Isaiah 13 & 1 Peter 1

Isaiah 13

    The oracle concerning Babylon which Isaiah the son of Amoz saw.

    On a bare hill raise a signal;
        cry aloud to them;
    wave the hand for them to enter
        the gates of the nobles.
    I myself have commanded my consecrated ones,
        and have summoned my mighty men to execute my anger,
        my proudly exulting ones.
    The sound of a tumult is on the mountains
        as of a great multitude!
    The sound of an uproar of kingdoms,
        of nations gathering together!
    The LORD of hosts is mustering
        a host for battle.
    They come from a distant land,
        from the end of the heavens,
    the LORD and the weapons of his indignation,
        to destroy the whole land.
    Wail, for the day of the LORD is near;
        as destruction from the Almighty it will come!
    Therefore all hands will be feeble,
        and every human heart will melt.
    They will be dismayed:
        pangs and agony will seize them;
        they will be in anguish like a woman in labor.
    They will look aghast at one another;
        their faces will be aflame.
    Behold, the day of the LORD comes,
        cruel, with wrath and fierce anger,
    to make the land a desolation
        and to destroy its sinners from it.
    For the stars of the heavens and their constellations
        will not give their light;
    the sun will be dark at its rising,
        and the moon will not shed its light.
    I will punish the world for its evil,
        and the wicked for their iniquity;
    I will put an end to the pomp of the arrogant,
        and lay low the pompous pride of the ruthless.
    I will make people more rare than fine gold,
        and mankind than the gold of Ophir.
    Therefore I will make the heavens tremble,
        and the earth will be shaken out of its place,
    at the wrath of the LORD of hosts
        in the day of his fierce anger.
    And like a hunted gazelle,
        or like sheep with none to gather them,
    each will turn to his own people,
        and each will flee to his own land.
    Whoever is found will be thrust through,
        and whoever is caught will fall by the sword.
    Their infants will be dashed in pieces
        before their eyes;
    their houses will be plundered
        and their wives ravished.
    Behold, I am stirring up the Medes against them,
        who have no regard for silver
        and do not delight in gold.
    Their bows will slaughter the young men;
        they will have no mercy on the fruit of the womb;
        their eyes will not pity children.
    And Babylon, the glory of kingdoms,
        the splendor and pomp of the Chaldeans,
    will be like Sodom and Gomorrah
        when God overthrew them.
    It will never be inhabited
        or lived in for all generations;
    no Arab will pitch his tent there;
        no shepherds will make their flocks lie down there.
    But wild animals will lie down there,
        and their houses will be full of howling creatures;
    there ostriches will dwell,
        and there wild goats will dance.
    Hyenas will cry in its towers,
        and jackals in the pleasant palaces;
    its time is close at hand
        and its days will not be prolonged.

(Isaiah 13 ESV)

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1 Peter 1

    Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ,

    To those who are elect exiles of the Dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in the sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ and for sprinkling with his blood:

    May grace and peace be multiplied to you.

    Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God's power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

    Concerning this salvation, the prophets who prophesied about the grace that was to be yours searched and inquired carefully, inquiring what person or time the Spirit of Christ in them was indicating when he predicted the sufferings of Christ and the subsequent glories. It was revealed to them that they were serving not themselves but you, in the things that have now been announced to you through those who preached the good news to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven, things into which angels long to look.

    Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.” And if you call on him as Father who judges impartially according to each one's deeds, conduct yourselves with fear throughout the time of your exile, knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot. He was foreknown before the foundation of the world but was made manifest in the last times for the sake of you who through him are believers in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.

    Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart, since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God; for

    “All flesh is like grass
        and all its glory like the flower of grass.
    The grass withers,
        and the flower falls,
    but the word of the Lord remains forever.”
        And this word is the good news that was preached to you.

(1 Peter 1 ESV)

1 Peter 1: In case we view the apostle Paul's doctrine as distinct from the other apostles, here we have the apostle Peter expounding and confirming the same message. God has fore-loved those whom He has called His own. He sanctifies them through His Spirit conforming them into the image of Christ who has cleansed us from sin through what He accomplished on the cross. Through faith, we now have the hope of salvation and future glorification guaranteed by God's unfailing power and plan. God has saved us by grace and preserves us for glory.

Therefore, in light of the glorious teaching of the gospel given to us from the apostle Paul and the apostle Peter, we ought to be so captivated by what God has accomplished for our salvation and what God promises concerning our future glorification that it motivates us to abandon a life of sinful selfish-ambition and leads us to pursue a life of holiness in love and for the glory of our great God.