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Hebrews 10:24,25 (NIV)

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“Instead, they were longing for a better country — a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.”

Hebrews 11:16 (NIV)

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Ezekiel 29:1-30:26 ~ Hebrews 11:32-12:13 ~ Psalm 112:1-10 ~ Proverbs 27:17
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“All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance. And they admitted that they were aliens and strangers on earth. “

Hebrews 11:13 (NIV)

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Readings of the Day

Ezekiel 24:1-26:21 ~ Hebrews 11:1-16 ~ Psalm 110:1-7 ~ Proverbs 27:14
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Old Testament – An important note from our readings in Ezekiel chapter 24 today is that Ezekiel’s wife dies on the exact same day the Temple is Jerusalem was burned!  August 14, 586 B.C.  As I read these verses about Ezekiel’s wife and the Temple I am reminded of a verse in the book of Job – 13:15- “Though he slay me, yet will I hope in him.”  Though Ezekiel’s wife dies and though the Temple burned, the Lord still instructs Judah in verse 23: “You will not mourn or weep”.  The Job situation is of course different in that Job was righteous and Judah was not at this time.  And there is not clear hope for Judah at this time – though there ultimately is redemption for Jerusalem.   However, again, look at Job’s faith in the midst of all he was going through: “yet I will hope in him.”  When times are bad – or times are good – do you hope in Him?  No matter what, will you hope in Him?

In Ezekiel chapter 25 today we begin reading God’s oracles against the nations surrounding Israel.  We’ll read 7 oracles over the next few days through chapter 32.  It’s noteworthy that frequently in the Old Testament God’s words of judgment against Israel through the prophets is often accompanied by oracles of judgments against the nations.  Below is a map that shows the oracles against the nations we read about in chapters 25 & 26 today and through chapter 32 in the coming days.  This map is helpful to see where Ammon, Moab, Edom, Philistia, Tyre, Sidon and of course Egypt are all located in comparison to Jerusalem:

New Testament – Today we read Hebrews Chapter 11, which is a great reflection of the faith of our spiritual ancestors in the Old Testament! Some call this chapter the “Hall of Faith” – as in the Hall of Fame.  🙂  I would encourage you to read this chapter entirely today – and again tomorrow in its entirety. Chapter 11 opens with this critically important verse for us to memorize and take to heart: “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” Are you sure of what you hope for? Are you certain of what you do not see? As you read through this chapter, do you see the value in the faith of our spiritual ancestors? In what area of your life might God be calling you to step forward in faith?

Enoch in verse 5 is an intriguing example of faith coming from Genesis chapter 5’s genealogy from Adam to Noah (see Genesis 5:24 at this link): “It was by faith that Enoch was taken up to heaven without dying—”he disappeared, because God took him.” For before he was taken up, he was known as a person who pleased God.”  Below is a painting of Enoch being taken up to heaven by the Italian painter Sebastiano Ricci (1659-1734):

Verses 13 through 16 I think are four of the most amazing verses we’ve read in Hebrews and I think each of us should really meditate on what these verses might mean in our lives today:  “All these people died still believing what God had promised them. They did not receive what was promised, but they saw it all from a distance and welcomed it. They agreed that they were foreigners and nomads here on earth. Obviously people who say such things are looking forward to a country they can call their own. If they had longed for the country they came from, they could have gone back.  But they were looking for a better place, a heavenly homeland. That is why God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.”  What do you think of these verses?  If these heroes of our faith died still believing what God promised them – even though they did not receive what was promised here on earth – do you think that perhaps you and I should always be faithful in our lives to God no matter what we may think we’re not “receiving” here on earth?  If we’re not receiving perfect health.  If we’re not receiving a perfect job.  If we’re not receiving a perfect family.  If we’re not receiving a perfect mental state.  If not, if not, if not….  will we still believe what God promised us?  Will we still believe that God is not ashamed to be called our God?  Will we still believe that God has prepared a heavenly city for us?  Let us believe!

Psalms – Psalm 110 is a powerful Psalm today!  It is considered Messianic and some say the most prophetic of all the Psalms.  Verses 1 & 4 are the 2 verses that are believed to be most prophetic of Jesus and both verses are referenced in the New Testament, most often verse 1. 

Verse 1 –
“The LORD said to my Lord,
        “Sit in honor at my right hand until I humble your enemies,
        making them a footstool under your feet.””

Verse 4 stands today, with very similar teachings to what we’ve just been reading about this in Hebrews this past week or so!
“The LORD has taken an oath and will not break his vow:
       “You are a priest forever in the line of Melchizedek.””

