Daily Bible Reading

June 18, 2024

Isaiah 33:10-24(GNT)

God’s Guiding Word: Promise

June 18

Introduction

Isaiah 33:10–24: Today’s reading focuses on a warning about how the LORD’s power will be unleashed on sinful people. Jerusalem’s glorious future is described, and a righteous king will rule the land.

Today’s Key Verse: Isaiah 33:22b

The LORD himself will be our king; he will rule over us and protect us.

Reading

10 The Lord says to the nations, “Now I will act. I will show how powerful I am. 11 You make worthless plans and everything you do is useless. My spirit is like a fire that will destroy you. 12 You will crumble like rocks burned to make lime, like thorns burned to ashes. 13 Let everyone near and far hear what I have done and acknowledge my power.”

14 The sinful people of Zion are trembling with fright. They say, “God’s judgment is like a fire that burns forever. Can any of us survive a fire like that?” 15 You can survive if you say and do what is right. Don’t use your power to cheat the poor and don’t accept bribes. Don’t join with those who plan to commit murder or to do other evil things. 16 Then you will be safe; you will be as secure as if in a strong fortress. You will have food to eat and water to drink.

17 Once again you will see a king ruling in splendor over a land that stretches in all directions. 18 Your old fears of foreign tax collectors and spies will be only a memory. 19 You will no longer see any arrogant foreigners who speak a language that you can’t understand. 20 Look at Zion, the city where we celebrate our religious festivals. Look at Jerusalem! What a safe place it will be to live in! It will be like a tent that is never moved, whose pegs are never pulled up and whose ropes never break. 21 The Lord will show us his glory. We will live beside broad rivers and streams, but hostile ships will not sail on them. 22-23 All the rigging on those ships is useless; the sails cannot be spread! We will seize all the wealth of enemy armies, and there will be so much that even the lame can get a share. The Lord himself will be our king; he will rule over us and protect us. 24 No one who lives in our land will ever again complain of being sick, and all sins will be forgiven.

Reflect

Why is God’s judgment compared to “a fire that burns forever” (verse 14)? What does God say people are to do to survive such judgment (verses 15–16)? How is Jerusalem’s glorious future described (verses 17–24)? How do you envision what is described in these verses?

Pray

Lord God, you are my king. Reign in my heart forever. You are like a fortress, and in you I am safe and secure. All who worship and praise you are shown your glory. Thank you for your mercy and steadfast love. Amen.

Tomorrow’s Reading

Isaiah 38:1–20: King Hezekiah’s illness and recovery.

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