Day 255 of the Holy Bible One Year CHALLENGE. Isaiah prophesies about the "Do-Nothing Dragon" of Egypt. 2 Corinthians: Paul's love for the Believers in Corinth

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Isaiah 29

Isaiah 30:1-18

2 Corinthians 12:11-21

Psalm 107:1-9

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Isaiah 29

God Punishes Jerusalem

“Look at Ariel, the city where David settled. You continue to have your festivals, year after year.

2 But I will punish you, Jerusalem.

The city will be filled with sadness and crying.

I will use it like an altar.

3 I will put armies all around you,

and I will raise war towers against you.

4 You will find yourself speaking from the ground.

Your voice will come from deep in the earth

like the voice of a ghost from under the ground,

rising like a whisper from the dust.

5 “But then your enemies will be blown away like dust.

Those cruel men will be like chaff blowing in the wind.

It will happen suddenly, in the blink of an eye.

6 I, the LORD All-Powerful, will come to

your rescue

with earthquakes, thunder and loud noises,

with storms, winds, and fire that destroys.

7 And all those nations fighting against Jerusalem

will fade away like a nightmare.

The armies that surround and attack the city

will vanish like a dream at the end of the night.

8 They will be disappointed like a hungry

man dreaming about food.

When he wakes up, he is still hungry.

They will be like a thirsty man dreaming about water.

When he wakes up, he is still thirsty.

So it is for those nations fighting against Zion.

The victory they dream of will never happen.”

9 People of Jerusalem, you will be sur-

prised and amazed!

You are completely blind to the truth.

So now you are drunk, but not from wine.

Now you stumble, but not from beer.

10 The LORD has put you to sleep. He has closed your eyes to the truth,

and he has blindfolded your prophets and leaders.

11 To you my words are like the words in a book that is closed and sealed.* You can give the book to someone who can read and tell that person to read it. But that person will say, “I cannot read the book. It is closed and I cannot open it.” 12 Or you can give the book to someone who cannot read and tell that person to read it. That person will say, “I cannot read the book because I don’t know how to read.” 13 The Lord says: “These people come to honour me with words, but I am not really important to them. The worship they give me is nothing but human rules they have memorized. 14 So I will continue to amaze them by doing powerful and amazing things. Their wise men will lose their wisdom. Even the most intelligent among them will not be able to understand.”

15 Look at them!

They try to hide things from the LORD. They think he will not understand.

They do their evil things in darkness. They tell themselves: “No one can see us. No one will know who we are.”

16 You turn things upside down.

You think the clay is equal to the potter.

You think that something that is made can tell the one who made it,

“You did not make me!”

This is like a pot telling its maker, “You know nothing.”

A Better Time Is Coming

17 After a very short time, Lebanon will become rich farmland,

and the farmland will be like thick forests.

18 The deaf will hear the words read

from a book, and the blind will see through the dark- ness and fog.

19 The LORD will make the poor people happy;

they will rejoice in the Holy One of Israel.

20 The people who are cruel will come to an end.

Those who show no respect for God will disappear,

and those who enjoy doing evil will be gone.

21 They lie about good people.

They try to trap people in court and destroy innocent people.

22 So the LORD, who made Abraham

free,

speaks to Jacob’s people:

“Now the people of Jacob will not feel ashamed.

Their faces will no longer look embarrassed.

23 Yes, when they see all their children, the children I myself have made for them,

they will honor my name as holy. They will honor the Holy One of

Jacob,

and they will respect the God of Israel.

24 Many of these people did not understand,

so they did what was wrong. They complained,

but now they will learn their lesson.”

Isaiah 30:1-18

Israel Should Trust in God, Not Egypt

The LORD said:

“Look at these children.

They don’t obey me. They make plans,

but they don’t ask me to help them.

They make agreements with other nations,

but my Spirit does not want those agreements.

These people are adding more and more sins

to the ones they have already done.

2 They are going down to Egypt for help, but they did not ask me if that was the

right thing to do.

They hope they will be saved by Pharaoh.

They want Egypt to protect them.

3 But I tell you, hiding in Egypt will not help you.

Pharaoh will not be able to protect you.

4 Your leaders have gone to Zoan,

and your representatives have gone to Hanes.

5 But they will be disappointed.

They are depending on a nation that can- not help them.

Egypt is useless—it will not help.

Egypt will bring nothing but shame and embarrassment.”

God’s Message to Judah

6 This is a message‡ about the Negev animals:¶

This desert is a dangerous place full of trouble.

