Monday, June 28, 2010

June Twenty Eight

~Good Morning~
My lil girlies have been fighting the sniffles. I have been blessed with pretty non-sick kids. They have not really ever been too sick. Maybe a couple fevers and a couple times throwing up and that is it. They will get (like they have) a few coughs in the morning and stuffy noses. So after a bizzy weekend, we are staying in all day.


  • Did they really make human sacrifices? Why would they think this is okay? Did God ever require this?
    Also what exactly is a fortune teller and a sorcerer?
16 They rejected all the commands of the Lord their God and made two calves from metal. They set up an Asherah pole and worshiped Baal and all the forces of heaven. 17 They even sacrificed their own sons and daughters in the fire. They consulted fortune-tellers and practiced sorcery and sold themselves to evil, arousing the Lord's anger.




Today's Scripture:
Isaiah 28:1-29
Isaiah 28
A Message about Samaria
1 What sorrow awaits the proud city of Samaria—
      the glorious crown of the drunks of Israel.
   It sits at the head of a fertile valley,
      but its glorious beauty will fade like a flower.
   It is the pride of a people
      brought down by wine.
 2 For the Lord will send a mighty army against it.
      Like a mighty hailstorm and a torrential rain,
   they will burst upon it like a surging flood
      and smash it to the ground.
 3 The proud city of Samaria—
      the glorious crown of the drunks of Israel—
      will be trampled beneath its enemies' feet.
 4 It sits at the head of a fertile valley,
      but its glorious beauty will fade like a flower.
   Whoever sees it will snatch it up,
      as an early fig is quickly picked and eaten.
5 Then at last the Lord of Heaven's Armies
      will himself be Israel's glorious crown.
   He will be the pride and joy
      of the remnant of his people.
 6 He will give a longing for justice
      to their judges.
   He will give great courage
      to their warriors who stand at the gates.
7 Now, however, Israel is led by drunks
      who reel with wine and stagger with alcohol.
   The priests and prophets stagger with alcohol
      and lose themselves in wine.
   They reel when they see visions
      and stagger as they render decisions.
 8 Their tables are covered with vomit;
      filth is everywhere.
 9 "Who does the Lord think we are?" they ask.
      "Why does he speak to us like this?
   Are we little children,
      just recently weaned?
 10 He tells us everything over and over—
   one line at a time,
      one line at a time,
   a little here,
      and a little there!"
11 So now God will have to speak to his people
      through foreign oppressors who speak a strange language!
 12 God has told his people,
   "Here is a place of rest;
      let the weary rest here.
   This is a place of quiet rest."
      But they would not listen.
 13 So the Lord will spell out his message for them again,
   one line at a time,
      one line at a time,
   a little here,
      and a little there,
   so that they will stumble and fall.
      They will be injured, trapped, and captured.
14 Therefore, listen to this message from the Lord,
      you scoffing rulers in Jerusalem.
 15 You boast, "We have struck a bargain to cheat death
      and have made a deal to dodge the grave.
   The coming destruction can never touch us,
      for we have built a strong refuge made of lies and deception."
16 Therefore, this is what the Sovereign Lord says:
   "Look! I am placing a foundation stone in Jerusalem,
      a firm and tested stone.
   It is a precious cornerstone that is safe to build on.
      Whoever believes need never be shaken.
 17 I will test you with the measuring line of justice
      and the plumb line of righteousness.
   Since your refuge is made of lies,
      a hailstorm will knock it down.
   Since it is made of deception,
      a flood will sweep it away.
 18 I will cancel the bargain you made to cheat death,
      and I will overturn your deal to dodge the grave.
   When the terrible enemy sweeps through,
      you will be trampled into the ground.
 19 Again and again that flood will come,
      morning after morning,
   day and night,
      until you are carried away."
This message will bring terror to your people.
 20 The bed you have made is too short to lie on.
      The blankets are too narrow to cover you.
 21 The Lord will come as he did against the Philistines at Mount Perazim
      and against the Amorites at Gibeon.
   He will come to do a strange thing;
      he will come to do an unusual deed:
 22 For the Lord, the Lord of Heaven's Armies,
      has plainly said that he is determined to crush the whole land.
   So scoff no more,
      or your punishment will be even greater.
23 Listen to me;
      listen, and pay close attention.
 24 Does a farmer always plow and never sow?
      Is he forever cultivating the soil and never planting?
 25 Does he not finally plant his seeds—
      black cumin, cumin, wheat, barley, and emmer wheat—
   each in its proper way,
      and each in its proper place?
 26 The farmer knows just what to do,
      for God has given him understanding.
 27 A heavy sledge is never used to thresh black cumin;
      rather, it is beaten with a light stick.
   A threshing wheel is never rolled on cumin;
