Monthly Archive: August 2017

31
Aug

Ezekiel 5-8

Daily Reading Ezekiel 5-8 Daily Thought Israel had a special place in God’s plans, “this is Jerusalem, which I have set in the center of the nations, with countries all around her” (Ezekiel 5:5). With great privilege comes great responsibility, a quote attributed to Voltaire, FDR, and Spiderman. And Jesus, “From everyone who has been […]

30
Aug

Ezekiel 1-4

Daily Reading Ezekiel 1-4 Daily Thought Judah is captive to Babylon, Jerusalem is in ruins, the temple of God is empty. Into this communal chaos, God calls Ezekiel to prophesy before his people. Chapter one of Ezekiel proclaims, “the heavens were opened and I saw visions of God” (Ezekiel 1:1). The chapter is to be […]

29
Aug

Lamentations 3:37-5:22

Daily Reading Lamentations 3:37-5:22 Daily Thought God used Babylon as his hammer of judgment against Israel, but that does not mean the mallet was swung by God’s hand. Babylon was eager and willing to crush Judah anytime, so when God lifted his hand of protection, Babylon attacked. Jeremiah describes this judgment as “greater than the […]

27
Aug

Jeremiah 51-52

Daily Reading Jeremiah 51-52 Daily Thought Boys collect baseball cards, but when we were boys, we didn’t know any better. We liked the clicking sound baseball cards made when you clothes-pinned them to the spokes on your bicycle. Didn’t matter what card; Mickey Mantle made the same noise as Yogi Berra. We didn’t know that […]

26
Aug

Jeremiah 49-50

Daily Reading Jeremiah 49-50 Daily Thought God is God. That seems obvious, yet humankind continually acts as if it has a say in the matter. Edom believed her wisdom sufficient, Damascus its fame, and the possessions of Keder and Hazor gave them a false security. These people built idols that reflected their own passions and […]

25
Aug

Jeremiah 46-48

Daily Reading Jeremiah 46-48 Daily Thought God used the enemies of Israel to discipline his children, but it does not make virtuous the enemies’ violence. These nations were all too willing to strike God’s chosen, and God’s sword turns toward justice against the Egyptians and the Philistines, the Moabites, Ammonites, and Edomites, Damascus, Kedar, Hazor, […]

24
Aug

Jeremiah 42-45

Daily Reading Jeremiah 42-45 Daily Thought The nation of Judah had been carried off to Babylon, but a small remnant was left behind in the land of Israel, along with the prophet Jeremiah. Still fearful that Babylon would return for them, they considered seeking refuge in Egypt, but requested Jeremiah first ask God if they […]

23
Aug

Jeremiah 38-41

Daily Reading Jeremiah 38-41 Daily Thought Jeremiah’s prophetic warning is summarized in one proclamation: “Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: ‘Behold, I will fulfill my words against this city for harm and not for good, and they shall be accomplished before you on that day’” (Jeremiah 39:16). When the day arrives […]

22
Aug

Jeremiah 35-37

Daily Reading Jeremiah 35-37 Daily Thought The sin common to all is unbelief. It may be a lack of faith in God’s good intent, fooling myself that I know better what will satisfy my desire; or it is a disbelief in the certainty and finality of God’s judgment, brushing aside “the wages of sin is […]

21
Aug

Jeremiah 32-34

Daily Reading Jeremiah 32-34 Daily Thought Jeremiah spoke a terrible and terrifying truth, “Thus says the Lord: Behold, I am giving this city into the hands of the Chaldeans and into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, and he shall capture it. The Chaldeans who are fighting against this city shall come and set […]

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