June 16, 2024

Thomas McNeilly

Jesus Christ is King

What is Isaiah 29 and Colossians 3:17

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1Jerusalem, city of David, the place of my altar, you are in for trouble! Celebrate your festivals year after year. 2I will still make you suffer, and your people will cry when I make an altar of you. 3I will surround you and prepare to attack from all sides. 4From deep in the earth, you will call out for help with only a faint whisper. 5Then your cruel enemies will suddenly be swept away like dust in a windstorm. 6I, the Lord All-Powerful, will come to your rescue with a thundering earthquake and a fiery whirlwind. 7Every brutal nation that attacks Jerusalem and makes it suffer will disappear like a dream when night is over. 8Those nations that attack Mount Zion will suffer from hunger and thirst. They will dream of food and drink but wake up weary and hungry and thirsty as ever. Prophets Who Fool Themselves 9Be shocked and stunned, you prophets! Refuse to see. Get drunk and stagger, but not from wine. 10 The Lord has made you drowsy; he put you into a deep sleep and covered your head. 11Now his message is like a sealed letter to you. Some of you say, “We can’t read it, because it’s sealed.” 12Others say, “We can’t read it, because we don’t know how to read.” 13 The Lord has said: “These people praise me with their words, but they never really think about me. They worship me by repeating rules made up by humans. 14 So once again I will do things that shock and amaze them, and I will destroy the wisdom of those who claim to know and understand.” 15You are in for trouble, if you try to hide your plans from the Lord! Or if you think what you do in the dark can’t be seen. 16 You have it all backwards. A clay dish doesn’t say to the potter, “You didn’t make me. You don’t even know how.” Hope for the Future 17Soon the forest of Lebanon will become a field with crops, thick as a forest. 18The deaf will be able to hear whatever is read to them; the blind will be freed from a life of darkness. 19The poor and the needy will celebrate and shout because of the Lord, the holy God of Israel. 20All who are cruel and arrogant will be gone forever. Those who live by crime will disappear, 21together with everyone who tells lies in court and keeps innocent people from getting a fair trial. 22The Lord who rescued Abraham has this to say about Jacob’s descendants: “They will no longer be ashamed and disgraced. 23When they see how great I have made their nation, they will praise and honor me, the holy God of Israel. 24Everyone who is confused will understand, and all who have complained will obey my teaching.” And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. https://temtube.com/