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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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November 8 – What does it take to live with God?

November 8
Ezekiel 18:1-19:14
Hebrews 9:1-10
Psalm 106:32-48
Proverbs 27:10

Ezekiel 18:2 – This verse should sound familiar – we read about the “sour grape proverb in Jeremiah 31:29-30.

Ezekiel 18:5-10 – What does it take to live with God?

  • Perfect obedience in relationship with God
    • Not breaking the Second Commandment (Ezekiel 18:6 – mountains)
    • Not breaking the First Commandment (Ezekiel 18:6 – idols)
  • Perfect obedience in relationship with man
    • Not breaking the Seventh Commandment (Ezekiel 18:6 – defiled)
    • Not breaking the Eighth Commandment (Ezekiel 18:8 – robber)
    • Not breaking the Sixth Commandment (Ezekiele 18:8 – shedder)
  • Perfect obedience in ceremonial law
    • Not breaking Torah law of uncleanness (Leviticus 15:19, Leviticus 18:19 – menstruous)
  • Perfect obedience in community
    • Not breaking Torah law of non-oppression (strangers – Exodus 22:21, brethren – Leviticus 25:14, servants – Deuteronomy 24:14)
    • Not breaking Proverbs law of sharing (Exodus 23:4/Proverbs 25:21)
    • Not breaking Noahide law of covering (Genesis 9:23 – positive, Leviticus 18:6 – negative).
    • Not breaking Noahide law of judgment (Exodus 23:2)
  • Perfect obedience in contract law
    • Not breaking Torah law of not keeping pledge (Deuteronomy 24:6, Deuteronomy 24:12-13, Deuteronomy 24:17)
    • Not breaking Torah law of confiscation (Leviticus 6:2)
    • Not breaking Torah law of usury (Exodus 22;25, Leviticus 25:36)
    • Not breaking Torah law of profiting off relatives (Deuteronomy 23:19).

In other words, perfect obedience of the entire law – James 2:10.

Ezekiel 18:32 – As we read in the New Testament – 2 Peter 3:9.

Exodus 19:14 – The fire is gone out – one of three examples of  disengagement; the others being the enslaved lion (Exodus 19:4), and the weak rod (Exodus 19:14).

Hebrews 9:8 – As we saw in Ezekiel, the followers of God were an exclusive club – one person, once a year (Hebrews 9:7), and he was going seeking forgiveness for his own sins.

Psalm 106:37 – Yes again are we reminded of this grave sin – the children that belonged to God were sacrificed unto devils.

Psalm 106:45 – What is the lesson from reciting all of Israel’s woes? That God is merciful again and again and again and again to us!

Proverbs 27:10 – Sometimes blood isn’t thicker than water!

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November 7 – What was the sin of Sodom?

