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Thoughts and reflection

Today we learn about the Sabbath. It falls on the seventh day of the week — Saturday. It was given to us from the Lord so we may establish a relationship and give us time to worship and dedicate time to him. The two primary tasks are worship and rest. We have seen in the Bible, that there is much to be said about the importance of keeping the Sabbath.

Sunday is the day of the Lord’s resurrection and is our new Sabbath. For Christians, this is the sign of the covenant that we may worship and rest every Sunday. This may involve family and friends.

How do you keep and celebrate the Sabbath?

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 61

1 The spirit of Lord Yahweh is on me for Yahweh has anointed me. He has sent me to bring the news to the afflicted, to soothe the broken-hearted,

2 to proclaim liberty to captives, release to those in prison, to proclaim a year of favour from Yahweh and a day of vengeance for our God, to comfort all who mourn

3 (to give to Zion’s mourners), to give them for ashes a garland, for mourning-dress, the oil of gladness, for despondency, festal attire; and they will be called ‘terebinths of saving justice’, planted by Yahweh to glorify him.

4 They will rebuild the ancient ruins, they will raise what has long lain waste, they will restore the ruined cities, all that has lain waste for ages past.

5 Strangers will come forward to feed your flocks, foreigners be your ploughmen and vinedressers;

6 but you will be called ‘priests of Yahweh’ and be addressed as ‘ministers of our God’. You will feed on the wealth of nations, you willsupplant them in their glory.

7 To make up for your shame, you will receive double; instead of disgrace, shouts of joy will be their lot; yes, they will have a double portion in their country and everlasting joy will be theirs.

8 For I am Yahweh: I love fair judgement, I hate robbery and wrong-doing, and I shall reward them faithfully and make an everlasting covenant with them.

9 Their race will be famous throughout the nations and their offspring throughout the peoples. All who see them will admit that they are a race whom Yahweh has blessed.

10 I exult for joy in Yahweh, my soul rejoices in my God, for he has clothed me in garments of salvation, he has wrapped me in a cloak of saving justice, like a bridegroom wearing his garland, like a bride adorned in her jewels.

11 For as the earth sends up its shoots and a garden makes seeds sprout, so Lord Yahweh makes saving justice and praise spring up in the sight of all nations.

Isaiah 62

1 About Zion I will not be silent, about Jerusalem I shall not rest until saving justice dawns for her like a bright light and her salvation like a blazing torch.

2 The nations will then see your saving justice, and all kings your glory, and you will be called a new name which Yahweh’s mouth willreveal.

3 You will be a crown of splendour in Yahweh’s hand, a princely diadem in the hand of your God.

4 No more will you be known as ‘Forsaken’ or your country be known as ‘Desolation’; instead, you will be called ‘My Delight is in her’ and your country ‘The Wedded’; for Yahweh will take delight in you and your country will have its wedding.

5 Like a young man marrying a virgin, your rebuilder will wed you, and as the bridegroom rejoices in his bride, so will your God rejoice in you.

6 On your walls, Jerusalem, I have posted watchmen; they will never fall silent, day or night. No peace for you, as you keep Yahweh’s attention!

7 And give him no peace either until he restores Jerusalem and makes her the pride of the world!

8 Yahweh has sworn by his right hand and by his mighty arm: Never again shall I give your grain to feed your enemies. Never again willforeigners drink the wine for which you have toiled.

9 No, the reapers will eat it and praise Yahweh, the harvesters will drink it in my sacred courts!

10 Pass through, pass through the gates. Clear a way for my people! Level up, level up the highway, remove the stones! Hoist a signal to the peoples!

11 This is what Yahweh has proclaimed to the remotest part of earth: Say to the daughter of Zion, ‘Look, your salvation is coming; with him comes his reward, his achievement precedes him!’

12 They will be called ‘The Holy People’, ‘Yahweh’s Redeemed’, while you will be called ‘Sought-after’, ‘City-not-forsaken’.

Ezekiel 20

1 In the seventh year, on the tenth day of the fifth month, some of the elders of Israel came to consult Yahweh and were sitting with me,

2 when the word of Yahweh was addressed to me as follows,

3 ‘Son of man, speak to the elders of Israel. Say, “The Lord Yahweh says this: Have you come to consult me? As I live, I will not be consulted by you — declares the Lord Yahweh.”

4 ‘Are you ready to judge them? Are you ready to judge them, son of man? Confront them with the loathsome practices of their ancestors.

5 Say, “The Lord Yahweh says this: On the day when I chose Israel, when I pledged my word to the House of Jacob, I made myself known to them in Egypt; I pledged my word to them and said: I am Yahweh your God.

6 That day I pledged them my word that I would bring them out of Egypt to a country which I had reconnoitred for them, a country flowing with milk and honey, and the loveliest of them all.

7 And I said to them: Each of you must reject the horrors which attract you; do not pollute yourselves with the foul idols of Egypt; I am Yahweh your God.

8 But they rebelled against me and would not listen to me. Not one of them rejected the horrors which attracted them; they did not give up the foul idols of Egypt. I then resolved to vent my fury on them, to sate my anger on them in Egypt.

