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Sep
08
2017

Ezekiel 11 God reveals that the judgment of Jerusalem would be the cause of perverse leaders. He knew both what the leaders were saying and what they were thinking. Although they thought the city’s fortification and army would be able to save them from the wrath of God, the city would actually be their place of execution. These leaders would see that when they try and rule like other nations, outside of the blessing of God, they lead people into destruction. They would reap the consequence of...keep reading»»


Sep
06
2017

Psalm 48 The Sons of Korah, worship leaders in the tabernacle and temple, composed Psalm 48. This Psalm is a Song of Zion, a sub-category of Psalms (see also Psalms 84 and 87 as other examples). On the surface, this Song of Zion extols the glory of the Temple Mount, Mount Zion in Jerusalem. At its deepest level however, it praises Jerusalem’s great God. It is his presence, power and protection that are symbolized by the awe-inspiring beauty of the holy mountain.  In this Psalm, we...keep reading»»


Aug
30
2017

Ezekiel 2 Ezekiel is yet another prophet sent to speak on behalf of God to Israel in their rebellion. There are some universal principles within these ten verses that we must see before moving on. The first is this: God’s holiness must humble us.  The first chapter describes the strange and wonderful images that Ezekiel witnessed. He saw winged beasts, strange, spirit-filled wheels and a man who had the appearance of flames sitting on a throne. He saw a glimpse of the mystery, the glory...keep reading»»


Aug
25
2017

Lamentations 2 Jeremiah, author of Lamentations, weeps over the siege of Jerusalem. The book of Lamentations communicates his heartfelt sorrow and profound understanding of suffering. While the book of Job deals primarily with personal suffering, the book of Lamentations deals primarily with corporate suffering. In the past, this has brought believers comfort and continues to do so today.  Poetically, the second chapter of Lamentations shares with us some helpful reminders about sorrow:...keep reading»»


Aug
23
2017

Psalm 31 The Psalms lay bare the desperate human condition and the ensuing emotions. Psalm 31 as a lament expresses DEEP personal distress, yet affirms a DEEPER confidence in the God of steadfast love. It serves as a prayer of trust for those in the midst of any kind of difficulty, severe or otherwise. It begins with a cry for deliverance:  In you, O Lord, do I take refuge; let me never be put to shame; in your righteousness deliver me! (Psalm 31:1 ESV) In the crisis,...keep reading»»


Aug
18
2017

Jeremiah 47 Jeremiah 47 continues the oracles against the nations. The purpose of these oracles is to establish God as the Lord over all nations of the world. He is the God of Israel but all kingdoms rise and fall by the hand of God. Here, the Philistines are in view. Although they are mentioned in a few stories in the Old Testament, many remembering them from the popular story of David and Goliath, and giving us the current name Palestine, the Philistines eventually disappeared from biblical...keep reading»»


Aug
16
2017

Psalm 20-21 In popular music there are love songs, anthems, and ballads. The ancient Hebrew people used different types of psalms in their worship including royal psalms, laments, and thanksgiving psalms.  Today we are looking at two Royal Psalms; a Royal Psalm is about the Davidic monarchy. Beyond the rule of the earthly king, these also have messianic overtones; that is to say they speak of the eternal reign of Jesus Christ. These two Psalms form a pair - they reflect two sides of a...keep reading»»


Aug
11
2017

Jeremiah 39 Jerusalem finally fell to the Babylonians after one and a half years of siege. The city was burned, the walls were torn down, and the leaders were deported to Babylon. 2 Kings 25 gives the detailed narrative of the account that Jeremiah is relating here. The day had come when the prophecies of Jeremiah, since the first chapter till now, concerning Jerusalem came true. Although God used Jeremiah to relentlessly warn the people, they refused to listen. So, God fulfilled what he...keep reading»»


Aug
09
2017

Psalm 10 Psalm 10 is a lament that also affirms great confidence in God’s judgments. It can be broken down into the following 4 divisions:  1.  The Great Questions (10:1) The heavily burdened Psalmist presents his complaint to the Lord:  Why, O Lord, do you stand far away? Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble? (Psalm 10:1 ESV) Humanity has long been disturbed by the problem of evil. Instinctively we know that this world is not as it should be. We...keep reading»»


Aug
04
2017

Psalm 1 Psalm one opens with the words, “blessed is the man.” These words should immediately grab the reader’s attention. The Psalmist is about to describe the person whom we should all desire to be, so we will want to pay close attention to the description that follows. The description begins with the negative in verse 1. We are told three things that the blessed person does not do. 1. The blessed person does not walk in the counsel of the wicked.2. The blessed person does not stand in the...keep reading»»


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