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Day 201 – Keys to the Kingdom


Thoughts and Reflection

Today we read that Isaiah is our watchman, pointing out dangers. Over the years, many have suffered and have been destroyed because there was no one on the watchtower to warn them about what was ahead. We are introduced to two individuals, Shebna and Eliakim. Shebna acts as the prime minister of the kingdom. When the king is away, Shebna assumes all the authority of the king. Shebna uses his power to exalt himself and makes his own tomb in a rock. The Lord says he misused his authority and power. He will be thrust out of power and Eliakim is brought in.

Today our Church has this same modern-day role in the Pope. Peter served as the first Pope of the Church.

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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 21

1 Proclamation about the coastal desert: As whirlwinds sweeping over the Negeb, he comes from the desert, from a fearsome country.

2 A harsh vision has been shown me, ‘The traitor betrays and the despoiler despoils. Advance, Elam, lay siege, Media!’ I have cut short all groaning.

3 This is why my loins are racked with pain, why I am seized with pangs like the pangs of a woman in labour; I am too distressed to hear, too afraid to look.

4 My heart is bewildered, dread overwhelms me, the twilight I longed for has become my horror.

5 They lay the table, spread the cloth, they eat, they drink. Up, princes, grease the shield!

6 For this is what the Lord has told me, ‘Go, post a look-out, let him report what he sees.

7 He will see cavalry, horsemen two by two, men mounted on donkeys, men mounted on camels; let him watch alertly, be very alert indeed!’

8 Then the look-out shouted, ‘On the watchtower, Lord, I stay all day and at my post I stand all night.

9 Now the cavalry is coming, horsemen two by two.’ He shouted again and said, ‘Babylon has fallen, has fallen, and all the images of her gods he has shattered to the ground!’

10 You whom I have threshed, grain of my threshing-floor, what I have heard from Yahweh Sabaoth, God of Israel, I am telling you now.

11 Proclamation about Dumah: From Seir, someone shouts to me, ‘Watchman, what time of night? Watchman, what time of night?’

12 The watchman answers, ‘Morning is coming, then night again. If you want to ask, ask! Come back! Come here!’

13 Proclamation about the wastelands: In the thickets, on the wastelands, you spend the night, you caravans of Dedanites.

14 Bring water for the thirsty! The inhabitants of Tema went with bread to greet the fugitive.

15 For these have fled before the sword, the naked sword and the bent bow, the press of battle.

16 For this is what the Lord has told me, ‘In one year’s time as a hired worker reckons it, all the glory of Kedar will be finished

17 and, of the valiant archers, the Kedarites, hardly any will be left, for Yahweh, God of Israel, has spoken.’

Isaiah 22

1 Prophecy on the Valley of Vision: Now what is the matter with you for you all to be up on the housetops,

2 full of excitement, boisterous town, joyful city? Your slain have not fallen to the sword nor died in battle.

3 Your leaders have all fled together, captured without a bow between them, all who could be found have been captured at a blow, far though they had fled.

4 That is why I said, ‘Turn your eyes away from me, let me weep bitterly; do not try to comfort me over the ruin of the daughter of my people.’

5 For this is a day of rout, panic and confusion, the work of the Lord Yahweh Sabaoth in the Valley of Vision. The wall is sapped, cries for help ring out to the mountains.

6 Elam has picked up his quiver, with manned chariots and horsemen, and Kir has bared his shield.

7 Your fairest valleys are full of chariots and the horsemen take up positions at the gates;

8 thus falls the defence of Judah. That day you turned your gaze to the weapons in the House of the Forest.

9 You saw how many breaches there were in the City of David. You collected the waters of the lower pool.

10 You surveyed the houses in Jerusalem and pulled houses down to strengthen the wall.

11 Between the two walls you made a reservoir for the waters of the old pool. But you did not look to the Creator of these things, you did not look to the One who fashioned them long ago.

12 That day the Lord Yahweh Sabaoth called on you to weep and mourn, to shave your heads, to put on sackcloth.

13 But instead there is joy and merriment, killing of oxen, slaughtering of sheep, eating of meat, drinking of wine, ‘Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we shall be dead.’

