The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Monday September 28, 2020 (NIV)

Isaiah 54:1-57:14

The Fertile Wife of Yahweh

54 “Sing for joy, barren woman; who has not borne!
Burst forth into rejoicing and rejoice, she who has not been in labor!
For the children of the desolate woman are more than the children of the married woman,” says Yahweh.
“Enlarge the site of your tent,
and let them stretch out the tent curtains of your dwelling place.
You must not spare; make your tent cords long
and strengthen your pegs,
for you will spread out to the right and to the left.
And your descendants[a] will be heir to the nations,
and they will inhabit desolate towns.
You must not fear, for you will not be ashamed,
and you must not be confounded, for you will not feel abashed,
for you will forget the shame of your youth,
and you will no longer remember the disgrace of your widowhood.
For your husband[b] is your maker,[c] his name is Yahweh of hosts;
and your redeemer is the holy one of Israel, he is called the God of all of the earth.
For Yahweh has called you like a wife forsaken and hurt of spirit,
like[d] the wife of childhood when she is rejected, says your God.
I abandoned you for a short[e] moment,
but[f] I will gather you with great compassion.
I hid my face from you for a moment, in the flowing of anger,
but[g] I will have compassion on you with everlasting faithfulness” says your redeemer, Yahweh.
“For this is like the waters of Noah to me,
when I swore that the waters of Noah would never again pass[h] over the earth,
so I swore that I would not be[i] angry at you and rebuke you.
10 For the mountains may depart,
and the hills may sway,
but[j] my faithfulness shall not depart from you,
and my covenant of peace shall not sway,”
says Yahweh, who has compassion on you,
11 “O afflicted one, driven away, who is not consoled.
Look! I am about to set your stones in hard mortar,
and I will lay your foundation with sapphires.
12 And I will make[k] your battlements of ruby,
and your gates of stones of beryl,
and all your wall of precious stones.
13 And all your children shall be pupils of Yahweh,
and the peace of your children shall be great.

14 In righteousness you shall be established.

Be far from oppression, for you shall not fear,
and from terror, for it shall not come near you.
15 If indeed one attacks, it is not from me;
whoever attacks you shall fall because of you.
16 Look! I myself have created the craftsman who blows[l] the fire of coals,
and who produces[m] a weapon for his work;
also[n] I myself have created the destroyer to destroy.
17 Every weapon formed against you shall not succeed,
and you shall declare guilty every tongue that rises against you for judgment.
This is the inheritance of the servants of Yahweh,
and their legal right[o] from me,”

declares[p] Yahweh.

Invitation to True Rewards

55 “Ho! Everyone thirsty, come to the waters!
And whoever has no money, come, buy and eat,
and come, buy without money,
wine and milk without price!
Why do you weigh out money for what is not food,
and your labor for what cannot satisfy?[q]
Listen carefully to me, and eat what is good,
and let your soul take pleasure in rich[r] food.
Extend your ear, and come to me!
Listen so that[s] your soul may live,
and I will make[t] an everlasting covenant with[u] you,
the enduring proofs of the mercies shown to[v] David.
Look! I made[w] him a witness to the peoples,
a leader and a commander for the peoples.
Look! You shall call a nation that you do not know,
and a nation that does not know you shall run to you,
because of Yahweh your God,
and the holy one of Israel, for he has glorified you.”
Seek Yahweh while he lets himself be found;[x]
call him while he is[y] near.
Let the wicked forsake his way,
and the man of sin his thoughts.
And let him return to Yahweh, that[z] he may take pity on him,
and to our God, for he will forgive manifold.[aa]
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
and your ways are not my ways,”

declares[ab] Yahweh.

“For as the heavens are higher[ac] than the earth,
so my ways are higher[ad] than your ways,
and my thoughts than your thoughts.
10 For just as the rain and the snow come down from heaven,
and they do not return there
except they have watered the earth thoroughly
and cause it to bring forth and sprout,
and give seed to the sower
and bread to the eater,
11 so shall be my word that goes out from my mouth.
It shall not return to me without success,
but shall accomplish[ae] what I desire
and be successful in the thing for which I sent it.
12 For you shall go out in joy,
and you shall be led in peace.
The mountains and the hills shall break forth before you, rejoicing
and all the trees of the field shall clap hands.[af]
13 Instead of the thorn bush, the juniper shall go up;
instead of the brier, the myrtle shall go up,
and it shall serve as a memorial to Yahweh,
for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.”

Salvation for All Who Obey

56 Thus says Yahweh:

“Observe justice
and do righteousness,
for my salvation is close to coming,
and my justice to being revealed.
Happy is the man who does this,
and the son of humankind who keeps hold of it,
who keeps the Sabbath so as not to profane[ag] it,
and who keeps his hand from doing any[ah] evil.”
And do not let the foreigner[ai] who joins himself to Yahweh say, “Surely Yahweh will separate me from his people.”
And do not let the eunuch say, “Look! I am a dry tree!”
For thus says Yahweh, “To the eunuchs who keep my Sabbaths,
and choose that in which I delight,
and who keep hold of my covenant.
And I will give them a monument and a name in my house and within my walls,
better than sons and daughters;
I will give him an everlasting name
that shall not be cut off.
And the foreigners[aj] who join themselves to Yahweh to serve him
and to love the name of Yahweh, to become his servants,
every one who keeps the Sabbath, so as not to profane[ak] it,
and those who keep hold of my covenant,
I will bring them to my holy mountain;[al]
I will make them merry in my house of prayer.
their burnt offerings and their sacrifices will be accepted[am] on my altar,
for my house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples,”

declares[an] the Lord Yahweh, who gathers[ao] the scattered ones of Israel (still I will gather to[ap] him, to his gathered ones).

Wicked Leaders

All wild animals in the field, come,
to devour,[aq] all wild animals in the forest!
10 His watchmen are blind,
none of them know.
They are all dumb dogs;
they are unable to bark,
panting, lying down,
loving to slumber.
11 And the dogs have a greedy appetite;[ar]
they are never satisfied.[as]
And they are the shepherds!
They do not have[at] understanding.
They all turn to their own way,
each one for his own gain, every one of them.[au]
12 “Come, let me take wine,
and let us carouse with intoxicating drink,
and tomorrow will be like today,
very great indeed.”[av]

Idolatry is Adultery

57 The righteous one perishes, and there is no one who takes[aw] it to heart.
And men of faithfulness are gathered, while there is no one who understands,
for the righteous is gathered from the presence of wickedness.
he enters into peace;
they will rest on their beds,
walking straight ahead of him.
“But[ax] you, come near here, you children of a soothsayer,
offspring of an adulterer and she who commits fornication.
At whom do you make fun?
At whom do you open[ay] your mouth and stick out[az] your tongue?
Are you not children of transgression,
offspring of deception,
who burn with lust among the oaks,
under every leafy tree,
who slaughter children in the valleys,
under the clefts of the rocks?
Your portion is among the smooth stones of the valley;
they, they are your lot;
indeed, to them you have poured out a drink offering,
you have brought a food offering.

Shall I relent concerning these things?

You have set your bed upon a high and lofty mountain;
indeed, you went up there to slaughter sacrifice.
And you have set your symbol behind the door and the doorpost;
for you depart[ba] from me, and you go up;
you make your bed wide, and you make a deal with[bb] them,
you have loved their bed; you have seen their genitals.[bc]
And you climbed down to the king with oil,
and you made your perfumes numerous,
and you sent your envoys far away,[bd]
and you sent down deep[be] to Sheol.
10 You grow weary by the greatness of your way,
but you did not say, ‘Despairing!’
You found the renewal[bf] of your strength,[bg]
therefore you do not grow weak.
11 And of whom were you afraid and feared, that you deceived
and did not remember me?
Did you not place it on your heart?
Have I not been silent, even from long ago,
and so you do not fear me?
12 I myself will declare your righteousness and your works,
but[bh] they will not benefit you.
13 When you cry,[bi] let your collection deliver you,
and the wind will carry all of them away;
a breath will take them away.
But[bj] he who takes refuge in me shall take possession of the land,
and he shall inherit my holy mountain.”[bk]

Peace for the Contrite

14 And one shall say, “Build up, build up! Clear the way!
Remove the obstacles[bl] from the way of my people!”

Footnotes:

  1. Isaiah 54:3 Hebrew “descendant”
  2. Isaiah 54:5 The Hebrew is plural
  3. Isaiah 54:5 The Hebrew is plural
  4. Isaiah 54:6 Or “and”
  5. Isaiah 54:7 Literally “in a small”
  6. Isaiah 54:7 Or “and”
  7. Isaiah 54:8 Or “and”
  8. Isaiah 54:9 Literally “from the passing over of the waters of Noah again”
  9. Isaiah 54:9 Literally “from being “
  10. Isaiah 54:10 Or “and”
  11. Isaiah 54:12 Literally “place”
  12. Isaiah 54:16 Or “blowing”
  13. Isaiah 54:16 Or “producing”
  14. Isaiah 54:16 Or “and”
  15. Isaiah 54:17 Literally “justice”
  16. Isaiah 54:17 Literally “declaration of”
  17. Isaiah 55:2 Literally “what is not for satiation”
  18. Isaiah 55:2 Literally “fatty”
  19. Isaiah 55:3 Or “and”
  20. Isaiah 55:3 Literally “cut”
  21. Isaiah 55:3 or “for”
  22. Isaiah 55:3 Literally “mercy of”
  23. Isaiah 55:4 Or “gave”
  24. Isaiah 55:6 Literally “in his letting himself be found”
  25. Isaiah 55:6 Literally “in his being”
  26. Isaiah 55:7 Or “and”
  27. Isaiah 55:7 Literally “make numerous to”
  28. Isaiah 55:8 Literally “declaration of”
  29. Isaiah 55:9 Literally “high”
  30. Isaiah 55:9 Literally “high”
  31. Isaiah 55:11 Or “do”
  32. Isaiah 55:12 Hebrew “hand”
  33. Isaiah 56:2 Literally “from profaning”
  34. Isaiah 56:2 Or “all”
  35. Isaiah 56:3 Literally “son of the foreign country”
  36. Isaiah 56:6 Literally “sons of the foreign country”
  37. Isaiah 56:6 Literally “from profaning”
  38. Isaiah 56:7 Literally “the mountain of my holiness”
  39. Isaiah 56:7 Literally “for acceptance”
  40. Isaiah 56:8 Literally “declaration of”
  41. Isaiah 56:8 Or “gathering”
  42. Isaiah 56:8 Or “upon”
  43. Isaiah 56:9 Or “eat”
  44. Isaiah 56:11 Literally “are strong of soul”
  45. Isaiah 56:11 Literally “do not know satiation”
  46. Isaiah 56:11 Or “know”
  47. Isaiah 56:11 Literally “from his end “
  48. Isaiah 56:12 Literally “excessively”
  49. Isaiah 57:1 Or “sets”
  50. Isaiah 57:3 Or “And”
  51. Isaiah 57:4 Literally “widen”
  52. Isaiah 57:4 Literally “make long”
  53. Isaiah 57:8 The reading tradition (Qere) has “uncover,” which makes no sense in context, but with different vowels it would be “depart”
  54. Isaiah 57:8 Literally “cut off for yourself from”
  55. Isaiah 57:8 Literally “hand”
  56. Isaiah 57:9 Literally “to from far”
  57. Isaiah 57:9 Literally “humiliated”
  58. Isaiah 57:10 Literally “life”
  59. Isaiah 57:10 Literally “hand;” compare the “hand” in verse 8
  60. Isaiah 57:12 Or “and”
  61. Isaiah 57:13 Literally “your crying”
  62. Isaiah 57:13 Or “And”
  63. Isaiah 57:13 Literally “mountain of holiness “
  64. Isaiah 57:14 Hebrew “obstacle”
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Ephesians 6

Children and Parents

Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother” (which is the first[a] commandment with a promise), “in order that it may be well with you, and you may live a long time[b] on the earth.”[c] And fathers, do not make your children angry, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.

Slaves and Masters

Slaves, obey your earthly masters with fear and trembling, in the sincerity of your heart, as to Christ, not while being watched[d], as people pleasers, but as slaves of Christ doing the will of God from the heart, serving with goodwill as to the Lord and not to people, because you[e] know that each one of you, whatever good he should do,[f] this he will receive back from the Lord, whether slave or free. And masters, do the same things to them, giving up threats, knowing that both their Lord and yours is in heaven, and there is no partiality with him.

Spiritual Warfare

10 Finally, become strong in the Lord and in the might of his strength. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you may be able to stand against the stratagems of the devil, 12 because our struggle is not against blood and flesh, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the world rulers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Because of this, take up the full armor of God, in order that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand. 14 Stand therefore, girding your waist with truth, and putting on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and binding shoes under your feet with the preparation of the good news of peace, 16 in everything taking up the shield of faith, with which you are able to quench all the flaming arrows of the evil one, 17 and receive the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, 18 with all prayer and supplication praying at all times in the Spirit, and to this end being alert with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints, 19 and for me, that a word may be given to me at the opening of my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel, 20 for the sake of which I am an ambassador in chains, that in them[g] I may speak freely, as it is necessary for me to speak.

Conclusion and Benediction

21 Now, so that you also may know my circumstances[h], what I am doing, Tychicus, my dear brother and faithful servant in the Lord, will make known to you all things, 22 whom I have sent[i] to you for this very reason, that you may know our circumstances[j], and he may encourage your hearts.

