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Day 196 – Destruction of Israel


Thoughts and Reflection

Today we read about Isaiah and the destruction of Israel. Israel will be destroyed when the Assyrians come into the north (land of Zebulun and Naphtali). Right after Jesus is baptized by John and goes into the desert for forty days he goes into the land of Zebulun and Naphtali. Here Jesus fulfills what Isaiah prophesied. Later he will call for twelve apostles. The number twelve symbolizes the twelve tribes of Israel. In Isaiah 9:6, Isaiah talks about who will be coming to save the world — Jesus.

Lastly, Raphael explains to Tobias and Tobit that prayer must be accompanied by fasting, almsgiving, and righteousness.

About This Project

For the year 2022, I decided that my New Year’s Resolution was to read the whole Bible following the Bible in the Year plan presented by Fr. Mike Schmitz. It is a big and bold undertaking. You can follow along by subscribing. Feel free to look at previous day’s post and comment. It’s something we can all learn from together!

Daily Readings

Isaiah 9

1 The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light; on the inhabitants of a country in shadow dark as death light has blazed forth.

2 You have enlarged the nation, you have increased its joy; they rejoice before you as people rejoice at harvest time, as they exult when they are dividing the spoils.

3 For the yoke that weighed on it, the bar across its shoulders, the rod of its oppressor, these you have broken as on the day of Midian.

4 For all the footgear clanking over the ground and all the clothing rolled in blood, will be burnt, will be food for the flames.

5 For a son has been born for us, a son has been given to us, and dominion has been laid on his shoulders; and this is the name he has been given, ‘Wonder-Counsellor, Mighty-God, Eternal-Father, Prince-of-Peace’

6 to extend his dominion in boundless peace, over the throne of David and over his kingdom to make it secure and sustain it in fair judgement and integrity. From this time onwards and for ever, the jealous love of Yahweh Sabaoth will do this.

7 The Lord has launched a word at Jacob and it has fallen on Israel;

8 and the people will all soon know it, Ephraim and the inhabitants of Samaria, who say in the pride of their arrogant hearts,

9 ‘The bricks have fallen down but we shall rebuild with dressed stone; the sycamores have been felled but we shall replace them with cedars.’

10 But, against them, Yahweh has raised their foe Razon, he has whipped up their enemies,

11 Aram to the east, Philistines to the west, to devour Israel with gaping jaws. After all this, his anger is not spent. No, his hand is still raised!

12 But the people would not come back to him who struck them, they would not seek out Yahweh Sabaoth;

13 hence Yahweh has topped and tailed Israel, cutting off palm and reed in a single day.

14 (The ‘top’ is the elder and the man of rank; the ‘tail’ is the prophet teaching lies.)

15 This people’s leaders have led them astray, and those who are led by them are swallowed up.

16 Hence the Lord will no longer take delight in their young people, or pity on their orphans and widows, since all of them are godless and evil, and everything they say is madness. After all this, his anger is not spent. No, his hand is still raised!

17 Yes, wickedness has been burning like a fire, devouring bramble and thorn-bush, setting the forest thickets ablaze — up they go in billowing smoke!

18 The country has been set on fire by the fury of Yahweh Sabaoth, and the people are like food for the flames. No one spares a thought for his brother.

19 They have sliced to the right and are still hungry, they have eaten to the left and are not satisfied; each devours the flesh of his own arm.

20 Manasseh devours Ephraim, Ephraim Manasseh, together they turn against Judah. After all this, his anger is not spent. No, his hand is still raised!

Isaiah 10

1 Woe to those who enact unjust decrees, who compose oppressive legislation

2 to deny justice to the weak and to cheat the humblest of my people of fair judgement, to make widows their prey and to rob the orphan.

3 What will you do on the day of punishment, when disaster comes from far away? To whom will you run for help and where will you leave your riches,

4 to avoid squatting among the captives or falling among the slain? After all this, his anger is not spent. No, his hand is still raised!

