…before it is too late?
Will you choose to care about others and let them know about it? Will you choose to love and care and share that with others? Will you choose to forgive others? Will you choose to forgive yourself? Will you choose to ask Jesus into your heart and follow Him the rest of your days? Will you choose to believe? Will you choose to start living out life with a biblical worldview? Will you choose to not go halfway or part way?
Will you choose before it is too late? Will you decide before it is too late? Will you choose to live before it is too late? Is there anything that you would want to say or do before it is too late? What’s stopping you? When you look at the big picture is there anything left undone that you would want to finish before it is too late?
You don’t want to be left behind do you? You don’t want to have to try to choose during that time do you? Will you choose before it is too late? If the “left behind” time has come but the end hasn’t yet, then will you choose before it is too late?
Today’s reading begins in Isaiah…
End of Babylon and the World
1The burden of Babylon, which Isaiah the son of Amoz saw: 2Lift up a banner on a bare mountain, raise a voice to them, wave a hand, so that they may enter the gates of the nobles. 3I have commanded My consecrated ones, yes, I have called My mighty ones, My proud exulting ones, for My fury. 4A sound of tumult in the mountains like that of many people! A sound of uproar of kingdoms, of nations gathered! Adonai-Tzva’ot is mustering the army for battle. 5They are coming from a far country— from the end of the heavens— Adonai and the weapons of His wrath, to destroy the whole land. 6Wail, for the day of Adonai is near! it will come as destruction from Shaddai. 7Therefore all hands will fall limp, and every man’s heart will melt. 8They will be terrified; pain and anguish will take hold of them; they will writhe as a woman in labor; they will look aghast at one another— their faces aflame! 9Behold, the day of Adonai comes, cruel, full of wrath and fierce fury, to make the earth a desolation, and destroy its sinners from it. 10For the stars of heaven and their constellations will not give their light. The rising sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light. 11I will punish the world for evil, and the wicked for their iniquity. I will put an end to the arrogance of the proud, and abase the insolence of tyrants. 12I will make people scarcer than gold, even than the pure gold of Ophir. 13Therefore I will make heaven tremble, and the earth will shake from its place at the wrath of Adonai-Tzva’ot, in the day of His fierce fury. 14It will be like a hunted gazelle, or like sheep with no one gathering. Each will return to his own people, each will flee to his own country. 15Everyone found will be thrust through. Everyone caught will fall by the sword. 16Their babes will be dashed in pieces before their eyes. Their houses will be plundered, and their wives ravished. 17Behold, I will stir up against them the Medes, who will not value silver and will take no delight in gold. 18Their bows will cut down the young men, with no pity on the fruit of the womb, nor will their eye spare children. 19So Babylon, the glory of kingdoms, the beauty of Chaldean pride, will be just as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah. 20It will never be inhabited, nor will it be dwelt in from generation to generation, nor will an Arab pitch a tent there, nor will shepherds let flocks lie there. 21But desert creatures will lie there. Their houses will be full of owls. Ostriches will dwell there, and goat-demons will dance there. 22Hyenas will howl in their citadels and jackals in their pleasant palaces. Her time is near to come— her days will not drag on long.
–from Isaiah 13
Today is the day that the Lord has made, let’s rejoice and be glad in it! We need to make today count because there is no guarantee for tomorrow and yesterday is in the past!
The devil is trying to mess with things! He is trying to put himself above God! His plan is to rob, kill and destroy! We need to resist him and he will flee!
God’s People Restored
1For Adonai will have compassion on Jacob and will again choose Israel and settle them in their own land. The outsider will join himself with them and will cling to the house of Jacob. 2The peoples will take them and escort them to their place. The house of Israel will possess them in the land of Adonai as servants and handmaids. They will take their captors captive, and rule over their oppressors.
Taunt Against Babylon’s King
3Now in the day when Adonai will give you rest from your sorrow and your turmoil, and from the hard service you were forced to do, 4you will take up this taunt against the king of Babylon and say: “How the taskmaster has ceased! The raging oppressor, exacter of gold, has ceased! 5Adonai has broken the rod of the wicked, the scepter of the rulers, 6which struck the people in wrath with continual strokes, which ruled the nations in fury, with relentless persecution. 7The whole earth is at rest, and quiet. They break forth with a ringing cry! 8Even the cypress trees rejoice over you, along with the cedars of Lebanon: “Since you were laid low, no woodcutter comes up against us.” 9Sheol from below is excited about you, to meet you at your coming! He stirs up the dead spirits for you, even the chief ones of the earth. He makes all the kings of the nations rise up from their thrones. 10They all answer and say to you: “Even you have become as weak as us? Have you become like us? 11Your pomp is brought down to Sheol with the music of your harps. Maggots are spread out under you, and worms cover you.”
