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Isaiah 25:1-28:13 ~ Galatians 3:10-22 ~ Psalm 61:1-8 ~ Proverbs 23:17-18
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Old Testament – We have great readings in Isaiah today about the judgment and restoration of Israel!
Below is a great image for Isaiah 26:9 from today’s readings –
I think Isaiah chapter 27 verses 11 through 13 capture the essence of today’s readings: “The people are like the dead branches of a tree, broken off and used for kindling beneath the cooking pots. Israel is a foolish and stupid nation, for its people have turned away from God. Therefore, the one who made them will show them no pity or mercy. Yet the time will come when the LORD will gather them together one by one like handpicked grain. He will bring them to his great threshing floor–from the Euphrates River in the east to the brook of Egypt in the west. In that day the great trumpet will sound. Many who were dying in exile in Assyria and Egypt will return to Jerusalem to worship the LORD on his holy mountain.”
New Testament – Today in Galatians chapter 3 verses 10 and 11 we read: “All who rely on observing the law are under a curse, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who does not continue to do everything written in the Book of the Law.” Clearly no one is justified before God by the law, because, “The righteous will live by faith.””
Bible.org’s fantastic commentary on today’s readings in Galatians titled “What the Law Cannot Do” is at this link.
Below is a powerful image for Galatians 3:13 from today’s readings –
Psalms – Today we read Psalm 61, which has some powerful verses for us to meditate upon when the storms of life come crashing down upon us. This Psalm reminds us of who is indeed our true Rock – our true Refuge. Verses 1 through 5 are so powerful to meditate upon when you are going through a storm in your life –
“Hear my cry, O God;
listen to my prayer.
From the ends of the earth I call to you,
I call as my heart grows faint;
lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
For you have been my refuge,
a strong tower against the foe.
I long to dwell in your tent forever
and take refuge in the shelter of your wings.
For you have heard my vows, O God;
you have given me the heritage of those who fear your name.”
Proverbs – Proverbs 23 verses 17 & 18 are so applicable to our modern day: “Don’t envy sinners, but always continue to fear the LORD. For surely you have a future ahead of you; your hope will not be disappointed.”
Please join us in memorizing and meditating on a verse of Scripture today: “But the Scripture declares that the whole world is a prisoner of sin, so that what was promised, being given through faith in Jesus Christ, might be given to those who believe.” Galatians 3:22 (NIV)
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