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Day 202 – God’s Judgement


Thoughts and Reflection

Today we read about Tyre. Tyre is a coastal town on the Mediterranean Sea. Isaiah says it will be destroyed; however, a new restoration of Tyre will happen after seventy years. Isaiah says that there will be a judgment that will come and it will touch everyone, even kings. This is condemnation for those who fall away from the Lord and rebel against him, but it is also a promise that God will again reign in Jerusalem in Judah.

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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 23

1 Proclamation about Tyre: Howl, ships of Tarshish, for all has been destroyed- no more houses, no way of getting in: the news has reached them from Kittim.

2 Be struck dumb, inhabitants of the coast, you merchants of Sidon, whose messengers cross the sea

3 to the wide ocean. The grain of the Canal, the harvest of the Nile, formed her revenue. She was the market for the nations.

4 Blush, Sidon (citadel of the seas), for this is what the sea has said, ‘I have felt no birth-pangs, never given birth, never reared boys nor brought up girls.’

5 When the news reaches Egypt, they will tremble to hear Tyre’s fate.

6 Cross to Tarshish, howl, inhabitants of the coast.

7 Is this your proud city founded far back in the past, whose steps led her far afield to found her colonies?

8 Who took this decision against Tyre, who used to hand out crowns, whose traders were princes, whose merchants, men honoured in the city?

9 Yahweh Sabaoth took this decision to wither the pride of all beauty and humiliate those honoured in the city.

10 Cultivate your country like the Delta, daughter of Tarshish, for your marine docks are no more.

11 He has raised his hand against the sea, he has shaken kingdoms, Yahweh has ordained the destruction of the fortresses of Canaan.

12 He has said, ‘Exult no more, ill-treated virgin daughter of Sidon! Get up, cross to Kittim, no respite for you there, either.’

13 Look at the land of the Chaldaeans, a people who used not to exist! Assyria assigned it to the creatures of the wilds; they raised their siege-towers against it, demolished its bastions, reduced it to ruin.

14 Howl, ships of Tarshish, for your fortress has been destroyed.

15 When that day comes, Tyre will be forgotten for seventy years, the length of one king’s life. But when the seventy years are over, Tyrewill become like the whore in the song:

16 ‘Take your harp, walk the town, whore whom men have forgotten! Play sweetly, song after song, to make them remember you.’

17 At the end of the seventy years Yahweh will visit Tyre. She will receive her pay again and play the whore with all the kingdoms of the world on the surface of the earth.

18 But her profits and wages will be dedicated to Yahweh. They will not be stored or hoarded, but her profits will go to those who live in Yahweh’s presence, for them to have as much food as they want and splendid clothes.

Isaiah 24

1 See how Yahweh lays the earth waste, makes it a desert, buckles its surface, scatters its inhabitants,

2 priest and people alike, master and slave, mistress and maid, seller and buyer, lender and borrower, creditor and debtor.

3 Ravaged, ravaged the earth will be, despoiled, despoiled, for Yahweh has uttered this word.

4 The earth is mourning, pining away, the pick of earth’s people are withering away.

5 The earth is defiled by the feet of its inhabitants, for they have transgressed the laws, violated the decree, broken the everlasting covenant.

6 That is why the curse has consumed the earth and its inhabitants pay the penalty, that is why the inhabitants of the earth have been burnt up and few people are left.

7 The new wine is mourning, the vine is withering away, the once merry-hearted are sighing.

8 The cheerful sound of tambourines is silent, the sound of revelling is over, the cheerful sound of the harp is silent.

9 No more will they sing over their wine, liquor will taste bitter to the drinker.

10 The city of nothingness is in ruins, every house is shut, no one can enter.

11 People shout in the streets to try to get wine; all joy has vanished, happiness has been banished from the country.

12 Nothing but rubble in the city, the gate has collapsed in ruins.

13 For at the heart of earth’s life, among the peoples, it is as at the beating of the olive trees, as at the gleaning of the grapes when the grape harvest is over.

14 They raise their voices, shouting for joy, in Yahweh’s honour they shout from the west.

15 ‘Yes, in the east, give glory to Yahweh, in the islands of the sea, to the name of Yahweh, God of Israel!’

16 We have heard psalms from the remotest parts of earth, ‘Glory to the Upright One!’ But I thought, ‘What an ordeal, what an ordeal! What misery for me!’ The traitors have betrayed, the traitors have acted most treacherously.

17 Fear, the pit and the snare for you, inhabitants of the city!

18 And whoever flees from the cry of fear will fall into the pit, and whoever climbs out of the pit will be caught in the snare. Yes, the sluice-gates above are open, the foundations of the earth are quaking.

19 A cracking, the earth cracks open, a jolting, the earth gives a jolt, a lurching, the earth lurches backwards and forwards.

20 The earth will reel to and fro like a drunkard, it will be shaken like a shanty; so heavy will be its sin on it, it will fall, never to rise again.

21 When that day comes, Yahweh will punish the armies of the sky above and on earth the kings of the earth;

22 they will be herded together, herded together like prisoners in a dungeon and shut up in gaol, and, after long years, punished.