There are lions, adders,§ and deadly snakes.

People travel through there with their wealth loaded onto donkeys.

They carry treasures on the backs of camels to pay a nation that cannot help them.

7 Yes, Egypt’s help is worth nothing!

So I call Egypt the “Do-Nothing Dragon”.

8 Now write this on a sign so that every- one can see it,

and write this in a book.

Write these things for a future time. This will be far, far in the future:‡‡

9 These people are like children who refuse to obey.

They lie and refuse to listen to the LORD’s teachings.

10 They tell the prophets, “Don’t see dreams* about things we should do.

Don’t tell us the truth.

Say nice things to us and make us feel good.

See only good things for us.

11 Stop telling us what God has told you. Get out of our way.

We are tired of hearing

about the Holy One of Israel.”

Judah’s Help Comes Only From God

12 So the Holy One of Israel says:

“You people have refused to accept my message.

You depend on fighting and lies to help you.

13 You are guilty of these things.

So you are like a tall wall with cracks in it.

That wall will fall and break into small pieces.

14 You will be like a large clay jar that breaks

into many small, useless pieces.

You cannot use them to get a hot coal from the fire

or to get water from a pool in the ground.”

15 The Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel, says:

“If you come back to me you will be saved.

Only by remaining calm and trusting in me can you be strong.

But you don’t want to do that.

16 You say, ‘No, we need fast horses for battle.’

That is true—you will need fast horses, but only to run away

because your enemy will be faster than your horses.

17 One enemy soldier will make threats, and a thousand of your men will run away.

And when five of them make threats, all of you will run away.

The only thing that will be left of your army

will be a flagpole on a hill.”

God Will Help His People

18 So the LORD is waiting to show his mercy to you. He wants to rise and comfort you. The LORD is the God who does the right thing, so he will bless everyone who waits for his help.

2 Corinthians 12:11-21

Christ’s power can stay in me. 10 Yes, I am glad to have weaknesses if they are for Christ. I am glad to be insulted and have hard times. I am glad when I am persecuted and have problems, because it is when I am weak that I am really strong.

Paul’s Love for the Believers in Corinth

11 I have been talking like a fool, but you made me do it. You people are the ones who should say good things about me. I am worth nothing, but those “super apostles” are not worth any more than I am! 12 When I was with you, I patiently did the things that prove I am an apostle—signs, wonders and miracles. 13 So you received everything that the other churches have received. Only one thing was different: I was not a burden to you. Forgive me for this!

14 I am now ready to visit you for the third time, and I will not be a burden to you. I don’t want any of the things you own. I only want you. Children should not have to save up to give to their parents. Parents should save to give to their children. 15 So I am happy to give everything I have for you. I will even give my- self for you. If I love you more, will you love me less?

16 It is clear that I was not a burden to you, but maybe you think that I used lies to trick you and get you on my side. 17 Did I cheat you by using any of the men I sent to you? You know I didn’t. 18 I asked Titus to go to you, and I sent our brother with him. Titus did not cheat you, did he? No! So you should agree that my actions and attitude were the same as his.

19 We have not been telling you all this just to defend ourselves. Maybe that is what you have been thinking all this time. No, we say these things as ser- vants of Christ, knowing that we must answer to God. Everything we do, dear friends, is to make you stronger. 20 I tell you these things because I am afraid that when I come, you will not be what I want you to be. And I am afraid that I will not be what you want me to be. I am afraid that I will find arguing, jealousy, anger, selfish fighting, evil talk, gossip, pride and confusion there. 21 I am afraid that when I come to you again, my God will make me humble before you. I may have to cry over the loss of some who sinned before. Many of them have still not changed their hearts to be sorry for their evil lives, their sexual sins and the shameful things they have done.

Psalm 107:1-9

(Psalms 107 – 150)

Thank the LORD, because he is good!

His faithful love will continue forever!

2 Everyone the LORD has saved should repeat that word of thanks.

Praise him, all who have been rescued from the enemy.

3 He gathered his people together from

many different countries.

He brought them from east and west, north and south.*

4 Some of them wandered in the dry desert.

They were looking for a place to live, but they could not find a city.

5 They were hungry and thirsty

and growing weak.

6 Then they called to the LORD for help, and he saved them from their troubles. 7 He led them on a road that led straight to the city where they would live.

8 Thank the LORD for his faithful love

and for the amazing things he does for people.

9 He satisfies those who are thirsty

and fills those who are hungry with good things.