23 Peace to the brothers and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 24 Grace be with all who love our Lord Jesus Christ in incorruptibility.[k]

Footnotes:

  1. Ephesians 6:2 Or “is a very important”
  2. Ephesians 6:3 Literally “be long-lived”
  3. Ephesians 6:3 A quotation from Exod 20:12 and/or Deut 5:16
  4. Ephesians 6:6 Literally “with eye service”
  5. Ephesians 6:8 Here “because” is supplied as a component of the participle (“know”) which is understood as causal
  6. Ephesians 6:8 Some manuscripts have “if he should do anything good”
  7. Ephesians 6:20 Literally “in it” since “chain” is singular in the Greek text
  8. Ephesians 6:21 Literally “the things with me”
  9. Ephesians 6:22 Or “whom I am sending”
  10. Ephesians 6:22 Literally “the things concerning us”
  11. Ephesians 6:24 Or “with undying love”
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Psalm 70

A Prayer for Deliverance from Enemies

For the music director. Of David. To bring to remembrance.[a]

70 O God, make haste to deliver me.
O Yahweh, make haste to help me.
Let them be ashamed and abashed
who seek my life.
Let them be repulsed and humiliated
who desire my harm.
let them turn back because of their shame,
those who say, “Aha! Aha!”
Let them rejoice and be glad in you,
all those who seek you.
Let them say continually, “God is great!”
those who love your salvation.
But I am poor and needy;
O God hasten to me.
You are my help and my deliverer.
O Yahweh, do not delay.

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 70:1 The Hebrew Bible counts the superscription as the first verse of the psalm; the English verse number is reduced by one
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Proverbs 24:8

He who plans to do evil for[a] himself,
they will call him “master[b] of mischief.”

Footnotes:

  1. Proverbs 24:8 Or “to”
  2. Proverbs 24:8 Or “owner”
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09/27/2020 DAB Transcript

Isaiah 51:1-53:12, Ephesians 5:1-33, Psalms 69:19-36, Proverbs 24:7

Today is the 27th day of September welcome to the Daily Audio Bible I’m Brian it is great to be here with you as we look out into this fresh, shiny, sparkly new week and we walk into it together, and we…we think in advance about the things that are coming our way that we know about in this week and we make some advanced decisions about how we’re gonna live into this week, as we walk with God and as we allow the Scriptures to speak into our lives and inform our choices each and every day. So, we got a brand-new week. We’ll read from the Lexham English Bible this week and we’ll pick up where we left off in the book of Isaiah…Isaiah. Today chapters 51, 52 and 53.

Prayer:

Father, thank You for Your word and thank You for bringing us into this brand-new, shiny, sparkly week, a week of transition because before this week is over, we will…well…we will be transitioning into a new month. And, so, we are grateful, and we invite Your Holy Spirit, as we continue to focus upon You. And as we talked about from the book of Ephesians a couple of days ago, we’re focusing…we’re focusing upon growing up, we’re focusing these last few days of this month as we prepare to go into the final quarter of the year on spiritual maturity knowing that if we’re gonna succeed in the final quarter of this year we need to start it well. And, so, come Holy Spirit and continue to lead us toward what is mature and what is wise in You, that we might be continually transformed from within, that the wisdom of God from Your spirit within will inform the choices and decisions that we make. And, so, the wisdom from within becomes the wisdom from without and that everything we touch is touched by the fruit of the Spirit that is being cultivated within us. Come Holy Spirit into this we pray. In the mighty name of Jesus we ask. Amen.

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Community Prayer and Praise:

Hey DAB family this is Jordan and Texas. Wanted to call in for Sean who called on the 22nd. Sean you…you called in and were just feeling bad toward yourself, that you couldn’t stand yourself, and that you’re despicable. I just wanted to encourage you because I was praying for you and just felt led and I just wanted to call and encourage you that because you pray…you asked for prayer to be able to write, that you…that Jesus told you to write and you’re having great difficulty with that. And I want to pray for you. And anyway. Lord I just pray for Sean. I believe that…that…that was your name. I didn’t hear too well. But today you’re Sean. So, I pray God for Sean and ask God that You would equip him, You have equipped him, You’ve given him this gift to write, a desire to write and I pray that You would give him the first step to do that, to write something that You take off all the expectations he may have himself or lowered expectations he might have it himself, that he would see himself the way that You do, as someone with a gift, as someone with a story to tell, as someone who bears Your image. And, so, I pray God that…that maybe he begins with writing something simple and that You…that it would just turn into something…to exactly what You were hoping to see come from him and that…just those expectations are lifted. So, Father bless him and that. I pray that he’s encouraged in Jesus name. Amen.

Good morning fellow DABbers this is James the Mighty Warrior from Texas. But I’ve been listening to all of these great people that’s calling in for prayer requests and praise reports. Actually, I’ve been listening to the DAB for…since about 2012 and I don’t call in much, but I definitely listen to the podcast every day and the prayer requests and the praise reports from the community. I’m so grateful for this DAB app. Basically I’m calling up just for to pray for the nation, to pray for the DAB family, all the…all the prayer requests and the…everything that people are going through. I’m just thankful to be a part of this family but I do ask for prayer, that I would just, you know, stay in the right direction and that I would just stay on the path, you know, and I’m just thankful for every good and perfect gift that the Father has given me. I really don’t have anything to complain about. I’m just gonna praise Him. And yes, I’m going through like everybody else, but I can’t focus on it, I’m gonna focus on His goodness. You guys have a blessed day. Bye-bye.

Hi DAB family this is Hopeful, and I just heard Mary’s prayer request for her daughter who’s 25 who’s been battling cancer and I just want to pray over. She didn’t mention her name, so I’ll just refer to her as Mary’s daughter. Father we come to You right now and we just lift up Mary’s daughter to You. We just pray for complete healing over her body, that You would restore her speech, that her life would be a testimony of You and Your power and what You can do. And I just pray in Jesus’ name that You just give her peace and joy in her heart, that she would know that she is loved by You, she is loved by thousands of people who are hearing this and who are praying for her and we just lift her up to You right now in Jesus’ name.

Hi, my DAB family this is Truly Thankful Taylor from DFW the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. I’m just calling today for Denise from North Carolina. My sweet sister I just want to tell you how much I love you and that I am praying for you. I don’t ever want you to feel like your needs, your prayer requests are so small. God cares about the little things. He cares about the big things, but he also cares about the little things and when you’re hurting, He sees you and He knows what you’re going through. And, so, I just want to pray for you and your circumstances. God right now I just pray over Denise. Lord I just ask that You lift her up in this season God, that You would comfort her. Lord she longs to have companionship in her marriage. I pray Lord Jesus that You would give her those desires Lord Jesus. You have said in Your word that it’s not good for man to be alone and You gave him a companion Lord. You’d gave her a companion in her husband Lord, but the intimacy isn’t there. Lord, so I ask that You would ignite a spark. Lord Jesus that You would breathe over it, Lord Jesus. Breathe Your Holy Spirit over their marriage. God that that flame would kindle Lord and would begin to burn, burn with passion, Lord Jesus. Give them a passion and a hunger for each other, a healthy desire that it is Your will in a marriage Lord. And that I just pray an extra blessing of You over them God. May You fulfill every need, every desire Lord Jesus that she has. Give her peace, give her hope, give her strength, give her endurance. Thank You, Lord Jesus that she can stand firm in You Lord God. I ask that You would bless her and her husband and their marriage and their family in Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Good morning DAB family this is Lady of Victory on Thursday morning the 24th of September just finished listening to Brian’s podcast today and this call is for Mary and her daughter who has cancer, she’s 25 and been battling cancer since 2016 and has now lost her voice. Oh God, our God how excellent is Your name in all the earth, in all the earth. God we’ve searched high and we’ve search flow and we cannot find anybody who is like our God. God, we don’t understand the things that You do, the things that You allow to happen, but God when we cannot see Your hand, we have to trust Your heart. And God it sounds like that’s what Mary and her daughter is doing at this point God. We thank You Lord God that Mary is a heart and her daughter has a heart to be grateful and to worship You through this hard, difficult time. And yet, God we’re…we’re looking at it like, “really God? 25? And You said, ‘in everything give thanks for this is the will of God concerning us?’” Oh God and it sounds like this lady is doing that God. Her mom says she’s never given up on You. She’s continued to have faith and to trust in You. And, so, God this is a difficult time of losing her speech and we don’t know why You’ve allowed it to happen. God we don’t know what the purpose is God but in Your sovereignty we’re asking if it’d be Your will that You would restore this Young lady’s speech God so that she can tell others about who You are God. That’s her hearts cry, is to tell others about who You are. Yes, God she…she’s living it out through her life, but she wants to use her voice. So, would You do that for Your glory and her good? In Jesus’ name.

Hello Daily Audio Bible this is Tammy calling from Canada I’m a first-time caller except I did actually just call to pray for someone. But I’ve been listening for almost 2 years now and this is such a blessing. I love hearing Brian. I love hearing all the prayer requests. I pray with you all every day and I really covet your prayers right now. About a month ago I started having severe sleep difficulties and disturbances and I’m just in the midst of…of working with doctors to figure out what’s going on but it…it’s like nothing I’ve ever experienced before and after a month of…of very troubled sleep…and you can imagine that your mind starts to feel like it’s going to crumble and you’re losing your faculties…and that’s about where I am right now. My physical body is…is suffering, my mind is suffering. I have anxiety through the roof. And I just actually did a sleep study last night because I may have sleep apnea. Anyway, I just really covet your prayers, that God could hold me up in this time. I know he will but it’s so hard to convince yourself in the moment when you feel that you just simply can’t stand it anymore, the torture, it is mental torture, sleep deprivation. And it’s hard to see the good and it…it’s hard to see the reason why God allows these things happen. And, so, I thank you for your prayers and your support in this time because I don’t want to give up. I can’t give up for my family. Some days it is so incredibly hard. Thank you.

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Sunday September 27, 2020 (NIV)

Isaiah 51-53

Yahweh Comforts Zion

51 “Listen to me, you who pursue righteousness,
who seek Yahweh.
Look to the rock from which you were hewn,
and to the excavation of the pit from which you were quarried.
Look to Abraham your father,
and to Sarah; she brought you forth.
For I called him alone,[a]
but[b] I blessed him and made him numerous.”
For Yahweh will comfort Zion;
he will comfort all its sites of ruins.
And he will make[c] its wilderness like Eden,
and its desert like the garden of Yahweh.
Joy and gladness will be found in it,
thanksgiving and the sound[d] of song.
“Listen attentively to me, my people,
and my nation, listen to me!
For a teaching will go out from me,
and I will cause my justice to rest for a light to the peoples.
My righteousness is near; my salvation has gone out,
and my arms will judge the peoples.
The coastlands wait for me,
and for my arm they wait.
Lift up your eyes to the heavens
and look to the earth beneath,
for the heavens will be torn to pieces like smoke,
and the earth will be worn out like a garment,
and those who inhabit her will die like gnats.
But[e] my salvation will be forever,
and my righteousness will not be broken to pieces.
Listen to me, you who know righteousness,
people who have my teaching in their heart;
you must not fear the reproach of men,
or be terrified because of their abuse.
For a moth will eat them like garments;
a moth will devour[f] them like wool,
but[g] my righteousness will be forever,
and my salvation for generation after generation.[h]
Awake! Awake; put on strength, O arm of Yahweh!
Awake as in days of long ago,
the generations of a long time back!
Are you not the one who cut Rahab in pieces,
the one who pierced the sea-dragon?
10 Are you not the one who dried up the sea,
the waters of the great deep,
the one who made[i] the depths of the sea a way
for those who are redeemed to cross over?
11 So[j] the redeemed ones of Yahweh shall return,
and they shall come to Zion with singing,
and everlasting joy shall be on their heads.[k]
Joy and gladness shall appear;[l]
sorrow and sighing shall flee away!
12 “I, I am he who comforts you;
who are you that[m] you are afraid of man? He dies!
And of the son of humankind? He is sacrificed[n] as grass!
13 And you have forgotten Yahweh, your maker,
who stretched out the heavens,
and founded the earth.
And you tremble continually, all day,
because of the wrath of the oppressor
when he takes aim[o] to destroy.
But[p] where is the wrath of the oppressor?
14 The fettered one shall make haste to be freed.
And he shall not die in[q] the pit,
and he shall not lack his bread.
15 For[r] I am Yahweh, your God,
who stirs up[s] the sea, so that[t] its waves roar;
Yahweh of hosts is his name.
16 And I have put my words in your mouth,
and I have covered you in the shadow of my hand,
to plant the heavens
and to found the earth,
saying to Zion, ‘You are my people.’”
17 Rouse yourself! Rouse yourself!
Stand up, Jerusalem, who have drunk from the hand of Yahweh the cup of his wrath;
you have drunk the goblet, the cup of staggering;
you have drained it out.
18 There is no one who guides her among[u] all the children she has borne,
and there is no one who grasps her by the hand among[v] all the children she raised.
19 Two things here have happened to you—who will show sympathy[w] for you?—
devastation and destruction, famine and sword—who will comfort you?
20 Your children have fainted;
they lie at the head of all the streets, like an antelope in[x] a snare,
those who are full of the wrath of Yahweh,
the rebuke of your God.
21 Therefore hear now this afflicted one
and drunken one but[y] not from wine.
22 Thus says your Lord, Yahweh,
and your God pleads the cause of his people:
“Look! I have taken from your hand the cup of staggering.
You shall not continue[z] to drink the goblet, the cup of my wrath, any longer.
23 And I will put it in the hand of your tormenters,
who have said to you,[aa] ‘Bow down that[ab] we may pass[ac] over you!’
And you have made[ad] your back like the ground,
and like the street for those who pass[ae] over you.”