      instead, it is beaten lightly with a flail.
 28 Grain for bread is easily crushed,
      so he doesn't keep on pounding it.
   He threshes it under the wheels of a cart,
      but he doesn't pulverize it.
 29 The Lord of Heaven's Armies is a wonderful teacher,
      and he gives the farmer great wisdom.
2 Kings 17:5
Samaria Falls to Assyria
5 Then the king of Assyria invaded the entire land, and for three years he besieged the city of Samaria.
2 Kings 18:9-12
9 During the fourth year of Hezekiah's reign, which was the seventh year of King Hoshea's reign in Israel, King Shalmaneser of Assyria attacked the city of Samaria and began a siege against it. 10 Three years later, during the sixth year of King Hezekiah's reign and the ninth year of King Hoshea's reign in Israel, Samaria fell. 11 At that time the king of Assyria exiled the Israelites to Assyria and placed them in colonies in Halah, along the banks of the Habor River in Gozan, and in the cities of the Medes. 12 For they refused to listen to the Lord their God and obey him. Instead, they violated his covenant—all the laws that Moses the Lord's servant had commanded them to obey.
2 Kings 17:6-41
6 Finally, in the ninth year of King Hoshea's reign, Samaria fell, and the people of Israel were exiled to Assyria. They were settled in colonies in Halah, along the banks of the Habor River in Gozan, and in the cities of the Medes.
7 This disaster came upon the people of Israel because they worshiped other gods. They sinned against the Lord their God, who had brought them safely out of Egypt and had rescued them from the power of Pharaoh, the king of Egypt. 8 They had followed the practices of the pagan nations the Lord had driven from the land ahead of them, as well as the practices the kings of Israel had introduced. 9 The people of Israel had also secretly done many things that were not pleasing to the Lord their God. They built pagan shrines for themselves in all their towns, from the smallest outpost to the largest walled city. 10 They set up sacred pillars and Asherah poles at the top of every hill and under every green tree. 11 They offered sacrifices on all the hilltops, just like the nations the Lord had driven from the land ahead of them. So the people of Israel had done many evil things, arousing the Lord's anger. 12 Yes, they worshiped idols,despite the Lord's specific and repeated warnings.
13 Again and again the Lord had sent his prophets and seers to warn both Israel and Judah: "Turn from all your evil ways. Obey my commands and decrees—the entire law that I commanded your ancestors to obey, and that I gave you through my servants the prophets."
14 But the Israelites would not listen. They were as stubborn as their ancestors who had refused to believe in the Lord their God. 15They rejected his decrees and the covenant he had made with their ancestors, and they despised all his warnings. They worshiped worthless idols, so they became worthless themselves. They followed the example of the nations around them, disobeying the Lord's command not to imitate them.
16 They rejected all the commands of the Lord their God and made two calves from metal. They set up an Asherah pole and worshiped Baal and all the forces of heaven. 17 They even sacrificed their own sons and daughters in the fire. They consulted fortune-tellers and practiced sorcery and sold themselves to evil, arousing the Lord's anger.
18 Because the Lord was very angry with Israel, he swept them away from his presence. Only the tribe of Judah remained in the land. 19But even the people of Judah refused to obey the commands of the Lord their God, for they followed the evil practices that Israel had introduced. 20 The Lord rejected all the descendants of Israel. He punished them by handing them over to their attackers until he had banished Israel from his presence.
21 For when the Lord tore Israel away from the kingdom of David, they chose Jeroboam son of Nebat as their king. But Jeroboam drew Israel away from following the Lord and made them commit a great sin. 22 And the people of Israel persisted in all the evil ways of Jeroboam. They did not turn from these sins 23 until the Lord finally swept them away from his presence, just as all his prophets had warned. So Israel was exiled from their land to Assyria, where they remain to this day.
Foreigners Settle in Israel
24 The king of Assyria transported groups of people from Babylon, Cuthah, Avva, Hamath, and Sepharvaim and resettled them in the towns of Samaria, replacing the people of Israel. They took possession of Samaria and lived in its towns. 25 But since these foreign settlers did not worship the Lord when they first arrived, the Lord sent lions among them, which killed some of them.
26 So a message was sent to the king of Assyria: "The people you have sent to live in the towns of Samaria do not know the religious customs of the God of the land. He has sent lions among them to destroy them because they have not worshiped him correctly."
27 The king of Assyria then commanded, "Send one of the exiled priests back to Samaria. Let him live there and teach the new residents the religious customs of the God of the land." 28 So one of the priests who had been exiled from Samaria returned to Bethel and taught the new residents how to worship the Lord.
