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Yeshayahu Forty-Four: Idols

This chapter goes on a rant against idolatry, and the creation of idols in particular. “Those who form idols are all of them vanity, and their treasures are of no avail, and they are their witnesses; they neither see nor hear, nor do they know, so that they be ashamed (Isaiah 44:9).” Anyone who knows someone who creates idols should be embarrassed and not associate with them. 28 more words

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The New Covenant in Judaism and in Christianity

31See, a time is coming—declares the Lord—when I will make a new covenant with the House of Israel and the House of Judah.

32It will not be like the covenant I made with their fathers, when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt, a covenant which they broke, though I espoused them—declares the Lord. 1,518 more words

Yeshayahu Forty-One: Remember

“Do not fear for I am with you; be not discouraged for I am your God; I encouraged you, I also helped you, I also supported you with My righteous hand (Isaiah 41:10).” It’s easy to lose hope when God seems to remain hidden. 90 more words

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Yeshayahu Forty: Shepherd

“Like a shepherd tends his flock, with his arm he gathers lambs, and in his bosom he carries, the nursing ones he leads (Isaiah 40:11).” This verse follows a number of descriptions of God as a powerful, mighty being. 77 more words

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Yeshayahu Thirty-Eight: Hezekiah's Illness

Hezekiah becomes very sick, and Isaiah comes to tell him that he’ll be dying soon. Comforting. Hezekiah struggles to accept his fate, and reminds God of how good he had been throughout his life. 137 more words

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Yeshayahu Thirty-Six: Messengers

Woohoo! Some narrative back in the mix to give us a sense of time and place! “And it came to pass in the fourteenth year of King Hezekiah, that Sennacherib the king of Assyria came up against all the fortified cities of Judah and seized them (Isaiah 36:1).” I never thought that a verse like this would excite me, but clearly this project is leading to some changes. 58 more words

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Yeshayahu Thirty-Five: Zion

“And the redeemed of Zion shall return, and they shall come to Zion with song, with joy of days of yore shall be upon their heads; they shall achieve gladness and joy, and sadness and sighing shall flee (Isaiah 35:10).” As I’ve written before, I miss Israel a lot of the time. 123 more words

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