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03
Sep

Ezekiel 18-20

Daily Reading Ezekiel 18-20 Daily Thought The people of Israel complained that God punished them for the sins of their fathers, “the fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children’s teeth are set on edge” (Ezekiel 18:2). God’s reply is blunt, “the soul who sins shall die” (Ezekiel 18:4). Do good, live and be blessed; […]

02
Sep

Ezekiel 16-17

Daily Reading Ezekiel 16-17 Daily Thought A joke: two outlaw gunfighters, Pete and Tom, brothers and bad men, were notorious in the Old West. Tom, alas, was slow on the draw and killed. Pete cautioned the preacher if he did not call Tom a saint at his burial, the preacher would be next in the […]

01
Sep

Ezekiel 13-15

Daily Reading Ezekiel 13-15 Daily Thought The Israelites were not happy with God’s prophet speaking judgment, so they employed their own, “saying, ‘Peace,’ when there is no peace” (Ezekiel 13:10). We do the same. Recently, the Oxford University Press removed “sin” from its latest edition of the Oxford Junior Dictionary. “To reflect the fact that […]

31
Aug

Ezekiel 9-12

Daily Reading Ezekiel 9-12 Daily Thought God had an agreement with Israel, a long-standing covenant that said, “I will be your God and you will be my people.” This is Creator making a commitment to creation. Think about that–the Creator owes nothing to creation; creation owes its all to the Creator. And yet, God kept […]

30
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 […]

29
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 […]

28
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 […]

26
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 […]

25
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 […]

24
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, […]

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