Daily Encouragement

November 10 – Overturn, Overturn, Overturn!

November 10
Ezekiel 21:1-22:31
Hebrews 10:1-17
Psalm 108:1-13
Proverbs 27:12

Ezekiel 21:27 – No, the three “overturns” (עַוָּ֥ה) do not symbolize the power going from Judah to Queen Elizabeth as UCG.org states.  The key to the verse is not overturning – but “until he come whose right it is.” Ellicott says that it’s referring to Genesis 49:10 “until Shiloh come.” We will read more in Ezekiel 34:23, and in the righteous Daniel’s prophecy more about He who comes (Daniel 7:14).

Ezekiel 22:3 – Again we see the top commandments of the two tablets. False gods / 1st Commandment and Murder / 6th Commandment. God isn’t focusing on shaving the corner of the beard (Leviticus 21:5) – but just the big ones. Perhaps it was the same problem that the Pharisees had (Matthew 7:3, Matthew 23:23) – observing the smaller commands of the LORD but neglecting to simply worship Him!

Ezekiel 22:15 – “Thy filthiness” – we’ve just seen a list of sins from Ezekiel 22:6-13. Bloodshed, oppression, vexation, lewdness, nakedness, abomination, defilement, fornication, usury, extortion, and dishonest gain. As we justify one sin it becomes easier to justify another – and at the root “thou…hast forgotten me, saith the Lord GOD” (Ezekiel 22:12).

Ezekiel 22:30 – How can we stand in the gap? Humble, Pray, and Seek His face (2 Corinthians 7:14).

Hebrews 10:1 – Compare with what we just read in Ezekiel – God repeated His laws – and yet the people were not perfect. The sacrifices did not take away sin (Hebrews 10:4).

Hebrews 10:12 – There were no chairs in the temple – the work was never done. Yet Jesus Christ sat down at the right hand of God (Ephesians 1:20, Colossians 3:1, Hebrews 1:3, Hebrews 8:1, Hebrews 12:2, Revelation 3:21, Matthew 22:44). Interestingly there is one time that Jesus is recorded standing (Acts 7:55) – to welcome Stephen home. Stephen stood for Jesus Who died for him, and Jesus stood to welcome Stephen as he died for Him.

Hebrews 10:17 – The New Covenant doesn’t cover sins – it makes the God who knows everything forget my sins!

Psalm 108:5Be thou exalted forever and ever!

Proverbs 27:12 – No this verse isn’t talking about the economists who have predicted 9 of the last 5 recessions. And the prudent man isn’t just about how to hoard wealth better than the simple. Live holy and let God worry about your finances!

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