November 7 Ezekiel 16:42-17:24 Hebrews 8:1-13 Psalm 106:13-31 Proverbs 27:7-9 Ezekiel 16:44 – A church ladies group came across this verse and thought it’d be a fitting tribute for the upcoming mother-daughter banquet. Please be sure to check the context of the next verse you use for an event! Ezekiel 16:49 – Today liberal theologians will say “See – the sin of Sodom was not sodomy but was pride and not showing compassion to the poor.” Unfortunately they do not look at the context anymore than the unfortunate ladies ministry. Ezekiel 16:50 – We see in Ezekiel 16:49 – the origin of their sin: pride, a mental sin. This is repeated in Romans 1:21 “vain in their imaginations.” Lot felt the call of the beauty of the land – it looked like the Garden of Eden (Genesis 13:10). Then we see in Ezekiel 16:49 – phase 2 of their sin: a wrong attitude toward resources, a financial sin. Their covetousness prevented them from giving like it prevented the Rich Young Ruler (Mark 10:22). In Romans 1:21 we see “neither were thankful” – they forgot who gave them their resources in the first place. In Genesis 14:21 – the King of Sodom offers to Abraham his wealth – Abraham rejects their system (Genesis 14:23) and refuses any except some for his (needy) men. This led to phase 3 of their sin: abomination. What was this abomination? The same Hebrew word is used in Leviticus 20:13 when referring to homosexuality. In Genesis 19:5 we see that the Sodomites were referring to homosexuality. In Romans 1:26-27 we see that Paul is referring to homosexuality. It seems clear that this abomination is a coded reference to homosexuality as well, a sexual sin. In Ezekiel 16:47, Ezekiel says that Jerusalem hasn’t done after Sodom’s abomination, but they were corrupted in other ways – as Ezekiel said earlier in this chapter (Ezekiel 16:20) they sacrificed their children as burnt offerings to idols! (As an aside, God isn’t picking on people who struggle with same sex attraction. God has strong warnings on premarital relations (Hebrews 13:4), extramarital relations (Exodus 20:14), postmarital relations (Matthew 19:9), mental relations (Matthew 5:28),  intergenerational relations (1 Corinthians 5:1), interspecies relations (Exodus 22:19), desires for relations (Colossians 3:5), and even hints of the above types of relations (Ephesians 5:3)). If you haven’t notice it yet – God wants a peculiar people (1 Peter 2:9). If you’re still unsure about this point, feel free to re-read Leviticus. Ezekiel 17:15 – What was the problem in defending one’s self against the Babylonians? Like we read earlier in Deuteronomy 17:16 – God  specifically forbade that activity. Ezekiel 17:18 – Even though the oath was made to an enemy (Ezekiel 17:18), God takes oaths seriously (Ezekiel 17:19). Ezekiel 17:24 – As James 4:6 says – God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace to the humble. Hebrews 8:10 – Not only is Jesus a better priest, but He is priest of a better promise to us. The author is quoting Jeremiah 31:31-34 to show that this was the promised “Better Covenant.” Psalm 106:13 – The Psalmist recounts the problems the Hebrews caused on their Exodus from Egypt. Forgetting God. Tempting God. Challenging God’s Servant. Changing God’s glory. Despising God’s Land. Disbelieving God’s Word. Interesting that we read it in conjunction with Ezekiel 16 & 17. Proverbs 27:7 – You may not be the greatest chef – but to a hungry soul, you are the only chef. Share how reading thru the Bible has been a blessing to you! E-mail us at 2018bible@vcyamerica.org or call and leave a message at 414-885-5370.
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November 6 – Which of these righteous men are not like the other?

November 6
Ezekiel 14:12-16:41
Hebrews 7:18-28
Psalm 106:1-12
Proverbs 27:4-6

Ezekiel 14:14 – God would spare Sodom and Gomorrah for 10 righteous people (Genesis 18:32). Yet now God says that if Noah (the one who roughly 2000 years earlier had preached and worked for decades), Job (the one who roughly 2000 years earlier had passed Satan’s tests), and Daniel (Wait a minute – Daniel is a contemporary of Ezekiel! And Abraham didn’t even make the list!) were in Jerusalem, God wouldn’t even give them the opportunity He gave Lot to get his family out (Genesis 19:12). On a side note – notice that Daniel is the only one listed in 2,000 years as an example of a righteous man. When we get into Daniel soon, remember what God had to say about Daniel.

Ezekiel 16:4 – This is the longest chapter in Ezekiel. Some of the customs are foreign to us (salting a newborn), but were in practice (Enduring Word):

“Cutting the cord, washing, rubbing down with salt, and clothing the newborn were also customary legal acts of legitimation. In the neglect and abandonment of the infant in the open field, the parent legally relinquished all rights to and responsibilities for the child.” (Block)

Ezekiel 16:15 – You could draw a comparison to America here. The Pilgrims who arrived in America had nothing. Half of them died the first winter. Now America is “decked with gold and silver” (Ezekiel 16:13). But like Israel, America is trusting in the blessings she has received as opposed to the One who gave the blessings to her!

Ezekiel 16:21 – Jeremiah mentioned this sin once (Jeremiah 32:35), but this is the first of three references by Ezekiel (Ezekiel 20:26, Ezekiel 20:31). God made it clear in the Torah (Leviticus 18:21, Deuteronomy 18:10), and yet in the historical books it was done (2 Kings 16:3, 2 Kings 17:17, 2 Kings 21:6, 2 Kings 23:10, 2 Chronicles 33:6). As we talked about in Jeremiah, instead of the children being redeemed for the LORD (Exodus 13:2, Exodus 22:29, Exodus 34:20, Numbers 3:13), the children were sacrificed to Satan. Tragically in America we have said this is a right guaranteed in our highest governing document.

