Day 4

Day 4

Written on 10/30/2019


Genesis 8:15-9:7

15 God said to Noach, 

16 “Go out from the ark, you, your wife, your sons and your son’s wives with you. 

17 Bring out with you every living thing you have with you — birds, livestock and every animal that creeps on the earth — so that they can swarm on the earth, be fruitful and multiply on the earth.” 

18 So Noach went out with his sons, his wife and his sons’ wives; 

19 every animal, every creeping thing and every bird, whatever moves on the earth, according to their families, went out of the ark.

20 Noach built an altar to Adonai. Then he took from every clean animal and every clean bird, and he offered burnt offerings on the altar. 

21 Adonai smelled the sweet aroma, and Adonai said in his heart, “I will never again curse the ground because of humankind, since the imaginings of a person’s heart are evil from his youth; nor will I ever again destroy all living things, as I have done. 

22 So long as the earth exists, sowing time and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, and day and night will not cease.”

God blessed Noach and his sons and said to them, “Be fruitful, multiply and fill the earth. 

The fear and dread of you will be upon every wild animal, every bird in the air, every creature populating the ground, and all the fish in the sea; they have been handed over to you. 

Every moving thing that lives will be food for you; just as I gave you green plants before, so now I give you everything — 

only flesh with its life, which is its blood, you are not to eat. 

I will certainly demand an accounting for the blood of your lives: I will demand it from every animal and from every human being. I will demand from every human being an accounting for the life of his fellow human being. 

Whoever sheds human blood, by a human being will his own blood be shed; for God made human beings in his image. 

And you people, be fruitful, multiply, swarm on the earth and multiply on it.”

 

Isaiah 54:1-55:5

“Sing, barren woman who has never had a child!
Burst into song, shout for joy,
you who have never been in labor!
For the deserted wife will have more children
than the woman who is living with her husband,” says Adonai.
 

Enlarge the space for your tent,
extend the curtains of your dwelling;
do not hold back, lengthen your cords,
make your tent pegs firm.
 

 

For you will spread out to the right and the left,
your descendants will possess the nations
and inhabit the desolated cities.
 

 

Don’t be afraid, for you won’t be ashamed;
don’t be discouraged, for you won’t be disgraced.
You will forget the shame of your youth,
no longer remember the dishonor of being widowed.
 

 

For your husband is your Maker,
Adonai-Tzva’ot is his name.
The Holy One of Isra’el is your Redeemer.
He will be called the God of all the earth.
 

 

For Adonai has called you back
like a wife abandoned and grief-stricken;
“A wife married in her youth
cannot be rejected,” says your God.
 

 

“Briefly I abandoned you,
but with great compassion I am taking you back.
 

 

I was angry for a moment
and hid my face from you;
but with everlasting grace
I will have compassion on you,”
says Adonai your Redeemer.
 

 

“For me this is like Noach’s flood.
Just as I swore that no flood like Noach’s
would ever again cover the earth,
so now I swear that never again
will I be angry with you or rebuke you.
 

 

10 For the mountains may leave and the hills be removed,
but my grace will never leave you,
and my covenant of peace will not be removed,”
says Adonai, who has compassion on you.

11 “Storm-ravaged [city], unconsoled,
I will set your stones in the finest way,
lay your foundations with sapphires,
 

 

12 make your windows shine with rubies,
your gates with garnet, your walls with gemstones.
 

 

13 All your children will be taught by Adonai;
your children will have great peace.

 

14 In righteousness you will be established,
far from oppression, with nothing to fear;
far from ruin, for it will not come near you.
 

15 Any alliance that forms against you
will not be my doing;
whoever tries to form such an alliance
will fall because of you.
 

16 It is I who created the craftsman
who blows on the coals and forges weapons
suited to their purpose;
I also created the destroyer to work havoc.
 

17 No weapon made will prevail against you.
In court you will refute every accusation.
The servants of Adonai inherit all this;
the reward for their righteousness is from me,” says Adonai.

 “All you who are thirsty, come to the water!
You without money, come, buy, and eat!
Yes, come! Buy wine and milk
without money — it’s free! 
 

Why spend money for what isn’t food,
your wages for what doesn’t satisfy?
Listen carefully to me, and you will eat well,
you will enjoy the fat of the land.
 

 

Open your ears, and come to me;
listen well, and you will live —
I will make an everlasting covenant with you,
the grace I assured David.
 

 

I have given him as a witness to the peoples,
a leader and lawgiver for the peoples.
 

 

You will summon a nation you do not know,
and a nation that doesn’t know you will run to you,
for the sake of Adonai your God,
the Holy One of Isra’el, who will glorify you.”