Yahweh Redeems Zion

52 Awake! Awake; put on your strength, Zion!
Put on the garments of your beauty, Jerusalem, holy city![af]
For the uncircumcised and the unclean shall not continue to[ag] enter you any longer.
Shake yourself free from the dust! Rise up; sit, Jerusalem!
Free yourselves from the bonds of your neck, captive daughter of Zion!

For thus says Yahweh:

“You were sold for nothing,
and you shall be redeemed without money.”

For thus says the Lord Yahweh:

“My people went down to Egypt in the beginning, to dwell as aliens there, and Assyria oppressed him without cause.[ah] And now what do I have here?”declares[ai] Yahweh, “for my people is taken without cause. Its rulers howl,” declares[aj] Yahweh—“and my name is reviled continually, all day. Therefore my people shall know my name, therefore in that day, that I am the one who speaks. Here am I.”[ak]

How delightful on the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news,
who announces peace, who brings good news, who announces salvation,
who says to Zion, “Your God reigns as a king.”
The voices[al] of your watchmen! They lift up their voices;[am]
together they sing for joy;
for they clearly[an] see Yahweh’s return to Zion.
Break forth,
sing for joy together, ruins of Jerusalem,
for Yahweh has comforted his people;
he has redeemed Jerusalem.
10 Yahweh has bared his holy arm[ao] to the eyes of all the nations,
and all the ends[ap] of the earth shall see the salvation of our God.
11 Depart, depart, go out from there! You must not touch any unclean thing.
Go out from the midst of it, keep clean, you who carry the vessels of Yahweh.
12 For you shall not go out in haste,
and you shall not go in flight,
for Yahweh is going before you,
and your rear guard is the God of Israel.

The Servant’s Suffering and Exaltation

13 Look, my servant shall achieve success;
he shall be exalted,
and he shall be lifted up,
and he shall be very high.
14 Just as many were appalled at you—
such was his appearance beyond human disfigurement,
and his form beyond the sons of mankind—
15 so he shall sprinkle many nations;
because of him, kings shall shut their mouths.[aq]
For they shall see what has not been told them,
and they shall consider with full attention what they have not heard.

53 Who has believed our message,
and to whom has the arm of Yahweh been revealed?
For[ar] he went[as] up like a shoot before him,
and like a root from dry ground.
He had no form and no majesty that[at] we should see him,
and no appearance that[au] we should take pleasure in him.
He was despised and rejected by men,
a man of suffering, and acquainted with[av] sickness,
and like one from whom others hide their faces,[aw] he was despised,
and we did not hold him in high regard.
However, he was the one who lifted up our sicknesses,
and he carried our pain,
yet[ax] we ourselves assumed him stricken,
struck down by God and afflicted.
But[ay] he was pierced[az] because of our transgressions,
crushed because of our iniquities;
the chastisement for[ba] our peace[bb] was upon him,
and by his wounds[bc] we were healed.[bd]
All of us have wandered about like sheep;
we each have turned to his own way;
and Yahweh let fall on him
the iniquity of us all.
He was oppressed and afflicted,
yet[be] he did not open his mouth;
he was brought like a lamb to the slaughter,
and like a sheep is dumb before its shearers,
so[bf] he did not open his mouth.
He was taken by restraint of justice,
and who concerned himself with his generation?
For he was cut off from the land of the living;
he received a blow because of the transgression of my people.
He made[bg] his grave with the wicked,
and with the rich in his death,
although he had done no violence,
and there was no deceit in his mouth.
10 Yet[bh] Yahweh was pleased to crush him;
he made him sick.[bi]
If she[bj] places[bk] his life a guilt offering,[bl]
he will see offspring.
He will prolong days,
and the will of Yahweh will succeed in his hand.
11 From the trouble of his life[bm] he will see;[bn]
he will be satisfied.
In his knowledge, the righteous one, my servant, shall declare many righteous,[bo]
and he is the one who will bear their iniquities.
12 Therefore, I will divide to him a portion among the many,[bp]
and with the strong ones he will divide bounty,
because[bq] he poured his life out to death
and was counted with the transgressors;
and[br] he was the one who bore the sin of many
and will intercede for the transgressors.

Footnotes:

  1. Isaiah 51:2 Literally “one”
  2. Isaiah 51:2 Or “and”
  3. Isaiah 51:3 Literally “put”
  4. Isaiah 51:3 Literally “voice”
  5. Isaiah 51:6 Or “And”
  6. Isaiah 51:8 Or “eat”
  7. Isaiah 51:8 Or “and”
  8. Isaiah 51:8 Literally “generation of generations”
  9. Isaiah 51:10 Literally “placed”
  10. Isaiah 51:11 Or “And”
  11. Isaiah 51:11 Hebrew “head”
  12. Isaiah 51:11 Literally “reach”
  13. Isaiah 51:12 Or “and”
  14. Isaiah 51:12 Literally “given”
  15. Isaiah 51:13 Literally “sets up”
  16. Isaiah 51:13 Or “And”
  17. Isaiah 51:14 Or “to”
  18. Isaiah 51:15 Or “And”
  19. Isaiah 51:15 Or “stirring up”
  20. Isaiah 51:15 Or “and”
  21. Isaiah 51:18 Or “from”
  22. Isaiah 51:18 Or “from”
  23. Isaiah 51:19 Literally “wander”
  24. Isaiah 51:20 Or “of”
  25. Isaiah 51:21 Or “and”
  26. Isaiah 51:22 Literally “do again”
  27. Isaiah 51:23 Literally “your inner self”
  28. Isaiah 51:23 Or “and”
  29. Isaiah 51:23 Or “stride”
  30. Isaiah 51:23 Literally “placed”
  31. Isaiah 51:23 Or “stride”
  32. Isaiah 52:1 Literally “city of the holiness”
  33. Isaiah 52:1 Literally “do again he shall”
  34. Isaiah 52:4 Literally “in nothing”
  35. Isaiah 52:5 Literally “declaration of”
  36. Isaiah 52:5 Literally “declaration of”
  37. Isaiah 52:6 Literally “Look at me”
  38. Isaiah 52:8 Hebrew “voice”
  39. Isaiah 52:8 Hebrew “voice”
  40. Isaiah 52:8 Literally “eye in eye “
  41. Isaiah 52:10 Literally “the arm of his holiness”
  42. Isaiah 52:10 Hebrew “end”
  43. Isaiah 52:15 Hebrew “mouth”
  44. Isaiah 53:2 Or “And”
  45. Isaiah 53:2 Or “grew”
  46. Isaiah 53:2 Or “and”
  47. Isaiah 53:2 Or “and”
  48. Isaiah 53:3 Or “knowledgeable of”
  49. Isaiah 53:3 Literally “hiding of face from him”
  50. Isaiah 53:4 Or “and”
  51. Isaiah 53:5 Or “And”
  52. Isaiah 53:5 Or “wounded”
  53. Isaiah 53:5 Or “of”
  54. Isaiah 53:5 Or “healing”
  55. Isaiah 53:5 Hebrew “wound”
  56. Isaiah 53:5 Literally “it was healed for us”
  57. Isaiah 53:7 Or “and”
  58. Isaiah 53:7 Or “and”
  59. Isaiah 53:9 Or “gave”
  60. Isaiah 53:10 Or “And”
  61. Isaiah 53:10 Literally “he made sick”
  62. Isaiah 53:10 Or “you”
  63. Isaiah 53:10 Or “makes”
  64. Isaiah 53:10 Or “compensation”
  65. Isaiah 53:11 Or “soul”
  66. Isaiah 53:11 Dead Sea Scrolls add “light”
  67. Isaiah 53:11 Or “right”
  68. Isaiah 53:12 Or “great”
  69. Isaiah 53:12 Literally “Instead of that”
  70. Isaiah 53:12 Or “yet”
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Ephesians 5

Imitators of God

Therefore become imitators of God, as beloved children, and live in love, just as also Christ loved us, and gave himself for us an offering and sacrifice to God for a fragrant smell.[a] But sexual immorality, and all uncleanness, or greediness, must not even be named among you (as is fitting for saints), and obscenity, and foolish talk, or coarse jesting (which are not proper), but rather thanksgiving. For this you know for certain[b], that every sexually immoral person, or unclean person, or greedy person (who is an idolater), does not have an inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God is coming on the sons of disobedience.

Walk Like Children of Light

Therefore do not be sharers[c] with them, for you were formerly darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live like children of light (for the fruit of the light is in all goodness and righteousness and truth), 10 trying to learn what is well-pleasing to the Lord. 11 And do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but rather even expose them. 12 For it is shameful even to speak about the things being done by them in secret, 13 but all things exposed by the light are made visible, 14 for everything made visible is light. Therefore it says,

Wake up, sleeper,
and rise from the dead,
and Christ will shine on you.[d]

15 Therefore, consider carefully how you live, not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of the time because the days are evil.

Being Filled by the Spirit

17 Because of this do not become foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. 18 And do not be drunk with wine (in which is dissipation), but be filled by the Spirit, 19 speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and singing praise in your heart to the Lord, 20 giving thanks always for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to the God and Father, 21 being subject to one another out of reverence for[e] Christ 22 —wives to their own husbands as to the Lord, 23 because the husband is the head of the wife, as also Christ is the head of the church (he himself being the Savior of the body). 24 But as the church is subject to Christ, thus also wives should be subject[f] to their husbands in everything.

Husbands and Wives

25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for her; 26 in order that he might sanctify her by cleansing her[g] with the washing of water by the word; 27 in order that he might present to himself the church glorious, not having a spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she may be holy and blameless. 28 Thus also husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies. The one who loves his own wife loves himself. 29 For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as also Christ does the church, 30 because we are members of his body. 31 “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.”[h] 32 (This mystery is great, but I am speaking with reference to Christ and the church.) 33 Only you also, each one of you, must thus love his own wife as himself, and the wife must respect[i] her husband.

Footnotes:

  1. Ephesians 5:2 Or “a fragrant offering”
  2. Ephesians 5:5 Literally “for this you know, knowing”
  3. Ephesians 5:7 Or “partners”
  4. Ephesians 5:14 A quotation of unknown origin with possible allusions to Isa 26:19, 51:17, 52:1, 60:1
  5. Ephesians 5:21 Literally “in the fear of”
  6. Ephesians 5:24 The words “should be subject” are not in the Greek text, but are an understood repetition from the previous clause
  7. Ephesians 5:26 Here the direct object is supplied from context in the English translation
  8. Ephesians 5:31 A quotation from Gen 2:24
  9. Ephesians 5:33 Literally “that she fear”
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Psalm 69:19-36

19 You know my reproach, my shame and my disgrace.
Fully known[a] to you are all my adversaries.
20 Reproach has broken my heart and I am sick.
And I hoped for sympathy, but there was none,
and for comforters, but I found none.
21 They also gave me gall for food,[b]
and for my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.
22 Let their table before them be a trap,
and their times of peace a snare.
23 Let their eyes be dark so they cannot see,
and make their loins continually tremble.
24 Pour out your indignation on them,
and let your burning anger overtake them.
25 Let their camp be desolate.
Let none dwell in their tents,
26 because they persecute those whom you, yourself, have struck,
and they tell of the pain of those you have wounded.
27 Add guilt on top of their guilt,[c]
and do not let them be acquitted.[d]
28 Let them be blotted out of the book of the living,
and let them not be recorded with the righteous.
29 But as for me, though I am afflicted and pained,
your salvation will protect[e] me, O God.
30 I will praise the name of God in song,
and magnify him with thanksgiving.
31 For Yahweh it will be better than an ox or bull,
horned and hoofed.[f]
32 The afflicted will see and rejoice.
O God seekers, let your heart revive,[g]
33 because Yahweh hears the needy
and does not despise his own who are prisoners.
34 Let heavens and earth praise him,
the seas and all that moves in them,
35 because God will save Zion
and build the cities of Judah,
that they may dwell there and possess it.
36 And the offspring of his servants will inherit it,
and those who love his name will abide in it.

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 69:19 Literally “right in front of”
  2. Psalm 69:21 Or “they put poison in my food”
  3. Psalm 69:27 Literally “Give guilt on their guilt”
  4. Psalm 69:27 Literally “come into your righteousness”
  5. Psalm 69:29 The sense is that of making something inaccessibly high, like a fortress
  6. Psalm 69:31 That is, mature and ritually clean
  7. Psalm 69:32 Or “live”
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Proverbs 24:7

Wisdom is too high for fools;
at the gate he will not open his mouth.

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09/26/2020 DAB Transcript

Isaiah 48:12-50:11, Ephesians 4:17-32, Psalms 69:1-18, Proverbs 24:5-6

Today is the 26th day of September welcome to the Daily Audio Bible I’m Brian it is wonderful to be here with you today as we bring to a close another one of our weeks together. And, this will be the last time we bring a week to a close in the month of September. We are winding our way to the end of the month. Not that that…not that that is that big of a deal, but it is a fact. So, anyway, we’re reading from the Contemporary English Version this week, which is today and continuing our journey through the book of Isaiah. Today chapters 48 verse 12 through 50 verse 11.

Prayer:

Father, we thank You for Your word. We thank You for bringing us through the final full week of the month of September and…yeah…we’re getting ready to go to the final quarter of the strangest of years and once again we acknowledge Your faithfulness. And we’re here. You have been faithful. We have had plenty of trials along the way and You have been faithful, and You have carried us through, and we are once again grateful. And, so, as we release this week and become aware of the fact that it is becoming a part of our history, part of our past we look forward to all that You have yet to say to us in the coming months. So, come Holy Spirit we pray. We worship You. We love You. We need You. Make us more and more aware of Your never-ending presence in our lives we ask in the name of Jesus. Amen.