29 But these various groups of foreigners also continued to worship their own gods. In town after town where they lived, they placed their idols at the pagan shrines that the people of Samaria had built. 30 Those from Babylon worshiped idols of their god Succoth-benoth. Those from Cuthah worshiped their god Nergal. And those from Hamath worshiped Ashima. 31 The Avvites worshiped their gods Nibhaz and Tartak. And the people from Sepharvaim even burned their own children as sacrifices to their gods Adrammelech and Anammelech.
32 These new residents worshiped the Lord, but they also appointed from among themselves all sorts of people as priests to offer sacrifices at their places of worship. 33 And though they worshiped the Lord, they continued to follow their own gods according to the religious customs of the nations from which they came. 34 And this is still going on today. They continue to follow their former practices instead of truly worshiping the Lord and obeying the decrees, regulations, instructions, and commands he gave the descendants of Jacob, whose name he changed to Israel.
35 For the Lord had made a covenant with the descendants of Jacob and commanded them: "Do not worship any other gods or bow before them or serve them or offer sacrifices to them. 36 But worship only the Lord, who brought you out of Egypt with great strength and a powerful arm. Bow down to him alone, and offer sacrifices only to him. 37 Be careful at all times to obey the decrees, regulations, instructions, and commands that he wrote for you. You must not worship other gods. 38 Do not forget the covenant I made with you, and do not worship other gods. 39 You must worship only the Lord your God. He is the one who will rescue you from all your enemies."
40 But the people would not listen and continued to follow their former practices. 41 So while these new residents worshiped the Lord, they also worshiped their idols. And to this day their descendants do the same.
Isaiah 1:1-20
Isaiah 1
1 These are the visions that Isaiah son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem. He saw these visions during the years when Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah were kings of Judah.
A Message for Rebellious Judah
2 Listen, O heavens! Pay attention, earth!
      This is what the Lord says:
   "The children I raised and cared for
      have rebelled against me.
 3 Even an ox knows its owner,
      and a donkey recognizes its master's care—
   but Israel doesn't know its master.
      My people don't recognize my care for them."
 4 Oh, what a sinful nation they are—
      loaded down with a burden of guilt.
   They are evil people,
      corrupt children who have rejected the Lord.
   They have despised the Holy One of Israel
      and turned their backs on him.
5 Why do you continue to invite punishment?
      Must you rebel forever?
   Your head is injured,
      and your heart is sick.
 6 You are battered from head to foot—
      covered with bruises, welts, and infected wounds—
      without any soothing ointments or bandages.
 7 Your country lies in ruins,
      and your towns are burned.
   Foreigners plunder your fields before your eyes
      and destroy everything they see.
 8 Beautiful Jerusalem stands abandoned
      like a watchman's shelter in a vineyard,
   like a lean-to in a cucumber field after the harvest,
      like a helpless city under siege.
 9 If the Lord of Heaven's Armies
      had not spared a few of us,
   we would have been wiped out like Sodom,
      destroyed like Gomorrah.
10 Listen to the Lord, you leaders of "Sodom."
      Listen to the law of our God, people of "Gomorrah."
 11 "What makes you think I want all your sacrifices?"
      says the Lord.
   "I am sick of your burnt offerings of rams
      and the fat of fattened cattle.
   I get no pleasure from the blood
      of bulls and lambs and goats.
 12 When you come to worship me,
      who asked you to parade through my courts with all your ceremony?
 13 Stop bringing me your meaningless gifts;
      the incense of your offerings disgusts me!
   As for your celebrations of the new moon and the Sabbath
      and your special days for fasting—
   they are all sinful and false.
      I want no more of your pious meetings.
 14 I hate your new moon celebrations and your annual festivals.
      They are a burden to me. I cannot stand them!
 15 When you lift up your hands in prayer, I will not look.
      Though you offer many prayers, I will not listen,
      for your hands are covered with the blood of innocent victims.
 16 Wash yourselves and be clean!
      Get your sins out of my sight.
      Give up your evil ways.
 17 Learn to do good.
      Seek justice.
   Help the oppressed.
      Defend the cause of orphans.
      Fight for the rights of widows.
18 "Come now, let's settle this,"
      says the Lord.
   "Though your sins are like scarlet,
      I will make them as white as snow.
   Though they are red like crimson,
      I will make them as white as wool.
 19 If you will only obey me,
      you will have plenty to eat.
 20 But if you turn away and refuse to listen,
      you will be devoured by the sword of your enemies.
      I, the Lord, have spoken!"






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