Today we read the first chapter of The Apostle Paul’s letter to the Colossians and three chapters of Isaiah.
Colossians 1. Paul began with his customary greeting, continued with a prayer emphasizing faith in Christ and the preeminence of Christ. He told the Colossians to be reconciled in Christ, “Christ in you, the hope of glory” and to perform sacrificial service in Christ.
Isaiah 30 emphasizes “Don’t trust in Egypt!” But they were a rebellious people; in spite of that God will be gracious to Israel but execute judgement on Assyria.
Isaiah 31 proclaims woe to the Egyptophiles. The LORD will pass over Israel, but not Assyria.
Isaiah 32 ushers in the reign of reign of righteousness, warns against complacency, and says (in King James Bible) “ The vile person shall be no more called liberal” (NIV translates liberal as noble) so a few verses down it says (in NIV) “But the noble make noble plans, and by noble deeds they stand.” The promise is that the Holy spirit is righteousness and “The fruit of that righteousness will be peace.”