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Community Prayer and Praise:

Hi this is Jeanette from Denmark I’m originally from the states. I’m calling because my family, my husband and I, we’ve been active in service for the past year and a half, at least participating with local churches here and we’re experiencing the…we’re reacting very much to the stuff that’s happening in the states at least our government is also making sure that we’re using masks. And I’d like to pray for issues here on our island. So, Father I ask for Your grace to be over Funen to help them in their time of need, to help them us in our time of need, to use the time wisely for praying and getting in close in relationship with You. Help us to walk in the spirit of humble obedience and not fear Father and in bold joy knowing that You are coming to rescue Your children in the time that is appropriate. Thank You, Jesus that You love Funen and You love Denmark. Thank You that You know Your people here. Father I ask Holy Spirit that You would encourage dwell well in them Father and help them to hear Your voice. Thank You, Jesus for Your blood on the cross for all of us. Amen.

Good morning DABbers this is Danny would you all join me in prayer and lifting up all of the unloved wives out there. Heavenly father I just lift up all of these beautiful and precious ladies that you’ve created, these ladies Lord that you have put in the role of life. And Lord it’s not an easy role for sure and there are so many Lord that feel unloved by their husbands. Lord I just pray for these ladies, that they would be able to feel Your love and Your comfort and realize that they have no control over how their husband treats them or makes them feel but they do have control over how they feel. And Lord I just pray that You would do a mighty work in all of the hearts of these ladies, that You would replace their pain with joy Lord, joy in You, that they would stop looking at their husbands to fulfill that desire in them, a desire that You’ve created in us for fellowship Lord, and instead that they would fill that need with the fellowship with You God, that they would focus on their relationship with You and Lord that they would just hear Your voice in what to do next, how to be whole Lord. And I just pray that in their obedience Lord that You would bless them and keep them. And I just thank You Lord. Give them strength and courage in the name of Jesus I pray. Amen.

Hi everyone Tony the Narrator here. Thank you to everybody who got in touch with me about my DABC statement. That was really lovely. It’s really encouraging to know that you guys really do care. I just wanted to encourage all of you. I mean, on the Atlantic coast you’ve got storms and hurricanes on the way. On the west coast you’ve got huge fires happening all over the place. And basically, I just wanted to hold up every single one of you that’s a Christian in that area facing potential devastation. But I can’t help but remember the story of Abraham trying to convince God not to go ahead with the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah where God basically says, if one righteous person is there, I will spare em’. And do you know what? This damage is not is not 100%. America will always be able to come back from this. This is just little things and that’s because of you. I honestly believe that that is your faithfulness, your righteousness that is saving the lives of millions of American people like literally because God would…would just go for it, my country to. Britain deserves it probably deserves it more than every other country in the world. It is our faithfulness that is holding our life…holding us together. Anyway, I love you all. God bless you. Be blessed.

Hello Daily…Daily Audio Bible community I just want to say hi. I want to give a shout out to my brother Clarence Daniels and Perry Daniels. My brother Clarence introduced me to this app and I’m so grateful that he did and I just…I’m looking forward to posting prayers and replying back to prayers and getting to know the Daily Audio Bible community because this is exactly what I needed. So, to everyone out there be blessed be safe, spread love, spread hope, stay positive and always, always, always put your trust in God. Thank you.

Good morning today is September 23rd giving praise glory and honor to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who is King of King and Lord of lords. This is Lora Walking in the Wilderness from Georgia. Our father who art in heaven hallowed be thy name thy kingdom come thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

Hello, my beautiful DAB family I wanted to share this thought with you all. I was thinking the other day about how much God loves us and this morning, it’s Wednesday, September 23rd and Brian’s explanation of Ephesians, I think it was Chapter 2, reminded me of this. God loves us so very, very much. And I was reminded a few weeks ago of a commercial that was in the United States many years ago about a married couple who were getting ready to have a baby and they had to gather all the babies things and it was just changing their lives in so many ways. And at the end of the commercial it said having a baby changes everything. And I remember before we had our first child, I remember thinking, “oh yeah. I’ll bet having a baby really does change everything.” But when I had that first baby. O my goodness I couldn’t believe that having a baby would change everything. And I was thinking a few weeks ago about how much God loves us, how very, very much He loves us and that commercial came back to mind and I thought, “wow, knowing how much God loves you changes everything.” And it really does. Life is changed completely when you realize deep down inside how very, very, very much God loves you. So, my prayer for you today my…my beautiful DAB brothers and sisters is that you would know truly really know how very, very, very much God loves you because when you know that it changes everything. Blessings for you today.

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Saturday September 26, 2020 (NIV)

Isaiah 48:12-50:11

12 Israel, my chosen people,
listen to me.
I alone am the Lord,
the first and the last.
13 With my own hand
I created the earth
and stretched out the sky.
They obey my every command.

The Lord Speaks to the Nations

14 Gather around me, all of you!
Listen to what I say.
Did any of your idols
predict this would happen?
Did they say that my friend[a]
would do
what I want done
to Babylonia?[b]
15 I was the one who chose him.
I have brought him this far,
and he will be successful.
16 Come closer and listen!
I have never kept secret
the things I have said,
and I was here
before time began.

It Is Best To Obey the Lord

By the power of his Spirit
the Lord God has sent me
17 with this message:
People of Israel,
I am the holy Lord God,
the one who rescues you.
For your own good,
I teach you,
and I lead you
along the right path.
18 How I wish that you
had obeyed my commands!
Your success and good fortune
would then have overflowed
like a flooding river.
19 Your nation would be blessed
with more people
than there are grains of sand
along the seashore.
And I would never have let
your country be destroyed.

20 Now leave Babylon!
Celebrate as you go.
Be happy and shout
for everyone to hear,
“The Lord has rescued
his servant Israel!
21 He led us through the desert
and made water flow from a rock
to satisfy our thirst.
22 But the Lord has promised
that none who are evil
will live in peace.”

The Work of the Lord’s Servant

49 Everyone, listen,
even you foreign nations
across the sea.
The Lord chose me
and gave me a name
before I was born.
He made my words pierce
like a sharp sword
or a pointed arrow;
he kept me safely hidden
in the palm of his hand.
The Lord said to me,
“Israel, you are my servant;
and because of you
I will be highly honored.”

I said to myself,
“I’m completely worn out;
my time has been wasted.
But I did it for the Lord God,
and he will reward me.”

Even before I was born,
the Lord God chose me
to serve him and to lead back
the people of Israel.
So the Lord has honored me
and made me strong.

Now the Lord says to me,
“It isn’t enough for you
to be merely my servant.
You must do more than lead back
survivors
from the tribes
of Israel.
I have placed you here as a light
for other nations;
you must take my saving power
to everyone on earth.”

The Lord Will Rescue His People

Israel, I am the holy Lord God,
the one who rescues you.
You are slaves of rulers
and of a nation
who despises you.[c]
Now this is what I promise:
Kings and rulers will honor you
by kneeling at your feet.
You can trust me! I am your Lord,
the holy God of Israel,
and you are my chosen ones.

The Lord Will Lead His People Home

This is what the Lord says:
I will answer your prayers
because I have set a time
when I will help
by coming to save you.
I have chosen you
to take my promise of hope
to other nations.[d]
You will rebuild the country
from its ruins,
then people will come
and settle there.
You will set prisoners free
from dark dungeons
to see the light of day.

On their way home,
they will find plenty to eat,
even on barren hills.
10 They won’t go hungry
or get thirsty;
they won’t be bothered
by the scorching sun
or hot desert winds.
I will be merciful
while leading them along
to streams of water.
11 I will level the mountains
and make roads.
12 Then my people will return
from distant lands
in the north and the west
and from the city of Syene.[e]

The Lord’s Mercy

13 Tell the heavens and the earth
to celebrate and sing;
command every mountain
to join in the song.
The Lord’s people have suffered,
but he has shown mercy
and given them comfort.

14 The people of Zion said,
“The Lord has turned away
and forgotten us.”

15 The Lord answered,
“Could a mother forget a child
who nurses at her breast?
Could she fail to love an infant
who came from her own body?
Even if a mother could forget,
I will never forget you.
16 A picture of your city
is drawn on my hand.
You are always in my thoughts!

17 “Your city will be built faster
than it was destroyed[f]
those who attacked it
will retreat and leave.
18 Look around! You will see
your people coming home.
As surely as I live,
I, the Lord, promise
that your city with its people
will be as lovely as a bride
wearing her jewelry.”

Jerusalem’s Bright Future

19 Jerusalem is now in ruins!
Nothing is left of the city.
But it will be rebuilt
and soon overcrowded;
its cruel enemies
will be gone far away.

20 Jerusalem is a woman
whose children were born
while she was in deep sorrow[g]
over the loss of her husband.
Now those children
will come and seek room
in the crowded city,
21 and Jerusalem will ask,
“Am I really their mother?
How could I have given birth
when I was still mourning
in a foreign land?
Who raised these children?
Where have they come from?”

22 The Lord God says:
“I will soon give a signal
for the nations
to return your sons
and your daughters
to the arms of Jerusalem.
23 The kings and queens
of those nations
where they were raised
will come and bow down.
They will take care of you
just like a slave
taking care of a child.
Then you will know
that I am the Lord.
You won’t be disappointed
if you trust me.”

The Lord Is on Our Side

24 Is it possible to rescue victims
from someone strong
and cruel?[h]
25 But the Lord has promised
to fight on our side
and to rescue our children
from those strong
and violent enemies.
26 He will make those cruel people
dine on their own flesh
and get drunk from drinking
their own blood.
Then everyone will know
that the Lord is our Savior;
the powerful God of Israel
has rescued his people.

The Lord’s Power To Punish

50 The Lord says, “Children,
I didn’t divorce your mother
or sell you to pay debts;
I divorced her and sold you
because of your sins.
I came and called out,
but you didn’t answer.
Have I lost my power
to rescue and save?
At my command oceans and rivers
turn into deserts;
fish rot and stink
for lack of water.
I make the sky turn dark
like the sackcloth
you wear at funerals.”

God’s Servant Must Suffer

The Lord God gives me
the right words
to encourage the weary.
Each morning he awakens me
eager to learn his teaching;
he made me willing to listen
and not rebel or run away.

I let them beat my back
and pull out my beard.
I didn’t turn aside
when they insulted me
and spit in my face.
But the Lord God keeps me
from being disgraced.
So I refuse to give up,
because I know
God will never let me down.

My protector is nearby;
no one can stand here
to accuse me of wrong.
The Lord God will help me
and prove I am innocent.
My accusers will wear out
like moth-eaten clothes.

10 None of you respect the Lord
or obey his servant.
You walk in the dark
instead of the light;
you don’t trust the name
of the Lord your God.[i]
11 Go ahead and walk in the light
of the fires you have set.[j]
But with his own hand,
the Lord will punish you
and make you suffer.

Footnotes:

  1. 48.14 my friend: Probably Cyrus (see 44.28; 45.1).
  2. 48.14 Babylonia: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text of verse 14.
  3. 49.7 You. . . you: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
  4. 49.8 my. . . nations: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
  5. 49.12 Syene: The Dead Sea Scrolls; the Standard Hebrew Text “Sinim.” The reference may be to modern Aswan, a city in southern Egypt.
  6. 49.17 Your city. . . destroyed: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
  7. 49.20 whose children. . . sorrow: These “children” are Jews who were born in foreign countries during the time that Jerusalem was in ruins. Jerusalem probably stands for all the cities in Judah that were destroyed by the Babylonians.
  8. 49.24 cruel: The Dead Sea Scrolls and two ancient translations; the Standard Hebrew Text “good.”
  9. 50.10 God: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text of verse 10.
  10. 50.11 Go. . . set: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.

Ephesians 4:17-32

The Old Life and the New Life

17 As a follower of the Lord, I order you to stop living like stupid, godless people. 18 Their minds are in the dark, and they are stubborn and ignorant and have missed out on the life that comes from God. They no longer have any feelings about what is right, 19 and they are so greedy that they do all kinds of indecent things.

20-21 But that isn’t what you were taught about Jesus Christ. He is the truth, and you heard about him and learned about him. 22 You were told that your foolish desires will destroy you and that you must give up your old way of life with all its bad habits. 23 Let the Spirit change your way of thinking 24 and make you into a new person. You were created to be like God, and so you must please him and be truly holy.

Rules for the New Life

25 We are part of the same body. Stop lying and start telling each other the truth. 26 Don’t get so angry that you sin. Don’t go to bed angry 27 and don’t give the devil a chance.

28 If you are a thief, quit stealing. Be honest and work hard, so you will have something to give to people in need.

29 Stop all your dirty talk. Say the right thing at the right time and help others by what you say.

30 Don’t make God’s Spirit sad. The Spirit makes you sure that someday you will be free from your sins.

31 Stop being bitter and angry and mad at others. Don’t yell at one another or curse each other or ever be rude. 32 Instead, be kind and merciful, and forgive others, just as God forgave you because of Christ.

Psalm 69:1-18

(By David for the music leader. To the tune “Lilies.”)

God Can Be Trusted

69 Save me, God!
I am about to drown.
I am sinking deep in the mud,
and my feet are slipping.
I am about to be swept under
by a mighty flood.
I am worn out from crying,
and my throat is dry.
I have waited for you
till my eyes are blurred.

