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Oct 20, 2019

Yesterday’s chapter graphically portrayed how God considers idolatry like the adultery of a faithless wife. Jerusalem (as Judah’s capital) was compared— in a very unflattering way, to her two sister cities, Samaria and Sodom.

In the first chapter of Isaiah, we heard the Lord compare Israel to Sodom and Gomorrah. And we heard how the Lord hates false religious rituals, including the sacrifices that were specified in the Law. If these are done without a corresponding attempt to live in God’s will, they are a stench to Him.

Yesterday’s reading ended with Jesus’s body wrapped in a shroud and laid in Joseph of Arimathea's tomb. The tomb was sealed and Roman soldiers were standing guard.

GNT Translation note:
Mat. 28:1 After the Sabbath, as Sunday morning was dawning, Mary[— the one from the village of Magdalene//Magdalene] and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.

NLT Translation notes:
Mat. 28:1 Early  on Sunday morning, as the new day was dawning, Mary [from the village of] Magdalene and the other Mary went out to visit the tomb.
15 So the guards accepted the bribe and said what they were told to say. Their story spread widely among the Jews, and they still tell [that story//it] today.