Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Isaiah, Day 2 Readings

The Coming Messiah and a Promise of Restoration 

Today's first reading is one of the most famous passages of Isaiah, describing a promised king who will come to restore God's law among God's chosen people.  Christians have long ascribed the description to Jesus, which is why Handel used this chapter as the basis for several selections of his oratorio Messiah.  This new king, specifically chosen by God, will restore David's kingdom as a place of faithfulness and righteousness.  Of course, not all of God's people will enjoy this new kingdom because there will be a judgment before the new kingdom can begin.

Read Isaiah 9:1-17  (NIV)   (NRSV)   (CEB)
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The second reading paints a picture of this restored kingdom, which will enjoy unprecedented peace -- famously, "the wolf shall lie down with the lamb... and a little child will lead them."  A remnant of God's chosen people will be welcomed into this new kingdom, fully claiming their birthright as God's people, and experiencing God's salvation from dangers of the world.

Read Isaiah 11:1-12:2  (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 14-26 today.