There are more people
who hate me for no reason
than there are hairs
on my head.
Many terrible enemies
want to destroy me, God.
Am I supposed to give back
something I didn’t steal?
You know my foolish sins.
Not one is hidden from you.

Lord God All-Powerful,
ruler of Israel,
don’t let me embarrass anyone
who trusts and worships you.
It is for your sake alone
that I am insulted
and blush with shame.
I am like a stranger
to my relatives
and like a foreigner
to my own family.

My love for your house
burns in me like a fire,
and when others insulted you,
they insulted me as well.
10 I cried and went without food,[a]
but they still insulted me.
11 They sneered at me
for wearing sackcloth[b]
to show my sorrow.
12 Rulers and judges gossip
about me,
and drunkards make up songs
to mock me.

13 But I pray to you, Lord.
So when the time is right,
answer me
and help me
with your wonderful love.
14 Don’t let me sink in the mud,
but save me from my enemies
and from the deep water.
15 Don’t let me be
swept away by a flood
or drowned in the ocean
or swallowed by death.

16 Answer me, Lord!
You are kind and good.
Pay attention to me!
You are truly merciful.
17 Don’t turn away from me.
I am your servant,
and I am in trouble.
Please hurry and help!
18 Come and save me
from my enemies.

Footnotes:

  1. 69.10 went without food: See the note at 35.13.
  2. 69.11 sackcloth: See the note at 30.11.

Proverbs 24:5-6

-21-

Wisdom brings strength,
and knowledge gives power.
Battles are won
by listening to advice
and making a lot of plans.

Isaiah 45:11-48:11, Ephesians 4:1-16, Psalms 68:19-35, Proverbs 24:3-4Today is the 25th day of…

Isaiah 45:11-48:11, Ephesians 4:1-16, Psalms 68:19-35, Proverbs 24:3-4

Today is the 25th day of September welcome to the Daily Audio Bible I’m Brian it’s great to be here. I cannot believe it is almost the end of September. I don’t want to get ahead of ourselves. We got…we got…we have some days to go, but man here we are getting ready to bring another month in for a landing in just a few short days. But everyday matters. Every day that we spend in the Scriptures matters. And, so, we have a few days left in this month and we can choose to embrace and end strong and finish well as we prepare to go into the final quarter of the year, but I’m getting ahead of ourselves here. So, rather than staying ahead of ourselves let’s center ourselves right here right now where we are, the 25th day of September, the 269th day of this year. We’re reading from the Contemporary English Version this week. Isaiah chapter 45 verse 11 through 48 verse 11.

Commentary:

Okay. So, as we continue our journey through the letter to the Ephesians, this…this letter keeps telling us the story is bigger than you think it is, there’s a lot more at stake, you have to open your eyes and see what’s going on here, this is of big deal. And, so, we’ve been kind of looking…looking at these different vista points as we make our way to the letter. And today, basically, the letter is telling us something we probably don’t like to be told, but need to be told, “it’s time to grow up.” And we might be thinking, “well…I'm…I’m up in years, you know, I'm…I’ve…I’ve been a grown-up, I’ve been an adult for a long time now. I don’t need to grow up.” But, yeah, we…we probably have areas that we need to grow up in. For example, let me just quote what this letter suggests we should do. “Always be humble and gentle.” Like, I’m gonna go on but let me just pause there. Like are we that? Then we could say, “yeah. I’m mature in that area”, but if not, then there is some growing up to do. “Always be humble and gentle. Patiently put up with each other and love each other.” So, we’re seeing that maybe we all have some growing up to do. I continue to quote. “Try your best to let God Spirit keep your hearts united. Do this by living at peace. All of you are part of the same body.” In other words, we are all in this together and it will not work any other way. Just like our bodies, right? Our hand can’t just divorce itself from our body and it could be…it could be lopped off in some terrible accident but the hands not gonna live and the body’s gonna suffer. This is what Paul’s been saying all along in his letters. So, continuing. “All of you are part of the same body. There is only one Spirit of God, just as you were given one hope when you were chosen to be God’s people. We have only one Lord, one faith and one baptism. There is one God who is the Father of all people. Not only is God above all others, but He works by using all of us and He lives in all of us.” Again, like that last thing, “He lives in all of us.” Chew on today. God lives in you. And all the things that are being suggested in this letter are things we can live into. We can choose not to. And honestly, most of the time we do choose not to, but that doesn’t mean it’s not available and that it’s not real. Maybe we don’t have eyes to see. Maybe there is some growing up to do. So, the letter continues to tell us that in order to become mature, in order to grow up, that Jesus has equipped the church. There are apostles and prophets and missionaries and pastors and teachers so that we could all grow and learn to serve and understand that we are part of one body and then when we grow strong, we are all growing strong. And when we are weak, we are all weak. We are one. We are one body, and this is gonna continue, these gifts that God has given to help us to mature and grow. According to Ephesians this is going to continue until we are united by our faith and our understanding of the Son of God, then…and I’m quoting…”then we will be mature just as Christ is and we will be” brace yourself… “and we will be completely like Him.” That’s where this story is headed and according to the letter to the Ephesians and I’m just mostly quoting all of this, according to Ephesians “we must stop acting like children. We must not let deceitful people trick us by their false teachings which are like winds the toss us around from place to place. Love should always make us tell the truth, then we will grow in every way and be more like Christ, the head of the body. And Christ holds it all together and makes all of its parts work perfectly as it grows and becomes strong because of love.” So, maybe we do have some years under our belts. Maybe we do have lots of experiences upon this earth, but are we, for all of those experiences and all of those years, are we still spiritual children? Are we still immature? And if that were the case would that not explain so much about the rest of our story? Because so often we are confused at ordering our world around us with our senses is the key when actually life is inside out. If we are spiritually mature our world, our lives will fall in line accordingly because we will be spiritually mature. We will be closer day by day step-by-step into the likeness of Christ or re-quoting Ephesians, “we will be mature, just as Christ is and we will be completely like Him.” I mentioned where we are in the year at the beginning of our reading today and I was like yeah, we’re out in front of ourselves. There’s still five more days or whatever left this month, let’s not get ahead of ourselves. But maybe just knowing that there are these days left in this month and then we will be turning into the final quarter of the year, maybe taking these days to consider our spiritual maturity, to consider maybe it’s time to grow up and stop being little kids in this. Maybe that’s what we spend our next few days preparing for and considering and meditating upon as we continue the journey forward because I would wager that a year like no other, this year, has done a lot of things but one thing that it has certainly done is expose different levels of immaturity in our lives. And I also would wager to say that, in order to finish this year well, this very very weird strange year we’ve been a part of and all the strangeness that is still out in front of us, we’re gonna need spiritual maturity. And, so maybe there’s nothing more important to focus on today and in the coming days.

Prayer:

Holy Spirit we invite You. We invite You because You have promised to lead us into all truth. We are counting on that. And as You lead us, we are being made mature, we are growing up, we are being transformed into the likeness of the Savior. This is the goal, and this is what we are after. This is what our hearts long for. This is what we are crying out for. It’s just that growing up exposes that we’re not. Becoming mature exposes, the areas that we’re not. And then we squirm, and we don’t like it because growing up takes work and requires responsibility and we don’t usually think of this in spiritual terms. And yet the quicker that we grow up spiritually and become mature within, the quicker we will be able to act with wisdom without. Come Holy Spirit we pray into this in the name of Jesus we ask. Amen.

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What’s up everyone? It’s Evan Olson from Greenville South Carolina just calling in a prayer request for my friend/coworker. Quite a divine appointment from God really. I just put in my two weeks at the pizza place I’m working at and then God presented a great opportunity for a job for me and my wife __  us before but…anyways I worked tonight…I prayed after I put my two weeks in and my coworker his name is Alex and he was standing in the back doing dishes and I just said I’m gonna go talk to him because he never really…he just started like a week ago and I just figured I’ll go talk to him. So, I walked up to him and talked to him and I mean the next thing I know he was telling me about stuff he was going through. His wife has cheated on him. He is going through a lot of suicidal thoughts. He’s tried commit suicide 17 times. I asked him if I..I asked him if I could call into this show and request prayer for him and he said yes and it was just amazing because, well, the Spirit just presented an opportunity and I invited him to church and everything and I just request prayer…prayer for him because he’s in a really tough spot right now. Thank you everybody. I love the Daily Audio Bible, longtime listener first-time caller.

This is Kitty Cat from Pennsylvania. This name was given to me by my beloved brother Tad and he’s actually also a DABber. He listens to Daily Audio Bible. I listened about four years and I just…I…this is my first time calling in for a prayer request. My prayer request is, after 65 years of really really excellent health…health…I’ve been so blessed in my life…I was diagnosed about six months ago with __ cell cancer in my face that unfortunately travels to some nerves. Now I went for 33 rounds of radiation and…and my prayer request is that while I wait for the test results that the anxiety will just be gone and that I can just be a shining light to my family and my friends and everyone, you know, and…and hopefully try to help them go through trials as well. And this, you know, obviously I hope the news is good and I pray for good news that I’m cancer free in November but I ask that you just pray that the fear is taken away…I…and I just can be a shining light during this time. And I listened today Psalm 63, O my word, that’s great. My soul clings to you, my soul thirsts for you. Your steadfast love Lord is better than light. And I love the Daily Audio Bible. And I just…I’m so thankful that you can pray for me. Thank you this is Kitty Cat from PA. Bye-bye.

Hi this is Jesse I am a resident in a hospital in Georgia. First of all, God bless everyone. And I’m having some problems at my residency. I just ask that God would give me the knowledge and wisdom to do right. I am being evaluated now so I’m just asking for God’s favor and I would ask if you can all join me in that prayer. And I will also ask for His grace and thank Him for it. I’ll say a prayer. Father, I only come before you and I just give you the thanks for everyone on this network. I thank you Lord God for letting them know you, letting them know who …who to come to and who to trust. I thank you for creating us. I thank you Lord God for the love that you’ve placed in us to give to others. And I pray now Lord God that every miracle in everyone’s heart of God will be made manifest Lord God before their eyes. And I thank you O Lord. God bless everyone. I love you.

Hey everybody this is Pelham calling from the great state of Alabama. I can’t even give you a city anymore because the Lord is moving me around, protecting me, healing me, binding up my broken heart and trying to show me the extent of His love, which is infinite. But I’m…I’m making this little call here today for Terry the Trucker. I’m trying something new. I’m gonna try to start caring about others instead of caring about myself. Wow…let’s see how long that lasts. But Terry, your call played like five days ago or a week ago something like that and I wanted you to know that I remember the first time you contacted the DAB. I remember…I remember the first time that you reached out and boy it feels like a lifetime ago but I wanted you to know there’s a guy in Alabama that’s praying for your peace and your strength and for your family and I’ve got to confess I probably need to listen to your prayer request again because there’s so much going on in my world that I can’t pay attention for longer than a few seconds. And the Holy Spirit has been gently nudging me to try something new and try to stop focusing on me and focus on others. And I’ll tell you, that’s not easy. But the Lord is so cool that He gives us the…the opportunity to experience how hard His job is getting the deal with all of his children and all of the forgiveness and the cross. I love you guys. Just wanted to say I’m alive. Bye.

Good day DAB family my name is Ron from the Philippines and I’ve been living in Dubai for 12 years it’s my first time calling using the app. Firstly I’d like to thank the people who have prayed for me on the Prayer Wall. They have been great blessing and encouragement and right now I’m just asking for more prayers because I’ve recently just lost my job and I only have a month to stay here in Dubai to try to find a new job otherwise I will need to go back home which is going to be tough. And, so, I need your prayers for God to direct me to the path that He wants me to go to. I’m also asking for prayers for comfort because there are bad days where I would sleep with a heavy heart, have nightmares, and wake up with palpitation. And, so, I’m just praying for God to cover me with this piece. I’m also facing the fact that I might not get anything after 12 years of service because I still have a loan and they would probably involuntarily put my benefits to the bank to pay off the loan. I’ve talked to the company and it seems that there’s no way, but I know that God will make a way and God will provide. And, yeah, I just thank you because I know that once you hear this a lot of people would be praying for me for an…an…an amazing job opportunity as well. And that gives me hope and strength and I know that this is a great testimony in the making. I am very grateful for this app for strengthening my faith immensely and for the people who are going to the same thing. We just need to trust God and He has amazing plans for our lives. God is good in God is Sovereign and we take comfort in that. Thank you, family, God bless you all.

Good morning Daily Audio Bible community today is September 21st 2020 and it is 1:40 AM in the morning Central Time here in Newburgh Indiana. This is Diane Olive Brown shalom, shalom I’m putting my log in the fire and I want to go back to the 17th when I don’t know if it was a little girl or little boy but the song was so pure and so holy and I just wanted…I won’t be able to sing it like they…that little person did. [singing starts] Dear God please all the people that are in the fire. Please help them to be safe and not get harmed. Please help them to know that You are with them. Dear Lord, we love You so much. Dear Lord, we love You. You’re in our heart. We are in Yours too. Please help all the people to learn about You [singing stops]. Thank you little one.

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Friday September 25, 2020 (NIV)

Isaiah 45:11-48

11 I am the Lord, the Creator,
the holy God of Israel.
Do you dare question me
about my own nation
or about what I have done?
12 I created the world
and covered it with people;
I stretched out the sky
and filled it with stars.
13 I have done the right thing
by placing Cyrus in power,
and I will make the roads easy
for him to follow.
I am the Lord All-Powerful!
Cyrus will rebuild my city
and set my people free
without being paid a thing.
I, the Lord, have spoken.