Ezekiel 16:41 – Breaking off of sin is tough. But God is willing to go to drastic measures to “cause thee to cease from playing the harlot.” In the New Testament we read about this in Hebrews 12:6.

Hebrews 7:22 – How was Jesus better?

  • Priests were many – Jesus is one (Hebrews 7:23-24)
  • Priests would die – Jesus “continueth ever” (Hebrews 7:23-24)
  • Priests sacrifices last maybe 24 hours – Jesus can save to the uttermost (eternally) (Hebrews 7:25-27)
  • Priests offer sacrifices every day – Jesus offered a sacrifice once (Hebrews 7:27)
  • Priests have infirmities – Jesus is perfect (Hebrews 7:28)

Psalm 106:3 – Righteousness won’t get you to heaven (Psalm 14:3), but those who seek righteousness (Matthew 6:33) by obeying God (John 14:15). The first step is repentance (Psalm 106:6), then belief (Psalm 106:12).

Proverbs 27:6 – Patch the Pirate released an adventure on this theme – “The Friendship Mutiny,” and the importance of a faithful friend.

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November 5 – Magic pillows?

November 5
Ezekiel 12:1-14:11
Hebrews 7:1-17
Psalm 105:37-45
Proverbs 27:3

Ezekiel 12:28 – Interesting to compare this to Peter’s words in 2 Peter 3:4.

Ezekiel 13:6 – The sin of presumption to speak on God’s behalf is quite serious. I was reading a book on Christian ministry leadership and it shared that leaders need to be careful in saying “God told me we need to do this” – because when presenting an opportunity to your trusted counselors (Proverbs 15:22), it’s hard to argue with God. And if God didn’t tell you this – (Deuteronomy 18:20).

Ezekiel 13:18 – What’s all this about pillows? From the Pulpit Commentary

Ezekiel’s minute description, though it is from a different standpoint, reminds us of that in Isaiah 3:18-26. In both cases there are the difficulties inseparable from the fact that he had seen what he describes, and that we have not; and that he uses words which were familiar enough then, but are now found nowhere else. so that (as in the case of the ἐξουσία of 1 Corinthians 11:10) we have to guess their meaning. The picture which he draws of a false prophetess is obviously taken from the life, and the dress, we can scarcely doubt, was one that belonged to her calling.

Ezekiel 14:1 – Just what every religious leader wants – high ranking political figures to schmooze with, right! This isn’t a group of religious leaders with the President as we’ve seen, but a group of political leaders sitting before one religious leader.

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:126.The_Prophet_Ezekiel.jpg

Ezekiel 14:6 – No warm platitudes for the political figures of ancient Israel. They are idolaters (Ezekiel 14:3), being warned by God (Ezekiel 14:4), calling for their repentance (Ezekiel 14:6), threatened with divine excommunication (Ezekiel 14:8).

Ezekiel 14:11 – Why does God judge His people? So that they may be His people, and He can be their God. God is a jealous God (Exodus 34:14). He will not share His glory (Isaiah 42:8).

Hebrews 7:3 – Was Melchisedec a pre-incarnate appearance of Jesus Christ? Or because his lineage wasn’t recorded is that shown as a type of Christ? Hard to say

Hebrews 7:8 – The Israelite priests are mortal (Hebrews 7:8), and “better” than the people (Hebrews 7:7), and receive the tithes (Hebrews 7:5). But there is someone greater than the Levitical Priests because Abraham paid tithes to this person (Hebrews 7:9). In effect the Jews were paying tithes to the priests in exchange for a blessing. But the priests (thru great Father Abraham) paid someone else for a blessing. Because Jesus was the King, he must be of the tribe of Judah. But to be the Priest, he did not have to be of the tribe of Levi, but rather the tribe of Melchisidec.

Psalm 105:37 – Notice God’s abundant provision for those who lack:

  • money – silver and gold (Psalm 105:37)
  • light – fire in the night (Psalm 105:39)
  • food – quails and bread (Psalm 105:40)
  • water – gushing from the rock (Psalm 105:41)
  • property – lands of the heathen (Psalm 105:44)

Let’s join with the Psalmist and shout Hallelujah! (Praise ye the LORD!)

