Monthly Archive: September 2017

17
Sep

Daniel 7-9

Daily Reading Daniel 7-9 Daily Thought A keen awareness of sin accompanies Daniel’s commitment to righteousness, and he makes no excuses, “we have sinned and done wrong and acted wickedly and rebelled” (Daniel 9:5). God hates sin, but loves repentance more, and Daniel appeals to God’s mercy, “O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive. O Lord, […]

16
Sep

Daniel 4-6

Daily Reading Daniel 4-6 Daily Thought Early on, Daniel resolved that he would not defile himself (Daniel 1:8), and his consistent character was evident through several generations of kings, always to God’s glory. Nebuchadnezzar said of Daniel, “the spirit of the holy gods is in you” (Daniel 4:18); then came to know there is no […]

15
Sep

Daniel 1-3

Daily Reading Daniel 1-3 Daily Thought When the Babylonians sacked Judah, they took the best of the best; “they took away the pots and the shovels and the snuffers and the dishes for incense and all the vessels of bronze used in the temple service, the fire pans also and the bowls. What was of […]

14
Sep

Ezekiel 46-48

Daily Reading Ezekiel 46-48 Daily Thought Ezekiel’s last vision summons all the tribes by name and positions them in the Promised Land; “I will be your God, and you shall be my people,” the relationship will be restored and established forever. Ezekiel’s final word: “And the name of the city from that time on shall […]

13
Sep

Ezekiel 43-45

Daily Reading Ezekiel 43-45 Daily Thought As God works restoration into the heart of his people, a burden of judgment remains on the Levites, “but the Levites who went far from me, going astray from me after their idols when Israel went astray, shall bear their punishment” (Ezekiel 44:10). Priests are called to a higher […]

11
Sep

Ezekiel 37-39

Daily Reading Ezekiel 37-39 Daily Thought The united nation of Israel became divided under the poor leadership following the successful reign of Solomon. We decline quickly, always one generation removed from failure. Godly leadership is essential, Israel was found lacking, and the nation split in 931 BC. God, nevertheless, remains true, and in him must […]

10
Sep

Ezekiel 34-36

Daily Reading Ezekiel 34-36 Daily Thought “Thus says the Lord God: ‘Ah, shepherds of Israel who have been feeding yourselves! Should not shepherds feed the sheep?’” (Ezekiel 34:2). There is nothing new under the sun, and since time began, presidents and kings, governors, legislators and the like have neglected their sheep in pursuit of profit […]

08
Sep

Ezekiel 28-30

Daily Reading Ezekiel 28-30 Daily Thought “The heavens declare the glory of God,     and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. Day to day pours out speech,     and night to night reveals knowledge. There is no speech, nor are there words,     whose voice is not heard. Their voice goes out through all the earth,     and their […]

07
Sep

Ezekiel 25-27

Daily Reading Ezekiel 25-27 Daily Thought God now prophecies, not against Judah, but against the nations surrounding her, for they took pleasure in her pain, yet shared her guilt. The climactic judgment is against Tyre, for she prided herself most of all. “O Tyre, you have said,     ‘I am perfect in beauty.’ Your borders are in […]

06
Sep

Ezekiel 23-24

Daily Reading Ezekiel 23-24 Daily Thought Ezekiel writes of sisters, “Oholah was the name of the elder and Oholibah the name of her sister. As for their names, Oholah is Samaria, and Oholibah is Jerusalem” (Ezekiel 23:4); Samaria, the capital of Israel, and Jerusalem of Judah. During the reign of Rehoboam, the Hebrew nation split […]

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