Friday, April 10, 2015

Isaiah, Day 5 Readings

God Promises Peace and Security

Today's reading is a double promise for the restored kingdom God will establish.  The first half promises a reversal of what has recently happened to God's chosen people -- instead of falling victim to their armies and becoming subjects to their leaders, the foreign armies and governments will bend over backwards to please the Jews.

The second part of the reading is the promise of "good news" -- what in the New Testament will be called gospel.  God will provide relief to the oppressed, freedom to the prisoners, and a kingdom which will offer an unending "year of jubilee" -- where everything is forgiven and all are celebrated as full-fledged members of the kingdom.

Read Isaiah 60:1-61:11  (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 54-66 today.