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Thursday, 29 June 2017

Back to the Bible

Tell it not in Gath, publish it not in the streets of Ashkelon...

I want to whisper it quietly because I'm not sure if it will last, but I'm going to try to return to a daily Bible reading and to blog about it.

 I've been meaning to read Isaiah day by day, and I think if I do it now then I'll be finishing at around Christmas time. Isaiah is a wonderful book to read at Christmas, with the rich and fulfilling promises of a Messiah and new hope in the midst of a people's suffering and shame.

So journey with me if you'd like to. We will be entering a confused and uncertain part of Israel's history, a time when their national identity was under threat like never before: when powerful forces conspired against them.

What sort of deal could they strike with the powerful Empires around them?Could they rely on any sort of special relationship to give them security? What did it mean to believe in a God who had lead them to victory in the past, when victories were no longer coming?

Topical? Of course. The links between the Bible and the present day are seldom hard to find.

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