5 Woe to Assyria, rod of my anger, the club in their hands is my fury!

6 I was sending him against a godless nation, commissioning him against the people who enraged me, to pillage and plunder at will and trample on them like the mud in the streets.

7 But this was not his intention nor did his heart plan it so, for he dreamed of putting an end to them, of liquidating nations without number!

8 For he thought, ‘Are not my officers all kings?

9 Is not Calno like Carchemish, Hamath like Arpad, Samaria like Damascus?

10 As my hand has found the kingdoms of the false gods, where there were more images than in Jerusalem and Samaria,

11 as I have treated Samaria and her false gods shall I not treat Jerusalem and her statues too?’

12 When the Lord has completed all his work on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem, he will punish the fruit of the king of Assyria’s boastful heart and the insolence of his haughty looks.

13 For he thinks: ‘By the strength of my own arm I have done this and by my own wisdom: how intelligent I have been! I have abolished the frontiers between peoples, I have plundered their treasures, like a hero, I have subjugated their inhabitants.

14 My hand has found, as though a bird’s nest, the riches of the peoples. Like someone collecting deserted eggs, I have collected the whole world while no one has fluttered a wing or opened a beak to squawk.’

15 Does the axe claim more credit than the man who wields it, or the saw more strength than the man who handles it? As though a staff controlled those who raise it, or the club could raise what is not made of wood!

16 That is why Yahweh Sabaoth is going to inflict leanness on his stout men, and beneath his glory kindle a fever burning like a fire.

17 The light of Israel will become a fire and its Holy One a flame burning and devouring his thorn-bushes and brambles in a day.

18 He will consume his luxuriant forest and productive ground, he will ravage body and soul: it will be like a consumptive wasting away;

19 and what remain of the trees of his forest will be so few that a child could write their number.

20 When that day comes, the remnant of Israel and the survivors of the House of Jacob will stop relying on the man who strikes them and will truly rely on Yahweh, the Holy One of Israel.

21 A remnant will return, the remnant of Jacob, to the mighty God.

22 Israel, though your people are like the sand of the sea, only a remnant of them will return: a destruction has been decreed which willmake justice overflow,

23 for, throughout the country, the Lord Yahweh Sabaoth will enforce the destruction now decreed.

24 That is why the Lord Yahweh Sabaoth says this: My people who live in Zion, do not be afraid of Assyria! He may strike you with the rod, he may raise the club against you (on the way from Egypt),

25 but in a very short time the retribution will come to an end, and my anger will destroy them.

26 Yahweh Sabaoth will brandish a whip at him as he struck Midian at Oreb’s Rock, will brandish his rod at the Sea as he raised it on the way from Egypt.

27 When that day comes, his burden will fall from your shoulder, and his yoke from your neck, and the yoke will be destroyed . . .

28 He has reached Aiath, he has moved on to Migron, he has left his baggage train at Michmash.

29 They have passed through the defile, they have bivouacked at Geba. Ramah quaked, Gibeah of Saul has fled.

30 Cry your loudest, Bath-Gallim! Pay attention, Laish! Answer her, Anathoth!

31 Madmenah has run away, the inhabitants of Gebim have taken cover.

32 This very day, as he halts at Nob, he will shake his fist at the mountain of the daughter of Zion, the hill of Jerusalem.

33 See how the Lord Yahweh Sabaoth violently lops off the foliage! The ones standing highest are cut down, the proudest are laid low!

34 The forest thickets fall beneath the axe, and the Lebanon falls to the blows of a Mighty One.

Tobit 10

1 Every day, meanwhile, Tobit kept reckoning the days required for the journey there and the journey back. The full number went by, and still his son had not come.

2 Then he thought, ‘I hope he has not been delayed there! I hope Gabael is not dead, so that no one will give him the silver.’