The Lord Alone Can Save

14 My people, I, the Lord, promise
that the riches of Egypt
and the treasures of Ethiopia[a]
will belong to you.
You will force into slavery
those tall people of Seba.[b]

They will bow down and say,
“The only true God is with you;
there are no other gods.”
15 People of Israel,
your God is a mystery,
though he alone can save.
16 Anyone who makes idols
will be confused
and terribly disgraced.
17 But Israel, I, the Lord,
will always keep you safe
and free from shame.

Everyone Is Invited

18 The Lord alone is God!
He created the heavens
and made a world
where people can live,
instead of creating
an empty desert.
The Lord alone is God;
there are no others.
19 The Lord did not speak
in a dark secret place
or command Jacob’s descendants
to search for him in vain.

The Lord speaks the truth,
and this is what he says
20 to every survivor
from every nation:
“Gather around me!
Learn how senseless it is
to worship wooden idols
or pray to helpless gods.

21 “Why don’t you get together
and meet me in court?
Didn’t I tell you long ago
what would happen?
I am the only God!
There are no others.
I bring about justice,
and have the power to save.

22 “I invite the whole world
to turn to me and be saved.
I alone am God!
No others are real.
23 I have made a solemn promise,
one that won’t be broken:
Everyone will bow down
and worship me.
24 They will admit that I alone
can bring about justice.
Everyone who is angry with me
will be terribly ashamed
and will turn to me.
25 I, the Lord, will give
victory and great honor
to the people of Israel.”

Babylonia’s Gods Are Helpless

The Lord said:

46 The gods Bel and Nebo[c]
are down on their knees,
as wooden images of them
are carried away
on weary animals.[d]
They are down on their knees
to rescue the heavy load,
but the images are still taken
to a foreign country.

You survivors in Israel,
listen to me, the Lord.
Since the day you were born,
I have carried you along.
I will still be the same
when you are old and gray,
and I will take care of you.
I created you. I will carry you
and always keep you safe.

Can anyone compare with me?
Is anyone my equal?
Some people hire a goldsmith
and give silver and gold
to be formed into an idol
for them to worship.
They carry the idol
on their shoulders,
then put it on a stand,
but it cannot move.

They call out to the idol
when they are in trouble,
but it doesn’t answer,
and it cannot help.
Now keep this in mind,[e]
you sinful people.
And don’t ever forget it.

The Lord Alone Is God

I alone am God!
There are no other gods;
no one is like me.
Think about what happened
many years ago.
10 From the very beginning,
I told what would happen
long before it took place.

I kept my word 11 and brought
someone from a distant land
to do what I wanted.
He attacked from the east,
like a hawk swooping down.
Now I will keep my promise
and do what I planned.

12 You people are stubborn
and far from being safe,
so listen to me.
13 I will soon come to save you.
I am not far away
and will waste no time;
I take pride in Israel
and will save Jerusalem.

Babylon Will Fall

The Lord said:

47 City of Babylon,
You are delicate
and untouched,
but that will change.
Surrender your royal power
and sit in the dirt.
Start grinding grain!
Take off your veil.
Strip off your fancy clothes
and cross over rivers.[f]
You will suffer the shame
of going naked,
because I will take revenge,
and no one can escape.[g]
I am the Lord All-Powerful,
the holy God of Israel.
I am their Savior.

Babylon, be silent!
Sit in the dark.
No longer will nations
accept you as their queen.
I was angry with my people.
So I let you take their land
and bring disgrace on them.
You showed them no mercy,
but were especially cruel
to those who were old.
You thought that you
would be queen forever.
You didn’t care what you did;
it never entered your mind
that you might get caught.

You think that you alone
are all-powerful,
that you won’t be a widow
or lose your children.
All you care about is pleasure,
but listen to what I say.
Your magic powers and charms
will suddenly fail,
then you will be a widow
and lose your children.

10 You hid behind evil
like a shield and said,
“No one can see me!”
You were fooled by your wisdom
and your knowledge;
you felt sure that you alone
were in full control.
11 But without warning,
disaster will strike—
and your magic charms
won’t help at all.

12 Keep using your magic powers
and your charms
as you have always done.
Maybe—just maybe—
you will frighten somebody!
13 You have worn yourself out,
asking for advice
from those who study the stars
and tell the future
month after month.
Go ask them how to be saved
from what will happen.
14 People who trust the stars
are as helpless
as straw
in a flaming fire.
No one can even keep warm,[h]
sitting by a fire
that feeds only on straw.
15 These are the fortunetellers
you have done business with
all of your life.
But they don’t know
where they are going,
and they can’t save you.

The Lord Corrects His People

48 People of Israel,
you come from Jacob’s family
and the tribe[i] of Judah.
You claim to worship me,
the Lord God of Israel,
but you are lying.
You call Jerusalem your home
and say you depend on me,
the Lord All-Powerful,
the God of Israel.

Long ago I announced
what was going to be,
then without warning,
I made it happen.
I knew you were stubborn
and hardheaded.
And I told you these things,
so that when they happened
you would not say,
“The idols we worship did this.”

You heard what I said,
and you have seen it happen.
Now admit that it’s true!
I will show you secrets
you have never known.
Today I am doing something new,
something you cannot say
you have heard before.
You have never been willing
to listen to what I say;
from the moment of your birth,
I knew you would rebel.

The Lord Warns Israel

I, the Lord, am true to myself;
I will be praised
for not punishing
and destroying you.
10 I tested you in hard times
just as silver is refined
in a heated furnace.[j]
11 I did this because of who I am.
I refuse to be dishonored[k]
or share my praise
with any other god.

Footnotes:

  1. 45.14 Ethiopia: See the note at 11.11.
  2. 45.14 Seba: See the note at 43.3.
  3. 46.1 Bel and Nebo: Bel was another name for Marduk, the chief god of the Babylonians. Nebo was the son of Marduk and also an important god.
  4. 46.1 as. . . animals: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
  5. 46.8 Now. . . mind: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
  6. 47.2 Strip. . . rivers: This may be a command to get ready for work that requires wading in the river, or it may be a warning that they are going to be taken away as slaves.
  7. 47.3 escape: Or “oppose me.”
  8. 47.14 keep warm: Or “cook food.”
  9. 48.1 tribe: Hebrew “waters.”
  10. 48.10 furnace: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text of verse 10.
  11. 48.11 I refuse to be dishonored: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.

Ephesians 4:1-16

Unity with Christ

As a prisoner of the Lord, I beg you to live in a way that is worthy of the people God has chosen to be his own. Always be humble and gentle. Patiently put up with each other and love each other. Try your best to let God’s Spirit keep your hearts united. Do this by living at peace. All of you are part of the same body. There is only one Spirit of God, just as you were given one hope when you were chosen to be God’s people. We have only one Lord, one faith, and one baptism. There is one God who is the Father of all people. Not only is God above all others, but he works by using all of us, and he lives in all of us.

Christ has generously divided out his gifts to us. As the Scriptures say,

“When he went up
to the highest place,
he led away many prisoners
and gave gifts to people.”

When it says, “he went up,” it means that Christ had been deep in the earth. 10 This also means that the one who went deep into the earth is the same one who went into the highest heaven, so that he would fill the whole universe.

11 Christ chose some of us to be apostles, prophets, missionaries, pastors, and teachers, 12 so that his people would learn to serve and his body would grow strong. 13 This will continue until we are united by our faith and by our understanding of the Son of God. Then we will be mature, just as Christ is, and we will be completely like him.[a]

14 We must stop acting like children. We must not let deceitful people trick us by their false teachings, which are like winds that toss us around from place to place. 15 Love should always make us tell the truth. Then we will grow in every way and be more like Christ, the head 16 of the body. Christ holds it together and makes all of its parts work perfectly, as it grows and becomes strong because of love.

Footnotes:

  1. 4.13 and we will be completely like him: Or <<and he is completely perfect.’>

Psalm 68:19-35

19 We praise you, Lord God!
You treat us with kindness
day after day,
and you rescue us.
20 You always protect us
and save us from death.

21 Our Lord and our God,
your terrible enemies
are ready for war,[a]
but you will crush
their skulls.
22 You promised to bring them
from Bashan
and from the deepest sea.
23 Then we could stomp
on their blood,
and our dogs could chew
on their bones.

24 We have seen crowds marching
to your place of worship,
our God and King.
25 The singers come first,
and then the musicians,
surrounded by young women
playing tambourines.
26 They come shouting,
“People of Israel,
praise the Lord God!”
27 The small tribe of Benjamin
leads the way,
followed by the leaders
from Judah.
Then come the leaders
from Zebulun and Naphtali.

28 Our God, show your strength!
Show us once again.
29 Then kings will bring gifts
to your temple
in Jerusalem.[b]

30 Punish that animal
that lives in the swamp![c]
Punish that nation
whose leaders and people
are like wild bulls.
Make them come crawling
with gifts of silver.
Scatter those nations
that enjoy making war.[d]
31 Force the Egyptians to bring
gifts of bronze;
make the Ethiopians[e] hurry
to offer presents.[f]

32 Now sing praises to God!
Every kingdom on earth,
sing to the Lord!
33 Praise the one who rides
across the ancient skies;
listen as he speaks
with a mighty voice.

34 Tell about God’s power!
He is honored in Israel,
and he rules the skies.
35 The God of Israel is fearsome
in his temple,
and he makes us strong.
Let’s praise our God!

Footnotes:

  1. 68.21 are ready for war: The Hebrew text has “have long hair,” which probably refers to the ancient custom of wearing long hair on special occasions, such as a “holy war.”
  2. 68.28,29 Our God. . . Jerusalem: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text of verses 28,29.
  3. 68.30 animal. . . swamp: Probably Egypt.
  4. 68.30 war: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text of verse 30.
  5. 68.31 the Ethiopians: The Hebrew text has “the people of Cush,” which was a region south of Egypt that included parts of the present countries of Ethiopia and Sudan.
  6. 68.31 presents: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text of verse 31.

Proverbs 24:3-4

-20-

Use wisdom and understanding
to establish your home;
let good sense fill the rooms
with priceless treasures.

09/24/2020 DAB Transcript

Isaiah 43:14-45:10, Ephesians 3:1-21, Psalms 68:1-18, Proverbs 24:1-2

Today is the 24th day of September welcome to the Daily Audio Bible I’m Brian it’s great to be here with you as we lock in, buckle up, move forward, take the next step in our journey through the Scriptures this year. So, we’ve been working our way through the book of Isaiah in the Old Testament and we’re in the book of Ephesians or the letter to the Ephesians in the New and now we’ve got a ways to go…I guess about another 20 chapters in the book of Isaiah, one of the longer books in the Bible. And, so, let’s dive in. We’re reading from the contemporary English version this week. Isaiah chapter 43 verse 14 through 45 verse 10.

Commentary:

Okay. So, as we move our way through the letter to the Ephesians I have kind of referred to it as like this mountain road experience where we are headed to the top, and there’s all these turn offs along the long way and there’s beautiful vistas all along the path because that’s just kinda how I…I…I read Ephesians. There was this one year where I’m reading it and stopping and going, “wait a minute. What? What…what is being said here?” Just truly contemplate the level, like the bigness of some of the things that are being said. And, so, it’s always kind of been like this to me. We reach this point the Bible and it’s like, this is why this is called Good News. And if this is all true, then this is not just a life game changer, like this is a world game changer, this is a humanity game changer. And, so, in our reading today Paul’s saying like, “there was…that there’s a mystery, a mystery that God is revealing, a mystery that God has always planned to reveal and He’s revealing it now and this is the mystery: because of Jesus, the good news…well…let me just quote Paul, “because of Christ Jesus the good news has given the Gentiles a share in the promises that God gave to the Jews. God has also let the Gentiles be a part of the same body.” Now we’ve already talked about Paul being controversial and so we could understand from a more traditional Hebrew perspective that people would be against Paul in this declaration, but the truth of…of the Christian faith is that it is vastly, vastly a Gentile form of spirituality now. That’s how things have turned out in the last couple of thousand years. And, so, what we’re reading in Ephesians is that this is the plan, that God has grafted us into the master story that He’s been telling through the Hebrew people, that He has invited us all to be a part of the same body through the Savior, through Jesus. I know that we know that but if we would slow down a second, understand that we just kind of turned off into this little parking area and we’re looking out over the journey upward that we’re taking and it’s this beautiful scene, we could understand we are so fortunate. We are so, so fortunate that God loves us and has always loved us and has always intended us to be a part of His story. What Paul’s saying is your ethnicity doesn’t matter, what boundaries you live behind, what nation you are in, whatever the ide…ideology of your culture is, you are invited through Jesus to be a part of the family of God. So, indeed, that is good news. But…buckle up because we’re about to get a cosmic view of things that we probably will need to ponder today. There’s a reason for all of this. So…so, I’m quoting Paul again, “God who created everything wanted me to help everyone understand the mysterious plan that it always been hidden in His mind. Then God would use the church to show the powers and authorities in the spiritual world that He has many different kinds of wisdom. God did this according to His eternal plan. And He was able to do what he had planned because of all that Christ Jesus our Lord had done.” Okay. So, it’s good that we’re parked here at this vista instead of trying to drive because this requires us to widen our horizon and understand that there are way bigger things going on surrounding our faith. Like we try to work out our faith most the time to try…to just try to have some kind of balance in life and follow and love God and…but it’s really centered around our experience in our own consciousness, what we personally are perceiving that we are experiencing. Well, what Paul is saying is God has all kinds of wisdom and it’s being borne out in what He is doing and what He is doing is revealing this wisdom to the spiritual realms, to the unseen rulers and authorities, to beings in the heavenly places, the powers and authorities in the spiritual world. In other words, our lives and our faith and our pursuit of union with God reveals the wisdom of God beyond what we can physically, with our bodily senses, with our human flesh, perceive, that there is more going on in the spiritual realms than we may be aware of. This isn’t just about the rescue of our hearts. It is. This isn’t just about us walking with God through this world and being a light in the darkness. It is. But the revelation of God’s unlimited wisdom is being revealed in the spiritual realms because of this. Right? That’s something…that’s something to think about, that’s something to go ponder, that’s something to reread and consider, that the story is bigger than we knew or than…that we mostly paid attention to, that the weightiness of our lives is revealing the wisdom of God far beyond what we can see or perceive. And because of this, and I’m quoting again, “Christ now gives us courage and confidence so that we can come to God by faith.” In other words, the presence of God and our awareness of His presence is always available, and we can be confident and even bold about it. I mean…I know we know some of the stuff but if we slow down, like…as if we were…we were driving up a mountain road pulling off at the scenery along the way, we’d understand we are talking about really big things. And, so, as we end our short, short reading but power packed reading from the letter to the Ephesians today, Paul prays a prayer and it’s kind of Paul’s response to what he is sharing, like, “look at what is going on here, perceive this, understand who you are.” And then he prays this prayer. And, so, let me just, again, like…I’m kind of re-quoting a lot of what we already read, but let’s receive this prayer. So, Paul says, “I kneel in prayer to the Father. All beings”…and we just explored that…“all beings in heaven and on earth receive their life from Him. God is wonderful and glorious. I pray that His Spirit will make you become strong followers and that Christ will live in your hearts because of your faith. Stand firm and be deeply rooted in his love. I pray that you and all of God’s people will understand what is called wide or long or high or deep. I want you to know all about Christ’s love. Although it is too wonderful to be measured. Then your lives will be filled with all that God is.”

