Isaiah 43:14-45:10 New King James Version (NKJV)
14 Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer,
16 Thus says the Lord, who makes a way in the sea
Pleading with Unfaithful Israel
22 “But you have not called upon Me, O Jacob;
25 “I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions for My own sake;
God’s Blessing on Israel
44 “Yet hear now, O Jacob My servant,
There Is No Other God
6 “Thus says the Lord, the King of Israel,
Idolatry Is Foolishness
9 Those who make an image, all of them are useless,
12 The blacksmith with the tongs works one in the coals,
13 The craftsman stretches out his rule,
15 Then it shall be for a man to burn,
18 They do not know nor understand;
Israel Is Not Forgotten
21 “Remember these, O Jacob,
23 Sing, O heavens, for the Lord has done it!
Judah Will Be Restored
24 Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer,
Cyrus, God’s Instrument
45 “Thus says the Lord to His anointed,
8 “Rain down, you heavens, from above,
9 “Woe to him who strives with his Maker!
Ephesians 3 New King James Version (NKJV)
The Mystery Revealed
3 For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for you Gentiles— 2 if indeed you have heard of the [a]dispensation of the grace of God which was given to me for you, 3 how that by revelation He made known to me the mystery (as I have briefly written already, 4 by which, when you read, you may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ), 5 which in other ages was not made known to the sons of men, as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to His holy apostles and prophets: 6 that the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, of the same body, and partakers of His promise in Christ through the gospel, 7 of which I became a minister according to the gift of the grace of God given to me by the effective working of His power.
Purpose of the Mystery
8 To me, who am less than the least of all the saints, this grace was given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, 9 and to make all see what is the [b]fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the ages has been hidden in God who created all things [c]through Jesus Christ; 10 to the intent that now the [d]manifold wisdom of God might be made known by the church to the [e]principalities and powers in the heavenly places, 11 according to the eternal purpose which He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord, 12 in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through faith in Him. 13 Therefore I ask that you do not lose heart at my tribulations for you, which is your glory.
Appreciation of the Mystery
14 For this reason I bow my knees to the Father [f]of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, 16 that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, 17 that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height— 19 to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
20 Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, 21 to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
Psalm 68:1-18 New King James Version (NKJV)
The Glory of God in His Goodness to Israel
To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David. A Song.
68 Let God arise,
5 A father of the fatherless, a defender of widows,
7 O God, when You went out before Your people,
11 The Lord gave the word;
15 A mountain of God is the mountain of Bashan;
17 The chariots of God are twenty thousand,
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