Shining One Fallen From Heaven
12How you have fallen from heaven, O brightstar, son of the dawn! How you are cut down to the earth, you who made the nations prostrate! 13You said in your heart: “I will ascend to heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God. I will sit upon the mount of meeting, in the uttermost parts of the north. 14I will ascend above the high places of the clouds— I will make myself like Elyon.” 15Yet you will be brought down to Sheol, to the lowest parts of the Pit. 16Those who see you will stare at you, reflecting on what has become of you: “Is this the one who shook the earth, who made kingdoms tremble, 17who made the world a wilderness and destroyed its cities, who never opened the house of his prisoners?” 18All the kings of the nations, all of them, lie in glory, each in his own house. 19But you are cast out of your tomb as a discarded branch, garment of the slain, pierced with a sword, dumped into a stony pit, a corpse trodden underfoot. 20You will not join with them in burial, because you ruined your land, you slaughtered your own people. The offspring of evildoers will never be named. 21Prepare slaughter for his children for the iniquity of their fathers, so they would not rise up and possess the land, or fill the face of the earth with cities. 22“For I will rise up against them”—it is a declaration of Adonai-Tzva’ot—“and I will cut off from Babylon name and remnant, offshoot and offspring,” declares Adonai. 23“I will also make it a possession for the porcupine, with marshes of water, and I will sweep it with the broom of destruction.” It is a declaration of Adonai-Tzva’ot. 24Adonai Tzva’ot has sworn, saying: “Surely, as I thought it, so it will be. As I have purposed, so it will stand. 25I will break Assyria in My land. On My mountains I will trample him. Then his yoke will be taken off them, his burden removed from their shoulder. 26This is the purpose planned for the whole earth, and this is the hand that is stretched out over all the nations.” 27For Adonai-Tzva’ot has purposed, so who will annul it? Since His hand is stretched out, who will turn it back?
Doom of Philistia
28In the year king Ahaz died came this burden: 29Do not rejoice, all you of Philistia, that the rod that struck you is broken. For from the serpent’s root comes a viper and its fruit will be a flying serpent. 30The firstborn of the poor will feed, and the needy will lie down in safety. I will kill your root with famine, and your survivors will be slain. 31Wail, O gate! Cry, O city! Melt away, all you of Philistia! For smoke is coming from the north, and there is no straggler in its ranks. 32What will they answer the messengers of the nation? For Adonai has founded Zion, and the afflicted of His people will find refuge in her.
–from Isaiah 14
Will you accept the offer of living water before it is too late? Do you want to stop thirsting before it is too late? Will you worship God in spirit and in truth before it is too late? Will you receive Jesus as your Messiah before it is too late? Do you realize there are many who need the good news of Jesus? Do you realize there are many who are thirsting for the truth? Do you realize that there are many who are ready but there aren’t enough people who are ready to help with helping them in? Put another, do you realize there aren’t enough people to help with the harvest because there are so many people who are ready? Will you allow the Word of God be your source of food? Will you allow Jesus to be your source of living water? Will you be part of the process of leading people into the presence of God? Will you be part of the process of introducing them to the kingdom of God? Some plant and some reap! Will you sow the seed of the Word of God into the lives of the people around you? Will you reap the benefits of other people’s sowing and welcome people into God’s presence? Will you believe Him at His Word? If Jesus said “you are …” will you believe it even before you see it? Will you have the faith to go forward trusting in Him?
