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09/18/2018 — Ezra Chapters 4-6 & Psalm Chapter 137

Maybe it is because for the last 4 years or so Liz and I have been living in DC and I am a “tad” jaded.  But I could not read these chapters without thinking how little has changed politically since the days of Ezra.  We see Israel’s enemies take several modern-type political steps to stop

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09/17/2018 — Ezra Chapters 1-3

We return from books of prophecy to, now, a book of history.  Ezra’s narrative picks up right after 2 Chronicles ends.  And having just read Daniel you can see how Daniel and Ezra fit into the chronology of the nation of Israel.  Daniel Chapter 10 refers to the “third year of Cyrus, king of Persia.” 

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09/16/2018 — Daniel Chapters 10-12

In reading these prophetic scriptures and reviewing several related commentaries I am reassured by Daniels own words in Chapter 12:8-9 and then a promise in v. 13. 8 I heard, but I did not understand. So I asked, “My lord, what will the outcome of all this be?” 9 He replied, “Go your way, Daniel, because the words

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09/15/2018 — Daniel Chapters 7-9

As we mentioned as part of our first reading in Daniel we now enter a recording of Daniel’s prophecies.  And I will rely heavily from some notes I took during a series of lessons Artie taught. In chapters 7-9 we are blessed to have Daniel’s vision and his prophesy regarding the four great beasts, representing

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09/14/2018 — Daniel Chapters 4-6

These chapters are marvelous reading and contain Nebuchadnezzar’s madness as a result of his pride, David serving a new king, Belshazzar and the “writing on the wall,” the of course Daniel in the lions den as a result of his faithfulness.   Again, as I read I saw several verses of praise — but this time

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09/13/2018 — Daniel Chapters 1-3

So, after the short book of Joel we enter into another of the “minor prophets” whose book is filled with familiar history — the book of Daniel.  Daniel is pretty much divided into tow parts.  Chapters 1-6 are a history of Daniel and his comrades in Babylon.  The remainder of the book is prophesy. While

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09/12/2018 — the book of Joel

I find it interesting that the developer of our study plan placed the book of Joel at this point.  Since no historical reference points (e.g., the king, other historical events, etc.) are referenced the exact time of the writing is unknown.   Some commentators write that the book was, perhaps, written during the reign of Joash

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09/11/2018 — Ezekiel Chapters 46-48

In these concluding chapters we read the instructions for sacrifice and worship and the division of the lands for each of the tribes. I certainly do not claim to understand the purpose/reality of Ezekiel’s’ prophetic temple but I did do a bit of reading to see if I could at least come to a bit

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09/10/2018 — Ezekiel Chapters 43-45

So, as you read through these chapters did you have any thoughts on this temple being the final location of the Lord when He returns?  I did. From Ezekiel 43:18  Then he said to me, “Son of man, this is what the Sovereign Lord says: These will be the regulations for sacrificing burnt offerings and splashing blood against the altar

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09/09/2018 — Ezekiel Chapters 40-42

We will see that the next 9 chapters deal with Ezekiel’s vision of the temple and the nation of Israel.  The temple, itself, is described in these three chapters. The temple Ezekiel visioned was immense, almost beyond comprehension– much larger than Solomon’s and Herod’s temple.  One important fact we need to keep in mind is

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09/08/2018 — Ezekiel Chapters 37-39

Of all the prophecies/object lessons of Ezekiel there is probably none more well-known and discussed than 37:1-14 and the prophecy of the “dry bones.” But today I thought we can focus on the next lesson.  Ezekiel 37:15-27, the combining of the sticks of wood. First — the restoration of Israel and Judah: Ezekiel 37: 18 “When your

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09/07/2018 — Ezekiel Chapters 31-33

First, my apologies for an OOPS!   As you could tell from yesterday’s reading of Ezekiel 34-36 I mistakenly “skipped” the chapters we will read today (Ez. 31-33.) In chapters 31 and 32 we continue to read of the Lord’s condemnation of Israel’s neighboring countries.  Chapter 33 then ends with a precept from the Lord that

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09/06/208 – Ezekiel Chapters 34-36

We did not have to go far into today’s reading to be reminded of some of the most poignant teachings of Jesus: Ezekiel 34:3-6 and 11  3 You eat the curds, clothe yourselves with the wool and slaughter the choice animals, but you do not take care of the flock.4 You have not strengthened the weak or healed the

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09/05/2018 — Ezekiel Chapters 28-30

I find it interesting to compare the accounts of Jeremiah and Ezekiel in their prophecies against the countries neighboring Israel.  And in the comparisons today I see a common theme among at least two of the nations/leaders, Moab and the king of Tyre: Jeremiah 48: 29 “We have heard of Moab’s pride –  how great is

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09/04/2018 — Ezekiel Chapters 25-27

If these chapters (and the upcoming chapters 28-32) sound a “tad” familiar return to Jeremiah 46-51.  In these chapters  Jeremiah also prophecies on the fall of the nations neighboring Israel.  And the Lord provides the reason — they were enemies of His “people.” In His “own time” and in His own way the Lord cared

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09/03/2018 — Ezekiel Chapters 23-24

As in previous chapters of Ezekiel (and the other prophets) we see the use of an “object lesson” in Chapter 23:1-4 The word of the Lord came to me: 2 “Son of man, there were two women, daughters of the same mother. 3 They became prostitutes in Egypt, engaging in prostitution from their youth. In that land

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09/02/2018 — Ezekiel Chapters 21-22

As I read these two chapters of condemnation for the city f Jerusalem I was reminded of a message I had read by Chuck Swindoll on the purpose of the entire book of Ezekiel.  It is certainly fitting when we reflect upon the judgement described in these verses: God didn’t exile the Israelites primarily to

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09/01/2018 — Ezekiel Chapters 18-20

If we ever wonder who is responsible for our actions look no further than Chapter 18.  The inspired words captured by Ezekiel state multiple times that it is our actions (not the actions of our ancestors) that will be held accountable bu the Lord. Reading from Ezekiel 18:19-20: 19 “Yet you ask, ‘Why does the son

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08/31/2018 — Ezekiel Chapters 16-17

As you read through the inspired (but somewhat depressing) Chapter 16, perhaps like me, you thought of two other  “allegorical” type books — the Song of Solomon and the life & prophecy of Hosea. Of course the Song of Solomon has an entirely different & uplifting theme — the love of the husband for his

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08/30/2018 — Ezekiel Chapters 13-15

A concept that crossed my mind as I read today’s scriptures is one that we have discussed earlier — personal idols.  As we have been reading  through the Old Testament we have seen false idols such as Asherah poles established in the “high places,” been warned about idols of wood and metal, and observed the

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