Summary of passage: The Lord will be your everlasting light and glory instead of the sun and the moon to light our way. The people’s days of sorrow will end. They will be righteous and possess the land forever for they are the work of my hands, the shoot I have planted, the display for my splendor. The least of you will become a thousand, the smallest a mighty nation.
11a) A happy, perfect life. The Lord will be our everlasting light and glory. Sorrow will end. The people will be righteous and will possess the land forever. The least of you will become great and will display God’s splendor.
b) Both say all nations will flock to the city to see the Light; Jerusalem/Israel does not need the Sun or the Moon’s light for the glory of God is its light; the nations and kings will bring Jerusalem their splendor (riches, wealth); the gates shall forever be open; there will be no violence, shame or deceit.
c) By faith and belief in what the Bible says.
12) There is hope and something better to come. God’s will and peace will prevail. When I’m down in the muck of life, remembering God’s promises gives me strength to carry on.
Conclusions: Another relatively easy day. I like these days. It’s encouraging to know I don’t have to struggle to “get it” sometimes. Either that or I’m just getting better at this after 9 months. Studying the Bible is like anything you work hard at: you have to practice to get better and this year has definitely given me practice that’s for sure!
Just after this one year at BSF I feel much more confident in my knowledge of the Bible, reading the Bible, studying the Bible, praying to God and above all closer to God. Not that its been easy–most definitely not. But I never gave up. And the results show.