Monday, April 6, 2015

Isaiah, Day 1 Readings

The Promise of Just Desserts and the Call of Isaiah  

Today's first reading is the beginning of the first -- and in some ways, foremost -- prophet in the Hebrew Bible, Isaiah.  From the outset, God announces great displeasure with the actions of the Jews and how the chosen people continue to turn away from God repeatedly.  What really seems to annoy God is that the people have not completely turned against God; they continue to have worship ceremonies in the Temple.  However, the hypocrisy of the people, publicly sacrificing to God, but not following God's speeches, has finally gone too far and God now promises a judgment.

Read Isaiah 1:1-31  (NIV)   (NRSV)   (CEB)
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The second reading details Isaiah's call to become a prophet -- the one who will announce God's judgment and promises to the people.  Surrounded by angels, Isaiah has a vision of heaven and hears God asking for someone to be the appointed messenger.  Unlike most other prophets, who are reluctant to accept such a role, Isaiah is excited and says, without hesitation, "Here I am; send me."  This is, as it was in 1 Samuel, the proper answer when God asks a person to serve.

Read Isaiah 6:1-13  (NIV)   (NRSV)   (CEB)
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Reading the Bible in Its Entirety

If you are planning to read the Bible in its entirety, you should read Isaiah 1-13 today.