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Morning Reflection: (Is 1:19-2:3; Genesis 1:14-23; and Proverbs 1:20-33) “Wisdom is Everywhere” …


Good morning. Great is His faithfulness.


ALL READINGS FROM MY ORTHODOX STUDY BIBLE


Isaiah 1:19-2:3


If you are willing and obedient,You shall eat the good of the land;20 But if you refuse and rebel,You shall be devoured by the sword”;For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.

The Degenerate City

21 How the faithful city has become a [a]harlot!It was full of justice;Righteousness lodged in it,But now murderers.22 Your silver has become dross,Your wine mixed with water.23 Your princes are rebellious,And companions of thieves;Everyone loves bribes,And follows after rewards.They do not defend the fatherless,Nor does the cause of the widow come before them.

24 Therefore the Lord says,The Lord of hosts, the Mighty One of Israel,“Ah, I will [b]rid Myself of My adversaries,And [c]take vengeance on My enemies.25 I will turn My hand against you,And thoroughly[d] purge away your dross,And take away all your alloy.26 I will restore your judges as at the first,And your counselors as at the beginning.Afterward you shall be called the city of righteousness, the faithful city.”

27 Zion shall be redeemed with justice,And her [e]penitents with righteousness.28 The destruction of transgressors and of sinners shall be together,And those who forsake the Lord shall be consumed.29 For [f]they shall be ashamed of the [g]terebinth treesWhich you have desired;And you shall be embarrassed because of the gardensWhich you have chosen.30 For you shall be as a terebinth whose leaf fades,And as a garden that has no water.31 The strong shall be as tinder,And the work of it as a spark;Both will burn together,And no one shall quench them.

The Future House of GodThe word that Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem.Now it shall come to pass in the latter daysThat the mountain of the Lord’s houseShall be established on the top of the mountains,And shall be exalted above the hills;And all nations shall flow to it.Many people shall come and say,“Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord,To the house of the God of Jacob;He will teach us His ways,And we shall walk in His paths.”For out of Zion shall go forth the law,And the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.


(v. 21): RIGHTEOUSNESS of God is His presence, it is LODGED in ZION, but the people forsake the Lord and His ways.


(v. 22)- SILVER IS WORTHLESS: The prophets and their words have been corrupted with bad interpretations. They MIX WINE WITH WATER: the purity of the doctrine has been watered down by human reason.


(v. 23): The people are said to be ORPHANS that's because they have become DISOBEDIENT to their Heavenly Father. The WIDOW has rejected the BRIDEGROOM.


(vv. 24-31): God's JUDGEMENT, is weathered by His mercy, Will HUMBLE and ESTABLISH His order as it was AT THE BEGINNING for those who repent.


Isaiah 2:1-3: THE MOUNTAIN is a symbol of the Church, which will PROCLAIM God's WAY to the Gentiles- (Micah 4:1-4): The Lord’s Reign in Zion

4 Now it shall come to pass in the latter daysThat the mountain of the Lord’s houseShall be established on the top of the mountains,And shall be exalted above the hills;And peoples shall flow to it.2 Many nations shall come and say,“Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord,To the house of the God of Jacob;He will teach us His ways,And we shall walk in His paths.”For out of Zion the law shall go forth,And the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.3 He shall judge between many peoples,And rebuke strong nations afar off;They shall beat their swords into plowshares,And their spears into [a]pruning hooks;Nation shall not lift up sword against nation,Neither shall they learn war anymore.

4 But everyone shall sit under his vine and under his fig tree,And no one shall make them afraid;For the mouth of the Lord of hosts has spoken.


Genesis 1:14-23

14 Then God said, “Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years; 15 and let them be for lights in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth”; and it was so. 16 Then God made two great [a]lights: the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night. He made the stars also. 17 God set them in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth, 18 and to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. 19 So the evening and the morning were the fourth day.

20 Then God said, “Let the waters abound with an abundance of living [b]creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the face of the [c]firmament of the heavens.” 21 So God created great sea creatures and every living thing that moves, with which the waters abounded, according to their kind, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 22 And God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.” 23 So the evening and the morning were the fifth day.


vv. 14-23: This passage is read during Tuesday Vespers in the first week of Great Lent.


Proverbs 1:20-33 - Read from Orthodox Study Bible


Proverbs 1:20-21: Wisdom sings in the streets; She moves boldly in the squares. She preaches on high city walls and sits at the gates of lords. At the gates of a city she godly says,


Proverbs 1:22: “How long, you [c]simple ones, will you love [d]simplicity?


For scorners delight in their scorning,


And fools hate knowledge.


Wisdom -(Christ) is everywhere and is in all things and fulfills all things. The simple seen in v. 22 are for beginners in the life of virtue. In v. 23 perception is one of the general virtues of Wisdom, and the crown of the virtues. (v. 24)- Wisdom sends forth His Holy Spirit - (my breath) to teach the wise His word - (v. 24).


Proverbs 1:23: But those without discernment, since they are desirous of arrogance, and are become ungodly, they hate perception, and are become subject to reproofs.


Proverbs 1:24: Behold, I shall bring forth upon you the utterance of my breath, and I shall teach you my word.


Numbers 6:24-26


“The Lord bless you and keep you;


25 The Lord make His face shine upon you,


And be gracious to you;


26 The Lord [a]lift up His countenance upon you,


And give you peace.” ’


In Christ love Jared W Campbell









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