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Day 200 – Egypt, Assyria, and Israel


Thoughts and Reflection

Today we learn in Isaiah that we are called to get rid of all idols. The Lord says the will stir up the Egyptians. He wants the false gods of the Egyptians defeated. God calls his people back to himself. God says he will accomplish good through Israel’s alliance with Egypt and Assyria even though this seems unlikely. Egypt and Assyria have done so much evil, but it shows a God that will restore us. Later Isaiah lives out the prophecy. The Lord tells him to loosen his sackcloth and take away his shoes. For three years. Soon the king of Assyria will destroy Ethiopia and Egypt.

In the book of Nahum, Nahum tells us the Lord is grieved by the suffering and death of the innocent. He will judge those who use violence to dominate others but the justice will be oriented toward justice.

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 18

1 Disaster! Land of the whirring locust beyond the rivers of Cush,

2 who send ambassadors by sea, in little reed-boats across the waters! Go, swift messengers to a nation tall and bronzed, to a people feared far and near, a mighty and masterful nation whose country is criss-crossed with rivers.

3 All you who inhabit the world, you who people the earth, when the signal is hoisted on the mountains, you will see, when the ram’s-horn is sounded, you will hear.

4 For this is what Yahweh has told me, ‘I shall sit here quietly looking down, like the burning heat in the daytime, like a dewy mist in the heat of harvest.’

5 For, before the harvest, once the flowering is over and blossom turns into ripening grape, the branches will be cut off with pruning knives, and the shoots taken off, cut away.

6 All has been abandoned to the mountain birds of prey and the wild animals: the birds of prey will summer on them, and all the wild animals winter on them.

7 Then, an offering will be brought to Yahweh Sabaoth on behalf of a people tall and bronzed, on behalf of a people feared far and near, on behalf of a mighty and masterful nation whose country is criss-crossed with rivers: to the place where the name of Yahweh Sabaoth resides, Mount Zion.

Isaiah 19

1 Proclamation about Egypt: Look! Yahweh, riding a swift cloud, is coming to Egypt. The false gods of Egypt totter before him and Egypt’s heart quails within her.

2 I shall stir up Egypt against Egypt, they will fight one another, brother against brother, friend against friend, city against city, kingdom against kingdom.

3 Egypt’s spirit will fail within her and I shall confound her deliberations. They will consult false gods and wizards, ghosts and sorcerers.

4 And I shall hand Egypt over to the clutches of a cruel master, a ruthless king will rule them — declares Yahweh Sabaoth.

5 The waters will ebb from the sea, the river will dry up and run low,

6 the streams will become foul, the rivers of Egypt sink and dry up. Rush and reed will turn black,

7 the Nile-plants on the banks of the Nile; all the vegetation of the Nile, will wither, blow away and be no more.

8 The fishermen will groan, it will be mourning for all who cast hook in the Nile; those who spread nets on the waters will lose heart.

9 The workers of carded flax and the weavers of white cloth will be confounded,

10 the weavers dismayed, all the workmen dejected.

11 Yes, the princes of Zoan are fools, Pharaoh’s wisest councillors make up a stupid council. How dare you say to Pharaoh, ‘I am descended from sages, I am descended from bygone kings’?

12 Where are these sages of yours? Let them tell you, so that all may know, the plans Yahweh Sabaoth has made against Egypt!

13 The princes of Zoan are fools, the princes of Noph, self-deceivers, the top men of her provinces have led Egypt astray.

14 Yahweh has infused them with a giddy spirit; they have led Egypt astray in all she undertakes like a drunkard straying about as he vomits.

15 Nowadays no one does for Egypt what top and tail, palm and reed used to do.

16 That day Egypt will be like women, trembling and terrified at the threatening hand of Yahweh Sabaoth, when he raises it against her.

17 The land of Judah will become Egypt’s shame; whenever she is reminded of it, she will be terrified, because of the plan which YahwehSabaoth has laid against her.

18 That day in Egypt there will be five towns speaking the language of Canaan and pledging themselves to Yahweh Sabaoth; one of them will be called City of the Sun.

19 That day there will be an altar dedicated to Yahweh in the centre of Egypt and, close to the frontier, a pillar dedicated to Yahweh,

20 and this will be a sign and a witness to Yahweh Sabaoth in Egypt. When they cry to Yahweh for help because of oppressors, he willsend them a Saviour and leader to deliver them.

21 Yahweh will reveal himself to Egypt, and the Egyptians will acknowledge Yahweh that day and will offer sacrifices and cereal offerings, and will make vows to Yahweh and perform them.

22 And if Yahweh strikes Egypt, having struck he will heal, and they will turn to Yahweh who will hear their prayers and heal them.

23 That day there will be a highway from Egypt to Assyria. Assyria will have access to Egypt and Egypt have access to Assyria. Egypt willserve with Assyria.

