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Day 198 – The Day of the Lord


Thoughts and Reflection

Today we learn that the prophet Isaiah speaks about the king of Babylon. He tells how the mighty has fallen. Babylon, at that time, was the most powerful kingdom at the time. Prophets not only foretell the future, but they also speak truths from the Lord. Many prophecies have a historical and spiritual meaning.

In the book of Joel is preaching to Judah. God allows bad things to happen to call the people of Judah back to repentance. He is always seeking their attention. He wants you not only to look like a worshipper but actually worship itself. Don’t just look like you repent, actually repent. Then the Lord will restore his promises.

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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 14

1 Yahweh will have pity on Jacob, he will choose Israel once more and resettle them on their native soil. Foreigners will join them, attaching themselves to the House of Jacob.

2 Peoples will take them and escort them home, and the House of Israel will take them as slaves, men and women on Yahweh’s soil. They will enslave those who enslaved them and will master their oppressors.

3 When that day comes, and Yahweh gives you rest from your suffering and torment and the grim servitude to which you have been subjected,

4 you will recite this satire on the king of Babylon and say: ‘How did the tyrant end? How did his arrogance end?

5 Yahweh has broken the staff of the wicked, the sceptre of rulers,

6 furiously lashing peoples with continual blows, angrily hammering nations, pursuing without respite.

7 The whole world is at rest and calm, shouts of joy resounding,

8 the cypresses, the cedars of Lebanon, rejoice aloud at your fate, “Now that you have been laid low, no one comes up to fell us.”

9 ‘On your account, Sheol below is astir to greet your arrival. He has roused the ghosts to greet you, all the rulers of the world. He has made all the kings of the nations get up from their thrones.

10 They will all greet you with the words, “So, you too are now as weak as we are! You, too, have become like us.

11 Your pride has been flung down to Sheol with the music of your lyres; under you a mattress of maggots, over you a blanket of worms.

12 How did you come to fall from the heavens, Daystar, son of Dawn? How did you come to be thrown to the ground, conqueror of nations?

13 You who used to think to yourself: I shall scale the heavens; higher than the stars of God I shall set my throne. I shall sit on the Mount of Assembly far away to the north.

14 I shall climb high above the clouds, I shall rival the Most High.”

15 Now you have been flung down to Sheol, into the depths of the abyss!

16 ‘When they see you, they will scrutinise you and consider what you have become, “Is this the man who made the world tremble, who overthrew kingdoms?

17 He made the world a desert, he levelled cities and never freed his prisoners to go home.”

18 All other kings of nations, all of them, lie honourably, each in his own tomb;

19 but you have been thrown away, unburied, like a loathsome branch, covered with heaps of the slain pierced by the sword who fall on the rocks of the abyss like trampled carrion.

20 ‘You will not rejoin them in the grave, for you have brought your country to ruin and destroyed your people. The offspring of the wicked leave no name behind them.

21 Make ready to slaughter his sons for the guilt of their father! Never again must they rise to conquer the world and cover the face of the earth with their cities.

22 ‘I will rise against them, declares Yahweh Sabaoth, and deprive Babylon of name, remnant, offspring and posterity, declares Yahweh.

23 I shall turn it into the haunt of hedgehogs, a swamp. I shall sweep it with the broom of destruction, declares Yahweh Sabaoth.’

24 Yahweh Sabaoth has sworn it, ‘Yes, what I have planned will take place, what I have decided will be so:

25 ‘I shall break Assyria in my country, I shall trample on him on my mountains. Then his yoke will slip off them, his burden will slip from their shoulders.’

26 This is the decision taken in defiance of the whole world; this, the hand outstretched in defiance of all nations.

27 Once Yahweh Sabaoth has decided, who will stop him? Once he stretches out his hand, who can withdraw it?

28 In the year Ahaz died came this proclamation:

29 All Philistia, do not rejoice because the rod which used to beat you is now broken, for the serpent stock will produce a viper, its offspring will be a flying dragon.