Prayer:

Father we acknowledge that’s big news and we acknowledge that we gloss over these realities, these spiritual realities daily as we just try to deal with the chaos that’s flying at us in…in…in our senses. And yet we are being shown today that there is way more going on and way more at stake than we ever perceive or pay attention to. But the deeper that we become aware of Your love for us, the deeper that we move into a committed loving relationship with You, the deeper we fall in love with You, the more we realize that Your love is too wonderful to be measured and that we become aware that our lives are being intertwined with You as You intended. This was always the plan, that we might be filled with all that You are. And that last thing, we don’t even know…we don’t even know how to think about it or how to become aware of it, that You would permeate us, that You would surround and envelop us, that we would…that we would as Paul said, that our lives will be filled with all that God is. That this so good there are no words. And, so, Holy Spirit we invite You to well up from within as we meditate upon these things today, that they might become the way we look at things, this would be the eyes that Christ looked at the world through, this would be looking through Your eyes. And in part, that requires us to look at ourselves differently. It requires us to look at ourselves the way that You do and then that requires us to look at everyone else the way You do, even the people that we think are the problem. And, so, come Holy Spirit into this we pray. In the name of Jesus, we ask. Amen.

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Hi Daily Audio Bible this is Nalin from Dubai it’s my first time to call in. I’ve been listening to this beautiful program for eight years and now I’m a double DABber as well this year with China. Anyway, I would like some prayer requests for myself, my boss, and my colleagues. It’s been very tough since the COVID-19 and yes, we’ve had several cuts and we’ve had many issues and ups and downs and…but now we’ve got a dictator. A new manager came and she’s so dictatorship and rude and not the family-oriented atmosphere we have. And, so, I just want us for you guys to pray for me and my colleagues, especially my boss to be strong and hang in there and just to have the faith that we do our job and we get through this and we can conquer all with God. Thank you very much.

Hi this is Susanna in North Carolina I really need some prayer. I don’t feel like this is something that supposed to be between me and God and me learning to figure it out but I’m not doing a good job at all. I don’t know exactly what to ask for. I have a pretty good lot in life and yet I easily fall back into anxiety and live out of fear. I want to get back to a consistent level of joy and peace and having enthusiasm and drive for what I do each day, being able to trust God even when I can’t see around the next bend, to be able to rest in his light yoke. It’s a __ with me and something worth doing, to be able to rest in who he made me or made me to be or who I am now and in whose I am and to be finding my identity there. I don’t know if that’s one of those weird situations where you need something to actually cry about but…because I mean He’s…He’s been there for me and been faithful and I feel like I just have this mental battleground going on. So, if He gives you anything crave to pray for is appreciated for anything comes to mind. Thank you.

Good morning DAB family this is Chris from Virginia. Can you please pray for a friend of mine, he’s like a cousin, his name is Dennis? He’s going through some major intestinal complications and most importantly he is not saved and currently has a __ negative mindset. Please pray for his salvation. Please also pray for me as I am going to make an attempt to have a salvation conversation with him and just hopefully please pray that God gives me the words to share with him the vision I see for him and his future with just complete healing and salvation through Christ. Thank you all for all that you pray for. I love you all. Thank you, Brian it’s amazing what you do for us all. God bless you. Bye.

Good morning DABbers my name is Mary this is…I am a first-time caller and I’m just calling to request prayer for my daughter. She’s been fighting cancer since 2016. She’s 25 now. She has dealt with this like a trooper. She’s lost her hair. She’s not been able to walk. She’s done everything and she just loves the Lord and spreading the word. The reason I’m calling for prayer is right now she is losing her speech. She’s having trouble talking and this has been the hardest thing for her because she loves the Lord, she loves telling the people about the Lord and right now she can’t because she can’t speak very well and that’s really…really bringing her down because she doesn’t understand. And I just…I pray…I pray that God will restore her speech and will help her to continue spreading His love. We are so grateful for everything He’s done. He’s sustained her through all of this. She’s never stopped trusting in Him. But this one’s a hard one and I’m just needing prayer. It’s hard as her mom. It’s hard as her mom to watch her go to this and I just need more prayer out there to help with her speech. Thanks.

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The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Thursday September 24, 2020 (NIV)

Isaiah 43:14-45:10

The Lord Will Prepare the Way

14 I, 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.[a]

15 I am the Lord, your holy God,
Israel’s Creator and King.
16 I am the one who cut a path
through the mighty ocean.
17 I 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:

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

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

24 You 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.
25 But I wipe away your sins
because of who I am.
And so, I will forget
the wrongs you have done.

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

The Lord’s Promise to Israel

44 People of Israel,
I have chosen you
as my servant.
I am your Creator.
You were in my care
even before you were born.
Israel, don’t be terrified!
You are my chosen servant,
my very favorite.[f]

I will bless the thirsty land
by sending streams of water;
I will bless your descendants
by giving them my Spirit.
They will spring up like grass[g]
or like willow trees
near flowing streams.
They will worship me
and become my people.
They will write my name
on the back of their hands.[h]

I am the Lord All-Powerful,
the first and the last,
the one and only God.
Israel, I have rescued you!
I am your King.
Can anyone compare with me?
If so, let them speak up
and tell me now.
Let them say what has happened
since I made my nation
long ago,
and let them tell
what is going to happen.[i]
Don’t tremble with fear!
Didn’t I tell you long ago?
Didn’t you hear me?
I alone am God—
no one else is a mighty rock.[j]

Idols Can’t Do a Thing

The Lord said:

Those people who make idols
are nothing themselves,
and the idols they treasure
are just as worthless.
Worshipers of idols are blind,
stupid, and foolish.
10 Why make an idol or an image
that can’t do a thing?
11 Everyone who makes idols
and all who worship them
are mere humans,
who will end up
sadly disappointed.
Let them face me in court
and be terrified.

Idols and Firewood

12 A metalworker shapes an idol
by using a hammer[k]
and heat from the fire.
In his powerful hand
he holds a hammer,
as he pounds the metal
into the proper shape.
But he gets hungry and thirsty
and loses his strength.

13 Some woodcarver measures
a piece of wood,
then draws an outline.
The idol is carefully carved
with each detail exact.
At last it looks like a person
and is placed in a temple.
14 Either cedar, cypress, oak,
or any tree from the forest
may be chosen.
Or even a pine tree planted
by the woodcarver
and watered by the rain.

15 Some of the wood is used
to make a fire for heating
or for cooking.
One piece is made into an idol,
then the woodcarver bows down
and worships it.
16 He enjoys the warm fire
and the meat that was roasted
over the burning coals.
17 Afterwards, he bows down
to worship the wooden idol.
“Protect me!” he says.
“You are my god.”

18 Those who worship idols are stupid and blind! 19 They don’t have enough sense to say to themselves, “I made a fire with half of the wood and cooked my bread and meat on it. Then I made something worthless with the other half. Why worship a block of wood?”

20 How can anyone be stupid enough to trust something that can be burned to ashes?[l] No one can save themselves like that. Don’t they realize that the idols they hold in their hands are not really gods?

The Lord Won’t Forget His People

21 People of Israel,
you are my servant,
so remember all of this.
Israel, I created you,
and you are my servant.
I won’t forget you.[m]
22 Turn back to me!
I have rescued you
and swept away your sins
as though they were clouds.

Sing Praises to the Lord

23 Tell the heavens and the earth
to start singing!
Tell the mountains
and every tree in the forest
to join in the song!
The Lord has rescued his people;
now they will worship him.

The Lord Created Everything

24 Israel, I am your Lord.
I am your source of life,
and I have rescued you.
I created everything
from the sky above
to the earth below.

25 I make liars of false prophets
and fools of fortunetellers.
I take human wisdom
and turn it into nonsense.
26 I will make the message
of my prophets come true.
They are saying, “Jerusalem
will be filled with people,
and the Lord will rebuild
the towns of Judah.”

27 I am the one who commands
the sea and its streams
to run dry.
28 I am also the one who says,
“Cyrus will lead my people
and obey my orders.
Jerusalem and the temple
will be rebuilt.”

Cyrus Obeys the Lord’s Commands

45 The Lord said to Cyrus, his chosen one:

I have taken hold
of your right hand
to help you capture nations
and remove kings from power.
City gates will open for you;
not one will stay closed.
As I lead you,
I will level mountains[n]
and break the iron bars
on bronze gates of cities.

I will give you treasures
hidden in dark
and secret places.
Then you will know that I,
the Lord God of Israel,
have called you by name.
Cyrus, you don’t even know me!
But I have called you by name
and highly honored you[o]
because of Israel,
my chosen servant.

Only I am the Lord!
There are no other gods.
I have made you strong,
though you don’t know me.
Now everyone from east to west
will learn that I am the Lord.
No other gods are real.
I create light and darkness,
happiness and sorrow.
I, the Lord, do all of this.

Tell the heavens
to send down justice
like showers of rain.
Prepare the earth
for my saving power
to sprout
and produce justice
that I, the Lord, create.[p]

The Lord’s Mighty Power

The Lord said:

Israel, you have no right
to argue with your Creator.
You are merely a clay pot
shaped by a potter.
The clay doesn’t ask,
“Why did you make me this way?
Where are the handles?”
10 Children don’t have the right
to demand of their parents,
“What have you done
to make us what we are?”

Footnotes:

  1. 43.14 crying as they go: Or “in their glorious ships.”
  2. 43.19 streams: The Standard Hebrew Text; the Dead Sea Scrolls “paths.”
  3. 43.20 jackals: Desert animals related to wolves, but smaller.
  4. 43.27 earliest ancestor: Jacob, also known as Israel.
  5. 43.27 leaders: Probably prophets, but perhaps also priests and kings.
  6. 44.2 my very favorite: Or “Jeshurun.”
  7. 44.4 like grass: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
  8. 44.5 write. . . hands: To show that they belong to the Lord and to Israel.
  9. 44.7 Let them say. . . happen: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
  10. 44.8 mighty rock: See the note at 17.10.
  11. 44.12 by using a hammer: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
  12. 44.20 How. . . ashes: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
  13. 44.21 I won’t forget you: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
  14. 45.2 mountains: The Dead Sea Scrolls and one ancient translation; the Standard Hebrew Text “rising waves.”
  15. 45.4 But. . . you: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
  16. 45.8 Prepare. . . create: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.

Ephesians 3

Paul’s Mission to the Gentiles

Christ Jesus made me his prisoner, so that I could help you Gentiles. You have surely heard about God’s kindness in choosing me to help you. In fact, this letter tells you a little about how God has shown me his mysterious ways. As you read the letter, you will also find out how well I really do understand the mystery about Christ. No one knew about this mystery until God’s Spirit told it to his holy apostles and prophets. And the mystery is this: Because of Christ Jesus, the good news has given the Gentiles a share in the promises that God gave to the Jews. God has also let the Gentiles be part of the same body.

God treated me with kindness. His power worked in me, and it became my job to spread the good news. I am the least important of all God’s people. But God was kind and chose me to tell the Gentiles that because of Christ there are blessings that cannot be measured. God, who created everything, wanted me to help everyone understand the mysterious plan that had always been hidden in his mind. 10 Then God would use the church to show the powers and authorities in the spiritual world that he has many different kinds of wisdom.

11 God did this according to his eternal plan. And he was able to do what he had planned because of all that Christ Jesus our Lord had done. 12 Christ now gives us courage and confidence, so that we can come to God by faith. 13 That’s why you should not be discouraged when I suffer for you. After all, it will bring honor to you.

