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Thoughts and Reflection

Today we read some practical advice on increasing our wealth and wisdom every day in Proverbs. We also read about the hope that the light from the Lord will shine if we repent and turn back to him. In Ezekiel, there is a lamentation from a lioness and her young cubs. Judah is the lioness. The lions that are born to her are the kind of Judah and are conquered. The lions were bad kings and their reigns were short and taken to jail.

People wonder how God will fulfill his promise of an everlasting kingdom through the line of David.

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 59

1 No, the arm of Yahweh is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear,

2 but your guilty deeds have made a gulf between you and your God. Your sins have made him hide his face from you so as not to hear you,

3 since your hands are stained with blood and your fingers with guilt; your lips utter lies, your tongues murmur wickedness.

4 No one makes upright accusations or pleads sincerely. All rely on empty words, utter falsehood, conceive trouble and give birth to evil.

5 They are hatching adders’ eggs and weaving a spider’s web; eat one of their eggs and you die, crush one and a viper emerges.

6 Their webs are useless for clothing, their deeds are useless for wearing; their deeds are deeds of guilt, violence fills their hands.

7 Their feet run to do evil; they are quick to shed innocent blood. Their thoughts are thoughts of guilt, wherever they go there is havoc and ruin.

8 They do not know the way of peace, there is no fair judgement in their course, they have made their own crooked paths, and no one treading them knows any peace.

9 Thus fair judgement is remote from us nor can uprightness overtake us. We looked for light and all is darkness, for brightness and we walk in gloom.

10 Like the blind we feel our way along walls, we grope our way like people without eyes. We stumble as though noon were twilight, among the robust we are like the dead.

11 We growl, all of us, like bears, like doves we make no sound but moaning, waiting for the fair judgement that never comes, for salvation, but that is far away.

12 How often we have rebelled against you and our sins bear witness against us. Our rebellious acts are indeed with us, we are well aware of our guilt:

13 rebellion and denial of Yahweh, turning our back on our God, talking violence and revolt, murmuring lies in our heart.

14 Fair judgement is driven away and saving justice stands aloof, for good faith has stumbled in the street and sincerity cannot enter.

15 Good faith has vanished; anyone abstaining from evil is victimised. Yahweh saw this and was displeased that there was no fair judgement.

16 He saw there was no one and wondered there was no one to intervene. So he made his own arm his mainstay, his own saving justicehis support.

17 He put on saving justice like a breastplate, on his head the helmet of salvation. He put on the clothes of vengeance like a tunic and wrapped himself in jealousy like a cloak.

18 To each he repays his due, retribution to his enemies, reprisals on his foes, to the coasts and islands he will repay their due.

19 From the west, Yahweh’s name will be feared, and from the east, his glory, for he will come like a pent-up stream impelled by the breath of Yahweh.

20 Then for Zion will come a redeemer, for those who stop rebelling in Jacob, declares Yahweh.

21 ‘For my part, this is my covenant with them, says Yahweh. My spirit with which I endowed you, and my words that I have put in your mouth, will not leave your mouth, or the mouths of your children, or the mouths of your children’s children, says Yahweh, henceforth and for ever.’

Isaiah 60

1 Arise, shine out, for your light has come, and the glory of Yahweh has risen on you.

2 Look! though night still covers the earth and darkness the peoples, on you Yahweh is rising and over you his glory can be seen.

3 The nations will come to your light and kings to your dawning brightness.

4 Lift up your eyes and look around: all are assembling and coming towards you, your sons coming from far away and your daughters being carried on the hip.

5 At this sight you will grow radiant, your heart will throb and dilate, since the riches of the sea will flow to you, the wealth of the nations come to you;

6 camels in throngs will fill your streets, the young camels of Midian and Ephah; everyone in Saba will come, bringing gold and incenseand proclaiming Yahweh’s praises.

7 All the flocks of Kedar will gather inside you, the rams of Nebaioth will be at your service as acceptable victims on my altar, and I shall glorify my glorious house.