30 While the first-born of the poor are grazing and the destitute are resting in safety, I shall make your stock die of hunger and then slaughter what remains of you.

31 Howl, gate! Shriek, city! Totter, all Philistia! For a smoke is coming from the north, and there are no deserters in those battalions.

32 What reply will be given then to the messengers of that nation? – That Yahweh founded Zion and there the poor of his people will find refuge.

Isaiah 15

1 Proclamation about Moab: Laid waste in a night, Ar-Moab lies silent; Laid waste in a night, Kir-Moab lies silent.

2 The daughter of Dibon has climbed to the high places to weep; on Nebo and in Medeba Moab laments. Every head shaven, every beard cut off,

3 they wear sackcloth in their streets; on their roofs and in their squares, everyone is lamenting and collapsing in tears.

4 Heshbon and Elealeh are crying out in distress, their voices can be heard as far as Jahaz. That is why the warriors of Moab are shivering, his soul trembles at the sound.

5 His heart cries out in distress for Moab, whose fugitives are already at Zoar, nearly at Eglath-Shelishiyah. They climb the slope of Luhith, weeping as they go; on the road to Horonaim they utter heart-rending cries.

6 The Waters of Nimrim have become a waste land, the grass dried up, the plants withered away, nothing green any more.

7 That is why they are carrying what they could save of their stores across the Ravine of the Willows.

8 For the cry for help re-echoes round the territory of Moab; their wailing, right to Eglaim, to Beer-Elim, their wailing;

9 Dimon’s waters are swollen with blood, and I have worse in store for Dimon: a lion for those of Moab who survive, for those left on its soil.

Joel 1

1 The word of Yahweh that was addressed to Joel son of Pethuel.

2 Listen to this, you elders; everybody in the country, attend! Has anything like this ever happened in your day, or in your ancestors’ days?

3 Tell your children about it and let your children tell their children, and their children the next generation!

4 What the nibbler has left, the grown locust has eaten, what the grown locust has left, the hopper has eaten, and what the hopper has left, the shearer has eaten.

5 Wake up, you drunkards, and weep! All you wine-bibbers, lament for the new wine: it has been snatched from your lips.

6 For a nation has invaded my country, mighty and innumerable, with teeth like a lion’s teeth, with the fangs of a lioness.

7 It has reduced my vines to a desolation and my fig trees to splinters, stripped them and broken them down, leaving their branches white.

8 Mourn, as a virgin-bride in sackcloth for the bridegroom of her youth!

9 Cereal offering and libation are lost to Yahweh’s Temple. The priests, the ministers of Yahweh, are in mourning.

10 The fields are ruined, the land is in mourning, for the grain has been ruined, the new wine has failed, of olive oil only a trickle.

11 Stand dismayed, you farmers, wail, you vinedressers, for the wheat, for the barley! The harvest of the fields has been lost!

12 The vine has withered, the fig tree wilts away; pomegranate, palm tree, apple tree, every tree in the countryside is dry, and for human beings joy has run dry too.

13 Priests, put on sackcloth and lament! You ministers of the altar, wail! Come here, lie in sackcloth all night long, you ministers of my God! For the Temple of your God has been deprived of cereal offering and libation.

14 Order a fast, proclaim a solemn assembly; you elders, summon everybody in the country to the Temple of Yahweh your God. Cry out to Yahweh:

15 ‘Alas for the day! For the Day of Yahweh is near, coming as destruction from Shaddai.’

16 Has not the food disappeared before our very eyes? Have not joy and gladness vanished from the Temple of our God?

17 The seeds shrivel under their clods; the granaries are deserted, the barns are in ruins, because the harvest has dried out.

18 Loudly the cattle groan! The herds of oxen are bewildered because they have no pasture. The flocks of sheep bear the punishment too.