Christ’s Love for Us

14 I kneel in prayer to the Father. 15 All beings in heaven and on earth receive their life from him.[a] 16 God is wonderful and glorious. I pray that his Spirit will make you become strong followers 17 and that Christ will live in your hearts because of your faith. Stand firm and be deeply rooted in his love. 18 I pray that you and all of God’s people will understand what is called wide or long or high or deep.[b] 19 I want you to know all about Christ’s love, although it is too wonderful to be measured. Then your lives will be filled with all that God is.

20-21 I pray that Christ Jesus and the church will forever bring praise to God. His power at work in us can do far more than we dare ask or imagine. Amen.

Footnotes:

  1. 3.15 receive their life from him: Or <<know who they really are because of him.’>
  2. 3.18 what is called wide or long or high or deep: This may refer to the heavenly Jerusalem or to God’s love or wisdom or to the meaning of the cross.

Psalm 68:1-18

(A psalm and a song by David for the music leader.)

God Will Win the Battle

68 Do something, God!
Scatter your hateful enemies.
Make them turn and run.
Scatter them like smoke!
When you come near,
make them melt
like wax in a fire.
But let your people be happy
and celebrate because of you.

Our God, you are the one
who rides on the clouds,
and we praise you.
Your name is the Lord,
and we celebrate
as we worship you.

Our God, from your sacred home
you take care of orphans
and protect widows.
You find families
for those who are lonely.
You set prisoners free
and let them prosper,[a]
but all who rebel will live
in a scorching desert.

You set your people free,
and you led them
through the desert.
God of Israel,
the earth trembled,
and rain poured down.
You alone are the God
who rules from Mount Sinai.
When your land was thirsty,
you sent showers
to refresh it.
10 Your people settled there,
and you were generous
to everyone in need.

11 You gave the command,
and a chorus of women told
what had happened:
12 “Kings and their armies
retreated and ran,
and everything they left
is now being divided.
13 And for those who stayed back
to guard the sheep,
there are metal doves
with silver-coated wings
and shiny gold feathers.”

14 God All-Powerful, you scattered
the kings
like snow falling
on Mount Zalmon.[b]

15 Our Lord and our God,
Bashan is a mighty mountain
covered with peaks.
16 Why is it jealous of Zion,
the mountain you chose
as your home forever?

17 When you, Lord God, appeared
to your people[c] at Sinai,
you came with thousands
of mighty chariots.
18 When you climbed
the high mountain,
you took prisoners with you
and were given gifts.
Your enemies didn’t want you
to live there,
but they gave you gifts.

Footnotes:

  1. 68.6 and let them prosper: Or “and give them a song.”
  2. 68.14 Mount Zalmon: The location of this mountain is not known.
  3. 68.17 to your people: Or “in all your holiness” or “in your holy place.”

Proverbs 24:1-2

-19-

24 Don’t be jealous of crooks
or want to be their friends.
All they think about
and talk about
is violence and cruelty.

09/23/2020 DAB Transcript

Isaiah 41:17-43:13, Ephesians 2:1-22, Psalms 67:1-7, Proverbs 23:29-35

Today is the 23rd day of September welcome to the Daily Audio Bible I’m Brian it is a joy to be here with you today as we come around the Global Campfire together and just…well…like we say…let it go, release. Whatever the cares of this world are we can pick them up at the door when we leave if that’s what we want to do. But it’s possible, it’s just possible that as we orient ourselves to God through the Scriptures, we…we may leave this space looking at things a little bit differently and that may give us what we need to navigate. So, let’s just kind of leave it. Let’s exhale. Let’s just take a deep breath and let it go as we enter into our time in the Scriptures today. So, we’re reading from the Contemporary English Version working our way through the book of Isaiah. Today, Isaiah chapter 41 verse 17 through 43 verse 13.

Commentary:

Okay. So, I have been on top of many mountains in my life. I have…you may have too. Some of you live on top of mountains or live in mountains somewhere in the world. But if you’ve ever been to the top of a mountain, like you are actually at the summit of the mountain well then you can kind of look…like you can do a 360. Like there’s nothing above you anymore and you may be able to look 100 miles or you may be able to look way down into that city you are in, you know, so long ago before you drove up or  hiked up or whatever. You…you may be able to look far off into the mountain wilderness and see peak after peak after peak just cascading off into the distance. And to me, Ephesians is kind of like that mountain top experience in the Bible or even the journey. Like if you drive up to the top of a mountain there’s gonna be a lot of turnoffs along the way where you can kinda get a vantage point on your way to the summit and everywhere you look you’re just like, “this can’t be real, this is so beautiful. Like, this is a postcard. This is unbelievable.” And that’s kinda how Ephesians reads to me. So, like just reading from what we…what we read from the letter today, “you were saved by faith in God who treats us much better than we deserve. This is God’s gift to you not anything you have done on your own. It isn’t something you have earned. So, there is nothing you can brag about. God planned for us to do good things and to live as He has always wanted us to live. That’s why He sent Christ to make us what we are.” Okay. We could be like, “okay. Yup. Theologically I understand that. That's…that is kind of laying out the good news in a nice bite-size morsel” or we could slow down and understand we are on a journey and this is a vista and what’s being said here is that God wants us. Like we’re not earning our way into anything. He wants us and there’s nothing we can do to puff ourselves up like we’re super spiritual. He can see right through that obviously but so can everybody else. We haven’t earned anything. We can’t earn this. It was bestowed upon us. It’s a gift because He wants us. He planned for our lives and sent Jesus to make it possible. Okay. So, there…there’s no…there’s like little chart with stars on it for good behavior that we can earn, and if we get enough stars then we get to the next level of heaven or something or even get there at all. This is a gift. It’s something that we receive by faith, which…which basically at its essential core simply means that we believe that it’s true. We didn’t God. God found us. Like, we didn’t choose God He chose us personally. He came near and we reached out and He reached back, and we embraced, and this fantastic gift of salvation was given. We didn’t earn it and He’s not gonna take it back and nobody can take it from us. We can reject it, but it can’t be taken from us. No one can steal it from us. And since we can’t earn then we have…like there’s nothing to be puffed up about. The only thing we can rightfully be is humbled, humbled with such unbelievable undeserved kindness. So, I know that you know because we sing songs about it and you might hear it in church and might recite it, that God knows who you are, that you are His child, that He knows your name. But have you ever just like slowed down enough to think about what we are talking about. The most-high God, the Creator of all things…I mean just look around you…just look at the trees…just look around and understand that all of this was set in motion by God, the most-high God. This isn’t our planet or our nation. This is God’s creation. He owns all of it and we fight over which part of it we get to steward. This is His, He made it and we are here because He loves us. That is a lot to take in when you slow down enough to see how good the Good News is. And, so, may we…well…may we relax. Remember those cares of the world we were talking about at the beginning, like we can pick all that stuff up when we leave the Global Campfire here but what good is that gonna do? The most-high God has come for us and chosen us. Certainly, whatever we’re carrying around that’s bringing us stress and anxiety right now pales in comparison to that. The most-high God, who created the world that we live on and this place is His, He can handle whatever is we’re draggin’ around. And maybe we’re draggin’ around a bunch of stuff because we think it gives us some sort of value or some sort of identity when there is no greater identity than to be the child of the most-high God. Like that’s winning the lottery. That’s the cosmic lottery. There is nothing ever that’s going to be better than that. So, whatever’s leaning by the door that we can pick up when we leave, we need to look at it with a whole new set of eyes, eyes to see and ears to hear.

Prayer:

Father we thank You that You have chosen us, that You came to find us. We keep thinking we found God, we found Jesus…we…You came for us. You were always there. Just one day we had eyes to see and things have never been the same because we can’t unsee Your goodness. We can be blinded to it and be distracted away from it. That is the work of the world. You have called us to rise above it all and see hundreds of miles to see the grand vista peak after peak after peak of Your glory. And we will move from glory to glory because we are Your children. Come Holy Spirit and lead us into all truth. Come Holy Spirit and give us eyes to see and ears to hear. We pray this in the mighty name of Jesus, our Savior. Amen.

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Community Prayer and Praise:

Hello this is Smiley Gail from Canada I’m calling today to…for the first time and I’d like to lift up Terry the Trucker to You Lord. He’s lonely and he’s hurting, and he’s worried about his family, but I just pray that You would heal his granddaughter and make his home safe for him to return to. And Lord while he’s in his truck isolating, I just pray that You would meet his every need. I pray also for all the people who are in AA and Al-Anon and groups like that who are suffering during this pandemic because they can’t get together like they usually do. And I pray those who aren’t in those groups but should be, that You would lead them in. And Lord I pray for my own family members who are struggling with addictions to alcohol and other substances, that You would help them to find freedom and put them in touch with other people who would support them. And I just ask Your blessing on the woman who called in who was a special needs children worker and that you would restore her to her job in Jesus’ name I pray this. Amen.

O Lord God who thou has made the heavens and the earth by thy great power. Father Your ruling over all things and it’s Sunday and it’s Your day it’s a day of worship but Lord there’s so many…so many people suffering, so many people in fear and hurt who need You and need Your help. Thank You for the woman who reached out for the first time after listening for seven years to ask for prayer. I pray that her husband will be completely exonerated and that the relationship between him and his family and their extended family will be healed. I pray for the woman who feels like she’s being attacked from all sides that You will give her strength and that You will give her somebody to lean on. I pray for Terry the Trucker who is, I guess You could say, a full-time trucker now. I pray that You will give him courage and give him strength to bear through and bear up and to not be afraid. And I pray that the COVID symptoms and everything will pass, and his family will be clean soon so that he can be with them again. Father I pray that You will renew a right spirit in us all and a spirit of joy and trust in You. Thank You that You’re here. Thank You for this family. And it’s in Jesus’ name that I pray. Amen. This is Mark Turner from New Jersey. I love you all.

Hello from beautiful Cincinnati Ohio this is Daniel Johnson Junior how y’all doing? Thank you to everybody that prayed for me when…after I called in earlier this month…last month. The situation is still very dire for us financially…don’t know exactly how we are going to make ends meet but working out some things to get that happening. Wanted to share something that I kind of…that I was thinking about from Brian’s reading on Friday, September 18th from Galatians chapter…chapter 3 verse 23 through 29. And just to echo what Brian had said…shared the Bible is just a boo. What we do because of it, how we live because of it, that’s what matters. It reveals the extent of God’s love for us and urges us to respond to that love by committing our own styles to His ways. It got me thinking, well, you know, a marriage certificate is just a piece of paper. What we do as married couples because we’re married, how we live in marriage, that’s what matters. Yes, the wedding and may have been awesome and we got that piece of paper to show that were married but unless we live it out in our daily commitment to our spouses it means nothing. The same way, a birth certificate, yes, even a birth certificate is just a piece of paper showing that you were born. By itself it’s only that but what you do because you were born, that’s what matters. And I was reminded about what Paul writes in first Corinthians 15. He says, “by the grace” and this is NIV, “by the grace of God I am what I am and His grace to me is not without effect.” So, brothers and sisters let’s live out what we read in the Bible and what we have understood in the Bible so that God’s grace will not be without effect, that the Bible will be more than just this book that we rely on. God bless you all from beautiful Cincinnati Ohio. Make it a great day.

Hey, my precious DAB family this is Kingdom Seeker Daniel from Chicago. I want to speak to Melissa. Your husband is being wrongfully accused for molesting a family member many years ago. I want to pray for you sis, but I just want you to know I…I know this story all too well. And, so, my heart is right there with you. And, so, family let’s pray for our sister and our brother. Dear God, our Father we thank You that You all the Lord of hosts. You are the God of armies and You are in control of everything. You know our down sitting from our uprising. You know exactly what is taking place with this accusation that’s being formed against Melissa’s husband. God, will You be the judge and the jury O God on this matter and will You expose the works of Satan as he is attempting to bring down a family and a man’s life in particular. God, I pray that You would be the one to rescue our brother from this wrongful accusation. Will You allow truth to prevail. Will You allow justice to prevail. And would You allow mercy to prevail in the name of Jesus. We thank You God that You are the one that vindicates us, and we are believing that You will vindicate Melissa’s husband according to Your divine will. Will You strengthen my sister, encourage her and comfort her to know that all is well because You see all. In Jesus’ name. Be encouraged sis.

Good morning Daily Audio Bible family this is Laura in West Palm Beach Florida. I’m calling to pray for Terry the trucker. Terry, I heard your message this morning on this 20th of September that your granddaughter has COVID. And I want to tell you Terry that I’m praying for your granddaughter for healing, for quick recovery, for no one else in the family to have any…any symptoms of this COVID as a result of her sickness and I pray that she would soon be well. I pray that you would be well while you’re waiting and quarantining yourself in your truck and Terry that you would stay well and not get this disease. I pray that your fear would be replaced with faith and I pray Father…heavenly Father that You would just protect his family. Lord I pray they would see Terry’s faith and they would be encouraged, that they would recover from the sickness as a family Father because when one person in the family hurts they all hurt and that’s how we feel about you Terry. This family is praying with you. This family is lifting you up to the Father because He didn’t bring you this far to leave you Terry. We love you.

Hi, DABbers. Hi Brian and thank you for your ministry and thank you DABbers for all your prayers. I’m sorry for my English. It is not my first language. I want to reach out for a prayer for someone I know. He needs very much help because he’s very young in faith and he has to grow a lot as a man to be able to care for the people around him and for himself and to grow towards what God has purposed for him, towards the image of the son of God. Please pray for him because my time and abilities haven’t been as good as I had hoped. Thank you all. Bye.