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Freedom from Babylon

Isaiah 48:12-20

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“I have said it: I am calling Cyrus! I will send him on this errand and will help him succeed.
Come closer, and listen to this. From the beginning I have told you plainly what would happen.”
 
And now the Sovereign LORD and his Spirit have sent me with this message. This is what the LORD
says—your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: “I am the LORD your God, who teaches you what is
good for you and leads you along the paths you should follow. Oh, that you had listened to my commands! Then you would have had peace flowing like a gentle river and righteousness rolling
over you like waves in the sea. Your descendants would have been like the sands along the seashore—too many to count! There would have been no need for your destruction, or for cutting
off your family name.”

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The People of God

Isaiah 65:1–66:24

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The LORD says, “I was ready to respond, but no one asked for help. I was ready to
be found, but no one was looking for me. I said, ‘Here I am, here I am!’ to a nation
that did not call on my name. All day long I opened my arms to a rebellious people.
But they follow their own evil paths and their own crooked schemes. All day long
they insult me to my face by worshiping idols in their sacred gardens.

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A Godly Example

Nehemiah 13:1-31
 
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“Wasn’t this exactly what led King Solomon of Israel into sin?”
I demanded. “There was no king from any nation who could compare
to him, and God loved him and made him king over all Israel. But
even he was led into sin by his foreign wives. How could you even
think of committing this sinful deed and acting unfaithfully toward
God by marrying foreign women?”

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