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I do not know where this fits in the daily Bible reading, but this is meditation on Isaiah 29, on
which I have been meditating.

Isaiah 29 (Contemprary English Version - CEV)

The LORD said:
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Jerusalem, city of David, the place of my altar, you are in for trouble! Celebrate your festivals
year after year.

NOTES:
Coffman Commentaries on the Old and New Testament

Isaiah wrote that, "His (God's) fire is in Zion, and his furnace is in Jerusalem" (Isaiah 31:9). Naturally, wherever the fire is, there is also the altar.

Isaiah 31:6-9 (CEV)
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People of Israel, come back! You have completely turned from the LORD.
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The time is coming when you will throw away your idols of silver and gold, made by your sinful hands.
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The Assyrians will be killed, but not by the swords of humans. Their young men will try to escape, but they will be captured and forced into slavery.
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Their fortress [NOTE]
will fall when terror strikes; their army officers will be frightened and run from the battle. This is what the LORD has said, the LORD whose fiery furnace is built on Mount Zion.

[NOTE] fortress: Hebrew text has "rock," which may refer to the Assyrian god or king, or to their army.

Isaiah 31:9, Amplified Bible
[In his flight] he shall pass beyond his rock [refuge and stronghold] because of terror; even his officers shall desert the standard in fear and panic, says the Lord, Whose fire is in Zion and Whose furnace is in Jerusalem.

Coffman Commentaries on the Old and New Testament (continued)

There the sacrifices were offered, the feasts were held, and there the Day of Atonement was celebrated, etc. Most significantly of all, it was there that the Great Sacrifice, that of Christ himself upon the cross, was offered.

"In the light of all this, `hearth of God' (or altar-hearth) seems to be the better understanding."
James Moffatt's Translation of the Bible (1929) renders it, "God's own hearth and altar."

THE ORIGIN OF THE MAME OF CITY OF JERUSALEM:
Abraham offered his son, the son he loved the most—the child of promise through Sarah. In the English Bibles, God named the place “Jehovah Jireh”. In Bereishis (Genesis) in the Torah, the name is “Yahweh Yireh”.

According to the Torah, the name of the city had already been called “Shalem”, a derivative of “Shalom”—Peace.

Jerusalem: “Yireh – Shalem”, “Yeru – Shalem”. On the Mountain of God’s chosen offering, God provides and there is Peace.

~~~

Since we, as New Testament believers, are the “dwelling place of God”, may we also be “God’s own hearth and altar. This is not a calling to an easy life, but to be the living sacrifice to which that He calls us.
* We are to sacrifice our mind, thoughts, way, and will for His
* We are called to display the “fire” of His Glory in our fellowships and our lives.
* We are to intercede for the nations as the Lord Jesus, Who is the Glory of God.

Isaiah 29 (CEV - continued)
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I will still make you suffer, and your people will cry when I make an altar of you.

The Adam Clarke Commentary

In Ezekiel 43:15, we learn that Ari-el was the name of the altar of burnt-offerings, put here for the city itself in which that altar was.

Ezekiel 43:15, Amplified Bible

And the altar hearth shall be four cubits high, and from the altar hearth reaching upward there shall be four horns one cubit high.

The Adam Clarke Commentary (continued)

As the altar of burnt-offerings was surrounded daily by the victims which were offered: so the walls of Jerusalem shall be surrounded by the dead bodies of those who had rebelled against the Lord, and who should be victims to his justice.

The translation of Bishop Lowth appears to embrace both meanings: "I will bring distress upon Ari-el; and it shall be to me as the hearth of the great altar."

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I will surround you and prepare to attack from all sides.
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From deep in the earth, you will call out for help with only a faint whisper.
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Then your cruel enemies will suddenly be swept away like dust in a windstorm.
~~~

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I, the LORD All-Powerful, will come to your rescue with a thundering earthquake and a fiery
whirlwind.
~~~

The fate of Islamic nations attacking Jerusalem: “Yireh – Shalem”, “Yeru – Shalem”. On the Mountain of God’s chosen offering, God provides and there is Peace.
They forfeit peace through attacking Jerusalem.

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Every brutal nation that attacks Jerusalem and makes it suffer will disappear like a dream when night is over.
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Those nations that attack Mount Zion will suffer from hunger and thirst. They will dream of food and drink but wake up weary and hungry and thirsty as ever.

Prophets Who Fool Themselves

MY NOTE: Make sure to keep heart soft to Lord. The natural man cannot understand God’s wisdom, and sees His wisdom as foolish. We must understand God’s wisdom through the Holy Spirit bringing revelation to us as we pray, fast, and study God’s breath in writing—the Holy Bible.

Bringing our minds and our “wisdom” in submission to God’s Mind and God’s Wisdom is our calling and our life.
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“Lord, I give up my mind for Your Mind”
*
“Lord, I give up my thoughts for Your Thoughts”
*
“Lord, I give up my way for Your Way”
*
“Lord, I give up my will for Your Will.”

In other words, in the words of Jesus: Ask (and keep asking) and it shall be given; seek (and keep seeking) and you shall find; knock (and keep knocking) and it shall be opened.
~~~

Isaiah 29 (CEV) continued

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Be shocked and stunned, you prophets! Refuse to see. Get drunk and stagger, but not from wine.
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The LORD has made you drowsy; he put you into a deep sleep and covered your head.
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Now his message is like a sealed letter to you. Some of you say, "We can't read it, because it's sealed."
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Others say, "We can't read it, because we don't know how to read."
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The Lord has said: "These people praise me with their words, but they never really think about me. They worship me by repeating rules made up by humans.
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So once again I will do things that shock and amaze them, and I will destroy the wisdom of those who claim to know and understand."
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You are in for trouble, if you try to hide your plans from the LORD! Or if you think what you do in the dark can't be seen.
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You have it all backwards. A clay dish doesn't say to the potter, "You didn't make me. You don't even know how."

Hope for the Future

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Soon the forest of Lebanon will become a field with crops, thick as a forest.
18 The deaf will be able to hear whatever is read to them; the blind will be freed from a life of darkness.
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The poor and the needy will celebrate and shout because of the LORD, the holy God of Israel.
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All who are cruel and arrogant will be gone forever. Those who live by crime will disappear,
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together with everyone who tells lies in court and keeps innocent people from getting a fair trial.
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The LORD who rescued Abraham has this to say about Jacob's descendants:
"They will no longer be ashamed and disgraced.
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When they see how great I have made their nation, they will praise and honor me, the holy God of Israel.
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Everyone who is confused will understand, and all who have complained will obey my teaching."

Vance

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