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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»»


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»»


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