Bible.org’s commentary on Psalm 110 titled “David’s Lord” is at this link.

Proverbs – Proverbs 27:14 today makes me laugh: “If you shout a pleasant greeting to your neighbor too early in the morning, it will be counted as a curse!”  This reminds me of my visit to the coffee shop in the morning before I’ve had a chance to drink my coffee…  those people behind the counter are already wired on their espresso shots and are just way too pleasant first thing in the morning!  🙂  Any other coffee addicts out there…?  Coffee may be an idol for me that I need to not worship anymore…  really…

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Please join me in memorizing a verse of Scripture today:
“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” Hebrews 11:1 TNIV

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Grace, love, peace, and joy!
Mike (One Year Bible Blog)

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Reading of the Day From 1 Year Bible Blog

Ezekiel 23:1-49 ~ Hebrews 10:18-39 ~ Psalm 109:1-31 ~ Proverbs 27:13
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Old Testament

Ezekiel chapter 23 is interesting in its use of prostitution and lust as the metaphors for Israel’s political alliances with neighboring lands.  My thoughts here are that we live in a “sexualized” world in so many ways today – and perhaps things weren’t so different back then.  Sex is obviously something that was created as a good by God – but can so quickly and easily be twisted into something that is not good.   Sex is good in the right context of marriage.  Detrimental in the wrong.  It seems to me that lust and the selling of sex was as prevalent back in Ezekiel’s today as it is in ours.  To which we may need to remember well Paul’s words in 1 Corinthians 6:18 – “Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a man commits are outside his body, but he who sins sexually sins against his own body.”  And of course James 4:7 – “Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”  Is there an area of our lives related to sex that you must flee from?  Will you flee?

New Testament 

Hebrews chapter 10 today is amazing!  In verse 22 we read: “Let us go right into the presence of God, with true hearts fully trusting him. For our evil consciences have been sprinkled with Christ’s blood to make us clean, and our bodies have been washed with pure water.”  Great stuff!  The last few words of this verse remind me of the blessing of Baptism – as an outward sign of our inner transformation and faith in Christ. Verse 24 is just pure joy & goodness: “Think of ways to encourage one another to outbursts of love and good deeds.” Outbursts of love & good deeds indeed!  Who are you encouraging these days to outbursts of love and good deeds?  Can you think of some ways to do this?  And verse 25 reminds me of the importance of finding a church community to do life with together: “And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage and warn each other, especially now that the day of his coming back again is drawing near.”  Do you meet together with others in a local church?  Have you found a small group, community group, or prayer group that you can spend some quality time with outside of regular church services?  A group where you can encourage, warn, and pray for each other? Verse 26 and the following verses are strong reminders of the one option we have for our faith – the one true God to follow: “Dear friends, if we deliberately continue sinning after we have received a full knowledge of the truth, there is no other sacrifice that will cover these sins.”  Is there another sacrifice besides Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross that will cover our sins?

Psalms

 Today in Psalm 109 verse 4 in the NIV we read these words of David – “I am a man of prayer.”  Wow. I like that. And I’m not sure I can honestly say that about myself right now. Sure, I will roll out of bed and offer up some prayers. Yeah, I’ll try to say a prayer before meals. And yes, I’ll pray briefly before going to sleep. Oh yeah, maybe in church once a week too I’ll offer up some prayers. But, for me to say “I am a person of prayer” would probably not be truthful. Ouch. Don’t worry – I’m not beating myself up too badly over it. But – if I really want to realize that God is holy and a Rock and if I really want to love God and other people, then I have a hunch that being a person of prayer is a critical part of the equation. I don’t think that prayer is so much talking to God as it is really slowing down and listening to God. Sure, it’s a conversation, but I think in our fast pace world today we would do well to really slow down in prayer and listen to God. Listen for that still small voice within our hearts leading us to God’s kingdom and glory and peace. It’s there. I think it takes prayer to really hear it oftentimes. How about you? Are you a person of prayer? Do you want to be a person of prayer? When you pray, do you talk more or listen more to God? Do you want to live your life as a person of prayer?

Bible.org’s commentary on Psalm 109 titled “A Prayer for the Punishment of the Wicked” is at this link

Proverbs

Proverbs 27:13 today teaches us: “Get security from someone who guarantees a stranger’s debt.  Get a deposit if he does it for foreigners.” This is a great simple but important reminder to get collateral or security on debts!  Particularly if the guarantee is for someone you don’t know – though I’d recommend a guarantee on family loans too…  🙂  Otherwise you may see your money “fly away” from you…

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