Proverbs 27:3 – Got the idea that Solomon did not suffer fools? Don’t let your mentorees grow up to be fools!

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November 4 – God knows every thought in your mind!

November 4

Ezekiel 10:1-11:25
Hebrews 6:1-20
Psalm 105:16-36
Proverbs 27:1-2

Ezekiel 10 includes references to several gems, and not used to thinking in terms of the color Beryl – I find it helpful to see what Beryl looks like.

Ezekiel 10:11 – Sound familiar? We read about this in Ezekiel 1. Interestingly this is the 5th time we’ve seen this phrase “they turned not when they went.”

Ezekiel 11:1 – We saw the “five and twenty men” earlier in Ezekiel 8:16.

Ezekiel 11:3 – From the Pulpit Commentary:

As in most proverbs of this kind, the thought is condensed to the very verge of obscurity, and the words have received very different interpretations. 

“It (the judgment of which the true prophets spoke) is not near. Let us build houses, not, as Jeremiah bids (Jeremiah 39:5), in the land of exile, but here in Jerusalem, where we shall remain in safety. Are we threatened with the imagery of the ‘seething pot’ (Jeremiah 1:13)? Let us remember that the caldron protects the meat in it from the fire. The walls of the city will protect us from the army of the Chaldeans.” 

https://biblehub.com/ezekiel/11-3.htm

Ezekiel 11:5 – Whoa! “I know the things that come into your mind, every one of them!” Sometimes when reading the prophets a phrase will jump out at you. You know that God is omniscient. But you don’t think of how His omniscience affects you. You sometimes pray to Him when you think of Him, but you don’t always live with a conscious awareness of His presence.  Yet He knows every thought in your mind!

Ezekiel 11:17 – We see a special promise in these verses:

  • “I will give you the land of Israel” – interesting to think that just 80 years ago, this seemed to be an allegorical promise. Now there is a nation of Israel again since 1948, but still not all the promised land.
  • “I will put a new spirit within you… I will be their God” – unfortunately Paul’s heart’s desire has not been fulfilled yet (Romans 10:1). Interestingly 20% of Jewish Millennials believe Jesus is the son of God.

Ezekiel 11:23 – What mountain is on the east side of the city?

Hebrews 6:4-6 – Here’s another scary part of the third warning passage from Hebrews. It is impossible for partakers of the Holy Ghost to be saved again. They cannot crucify the Son of God again. This is a reiteration of Hebrews 6:1 – we cannot again repent, believe, and identify with Jesus.

Hebrews 6:10 – Paul balances his warning with his word of encouragement for those who have supported God’s work!

Hebrews 6:19 – Our salvation could be lost if it were up to us. But God swore by himself (Hebrews 6:13). We have a refuge (Hebrews 6:18). An anchor of the soul. And my anchor holds!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZcxovyL9YKM

Psalm 105:18 – Interesting that we didn’t know this about Joseph in Genesis. 

Psalm 105:25 – The Egyptians were grateful for Joseph, and they proceeded to enslave his descendants. As Bob Jones Sr. said, “When gratitude dies on the altar of a man’s heart, that man is well nigh hopeless.”

Proverbs 27:1-2 – Two verses that talk about humility. Boasts of tomorrow and boasts of thyself. Recognition of inability to prognosticate, and inappropriateness of self congratulations.

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November 3: The Cult of Tammuz

November 3
Ezekiel 7:1-9:11
Hebrews 5:1-14
Psalm 105:1-15
Proverbs 26:28

Ezekiel 7:19 – “Their silver and their gold shall not be able to deliver them in the day of the wrath of the LORD.” Money can buy many things, but it can’t buy protection from God’s wrath!

Ezekiel 7:24 – I talked to someone who said “I’m ok with God judging me – He’s God after all. But Him using others to judge me – that’s harder to swallow.” But as we see in Ezekiel – that’s what God uses – “the worst of the heathen” to judge us.