14 Then Yahweh Sabaoth revealed this to my ears, ‘This guilt will never be forgiven you, until you are dead,’ says the Lord YahwehSabaoth.

15 The Lord Yahweh Sabaoth says this: Go and find that steward, Shebna, the master of the palace:

16 ‘What do you own here, who gave you the right for you to hew yourself a tomb here?’ He is hewing himself a tomb, is digging a resting-place for himself in the rock.

17 But Yahweh will throw you away, strong as you are, will grasp you in his grip,

18 will screw you up into a ball, a ball thrown into a vast space. There you will die, with your splendid chariots, disgrace to your master’s palace!

19 I shall hound you from your office, I shall snatch you from your post

20 and, when that day comes, I shall summon my servant Eliakim son of Hilkiah.

21 I shall dress him in your tunic, I shall put your sash round his waist, I shall invest him with your authority; and he will be a father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem and to the House of Judah.

22 I shall place the key of David’s palace on his shoulder; when he opens, no one will close, when he closes, no one will open.

23 I shall drive him like a nail into a firm place; and he will become a throne of glory for his family.

24 ‘On him will depend all the glory of his family, the descendants and offspring, all the vessels of small capacity too, from cups to pitchers.

25 That day, declares Yahweh Sabaoth, the nail driven into a firm place will give way, will be torn out and fall. And the whole load hanging on it will be lost. For Yahweh has spoken.’

Nahum 3

1 Disaster to the city of blood, packed throughout with lies, stuffed with booty, where plundering has no end!

2 The crack of the whip! The rumble of wheels! Galloping horse, jolting chariot,

3 charging cavalry, flashing swords, gleaming spears, a mass of wounded, hosts of dead, countless corpses; they stumble over corpses-

4 because of the countless whorings of the harlot, the graceful beauty, the cunning witch, who enslaved nations by her harlotries and tribes by her spells.

5 Look, I am against you!- declares Yahweh Sabaoth- I shall lift your skirts as high as your face and show your nakedness to the nations, your shame to the kingdoms.

6 I shall pelt you with filth, I shall shame you and put you in the pillory.

7 Then all who look at you will shrink from you and say, ‘Nineveh has been ruined!’ Who will mourn for her? Where would I find people to comfort you?

8 Are you better off than No-Amon situated among rivers, her defences the seas, her rampart the waters?

9 In Ethiopia and Egypt lay her strength, and it was boundless; Put and the Libyans served in her army.

10 But she too went into exile, into captivity; her little ones too were dashed to pieces at every crossroad; lots were drawn for her nobles, all her great men were put in chains.

11 You too will become drunk, you will go into hiding; you too will have to search for a refuge from the enemy.

12 Your fortifications are all fig trees, with early ripening figs: as soon as they are shaken, they fall into the mouth of the eater.

13 Look at your people: you are a nation of women! The gates of your country gape open to your enemies; fire has devoured their bars!

14 Draw yourselves water for the siege, strengthen your fortifications! Into the mud with you, puddle the clay, repair the brick-kiln!

15 There the fire will burn you up, the sword will cut you down. Make yourselves as numerous as locusts, make yourselves as numerous as the hoppers,

16 let your commercial agents outnumber the stars of heaven,

17 your garrisons, like locusts, and your marshals, like swarms of hoppers! They settle on the walls when the day is cold. The sun appears, the locusts spread their wings, they fly away,away they fly, no one knows where. Alas,

18 your shepherds are asleep, king of Assyria, your bravest men slumber; your people are scattered on the mountains with no one to gather them.

19 There is no remedy for your wound, your injury is past healing. All who hear the news of you clap their hands at your downfall. For who has not felt your unrelenting cruelty?

Proverbs 10:29-32

29 The way of Yahweh is a rampart for the honest, for evil-doers nothing but ruin.

30 The upright will never have to give way, but the land will offer no home for the wicked.

31 The mouth of the upright utters wisdom, the tongue that deceives will be cut off.

32 The lips of the upright know about kindness, the mouth of the wicked about deceit.


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