3 And he began to worry.

4 His wife Anna kept saying, ‘My son is dead! He is no longer among the living!’ And she began to weep and mourn over her son. She kept saying,

5 ‘Alas! I should never have let you leave me, my child, you, the light of my eyes.’

6 And Tobit would reply, ‘Hush, my sister! Do not worry. All is well with him. Something has happened there to delay them. His companion is someone we can trust, one of our kinsmen at that. Do not lose heart, my sister.

7 He will soon be here.’ But all she would say was, ‘Leave me alone; do not try to deceive me. My child is dead.’ And every day she would go abruptly out to watch the road by which her son had left. She trusted no eyes but her own. Once the sun had set she would come home again, only to weep and moan all night, unable to sleep. After the fourteen days of feasting that Raguel had sworn to keep for his daughter’s marriage, Tobias came to him and said,’ Let me go now; my father and mother must have lost all hope of seeing me again. So I beg you father, to let me return to my father’s house; I have told you the plight he was in when I left him.’ 

8 Raguel said to Tobias, ‘Stay, my son, stay with me. I shall send messengers to your father Tobit to give him news of you.’

9 But Tobias pressed him, ‘No, I beg you to let me go back to my father’s house.’

10 Without more ado, Raguel committed Sarah his bride into his keeping. He gave Tobias half his wealth, slaves, men and women, oxen and sheep, donkeys and camels, clothes and money and household things.

11 And so he let them leave happily. To Tobias he said these parting words, ‘Good health, my son, and a happy journey! May the Lord of heaven be gracious to you and to your wife Sarah! I hope to see your children before I die.’

12 To his daughter Sarah he said, ‘Go now to your father-in-law’s house, since henceforward they are as much your parents as those who gave you life. Go in peace, my daughter, I hope to hear nothing but good of you, as long as I live.’ He said goodbye to them and let them go. Edna in her turn said to Tobias, ‘Dear son and brother, may it please the Lord to bring you back again! I hope to live long enough to see the children of you and my daughter Sarah before I die. In the sight of the Lord I give my daughter into your keeping. Never make her unhappy as long as you live. Go in peace, my son. Henceforward I am your mother and Sarah is your sister. May we all live happily for the rest of our lives!’ And she kissed them both and saw them set out happily.

13 Tobias left Raguel’s house with his mind at ease. In his gladness he blessed the Lord of heaven and earth, the King of all that is, for the happy issue of his travels. He gave this blessing to Raguel and his wife Edna, ‘May it be my happiness to honour you for the rest of my life!’

Tobit 11

1 They were nearly at Kaserin, opposite Nineveh,

2 when Raphael said, ‘You know the plight in which we left your father;

3 let us go on ahead of your wife and prepare the house ourselves while she travels behind with the others.’

4 They went on together (Raphael warned Tobias to take the gall with him) and the dog followed them.

5 Anna was sitting, watching the road by which her son would come.

6 She was sure at once it must be he and said to the father, ‘Here comes your son, with his companion.’

7 Raphael said to Tobias before he reached his father, ‘I give you my word that your father’s eyes will open.

8 You must put the fish’s gall to his eyes; the medicine will smart and will draw a filmy white skin off his eyes. And your father will no more be blind but will be able to see the light.’

9 The mother ran forward and threw her arms round her son’s neck. ‘Now I can die,’ she said, ‘I have seen you again.’ And she wept.

10 Tobit rose to his feet and stumbled across the courtyard through the door. Tobias came on towards him

11 (he had the fish’s gall in his hand). He blew into his eyes and said, steadying him, ‘Take courage, father!’ With this he applied the medicine, left it there a while,

12 then with both hands peeled away a filmy skin from the corners of his eyes.

13 Then his father fell on his neck

14 and wept. He exclaimed, ‘I can see you, my son, the light of my eyes!’ And he said: Blessed be God! Blessed be his great name! Blessed be all his holy angels! Blessed be his great name for evermore!

