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October 20


Isaiah 53:1-12
1. Who has believed our message? To whom will the LORD reveal his saving power?
2. My servant grew up in the LORD's presence like a tender green shoot, sprouting from a root in dry and sterile ground. There was nothing beautiful or majestic about his appearance, nothing to attract us to him.
3. He was despised and rejected--a man of sorrows, acquainted with bitterest grief. We turned our backs on him and looked the other way when he went by. He was despised, and we did not care.
4. Yet it was our weaknesses he carried; it was our sorrows that weighed him down. And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God for his own sins!
5. But he was wounded and crushed for our sins. He was beaten that we might have peace. He was whipped, and we were healed!
6. All of us have strayed away like sheep. We have left God's paths to follow our own. Yet the LORD laid on him the guilt and sins of us all.
7. He was oppressed and treated harshly, yet he never said a word. He was led as a lamb to the slaughter. And as a sheep is silent before the shearers, he did not open his mouth.
8. From prison and trial they led him away to his death. But who among the people realized that he was dying for their sins--that he was suffering their punishment?
9. He had done no wrong, and he never deceived anyone. But he was buried like a criminal; he was put in a rich man's grave.
10. But it was the LORD's good plan to crush him and fill him with grief. Yet when his life is made an offering for sin, he will have a multitude of children, many heirs. He will enjoy a long life, and the LORD's plan will prosper in his hands.
11. When he sees all that is accomplished by his anguish, he will be satisfied. And because of what he has experienced, my righteous servant will make it possible for many to be counted righteous, for he will bear all their sins.
12. I will give him the honors of one who is mighty and great, because he exposed himself to death. He was counted among those who were sinners. He bore the sins of many and interceded for sinners.

Isaiah 54:1-17
1. "Sing, O childless woman! Break forth into loud and joyful song, O Jerusalem, even though you never gave birth to a child. For the woman who could bear no children now has more than all the other women," says the LORD.
2. "Enlarge your house; build an addition; spread out your home!
3. For you will soon be bursting at the seams. Your descendants will take over other nations and live in their cities.
4. "Fear not; you will no longer live in shame. The shame of your youth and the sorrows of widowhood will be remembered no more,
5. for your Creator will be your husband. The LORD Almighty is his name! He is your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel, the God of all the earth.
6. For the LORD has called you back from your grief--as though you were a young wife abandoned by her husband," says your God.
7. "For a brief moment I abandoned you, but with great compassion I will take you back.
8. In a moment of anger I turned my face away for a little while. But with everlasting love I will have compassion on you," says the LORD, your Redeemer.
9. "Just as I swore in the time of Noah that I would never again let a flood cover the earth and destroy its life, so now I swear that I will never again pour out my anger on you.
10. For the mountains may depart and the hills disappear, but even then I will remain loyal to you. My covenant of blessing will never be broken," says the LORD, who has mercy on you.
11. "O storm-battered city, troubled and desolate! I will rebuild you on a foundation of sapphires and make the walls of your houses from precious jewels.
12. I will make your towers of sparkling rubies and your gates and walls of shining gems.
13. I will teach all your citizens, and their prosperity will be great.
14. You will live under a government that is just and fair. Your enemies will stay far away; you will live in peace. Terror will not come near.
15. If any nation comes to fight you, it will not be because I sent them to punish you. Your enemies will always be defeated because I am on your side.
16. I have created the blacksmith who fans the coals beneath the forge and makes the weapons of destruction. And I have created the armies that destroy.
17. But in that coming day, no weapon turned against you will succeed. And everyone who tells lies in court will be brought to justice. These benefits are enjoyed by the servants of the LORD; their vindication will come from me. I, the LORD, have spoken!

Psalms 113:1-4
1. Praise the LORD! Yes, give praise, O servants of the LORD. Praise the name of the LORD!
2. Blessed be the name of the LORD forever and ever.
3. Everywhere--from east to west--praise the name of the LORD.
4. For the LORD is high above the nations; his glory is far greater than the heavens.

Proverbs 26:17-19
17. Yanking a dog's ears is as foolish as interfering in someone else's argument.
18. Just as damaging as a mad man shooting a lethal weapon
19. is someone who lies to a friend and then says, "I was only joking."

Ephesians 3:1-21
1. I, Paul, am a prisoner of Christ Jesus because of my preaching to you Gentiles.
2. As you already know, God has given me this special ministry of announcing his favor to you Gentiles.
3. As I briefly mentioned earlier in this letter, God himself revealed his secret plan to me.
4. As you read what I have written, you will understand what I know about this plan regarding Christ.
5. God did not reveal it to previous generations, but now he has revealed it by the Holy Spirit to his holy apostles and prophets.
6. And this is the secret plan: The Gentiles have an equal share with the Jews in all the riches inherited by God's children. Both groups have believed the Good News, and both are part of the same body and enjoy together the promise of blessings through Christ Jesus.
7. By God's special favor and mighty power, I have been given the wonderful privilege of serving him by spreading this Good News.
8. Just think! Though I did nothing to deserve it, and though I am the least deserving Christian there is, I was chosen for this special joy of telling the Gentiles about the endless treasures available to them in Christ.
9. I was chosen to explain to everyone this plan that God, the Creator of all things, had kept secret from the beginning.
10. God's purpose was to show his wisdom in all its rich variety to all the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms. They will see this when Jews and Gentiles are joined together in his church.
11. This was his plan from all eternity, and it has now been carried out through Christ Jesus our Lord.
12. Because of Christ and our faith in him, we can now come fearlessly into God's presence, assured of his glad welcome.
13. So please don't despair because of what they are doing to me here. It is for you that I am suffering, so you should feel honored and encouraged.
14. When I think of the wisdom and scope of God's plan, I fall to my knees and pray to the Father,
15. the Creator of everything in heaven and on earth.
16. I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will give you mighty inner strength through his Holy Spirit.
17. And I pray that Christ will be more and more at home in your hearts as you trust in him. May your roots go down deep into the soil of God's marvelous love.
18. And may you have the power to understand, as all God's people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love really is.
19. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is so great you will never fully understand it. Then you will be filled with the fullness of life and power that comes from God.
20. Now glory be to God! By his mighty power at work within us, he is able to accomplish infinitely more than we would ever dare to ask or hope.
21. May he be given glory in the church and in Christ Jesus forever and ever through endless ages. Amen.