Daily Encouragement

November 9 – Worship God or Worship Idols – Make your choice!

November 9
Ezekiel 20:1-49
Hebrews 9:11-28
Psalm 107:1-43
Proverbs 27:11

Ezekiel 20:3 – “I will not be enquired of by you” (repeated in Ezekiel 20:31). God won’t be enquired of people who came to hear him! Why? They were sinning. God had told them to forsake the idols of Egypt (Ezekiel 20:7, Ezekiel 20:18), but they did not (Ezekiel 20:8, Ezekiel 20:21).

Ezekiel 20:11 – We saw the list of sins yesterday – here we see the message of the Old Covenant – if you can keep the 613 laws of the Torah – you can live! (Repeated in Ezekiel 20:13, and Ezekiel 20:21). Yet no man can keep the law. The bad news is that the law brings death.

Ezekiel 20:26 – The firstborn that belonged to the LORD was burned as an offering to Molech. In 2014 over 49,000 evangelical women murdered their firstborn. This not only violated the 6th Commandment (the first of the second Tablet – relationship with man), but was also a rejection of God’s ownership.

Ezekiel 20:28 – Just as God’s people took the life that God gave them and gave it to Satan, they took the land God gave them, and used it to worship idols, violating the 1st Commandment (the first of the first Tablet – relationship with God).

Ezekiel 20:39 – Echoed in Revelation 3:15 ( I would thou wert cold or hot.) Worship idols, or worship me, but you can’t do both!

View from the Altar of the Red Heifer  (Hebrews 9:13)  where the animal was slain and his blood would purify the high priest. Jesus was offered to gain entrance into the holy place (Hebrews 9:12)

Hebrews 9:12 – How can you keep the 613 laws of the Torah? We can’t. We deserved death – as Ezekiel said obedience is life, then disobedience must be death. But we are redeemed with His own blood! This is how we went from the Old Testament to the New Testament (Hebrews 9:15).

Hebrews 9:20 – The Mosaic Covenant was sealed with the blood of calves and goats. The New Covenant was sealed with the blood of Jesus – purging us (Hebrews 9:22), remitting our sins (Hebrews 9:22), put awaying sin once (Hebrews 9:26).

Psalm 107:3 – He gathered. Notice how Ezekiel 20:34 and Ezekiel 20:41 talked about the promise of being regathered today, and how the Psalmist calls for us to give thanks for being regathered!

Psalm 107:29 – This is a great verse – that must have bothered the disciples! (Matthew 8:27).

Proverbs 27:11 – Want to make your earthly and heavenly fathers glad? Be Wise!

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