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Oct
13
2017

Ezekiel 46  The last chapters of Ezekiel can seem very tedious and uninspiring to the modern reader. But Ezekiel and his audience were well aware that Solomon’s temple was destroyed because of Israel’s sin. In Ezekiel 43:10-11, he reveals to us that these detailed descriptions of the temple – a most holy and perfect temple that God would build – are described to shame Israel for letting their sin and cause them to repent. These chapters present the holiness of God that should cause us to...keep reading»»


Oct
11
2017

Psalms 97-98 Tune into local or international news and whether it concerns issues of diplomacy, disease, disaster or death, it appears our world is out of control. Fear grips hearts and minds around the globe. Is it any wonder anxieties abound? Contrary to what we can see, there IS a master plan in the hands of a Master Planner. Therefore, we can be at peace! The Bible declares triumphantly, The Lord reigns, let the earth rejoice; let the many coastlands be glad! (Psalm...keep reading»»


Oct
06
2017

Ezekiel 39 Ezekiel’s prophecy against Gog and Magog is one that is debated amongst Bible readers because there is little that we know about them. The mention of them in Revelation 20 after the millennial reign of Christ has caused many to interpret them as the most current superpower of the day.  “And when the thousand years are ended, Satan will be released from his prison 8 and will come out to deceive the nations that are at the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them...keep reading»»


Oct
04
2017

Psalms 87-88 About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God…(Acts 16:25 ESV) It is not difficult to praise God when the sun is shining, but can we praise God in the dark night of the soul? The Apostle Paul and Silas were beaten and imprisoned and yet at midnight, they worshiped!  Psalm 88 brings us the dark experience of a greatly troubled soul. It is a lamentation, the darkest of all the psalms. The Psalmist feels the dread of the wrath of God...keep reading»»


Sep
29
2017

Psalm 80 Psalm 80 is written in a time of turmoil. Scholars have suggested that this Psalm was written after the Assyrian capture of the northern kingdom. It is clear from this psalm that God’s people are in deep need of God’s restorative touch. This is, after all, the thrice repeated plea of the psalmist found in verses 3, 7, and 19. “Restore us, O God; let your face shine, that we may be saved.”  These words probably ring familiar to many of you.keep reading»»


Sep
27
2017

Ezekiel 30 The sovereignty of God is on full display in Ezekiel 30. As I reflect on this text I am reminded of Daniel’s description of God: “He changes times and seasons;he deposes kings and raises up others.He gives wisdom to the wiseand knowledge to the discerning.” (Dan. 2:21 ESV) In the preceding chapter, Ezekiel 29, we are provided a glimpse into God’s purposes for destroying Egypt. God’s people had continuously gone back to their Egyptian neighbors looking for defense and...keep reading»»


Sep
22
2017

Ezekiel 25 God is not a localized deity. He is the sovereign ruler and judge of all nations. After the recounting of the fall of Jerusalem, Ezekiel gives the oracles of God against Judah’s four neighbors. The Ammonites rejoiced over the destruction of the temple, God’s dwelling place, and conquering Israel’s land, God’s promised possession. The Moabites scoffed at the holiness of Israel, God’s chosen people. The Edomite’s acted in revenge toward Israel, resisting God’s use of Israel as his...keep reading»»


Sep
20
2017

Ezekiel 23 This chapter reminds why in Jewish tradition the book of Ezekiel was not to be read by men under the age of 30. In addition to containing a fair bit of complicated imagery - too often the playground of fools - the book also contains an abundance of sexual metaphor. In several chapters idolatry is spoken of under the image of adultery. The relationship is fairly obvious. Unfaithfulness to God (our covenant partner) is akin to unfaithfulness to our spouse (our covenant partner). When...keep reading»»


Sep
15
2017

Psalm 62 - 63 There is no question that the people of God should be set apart from the rest of the world. Psalm 62 and 63 put on clear display two characteristics that should mark those who have Jesus as their Lord. At the core of these psalms is a deep trust and adoration in God. As we read these prayers of David we should be inspired by his faith and seek to pour out this same dependence of God in our own lives. Keep reading...keep reading»»


Sep
13
2017

Ezekiel 16 In the entirety of Scripture, it is hard to find an image that is more beautiful or more tragic than that in Ezekiel 16. God speaks to us in ways that we can understand. He provides pictures and illustrations to help us wrap our small, human minds around his enormous, holy love. Consider the image that Ezekiel is given in this prophecy: a child is discarded into the street. Still soaked in blood and afterbirth, this unwanted girl is picked up by a stranger. He washes the filth off...keep reading»»


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