Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Isaiah 58

I'm doing a wonderful bible study at the moment. It's on Ruth and it's by Kelly Minter and you can learn more here if you're wondering about it. Its a six week study, and it is designed for a group, but I'm doing it by myself during my quiet time. It has some really neat recipes in it though that I think would be great for a small group. I'm on Week 3 and I've already decided that my next study is going to be Kelly's other study No Other Gods. I have learned so much already in this study. Today, the lesson mentioned the following verse. I've decided that this is going to be my mantra over the next year. :)
Free those who are wrongly imprisoned;

lighten the burden of those who work for you.

Let the oppressed go free,

and remove the chains that bind people.

Share your food with the hungry,

and give shelter to the homeless.

Give clothes to those who need them,

and do not hide from relatives who need your help.

“Then your salvation will come like the dawn,

and your wounds will quickly heal.

Your godliness will lead you forward,

and the glory of the Lord will protect you from behind.

Then when you call, the Lord will answer.

‘Yes, I am here,’ he will quickly reply.

“Remove the heavy yoke of oppression.

Stop pointing your finger and spreading vicious rumors!

Feed the hungry,

and help those in trouble.

Then your light will shine out from the darkness,

and the darkness around you will be as bright as noon.

The Lord will guide you continually,

giving you water when you are dry

and restoring your strength.

You will be like a well-watered garden,

like an ever-flowing spring.

Some of you will rebuild the deserted ruins of your cities.

Then you will be known as a rebuilder of walls

and a restorer of homes.

-Isaiah 58:6-12

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