9 But respect for my own name kept me from letting it be profaned in the eyes of the nations among whom they were living, and before whom I had made myself known to them and promised to bring them out of Egypt.

10 So I brought them out of Egypt and led them into the desert.

11 I gave them my laws and taught them my judgements, in whose observance people find life.

12 And I also gave them my Sabbaths as a sign between me and them, so that they might know that I, Yahweh, am the one who sanctifies them.

13 The House of Israel, however, rebelled against me in the desert; they refused to keep my laws, they scorned my judgements, in whose observance people find life, and they grossly profaned my Sabbaths. I then resolved to vent my fury on them in the desert and destroy them.

14 But respect for my own name kept me from letting it be profaned in the eyes of the nations, before whom I had brought them out.

15 Even so, I pledged them my word in the desert that I would not lead them to the country which I had given them, a country flowing with milk and honey, and the loveliest of them all,

16 since they had scorned my judgements, had refused to keep my laws and had profaned my Sabbaths, their hearts being attached to foul idols.

17 In spite of this, I took pity on them; I refrained from destroying them and did not make an end of them in the desert.

18 “I said to their children in the desert: Do not follow the laws of your ancestors, do not practise their judgements, do not defile yourselves with their foul idols.

19 I am Yahweh your God. Keep my laws, respect my judgements and practise them.

20 Keep my Sabbaths holy; let them be a sign between me and you, so that people may know that I am Yahweh your God.

21 Their children, however, rebelled against me; they refused to keep my laws, they did not respect or practise my judgements, which must be practised by all who want to live; they profaned my Sabbaths. I then resolved to vent my fury on them, to sate my anger on them in the desert.

22 But I restrained my hand; respect for my own name kept me from letting it be profaned in the eyes of the nations, before whom I had brought them out.

23 Once again, however, I pledged them my word that I would scatter them throughout the nations and disperse them in foreign countries,

24 because they had not followed my judgements but had rejected my laws and profaned my Sabbaths, their eyes being fastened on the foul idols of their ancestors.

25 And for this reason I gave them laws that were not good and judgements by which they could never live;

26 and I polluted them with their own offerings, making them sacrifice every first-born son in order to fill them with revulsion, so that they would know that I am Yahweh.”

27 ‘For this reason, son of man, speak to the House of Israel. Say to them, “The Lord Yahweh says this: Here is another way by which your ancestors outraged me by their infidelity.

28 Once I had brought them into the country which I had pledged my word to give them, they then saw all sorts of high hills, all kinds of leafy trees, and there they performed their sacrifices and made offerings that provoked my anger; there they set out their pleasing smell and poured their libations.

29 I then said to them: What is this high place where you go? And they gave, and still give it, the name of Bamah.”

30 ‘So, say to the House of Israel, “The Lord Yahweh says this: If you are polluting yourselves as your ancestors did by fornicating with their horrors-

31 for by offering your gifts and by burning your children as sacrifices, you have been polluting yourselves with all your foul idols to this very day — shall I let myself be consulted by you, House of Israel? As I live — declares Lord Yahweh — I shall not let myself be consulted by you.

32 And what you sometimes imagine will never be so, when you say: We shall be like the peoples, the tribes of foreign lands, worshipping wood and stone.

33 As I live I swear it — declares the Lord Yahweh — I am the one who will reign over you, with a strong hand and outstretched arm, once my fury is sated.

34 With a strong hand and outstretched arm, once my fury is sated, I shall bring you back from the peoples and gather you again from the countries throughout which you have been scattered.

35 I shall lead you into the desert of the nations and there I shall judge you face to face.

36 As I judged your ancestors in the desert of Egypt, so will I judge you — declares the Lord Yahweh.

37 I shall make you pass under the crook, bring you to respect the covenant

38 and rid you of the rebels who have revolted against me; I shall bring them out of the country where they are staying, but they will not enter the country of Israel, and you will know that I am Yahweh.

39 House of Israel, Lord Yahweh says this: Go on, all of you, worship your foul idols, but later we shall see if you don’t listen to me! Then you will stop profaning my holy name with your offerings and your foul idols.

40 For on my holy mountain, on the high mountain of Israel — declares the Lord Yahweh — is where the whole House of Israel, everyone in the country, will worship me. There I shall accept and there expect your presents, your choicest offering and all your consecrated gifts.

41 I shall welcome you like a pleasing smell when I bring you back from the peoples and gather you from the countries throughout which you have been scattered, and through you I shall display my holiness for all the nations to see;

42 and you will know that I am Yahweh, when I bring you back to the soil of Israel, to the country which I pledged my word to give to your ancestors.

43 There you will remember your past behaviour and all the actions by which you have defiled yourselves, and you will loathe yourselves for all the wrongs which you have committed.

44 And you will know that I am Yahweh, when I treat you as respect for my own name requires, and not as your wicked behaviour and corrupt actions deserve, House of Israel — declares the Lord Yahweh.” ‘

Proverbs 13:13-16

13 Contempt for the word is self-destructive, respect for the commandment wins salvation.

14 The teaching of the wise is a life-giving fountain for eluding the snares of death.

15 Good sense wins favour, but the way of the treacherous is hard.

16 Anyone of discretion acts by the light of knowledge, the fool parades his folly.

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