Yeshua Offers Living Water
1Now Yeshua knew that the Pharisees heard that He was making and immersing more disciples than John. 2(Although Yeshua Himself was not immersing, His disciples were.) 3So He left Judea and went back again to the Galilee. 4But He needed to pass through Samaria. 5So He comes to a Samaritan town called Shechem, near the plot of land that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. 6Now Jacob’s well was there. So Yeshua, exhausted from the journey, was sitting by the well. It was midday. 7A Samaritan woman comes to draw water. “Give me a drink,” Yeshua tells her, 8for His disciples had gone away to the town to buy food. 9Then the Samaritan woman tells Him, “How is it that You, a Jew, ask me, a Samaritan woman, for a drink?” (For Jewish people don’t deal with Samaritans.) 10Yeshua replied to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who is saying to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.” 11“Sir,” the woman tells Him, “You don’t have a bucket, and the well is deep. Then from where do You get this living water? 12You’re not greater than our father Jacob, are You? He gave us this well. He drank out of it himself, with his sons and his cattle.” 13Yeshua replied to her, “Everyone who drinks from this water will get thirsty again. 14But whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never be thirsty. The water that I give him will become a fountain of water within him, springing up to eternal life!” 15“Sir,” the woman tells Him, “give me this water, so I won’t get thirsty or have to come all the way here to draw water!” 16He tells her, “Go call your husband, and then come back here.” 17“I don’t have a husband,” the woman replied. Yeshua tells her, “You’ve said it right, ‘I have no husband.’ 18For you’ve had five husbands, and the man you have now isn’t your husband. This you’ve spoken truthfully!” 19“Sir,” the woman tells Him, “I see that You are a prophet! 20Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, but you all say that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem.” 21Yeshua tells her, “Woman, believe Me, an hour is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. 22You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. 23But an hour is coming—it is here now—when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people as His worshipers. 24God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” 25The woman tells Him, “I know that Messiah is coming (He who is called the Anointed One.) When He comes, He will explain everything to us.” 26Yeshua tells her, “I—the One speaking to you—I am.”
Ready for Harvest
27At this moment, His disciples came back. They were amazed that He was speaking with a woman. Yet no one said, “What do You want?” or “Why are You speaking with her?” 28So the woman left her water jar and went back to the town. She tells the people, 29“Come see a man who told me everything I ever did! He couldn’t be the Messiah, could He?” 30The people left the town and began coming to Him. 31Meanwhile, the disciples were pressing Him, “Rabbi, eat!” 32But He said to them, “I have food to eat that you know nothing about.” 33So the disciples were saying to each other, “No one brought Him food to eat, did they?” 34Yeshua tells them, “My food is to do the will of the One who sent Me and to accomplish His work. 35Don’t you say, ‘Four more months, and then comes the harvest’? Look, I tell you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields! They are white and ready for harvest. 36“The reaper receives a reward and gathers fruit for eternal life, so that the sower and reaper may rejoice together. 37For the saying is true, ‘One sows and another reaps.’ 38I sent you to reap what you haven’t worked for. Others have worked hard, and you have joined in their work.” 39Many of the Samaritans from that town put their trust in Him because of the word of the woman testifying, “He told me everything I ever did!” 40So when the Samaritans came to Him, they kept asking Him to stay with them. He stayed there two days, 41and many more believed because of His word. 42They kept telling the woman, “It’s no longer because of your words that we believe. We’ve heard for ourselves! Now we know that this really is the Savior of the world!”
Life for a Dying Son
43After the two days, He went on from there into the Galilee. 44Now Yeshua Himself had testified that a prophet has no honor in his own country. 45But when He came into the Galilee, they welcomed Him. For they had seen all He had done at the feast in Jerusalem, since they also had gone up to celebrate. 46So He went again to Cana of the Galilee, where He had turned the water into wine. Now there was a nobleman whose son was sick in Capernaum. 47When he heard that Yeshua had come from Judea to the Galilee, he went to Him and begged Him to come down and heal his son; for he was about to die. 48Then Yeshua said to him, “Unless you all see signs and wonders, you’ll never believe!” 49The nobleman said to Him, “Sir, come down before my child dies!” 50Yeshua tells him, “Go! Your son lives!” The man believed the word that Yeshua said to him and started off. 51While on his way down, his servants met him, saying that his son was living. 52So he asked them the hour when the boy began to get better. They said, “The fever left him yesterday at about the seventh hour.” 53Then the father realized that it was the same hour Yeshua said to him, “Your son lives!” Now he himself believed, along with his whole household. 54Yeshua did this as the second sign, after He had come again from Judea into the Galilee.
–from John 4