Isaiah 57 The Message (MSG)
Never Tired of Trying New Religions
57 1-2 Meanwhile, right-living people die
3-10 “But you, children of a witch, come here!
11-13 “Who talked you into the pursuit of this nonsense,
“But anyone who runs to me for help
14 Someone says: “Build, build! Make a road!
15-21 A Message from the high and towering God,
Isaiah 58 The Message (MSG)
Your Prayers Won’t Get Off the Ground
58 1-3 “Shout! A full-throated shout!
3-5 “Well, here’s why:
“The bottom line on your ‘fast days’ is profit.
6-9 “This is the kind of fast day I’m after:
A Full Life in the Emptiest of Places
9-12 “If you get rid of unfair practices,
13-14 “If you watch your step on the Sabbath
Isaiah 59 The Message (MSG)
We Long for Light but Sink into Darkness
59 1-8 Look! Listen!
9-11 Which means that we’re a far cry from fair dealing,
12-15 Our wrongdoings pile up before you, God,
15-19 God looked and saw evil looming on the horizon—
20 “I’ll arrive in Zion as Redeemer,
21 “As for me,” God says, “this is my covenant with them: My Spirit that I’ve placed upon you and the words that I’ve given you to speak, they’re not going to leave your mouths nor the mouths of your children nor the mouths of your grandchildren. You will keep repeating these words and won’t ever stop.” God’s orders.
Psalm 103 The Message (MSG)
A David Psalm
103 1-2 O my soul, bless God.
3-5 He forgives your sins—every one.
6-18 God makes everything come out right;
19-22 God has set his throne in heaven;
And you, O my soul, bless God!
2 Peter 3 The Message (MSG)
In the Last Days
3 1-2 My dear friends, this is now the second time I’ve written to you, both letters reminders to hold your minds in a state of undistracted attention. Keep in mind what the holy prophets said, and the command of our Master and Savior that was passed on by your apostles.
3-4 First off, you need to know that in the last days, mockers are going to have a heyday. Reducing everything to the level of their puny feelings, they’ll mock, “So what’s happened to the promise of his Coming? Our ancestors are dead and buried, and everything’s going on just as it has from the first day of creation. Nothing’s changed.”
5-7 They conveniently forget that long ago all the galaxies and this very planet were brought into existence out of watery chaos by God’s word. Then God’s word brought the chaos back in a flood that destroyed the world. The current galaxies and earth are fuel for the final fire. God is poised, ready to speak his word again, ready to give the signal for the judgment and destruction of the desecrating skeptics.
The Day the Sky Will Collapse
8-9 Don’t overlook the obvious here, friends. With God, one day is as good as a thousand years, a thousand years as a day. God isn’t late with his promise as some measure lateness. He is restraining himself on account of you, holding back the End because he doesn’t want anyone lost. He’s giving everyone space and time to change.
10 But when the Day of God’s Judgment does come, it will be unannounced, like a thief. The sky will collapse with a thunderous bang, everything disintegrating in a huge conflagration, earth and all its works exposed to the scrutiny of Judgment.
11-13 Since everything here today might well be gone tomorrow, do you see how essential it is to live a holy life? Daily expect the Day of God, eager for its arrival. The galaxies will burn up and the elements melt down that day—but we’ll hardly notice. We’ll be looking the other way, ready for the promised new heavens and the promised new earth, all landscaped with righteousness.
14-16 So, my dear friends, since this is what you have to look forward to, do your very best to be found living at your best, in purity and peace. Interpret our Master’s patient restraint for what it is: salvation. Our good brother Paul, who was given much wisdom in these matters, refers to this in all his letters, and has written you essentially the same thing. Some things Paul writes are difficult to understand. Irresponsible people who don’t know what they are talking about twist them every which way. They do it to the rest of the Scriptures, too, destroying themselves as they do it.
17-18 But you, friends, are well-warned. Be on guard lest you lose your footing and get swept off your feet by these lawless and loose-talking teachers. Grow in grace and understanding of our Master and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Glory to the Master, now and forever! Yes!