15 For, having afflicted me, he has had pity on me and now I see my son Tobias! Tobias went indoors, joyfully blessing God at the top of his voice. Then he told his father everything; how his journey had been successful and he had brought the silver back; how he had married Sarah the daughter of Raguel; how she was following him now, close behind, and could not be far from the gates of Nineveh.

16 Tobit set off to the gates of Nineveh to meet his daughter-in-law, giving joyful praise to God as he went. When the people of Nineveh saw him walking without a guide and stepping forward as briskly as of old, they were astonished.

17 Tobit described to them how God had taken pity on him and had opened his eyes. Then Tobit met Sarah the bride of his son Tobias, and blessed her in these words. ‘Welcome, daughter! Blessed be your God for sending you to us, my daughter. Blessings on your father, blessings on my son Tobias, blessings on yourself, my daughter. Welcome now to your won house in joyfulness an din blessedness. Come in, my daughter.’ That day brought joy to the Jews of Nineveh,

18 and his cousins Ahikar and Nadab came to share in Tobit’s happiness.

Tobit 12

1 When the wedding feast was over, Tobit called his son Tobias and said, ‘My son, you ought to think about paying the amount due to your fellow traveller; give him more than the figure agreed on.’

2 ‘Father,’ he replied, ‘how much am I to give him for his help? Even if I give him half the goods he brought back with me, I shall not be the loser.

3 He has brought me back safe and sound, he has cured my wife, he has brought the money back too, and now he has cured you as well. How much am I to give him for all this?’

4 Tobit said, ‘He has richly earned half what he brought back’.

5 So Tobias called his companion and said, ‘Take half of what you brought back, in payment for all you have done, and go in peace.’

6 Then Raphael took them both aside and said, ‘Bless God, utter his praise before all the living for the favour he has shown you. Bless and extol his name. Proclaim before all people the deeds of God as they deserve, and never tire of giving him thanks.

7 It is right to keep the secret of a king, yet right to reveal and publish the works of God as they deserve. Do what is good, and no evilcan befall you.

8 ‘Prayer with fasting and alms with uprightness are better than riches with iniquity. Better to practise almsgiving than to hoard up gold.

9 Almsgiving saves from death and purges every kind of sin. Those who give alms have their fill of days;

10 those who commit sin and do evil bring harm on themselves.

11 ‘I am going to tell you the whole truth, hiding nothing from you. I have already told you that it is right to keep the secret of a king, yet right too to reveal in a worthy way the words of God.

12 So you must know that when you and Sarah were at prayer, it was I who offered your supplications before the glory of the Lord and who read them; so too when you were burying the dead.

13 When you did not hesitate to get up and leave the table to go and bury a dead man, I was sent to test your faith,

14 and at the same time God sent me to heal you and your daughter-in-law Sarah.

15 I am Raphael, one of the seven angels who stand ever ready to enter the presence of the glory of the Lord.’

16 They were both overwhelmed with awe; they fell on their faces in terror.

17 But the angel said, ‘Do not be afraid; peace be with you. Bless God for ever.

18 As far as I was concerned, when I was with you, my presence was not by any decision of mine, but by the will of God; he is the one whom you must bless as long as you live, he the one that you must praise.

19 You thought you saw me eating, but that was appearance and no more.

20 Now bless the Lord on earth and give thanks to God. I am about to return to him who sent me from above. Write down all that has happened.’ And he rose in the air.

21 When they stood up again, he was no longer visible. They praised God with hymns; they thanked him for having performed such wonders; had not an angel of God appeared to them?

Proverbs 10:9-12

9 Anyone whose ways are honourable walks secure, but whoever follows crooked ways is soon unmasked.

10 A wink of the eye brings trouble, a bold rebuke brings peace.

11 The mouth of the upright is a life-giving fountain, but the mouth of the godless is a cover for violence.

12 Hatred provokes disputes, but love excuses all offences.


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