19 Yahweh, to you I cry: for fire has devoured the desert pastures, flame has burnt up all the trees in the countryside.

20 Even the wild animals pant loudly for you, for the watercourses have run dry, and fire has devoured the desert pastures.

Joel 2

1 Blow the ram’s-horn in Zion, sound the alarm on my holy mountain! Let everybody in the country tremble, for the Day of Yahweh is coming, yes, it is near.

2 Day of darkness and gloom, Day of cloud and blackness. Like the dawn, across the mountains spreads a vast and mighty people, such as has never been before, such as will never be again to the remotest ages.

3 In their van a fire devours, in their rear a flame consumes. The country is like a garden of Eden ahead of them and a desert waste behind them. Nothing escapes them.

4 They look like horses, like chargers they gallop on,

5 with a racket like that of chariots they spring over the mountain tops, with a crackling like a blazing fire devouring the stubble, a mighty army in battle array.

6 At the sight of them, people are appalled and every face grows pale.

7 Like fighting men they press forward, like warriors they scale the walls, each marching straight ahead, not turning from his path;

8 they never jostle each other, each marches straight ahead: arrows fly, they still press forward, never breaking ranks.

9 They hurl themselves at the city, they leap onto the walls, swarm up the houses, getting in through the windows like thieves.

10 As they come on, the earth quakes, the skies tremble, sun and moon grow dark, the stars lose their brilliance.

11 Yahweh’s voice rings out at the head of his troops! For mighty indeed is his army, strong, the enforcer of his orders, for great is the Day of Yahweh, and very terrible — who can face it?

12 ‘But now — declares Yahweh- come back to me with all your heart, fasting, weeping, mourning.’

13 Tear your hearts and not your clothes, and come back to Yahweh your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger, rich in faithful love, and he relents about inflicting disaster.

14 Who knows if he will not come back, relent and leave a blessing behind him, a cereal offering and a libation to be presented to Yahweh your God?

15 Blow the ram’s-horn in Zion! Order a fast, proclaim a solemn assembly,

16 call the people together, summon the community, assemble the elders, gather the children, even infants at the breast! Call the bridegroom from his bedroom and the bride from her bower!

17 Let the priests, the ministers of Yahweh, stand weeping between portico and altar, saying, ‘Spare your people, Yahweh! Do not expose your heritage to the contempt, to the sarcasm of the nations! Why give the peoples cause to say, “Where is their God?” ‘

18 Then, becoming jealous over his country, Yahweh took pity on his people.

19 Yahweh said in answer to his people, ‘Now I shall send you wheat, wine and olive oil until you have enough. Never again will I expose you to the contempt of the nations.

20 I shall take the northerner far away from you and drive him into an arid, desolate land, his vanguard to the eastern sea, his rearguard to the western sea. He will give off a stench, he will give off a foul stink (for what he made bold to do).’

21 Land, do not be afraid; be glad, rejoice, for Yahweh has done great things.

22 Wild animals, do not be afraid; the desert pastures are green again, the trees bear fruit, vine and fig tree yield their richness.

23 Sons of Zion, be glad, rejoice in Yahweh your God; for he has given you autumn rain as justice demands, and he will send the rains down for you, the autumn and spring rain as of old.

24 The threshing-floors will be full of grain, the vats overflow with wine and oil.

25 ‘I will make up to you for the years devoured by grown locust and hopper, by shearer and young locust, my great army which I sent to invade you.

26 ‘You will eat to your heart’s content, and praise the name of Yahweh your God who has treated you so wonderfully. (My people willnever be humiliated again!)

27 ‘And you will know that I am among you in Israel, I, Yahweh your God, and no one else. My people will never be humiliated again!’

Proverbs 10:17-20

17 Whoever abides by discipline, walks towards life, whoever ignores correction goes astray.

18 Liars’ lips are a cover for hatred, whoever utters slander is a fool.

19 A flood of words is never without fault; whoever controls the lips is wise.

20 The tongue of the upright is purest silver, the heart of the wicked is of trumpery value.


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