8 Who are these flying like a cloud, like doves to their dovecote?

9 Why, the coasts and islands put their hope in me and the vessels of Tarshish take the lead in bringing your children from far away, and their silver and gold with them, for the sake of the name of Yahweh your God, of the Holy One of Israel who has made you glorious.

10 Foreigners will rebuild your walls and their kings will serve you. For though I struck you in anger, in mercy I have pitied you.

11 Your gates will always be open, never closed, either day or night, for the riches of the nations to be brought you and their kings to be let in.

12 For the nation and kingdom that will not serve you will perish, and the nations will be utterly destroyed.

13 The glory of the Lebanon will come to you, cypress, plane-tree, box-tree, one and all, to adorn the site of my sanctuary, for me to honour the place where I stand.

14 Your oppressors’ children will humbly approach you, at your feet all who despised you will fall addressing you as ‘City of Yahweh’, ‘Zion of the Holy One of Israel’.

15 Instead of your being forsaken and hated, avoided by everyone, I will make you an object of eternal pride, a source of joy from age to age.

16 You will suck the milk of nations, you will suck the wealth of kings, and you will know that I, Yahweh, am your Saviour, that your redeemer is the Mighty One of Jacob.

17 For bronze I shall bring gold and for iron I shall bring silver, and for wood, bronze, and for stone, iron; I shall make Peace your administration and Saving Justice your government.

18 Violence will no longer be heard of in your country, nor devastation and ruin within your frontiers. You will call your walls ‘Salvation’ and your gates ‘Praise’.

19 No more will the sun give you daylight, nor moonlight shine on you, but Yahweh will be your everlasting light, your God will be your splendour.

20 Your sun will set no more nor will your moon wane, for Yahweh will be your everlasting light and your days of mourning will be over.

21 Your people, all of them upright, will possess the country for ever, the shoot I myself have planted, my handiwork, for my own glory.

22 The smallest will grow into a thousand, the weakest one into a mighty nation. When the time is ripe, I, Yahweh, shall quickly bring it about.

Ezekiel 19

1 ‘Now, raise a lament for the princes of Israel.

2 Say: What was your mother? A lioness among lions; lying among the cubs she nursed her whelps.

3 She reared one of her whelps: he grew into a young lion; he learnt to tear his prey; he became a man-eater.

4 The nations came to hear of him; he was caught in their pit; they dragged him away with hooks to Egypt.

5 Her expectation thwarted, and seeing her hope dashed, she took another of her whelps and made a young lion of him.

6 He prowled among the lions, he grew into a young lion, he learnt to tear his prey; he became a man-eater.

7 He tore down their palaces, he destroyed their cities; the land and all its inhabitants were appalled by the sound of his roars.

8 The nations marched out against him from the surrounding provinces; they spread their net over him; he was caught in their pit.

9 They shackled him with hooks, they took him to the king of Babylon and threw him into a fortress, so that his voice could never again be heard on the mountains of Israel.

10 Your mother was like a vine planted beside the water, fruitful and leafy, because the water flowed so full.

11 She had stout stems which became kingly sceptres; she grew higher and higher, up into the clouds; she was admired for her height and the number of her branches.

12 But she was furiously uprooted and thrown on the ground; the east wind dried up her fruit, she was broken to pieces; her stout stem dried up, the fire devoured it.

13 Now she has been transplanted to the desert, to a dry and thirsty land.

14 Fire burst out of her stem devouring her branches and fruit. No more stout stem for her, no more kingly sceptre.’ This is a lament; it was used as such.

Proverbs 13:9-12

9 The light of the upright is joyful, the lamp of the wicked goes out.

10 Insolence breeds only disputes, wisdom lies with those who take advice.

11 A sudden fortune will dwindle away, accumulation little by little is the way to riches.

12 Hope deferred makes the heart sick, desire fulfilled is a tree of life.

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