Days 354-355 - December 20-21, 2021
Scriptures: Isaiah 29-35, Revelation 11-12
Isaiah 30:7 (TNIV)
7 to Egypt, whose help is utterly useless.
Therefore I call her
Rahab the Do-Nothing.
Rahab may be a poetic name for Egypt. Rahab is a mythological beast, whose defeat brought order to the universe. The image portrays a former formidable enemy that now sits powerless. (Faithlife Study Bible)
Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help,
who rely on horses,
who trust in the multitude of their chariots
and in the great strength of their horsemen,
but do not look to the Holy One of Israel,
or seek help from the Lord.
9No lion will be there,
nor any ravenous beast;
they will not be found there.
But only the redeemed will walk there,
10 and those the Lord has rescued will return.
They will enter Zion with singing;
everlasting joy will crown their heads.
Gladness and joy will overtake them,
and sorrow and sighing will flee away.
15The seventh angel sounded his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, which said:
“The kingdom of the world has become
the kingdom of our Lord and of his Messiah,
and he will reign for ever and ever.”
17Then the dragon was enraged at the woman and went off to make war against the rest of her offspring—those who keep God’s commands and hold fast their testimony about Jesus.
The two days of reading are filled with visions of what is to come and what has been. In each of our readings, between Isaiah whose focus is on Israel, and Revelation, whose focus is the saints and believers in Christ, we see the grand vision of God reconciling and renewing all things.
Isaiah questions why one would go to Egypt, the useless and powerless Rahab. While John directs us to see that Satan is raging and using all of his powers to disrupt the faith of Christians.
But it is the power of the Lamb and His blood that is on our side.
We will overcome through the blood of the lamb and the word of our testimony. The word of our testimony is this, Jesus Christ is Lord. The power of that word, overcomes even the greatest of enemies. Even the greatest empires of history, are not greater than this Word.
What a wonderful name it is, the name of Jesus.
Happy Christmas week,
Jordan Ickes, Minister of Etna Green Church of Christ.