Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Isaiah 46

Gods of Babylon
1 Bel bows down, Nebo stoops low;
their idols are borne by beasts of burden. [a]
The images that are carried about are burdensome,
a burden for the weary.

2 They stoop and bow down together;
unable to rescue the burden,
they themselves go off into captivity.

3 "Listen to me, O house of Jacob,
all you who remain of the house of Israel,
you whom I have upheld since you were conceived,
and have carried since your birth.

4 Even to your old age and gray hairs
I am he, I am he who will sustain you.
I have made you and I will carry you;
I will sustain you and I will rescue you.

5 "To whom will you compare me or count me equal?
To whom will you liken me that we may be compared?

6 Some pour out gold from their bags
and weigh out silver on the scales;
they hire a goldsmith to make it into a god,
and they bow down and worship it.

7 They lift it to their shoulders and carry it;
they set it up in its place, and there it stands.
From that spot it cannot move.
Though one cries out to it, it does not answer;
it cannot save him from his troubles.

8 "Remember this, fix it in mind,
take it to heart, you rebels.

9 Remember the former things, those of long ago;
I am God, and there is no other;
I am God, and there is none like me.

10 I make known the end from the beginning,
from ancient times, what is still to come.
I say: My purpose will stand,
and I will do all that I please.

11 From the east I summon a bird of prey;
from a far-off land, a man to fulfill my purpose.
What I have said, that will I bring about;
what I have planned, that will I do.

12 Listen to me, you stubborn-hearted,
you who are far from righteousness.

13 I am bringing my righteousness near,
it is not far away;
and my salvation will not be delayed.
I will grant salvation to Zion,
my splendor to Israel.


twinkle said...

Thanks for the comment on my blog. I can't wait for the Esther study either! I want the deep understanding of this woman of faith during God's silence.
Idols are all around us and I was just thinking while reading your post about what our present day idols are.
Have you ever watched people watching TV? In a trance? Screaming if you walk in front of them during the show?
And what about the idol of busyness? Can I get a witness about that one? Being busy can fill our days but can it fill our soul...there's a lot to be said about quiet time in God's Holy presence.

Tam said...

Wonderful passage today! Provoked many thoughts in my mind... I kept writing down ones that came into my mind so that i can meditate on them and His word later...

Heather said...

You've been quiet lately! Everything ok??