24 That day Israel will make a third with Egypt and Assyria, a blessing at the centre of the world,

25 and Yahweh Sabaoth will bless them in the words, ‘Blessed be my people Egypt, Assyria my creation, and Israel my heritage.’

Isaiah 20

1 The year the general-in-chief, sent by Sargon king of Assyria, came to Ashdod and stormed and captured it

2 at that time Yahweh spoke through Isaiah son of Amoz and said, ‘Go, undo the sackcloth round your waist and take the sandals off your feet.’ And he did so, and walked about, naked and barefoot.

3 Yahweh then said, ‘As my servant Isaiah has been walking about naked and barefoot for the last three years as a sign and portent for Egypt and Cush,

4 so the king of Assyria will lead the captives of Egypt and the exiles of Cush, young and old, naked and barefoot, their buttocks bared, to the shame of Egypt.

5 Then they will be afraid and ashamed of Cush their hope and Egypt their pride,

6 and the inhabitants of this coast will say on that day, “Look what has happened to our hope, to those to whom we fled for help, to escape from the king of Assyria. How are we going to escape?” ‘

Nahum 1

1 Prophecy about Nineveh. Book of the vision of Nahum of Elkosh.

2 Yahweh is a jealous and vengeful God, Yahweh takes vengeance, he is rich in wrath; Yahweh takes vengeance on his foes, he stores up fury for his enemies.

3 Yahweh is slow to anger but great in power, Yahweh never lets evil go unpunished. In storm and whirlwind he takes his way, the clouds are the dust stirred up by his feet.

4 He rebukes the sea, dries it up, and makes all the rivers run dry. . . . Bashan and Carmel wither, the greenery of the Lebanon withers too.

5 The mountains tremble before him, the hills reel; the earth collapses before him, the world and all who live in it.

6 His fury — who can withstand it? Who can endure his burning wrath? His anger pours out like fire and the rocks break apart before him.

7 Yahweh is better than a fortress in time of distress; he recognises those who trust in him

8 even when the flood rushes on; he will make an end once and for all of those who defy him, and pursue his foes into darkness.

9 What are your thoughts about Yahweh? He it is who makes a final end: his adversaries will not rise up a second time;

10 like a thicket of tangled brambles, like dry straw, they will be burnt up completely. To Assyria

11 From you has emerged someone plotting evil against Yahweh, one of Belial’s counsellors. To Judah

12 Yahweh says this: Unopposed and many though they be, they will be cut down and pass away. Though I have made you suffer, I shall make you suffer no more,

13 for now I shall break his yoke which presses hard on you and snap your chains. To the king of Nineveh

14 As for you, this is Yahweh’s decree: You will have no heirs to your name, from the temple of your gods I shall remove carved image and cast image, and I shall devastate your tomb, for you are accursed!

Nahum 2

1 To Judah See on the mountains the feet of the herald! ‘Peace!’ he proclaims. Judah, celebrate your feasts, carry out your vows, for Belial will never pass through you again; he has been utterly destroyed.

2 The destroyer has advanced on you, guarding the siege-works, watching the road, bracing himself, mustering great strength!

3 (For Yahweh has restored the vine of Jacob, yes, the vine of Israel, although the plunderers had plundered them, although they had snapped off their vine-shoots!)

4 The shields of his fighting men show red, his warriors are dressed in scarlet; the metal of the chariots sparkles as he prepares for battle; the horsemen are impatient for action;

5 the chariots storm through the streets, jostling one another in the squares; they look like blazing flames, like lightning they dash to and fro.

6 His captains are called out; stumbling as they go, they speed towards the wall, and the mantelet is put in position.

7 The sluices of the River are opened, and the palace melts in terror.

8 Beauty is taken captive, carried away, her slave-girls moaning like doves

9 and beating their breasts. Nineveh is like a lake, whose waters are draining away. ‘Stop! Stop!’ But no one turns back.

10 ‘Plunder the silver! Plunder the gold!’ There is no end to the treasure, a mass of everything you could desire!

11 Ravaged, wrecked, ruined! Heart fails and knees give way, anguish is in the loins of all, and every face grows pale!

12 Where is the lions’ den now, the cave of the lion’s whelps, where the lion and lioness walked with their cubs and no one molested them,

13 where the lion would tear up food for his whelps and strangle the kill for his mates, where he filled his caverns with prey and his lairs with spoil?

14 Look, I am against you!- declares Yahweh Sabaoth- I shall send your chariots up in smoke, and the sword will devour your whelps; I shall cut short your depredations on earth, and the voices of your envoys will be heard no more.

Proverbs 10:25-28

25 When the storm is over, the wicked is no more, but the upright stands firm for ever.

26 As vinegar to the teeth, smoke to the eyes, so the sluggard to the one who sends him.

27 The fear of Yahweh adds length to life, the years of the wicked will be cut short.

28 The hope of the upright is joy, the expectations of the wicked come to nothing.


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