10 April 2022 Sunday Morning Service
2:1 This is what Isaiah son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem:
2:2 In the last days the mountain of the LORD’S temple will be established as chief among the mountains; it will be raised above the hills, and all nations will stream to it.
2:3 Many peoples will come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob. He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths.” The law will go out from Zion, the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
2:4 He will judge between the nations and will settle disputes for many peoples. They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore.
2:5 Come, O house of Jacob, let us walk in the light of the LORD.
2:6 You have abandoned your people, the house of Jacob. They are full of superstitions from the East; they practice divination like the Philistines and clasp hands with pagans.
2:7 Their land is full of silver and gold; there is no end to their treasures. Their land is full of horses; there is no end to their chariots.
2:8 Their land is full of idols; they bow down to the work of their hands, to what their fingers have made.
2:9 So man will be brought low and mankind humbled–do not forgive them.
2:10 Go into the rocks, hide in the ground from dread of the LORD and the splendor of his majesty!
2:11 The eyes of the arrogant man will be humbled and the pride of men brought low; the LORD alone will be exalted in that day.
2:12 The LORD Almighty has a day in store for all the proud and lofty, for all that is exalted (and they will be humbled),
2:13 for all the cedars of Lebanon, tall and lofty, and all the oaks of Bashan,
2:14 for all the towering mountains and all the high hills,
2:15 for every lofty tower and every fortified wall,
2:16 for every trading ship and every stately vessel.
2:17 The arrogance of man will be brought low and the pride of men humbled; the LORD alone will be exalted in that day,
2:18 and the idols will totally disappear.
2:19 Men will flee to caves in the rocks and to holes in the ground from dread of the LORD and the splendor of his majesty, when he rises to shake the earth.
2:20 In that day men will throw away to the rodents and bats their idols of silver and idols of gold, which they made to worship.
2:21 They will flee to caverns in the rocks and to the overhanging crags from dread of the LORD and the splendor of his majesty, when he rises to shake the earth.
2:22 Stop trusting in man, who has but a breath in his nostrils. Of what account is he?
1:5 In the time of Herod king of Judea there was a priest named Zechariah, who belonged to the priestly division of Abijah; his wife Elizabeth was also a descendant of Aaron.
1:6 Both of them were upright in the sight of God, observing all the Lord’s commandments and regulations blamelessly.
1:7 But they had no children, because Elizabeth was barren; and they were both well along in years.
1:8 Once when Zechariah’s division was on duty and he was serving as priest before God,
1:9 he was chosen by lot, according to the custom of the priesthood, to go into the temple of the Lord and burn incense.
1:10 And when the time for the burning of incense came, all the assembled worshipers were praying outside.
1:11 Then an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing at the right side of the altar of incense.
1:12 When Zechariah saw him, he was startled and was gripped with fear.
1:13 But the angel said to him: “Do not be afraid, Zechariah; your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to give him the name John.
1:14 He will be a joy and delight to you, and many will rejoice because of his birth,
1:15 for he will be great in the sight of the Lord. He is never to take wine or other fermented drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit even from birth.
1:16 Many of the people of Israel will he bring back to the Lord their God.
1:17 And he will go on before the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous–to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.”
1:18 Zechariah asked the angel, “How can I be sure of this? I am an old man and my wife is well along in years.”
1:19 The angel answered, “I am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of God, and I have been sent to speak to you and to tell you this good news.
1:20 And now you will be silent and not able to speak until the day this happens, because you did not believe my words, which will come true at their proper time.”
1:21 Meanwhile, the people were waiting for Zechariah and wondering why he stayed so long in the temple.
1:22 When he came out, he could not speak to them. They realized he had seen a vision in the temple, for he kept making signs to them but remained unable to speak.
1:23 When his time of service was completed, he returned home.
1:24 After this his wife Elizabeth became pregnant and for five months remained in seclusion.
1:25 “The Lord has done this for me,” she said. “In these days he has shown his favor and taken away my disgrace among the people.”