Ready for the Wilderness

February 19, 2023

Book: Isaiah, Luke

Scriptural Reading

Isaiah 54:10-17 (New International Version)

  1. 10 Though the mountains be shaken
        and the hills be removed,
    yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken
        nor my covenant of peace be removed,”
        says the Lord, who has compassion on you.

    11 “Afflicted city, lashed by storms and not comforted,
        I will rebuild you with stones of turquoise,[a]
        your foundations with lapis lazuli.
    12 I will make your battlements of rubies,
        your gates of sparkling jewels,
        and all your walls of precious stones.
    13 All your children will be taught by the Lord,
        and great will be their peace.
    14 In righteousness you will be established:
    Tyranny will be far from you;
        you will have nothing to fear.
    Terror will be far removed;
        it will not come near you.
    15 If anyone does attack you, it will not be my doing;
        whoever attacks you will surrender to you.

    16 “See, it is I who created the blacksmith
        who fans the coals into flame
        and forges a weapon fit for its work.
    And it is I who have created the destroyer to wreak havoc;
    17     no weapon forged against you will prevail,
        and you will refute every tongue that accuses you.
    This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord,
        and this is their vindication from me,”
    declares the Lord.

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    1. Isaiah 54:11 The meaning of the Hebrew for this word is uncertain.

Sermonic Text

Luke 3:21-23 (New International Version)

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