Hear the Word of the Lord

This is what the Sovereign Lord says: “See, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone (Jesus!) for a sure foundation; the one who relies on it will never be stricken with panic.

Your covenant with death will be annulled; your agreement with the realm of the dead will not stand.

When the overwhelming scourge sweeps by, you will be beaten down by it. As often as it comes it will carry you away; morning after morning, by day and by night, it will sweep through.”

The understanding of this message will bring sheer terror. The Lord will rise up to do his work, his strange work, and perform his task, his alien task.

Now stop your mocking, or your chains will become heavier; the Lord, the Lord Almighty, has told me    of the destruction decreed against the whole land. Listen and hear my voice; pay attention and hear what I say. (From Isaiah 28:16-28, NIV)

and again, in the Message Bible.

Now listen to God’s Message, you scoffers. You say, “We’ve taken out good life insurance. We’ve hedged all our bets, covered all our bases. No disaster can touch us. We’ve thought of everything.    We’re advised by the experts. We’re set.”

A hailstorm will knock down the shantytown of lies, and a flash flood will wash out the rubble. “Then you’ll see that your precious life insurance policy isn’t worth the paper it was written on.

Your careful precautions against death were a pack of illusions and lies. When the disaster happens,

    you’ll be crushed by it. Every time disaster comes, you’ll be in on it—   Every report of disaster

    will send you cowering in terror. There will be no place where you can rest, nothing to hide under.

Sober up, friends, and don’t scoff.  Scoffing will just make it worse. I’ve heard the orders issued for destruction, orders from God-of-the-Angel-Armies—ending up in an international disaster.

Prayer- Lord, you beg us with these words to listen to you and give you our close attention. . Listen to me now. (From Isaiah 28:23-26, MSG) And we do. Amen.

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