Ezekiel 8:14 – Tammuz wasn’t a suffering sister, but an ancient Mesopotamian god of shepherds. Responsible for fertility and crops growing, Tammuz death was mourned every year  – marking the rotation of seasons. On the Arabic calendar, Tammuz is the name of the month of July. During the month his death and resurrection was celebrated. His consort was the “Queen of Heaven,” Ishtar (Jeremiah 7:18, Jeremiah 44:17-25), who was worshiped with cake offerings. The cult of Tammuz survived until the 1700’s AD. 

Ezekiel 8:16 – Inside the house of the LORD, at the very altar of the LORD, twenty five men have turned their backs on the temple and are worshiping the sunrise, and not the creator of the sun.

Ezekiel 9:4 – God marks His people throughout different times:

  • Past – Exodus 12:13
  • Present – 2 Corinthians 1:22
  • Future – Revelation 7:3

Ezekiel 9:10 – This is the 5th time we see “no pity.” Judgment time is coming and fake repentance will not get you out of Judgement Day.

Hebrews 5:6 – The mystery of Psalm 110:4 is solved – who was the LORD talking to that is a “priest forever?” Who is the coming King? (Psalm 110:1)? This is the Son of God, Jesus the Messiah! 

Hebrews 5:8 – God learned from suffering. The omnipotent Creator of the World learned obedience from suffering. My mind struggles to grasp that. And before we can go on to more incredible truths – we are reminded that we should be further down the road (Hebrews 5:12).

Psalm 105:5 – In this Psalm we see not an emphasis on the Word of God (Psalm 119), but on the Works of God. The Works are proof that He remembered His covenant (Psalm 105:8).

Psalm 105:8 – How long is a thousand generations? By some estimates we’re only 150 generations from Adam and Eve  – God’s faithfulness extends farther and wider than we can imagine!

Proverbs 26:28 – Be careful with your tongue!

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November 2 – The Watchman on the Wall

November 2
Ezekiel 3:16-6:14
Hebrews 4:1-16
Psalm 104:24-35
Proverbs 26:27

Ezekiel 3:18 – The scariest words in the Old Testament: “his blood will I require at thine hand.” God has given us a message to warn the wicked that they shall die in their sins (Romans 6:23). If we do not warn him, he will die for his sins – he receives the just punishment of his deeds – but God will hold us accountable.

Ezekiel 3:20 – When we see a Christian falling into temptation – we have the same responsibility!

Ezekiel 3:26-27 – May this be our prayer – LORD keep my mouth shut when I need to keep it shut, and keep it open when I need to keep it open!

Ezekiel 4:1BibleBlender has some interesting visual depictions of what this scene may have looked like.

Ezekiel 4:5 – Over a year Ezekiel lay on his left side, and for over a month he lay on his right side.

Ezekiel 4:15 – Ezekiel the priest was revulsed by what was coming, and asked God are you sure? God was not instituting a new dispensation here (Acts 10:15) – just illustrating how desperate the country would get. Thus he allowed Ezekiel to prepare his bread with cow dung rather than human dung.

Ezekiel 5:3 – God’s pictures were very graphic. The preaching hadn’t made a difference, so God tried another technique to teach His people.

Ezekiel 6:7 – God is judging sin harshly. So that his people “shall know that I am the LORD.” 4 times in this chapter we read this purpose for God’s actions. He will not abandon his bride that has gone “a whoring after their idols” (Ezekiel 6:9).

Ezekiel 6:10 – “I have not said in vain.” Deuteronomy 27 contained the curses of Mount Ebal. They were not in vain. God doesn’t say “try harder next time!”

Hebrews 4:12 – How can we keep our hearts from hardening? How can we know we can enter the rest? How can we not fall victim to unbelief?

  • Thru the Scripture of God. Our powerful Hope.
  • Thru the Sight of God. Our omniscient Creator.
  • Thru the Son of God. Our empathetic Priest.

Psalm 104:34 – Take time to enjoy the sweetness of our LORD. Don’t let the cares of the world drag you down.

Proverbs 26:27 – As Patch the Pirate shares with us, “You Reap what You Sow.

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November 1 – The wheel in a wheel!

November 1

We’re just two months from the end of the year! Hang in there!

