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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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08/29/2018 — Ezekiel Chapters 9-12

First — about the description of all of those cherubim and “spinning wheels” in Chapter 10:9-12.  The description is nearly identical to the description given in Chapter 1:15-18.  And I do not pretend to come close to understanding their true meaning.  I cannot even visually the image in my mind. I read several commentaries and

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08/28/2018 — Ezekiel Chapters 5-8

Many of Ezekiel’s inspired prophecies are beyond my understanding.  So I am content to find one that is quickly fulfilled.  For when these “short-term” writings are fulfilled I am confident that his other will be, as well.  From Chapter 5:1-4 “Now, son of man, take a sharp sword and use it as a barber’s razor

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08/27/2018 — Ezekiel Chapters 1-4

As is usual a little background on the book: Ezekiel,  together with King Jehoiachin, and many noble of the people of Judah had been brought to Babylon in the second deportation from Judah  in 597 BC.  Ezekiel originated from the priestly family of Aaron. Ezekiel was married; his wife passed away on the day Jerusalem

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08/26/2018 — Lamentations Chapters 3-5

In these chapters — in the midst of Jeremiah’s pain and sorry over the failure of the nation to follow the Lord and the suffering that followed I find one of greatest passages of praise given to us by the Holy Spirit: Lamentations 3:21-26 Yet this I call to mind     and therefore I have hope:

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08/25/2018 — Lamentations Chapters 1-2

Most commentators concur that the book of Lamentations was penned by the prophet Jeremiah as he experienced the destruction of Jerusalem — thus the name, “Lamentations,”  denoting the passionate expression of grief or sorrow.  This is another in the reasons why Jeremiah is referred to as the “weeping prophet.” Coffman adds insight into the construction

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08/24/2018 — Jeremiah Chapters 51-52

Chapter 51 continues Jeremiah’s prophecy of the eventual destruction of Babylon by an “army from the north.”  And we know that history records that Cyrus the Great  and the Persians conquered Babylon in 539 BC.   This is estimated to be 30-40 years after the death of Jeremiah. And throughout the prophecies we see the Lord’s

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08/23/2018 — Jeremiah Chapters 49-50

Jeremiah’s prophecies regarding each country are pretty similar — they will be punished by the Lord.  So, I thought we could take a look at each of the nations.  I think we were all familiar with Egypt so I provide a bit of background on each of the other nations addresses by Jeremiah’s prophecies. Chapter

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08/22/2018 — Jeremiah Chapters 46-48

Beginning here and through Jeremiah 51, we will read Jeremiah’s prophecies against several Gentile nations,  Egypt, Philistia, Moab, Ammon, Edom, Syria, Elam, and Babylon.   In Chapter 46 Jeremiah’s prophecy contained several reminders for each of the nations and I think for our nation today. For example: Jeremiah 46:8  Egypt rises like the Nile, like rivers

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08/21/2018 — Jeremiah Chapters 41-45

Jeremiah 42:9-12  He said to them, “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, to whom you sent me to present your petition, says: 10 ‘If you stay in this land, I will build you up and not tear you down; I will plant you and not uproot you, for I have relented concerning the

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08/20/2018 — The Book of Habakkuk

First a bit of background on Habakkuk.  His name is all that we know of him — there are no further details.  Habakkuk was also a contemporary of Jeremiah and his prophecy was directed to the nation of Judah before the Babylonian captivity began.  In his commentary Coffman highlights a point  that I did not

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08/19/2018 — Jeremiah 38-40 & Psalms 74, 79

We continue with reading about Jeremiah’s persecution and a description of the fall of Jerusalem.  What impressed me during these descriptions is Jeremiah’s continued courage and dedication. In Chapter 38:4-6 we see the “officials” of Jerusalem lower Jeremiah into the deep mud in a cistern to starve for speaking the Lord’s word.  Yet in Chapter

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08/18/2018 — 2 Kings 24-25 & 2 Chronicles 36

While these chapters repeat the highlights of what we read in Jeremiah there was a passage that highlighted a fact about King Zedekiah & the remaining leaders in Jerusalem that helps provide a reason for their downfall. 12 He did evil in the eyes of the Lord his God and did not humble himself before Jeremiah

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