July 11 - Isaiah 43.14-28

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The LORD Will Prepare the Way

14I, the LORD, will rescue you! I am Israel's holy God,
and this is my promise:
For your sake, I will send an army against Babylon
to drag its people away, crying as they go.

15I am the LORD, your holy God, Israel's Creator and King.
16I am the one who cut a path through the mighty ocean.
17I sent an army to chase you with chariots and horses;
now they lie dead, unable to move.
They are like an oil lamp with the flame snuffed out.

Forget the Past

The LORD said:
18Forget what happened long ago! Don't think about the past.
19I am creating something new. There it is! Do you see it?
I have put roads in deserts, streams in thirsty lands.
20Every wild animal honors me, even jackals and owls.
I provide water in deserts--
streams in thirsty lands for my chosen people.
21I made them my own nation, so they would praise me.

22I, the LORD, said to Israel:
You have become weary, but not from worshiping me.
23You have not honored me by sacrificing sheep
or other animals.
And I have not burdened you with demands for sacrifices
or sweet-smelling incense.

24You have not brought delicious spices for me
or given me the best part of your sacrificed animals.
Instead, you burden me down with your terrible sins.
25But I wipe away your sins because of who I am.
And so, I will forget the wrongs you have done.

26Meet me in court! State your case
and prove that you are right.
27Your earliest ancestor and all of your leaders
rebelled against me.
28That's why I don't allow your priests to serve me;
I let Israel be destroyed and your people disgraced.

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