be with that new king
to give him wisdom, understanding, guidance and power.
The Spirit will help him know and respect the LORD.
3 This king will find joy in obeying the LORD.
He will not judge people by the way things look
or make a decision by listening to rumors.
4–5 He will judge the poor fairly and honestly.
He will be fair when he decides what to do for the poor of the land.
If he decides people should be beaten, he will give the command,
and they will be beaten.
If he decides people must die, he will give the command,
and those evil people will be killed.
Goodness and fairness will be like a belt he wears around his waist.
6 Then wolves will live at peace with lambs,
and leopards will lie down with young goats.
An ox and a lion will eat together,
and a little child will be able to lead them.
7 Bears and cattle will graze in the same field,
and their young will lie down together in peace.
Lions will eat hay like cattle.
8 Even snakes will not harm people.
Babies will be able to play near a cobra’s hole
and reach into the nest of a poisonous snake.
9 People will stop hurting each other.
People on my holy mountain will not want to destroy things
because they will know the LORD.
The world will be full of knowledge about him,
like the sea is full of water.
10 At that time there will be someone special from Jesse’s family. He will be like a flag that all the nations gather around. The nations will come to him and ask him what they should do. And the place where he is will be filled with glory.
11 At that time the Lord will again
reach out and gather his people who are left in countries like Assyria, North Egypt, South Egypt, Ethiopia, Elam, Babylonia, Hamath and other faraway countries around the world.
12 He will gather the people of Israel and Judah
who were forced to leave their country.
They were scattered to all the faraway places on earth,
but he will raise a flag as a sign to the other nations
that he is gathering his people together again.
13 Then Ephraim will not be jealous of Judah,
and Judah will have no enemies left.
A very poisonous snake.
And Judah will not cause trouble for Ephraim.
14 But Ephraim and Judah will attack the Philistines.
These two nations will be like birds fly- ing down to catch a small animal.
Together, they will take the riches from the people in the East.
Ephraim and Judah will control Edom, Moab, and the people in Ammon.†
15 Just as the LORD divided the Red Sea near Egypt,
he will raise his arm in anger over the Euphrates River and strike it.
He will turn it into seven dried-up streams
so that people can walk on dry land without taking off their sandals.
16 Then God’s people who are left in Assyria will have a way to leave,
just like the time the people of Israel came out of Egypt.
A Song of Praise to God
4 At that time you will say: “Praise the LORD
and call out his name!
Tell everyone what he has done and how wonderful he is.
5 Sing songs of praise about the LORD,
because he has done great things.
Spread this news about God throughout the whole world.
Let all people know these things.
6 People of Zion, shout about these things!
The Holy One of Israel is with you in a powerful way.
So sing for joy!”
God’s Message to Babylon
God gave Isaiah son of Amoz this message about Babylon:
2 Raise a flag on that mountain†† where nothing grows.
Call out to the men.
Wave your arms to let them know
they should enter through the gates for
At that time you will say: “I praise you, LORD!
You have been angry with me,
3 I have separated these men from the people,
but you are not angry with me now. You showed your love to me.
2 God is the one who saves me.
I trust him and will not be afraid. The LORD GOD¶ is my strength,
the reason I sing for joy!
He is the one who saved me.”
3 You people will get your water from the spring of salvation.
Then you will be happy.
and I myself will command them.
I have gathered these proud, happy soldiers of mine
to show how angry I am.
4 Listen to that loud noise in the mountains.
It sounds like crowds of people.
People from many kingdoms are gathering together.
The LORD All-Powerful is calling his army together.
5 They are coming from a faraway land.
They are coming from beyond the horizon.
The LORD will use this army as a weapon to show his anger.
They will destroy the whole country.
6 The LORD’s day of judgment is near. So cry and be sad for yourselves.
It is time for God All-Powerful to destroy.
7 People will lose their courage.
Fear will make them weak.
8 Everyone will be afraid.
They will stare at each other with shock on their faces.
Fear will grip them
like the pains of a woman in childbirth.
