One Year Chronological Bible Sampler - Flipbook - Page 86
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The time is coming when Jacob’s descendants will take root.
Israel will bud and blossom
and fill the whole earth with fruit!
Has the LORD struck Israel
as he struck her enemies?
Has he punished her
as he punished them?
No, but he exiled Israel to call her to account.
She was exiled from her land
as though blown away in a storm from the east.
The LORD did this to purge Israel’s* wickedness,
to take away all her sin.
As a result, all the pagan altars will be crushed to dust.
No Asherah pole or pagan shrine will be left standing.
The fortified towns will be silent and empty,
the houses abandoned, the streets overgrown with weeds.
Calves will graze there,
chewing on twigs and branches.
The people are like the dead branches of a tree,
broken off and used for kindling beneath the cooking pots.
Israel is a foolish and stupid nation,
for its people have turned away from God.
Therefore, the one who made them
will show them no pity or mercy.
Yet the time will come when the LORD will gather them together like handpicked grain. One by one he will gather them—from the Euphrates River* in the
east to the Brook of Egypt in the west. 13In that day the great trumpet will sound.
Many who were dying in exile in Assyria and Egypt will return to Jerusalem to
worship the LORD on his holy mountain.
A Message about Jerusalem / Isaiah 29:1-24
“What sorrow awaits Ariel,* the City of David.
Year after year you celebrate your feasts.
Yet I will bring disaster upon you,
and there will be much weeping and sorrow.
For Jerusalem will become what her name Ariel means—
an altar covered with blood.
I will be your enemy,
surrounding Jerusalem and attacking its walls.
I will build siege towers
and destroy it.
Then deep from the earth you will speak;
from low in the dust your words will come.
Your voice will whisper from the ground
like a ghost conjured up from the grave.
27:9 Hebrew Jacob’s. See note on 14:1.
“hearth” or “altar.”
27:12 Hebrew the river.
29:1 Ariel sounds like a Hebrew term that means