Ezekiel 1:1-3 – This is the Exilic prophet – Jeremiah wrote about the coming Exile, but Ezekiel is the first prophet we’ll be reading from within the Exile. The year is 592 BC, and we’re a little northwest of Babylon. We find out why he was part of the first waves (specifically wave 2 in 597 BC) – he was a priest, an influential leader.

Ezekiel 1:5

Ezekiel 1:16 – Yes this is the “wheel in a wheel” passage, that inspired the spiritual, “Ezekiel Saw The Wheel”

Ezekiel 1:15

Ezekiel 1:27 – In Revelation 1:15-16, John describes seeing Jesus – “his feet – as if burned in a furnace” and “his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength.”

Ezekiel 1:28 – What to do when you see things unexplainable and indescribable? Fall on your face in humility!

Ezekiel 2:2 – Notice when Ezekiel didn’t have the strength to stand, the spirit set him on his feet! When we’ve exhausted our store of endurance – he giveth more grace!

https://youtu.be/eAZ33bX-NK4?t=153

Ezekiel 2:5 – Ezekiel must have felt like a Christian school teacher. Out of strength, can’t get off lying face down in the ground (Ezekiel 1:28). He’s speaking to “impudent children and stiffhearted.” God says – “whether they will hear or whether they will forbear… [they] shall know that there hath been a prophet among them.” Pray for the Christian school teachers that you know – they ain’t getting rich, they are exhausted, and they are prophets to their “impudent children!”

Ezekiel 3:5 – Home missions may not be as rewarding but God calls people to reach their Judea first! Yes the monthly updates to supporting churches may be discouraging but faithfulness not results is what the Master calls for (2 Timothy 2:2).

Ezekiel 3:15 – Ezekiel was astonished seven days at the vision he saw. Ezekiel the priest was astonished. Don’t worry if you are still scratching your head about the incredible vision of Ezekiel 1.

Hebrews 3:1 – Yes Ezekiel was priest – but he struggled to explain the things that God showed him. We have a greater priest (Hebrews 3:3)! Greater than Moses (Hebrews 3:3), greater than creation (Hebrews 3:4),

Hebrews 3:7 – We start the second warning passage (Hebrews 2:1-4 begins the first warning – “How shall we escape?”). Now we begin the “Harden not your hearts” warnings.

Hebrews 3:12 – Here’s a scary concept. Paul is writing to his brethren and warning them about an evil heart of unbelief that will cause them to depart from the living God. You can find “atheist activists” like Dan Barker that were pastors who now have turned their backs on God.

Hebrews 3:15 – How do we avoid being shipwrecked and denied entry into the rest (Hebrews 3:11, Hebrews 3:18)? Hear his voice and open your heart.

Psalm 104:4 – Interesting that this description matches Ezekiel’s references of fire (Ezekiel 1:4, 1:13). This whole Psalm echoes Hebrews 1:4 – “he that built all things.” As the Psalmist inventories creation – God made it all!

Proverbs 26:25 – A great admonition for election season!

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October 31 – Jesus calls us brethren!

October 31
Lamentations 4:1-5:22
Hebrews 2:1-18
Psalm 103:1-22
Proverbs 26:23

Lamentations 4:13 – God judges a nation’s religious leaders first. Look how they are described in Lamentations 4:14-15.

Lamentations 5:21 – Jeremiah ends his lament with a plea for God to return – yet he realizes that for Israel it is too late.

Hebrews 2:2 – Almost every time a human encounters an angel, the first angelic words are “Fear not!” Yet if we fear an angel, shall we not fear the maker of the angel? We have not the word of an angelic encounter but the Word of God!

Hebrews 2:4 – What was the purpose of the signs and wonders? To confirm His revelation to man.

Hebrews 2:7 – The back and forth between humans and angels is emphasized here: created lower than the angels, but crowned with glory and honor!

Hebrews 2:16-17 – Jesus took not the nature of angels, but was “made like unto his brethren.” He chose to be like us!

Psalm 103:11 – How great is God’s mercy! In just a few verses (Psalm 103:17) – we’ll see how long is His mercy!

Proverbs 26:23 – We talked about this a while back – a potsherd is a broken piece of pottery. Jesus had a similar thought in Matthew 23:27 when he called the scribes and Pharisees “whited sepulchers.”

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