God’s Judgement Against Babylon
9 Look, the LORD’s special day is coming!
It will be a terrible day. God will be very angry.
He will destroy the country
and wipe out the sinful people who live there.
10 The skies will be dark.
The sun, the moon and the stars will not shine.
11 The LORD says:
“I will cause bad things to happen to the world.
I will punish the evil people for their sin.
I will make proud people lose their pride.
I will stop the boasting of cruel people. 12 There will be only a few people left. They will be as rare as pure gold.
13 In my anger I will shake the sky,
and the earth will be moved from its place.”
That will happen on the day the LORD All-Powerful shows his anger.
14 Then the people from Babylon will run away
like wounded deer or sheep that have no shepherd.
Everyone will turn
and run back to their own country and people.
15 Anyone caught by the enemy
will be killed with a sword.
16 Their little children will be beaten to death while they watch.
Everything in their houses will be stolen, and their wives will be raped.
17 “Look, I will cause the armies of Media
to attack Babylon.
No one can stop them even with offers of gold and silver.
18 With their bows and arrows they will
kill the young men.
They will not show any kindness or mercy
even to the babies and young children.
19 Babylon is the most beautiful of all kingdoms,
and the Babylonians* are very proud of it.
But I, the Lord, will destroy Babylon like Sodom and Gomorrah.
20 No one will ever live in Babylon again.
People will stay away from there.
Not even those who move from place to place will ever set up their tents there,
and shepherds will not let their sheep rest there.
21 The only animals living there will be
wild animals from the desert.
People will not be living in their houses in Babylon.
The houses will be full of owls and large birds.
Wild goats will play in the houses. 22 Wild dogs and wolves will howl in the great and beautiful buildings. Babylon will be finished.
The end is near,
and it will not be delayed.”
2 Corinthians 8:16-24
Titus and His Companions
16 I thank God because he gave Titus the same love for you that I have. 17 Ti- tus agreed to do what we asked. In fact, he himself wanted very much to come and see you. 18 We are sending with Ti- tus the brother who is praised by all the churches. He is praised because of his service to the Good News. 19 Also, he was chosen by the churches to go with us when we take this gift. We are doing this service to bring honour† to the Lord and to show that we really want to help.
20 We are being careful so that no one will criticize us about the way we are caring for this large gift. 21 We are try- ing to do what is right. We want to do what the Lord accepts as right and also what people think is right.
22 Also, we are sending with them our brother who is always ready to help. He has proved this to us in many ways. And he wants to help even more now because he has much faith in you.
23 Now about Titus—he is my partner.
He is working together with me to help you. And about the other brothers—they are sent from the churches, and they bring honour to Christ. 24 So show these men that you really have love. Show them why we are proud of you. Then all the churches can see it.
2 Corinthians 9:1-5
Your Giving Is a Blessing
People in Achaia have been ready to give since last year. And your desire to give has made most of the people here ready to give also. 3 But I am sending these brothers to you. I don’t want our boasting about you in this to be for nothing. I want you to be ready just as I said you would be. 4 If any of those from Macedonia come with me, and they find that you are not ready, we will be ashamed. We will be ashamed that we were so sure of you. And you will be ashamed too! 5 So I thought that I should ask these brothers to go and see you before we do. They will help in getting together the generous gift you promised. Then it will be ready when we come, and it will be seen as a blessing you are giving, not as something you were forced to do.
37 He led his people out of Egypt.
They were carrying gold and silver,
and none of them stumbled or fell behind.
38 Egypt was happy to see his people go,
because they were afraid of them.
39 The Lord spread out his cloud like a blanket.
He used his tall cloud of fire to give his people light at night.
40 They asked for food, and he sent them quail.
He also gave them plenty of bread from heaven.
41 He split the rock, and water came bub-
A river began flowing in the desert!
42 The Lord remembered his holy promise
that he had made to his servant Abraham.
43 Yes, God brought his people out of
They came out rejoicing and singing their happy songs!
44 Then he gave his people the lands of
and they got what others had worked for.
45 He did this so that his people would
obey his laws
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