23 The moon will be confused and the sun ashamed, for Yahweh Sabaoth is king on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem, and the Glory willradiate on their elders.

Habakkuk 1

1 The charge that Habakkuk the prophet received in a vision.

2 How long, Yahweh, am I to cry for help while you will not listen; to cry, ‘Violence!’ in your ear while you will not save?

3 Why do you make me see wrong-doing, why do you countenance oppression? Plundering and violence confront me, contention and discord flourish.

4 And so the law loses its grip and justice never emerges, since the wicked outwits the upright and so justice comes out perverted.

5 Cast your eyes over the nations, look, and be amazed, astounded. For I am doing something in your own days which you will not believe if you are told of it.

6 For look, I am stirring up the Chaldaeans, that fierce and fiery nation who march miles across country to seize the homes of others.

7 They are dreadful and awesome, a law and authority to themselves.

8 Their horses are swifter than leopards, fiercer than wolves at night; their horsemen gallop on, their horsemen advance from afar, swooping like an eagle anxious to feed.

9 They are all bent on violence, their faces scorching like an east wind; they scoop up prisoners like sand.

10 They scoff at kings, they despise princes. They make light of all fortresses: they heap up earth and take them.

11 Then the wind changes and is gone . . . Guilty is he who makes his strength his god.

12 Surely you, Yahweh, are from ancient times, my holy God, who never dies! Yahweh, you have appointed him to execute judgement; O Rock, you have set him firm to punish.

13 Your eyes are too pure to rest on evil, you cannot look on at oppression. Why do you look on at those who play the traitor, why say nothing while the wicked swallows someone more upright than himself?

14 Why treat people like fish of the sea, like gliding creatures who have no leader?

15 They haul them all up on their hook, they catch them in their net, they sweep them up in their dragnet and then make merry and rejoice.

16 And so they offer a sacrifice to their net, and burn incense to their dragnet, for by these they get a rich living and live off the fat of the land.

17 Are they to go on emptying their net unceasingly, slaughtering the nations without pity?

Habakkuk 2

1 I shall stand at my post, I shall station myself on my watch-tower, watching to see what he will say to me, what answer he will make to my complaints.

2 Then Yahweh answered me and said, ‘Write the vision down, inscribe it on tablets to be easily read.

3 For the vision is for its appointed time, it hastens towards its end and it will not lie; although it may take some time, wait for it, for come it certainly will before too long.

4 ‘You see, anyone whose heart is not upright will succumb, but the upright will live through faithfulness.’

5 Now, surely, wealth is treacherous! He is arrogant, for ever on the move, with appetite as large as Sheol and as insatiable as Death, gathering in all the nations, and making a harvest of all peoples.

6 Are not the peoples all bound to satirise and make up cryptic riddles about him? As for instance: Disaster to anyone who amasses goods not his (for how long?) and to anyone who weighs himself down with goods taken in pledge!

7 Will not your creditors suddenly stand up, will not those who make you shiver wake up, and you will fall a prey to them?

8 Since you have plundered many nations, all the nations that remain will plunder you, because of the bloodshed and violence done to the country, to the city and to all who live in it.

9 Disaster to anyone who amasses ill-gotten gains for his house, so as to fix his nest on high and so evade the reach of misfortune!

10 You have conspired to bring shame on your house: by overthrowing many peoples you have worked your own ruin.

11 For the very stone will protest from the wall, and the beam will respond from the framework.

12 Disaster to anyone who builds a town with bloodshed and founds a city on wrong-doing!

13 Is it not thanks to Yahweh Sabaoth that the peoples’ toil is fuel for the fire, and the nations’ labour came to nothing?

14 But the earth will be full of the knowledge of the glory of Yahweh as the waters cover the depths of the sea.

15 Disaster to anyone who makes his neighbours drink, pouring out his poison until they are drunk, so that he can see them naked!

16 You are full of shame, not glory! Your turn now to drink and show your foreskin. The cup in Yahweh’s right hand comes round to you, and disgrace will overshadow your glory.

17 For the violence done to the Lebanon will overwhelm you and the massacre of animals will terrify you, because of the bloodshed and violence done to the country, to the city and to all who live in it. Disaster to anyone who says to the log, ‘Wake up!’, to the dumb stone, ‘On your feet!’ (This is the prophecy!) Look, he is encased in gold and silver,– but not a breath of life inside it! 

18 What use is a sculpted image that a sculptor should make it? – a metal image, a lying instructor! And why does the image-maker put his trust in it, that he should make dumb idols?

19 Trouble is coming to the man who says to the piece of wood, ‘Wake up!’ to the dumb stone, ‘On your feet!’ (And that is the oracle.) Plated it may be with gold and silver, but not a breath of life inside it.

20 But Yahweh is in his holy Temple: let the whole earth be silent before him.

Proverbs 11:1-4

1 A false balance is abhorrent to Yahweh, a just weight is pleasing to him.

2 Pride comes first; disgrace soon follows; with the humble is wisdom found.

3 The honest have their own honesty for guidance, the treacherous are ruined by their own perfidy.

4 In the day of retribution riches will be useless, but uprightness delivers from death.


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