Sunday, September 21, 2014

Read Through the Bible in 2014: September 22-27 Schedule


9/22/2014      Jeremiah 30, 31 Psalms 54, 55
9/23/2014      Jeremiah 32, 33 Psalms 56, 57
9/24/2014      Jeremiah 34-36 Psalms 58, 59
9/25/2014      Jeremiah 37-39 Psalm 60
9/26/2014      Lamentations 1, 2 Psalm 61
9/27/2014      Lamentations 3-5 Psalm 62

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Journal Through the Bible: Week 81 Thursday

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Ezekiel chapter 13

Does God issue any commands?

  • God told Ezekiel to prophesy against the false prophets of Israel that had lied to give the people false hope.
  • God also told Ezekiel to prophesy against the false prophetesses that made amulets, good luck charms, and clothing items for the idols to hunt souls (evil spirits).


Does God make any promises?

  • God promised to curse the false prophets. They would not be in the assembly of the people, they would not be in the writing of the house of Israel (Question: does that mean that their words would not be recorded as scripture like Ezekiel's visions are?), and they would not enter the land of Israel (perhaps at the end of the captivity?), and any work they built (meaning, their prophecies?) would be torn apart.
  • God promised to tear apart the amulets from off their person and to release the people, their customers, from the superstitious bondage they were in by buying the charms for themselves and the idols.


Does this passage teach anything about Jesus?

  • This passage talks of overthrowing superstitious and costly spiritual rituals that the false prophets and prophetesses used to prey upon the people to give them false feelings of safety and to make themselves rich. God promised to overturn their trade much like Jesus did when He overturned the moneychangers' tables at the temple.


Does this passage teach anything about yet-future events?

  • The world is full of superstition and false religious beliefs. One day God will judge all false religious leaders and their prince and will restore true worship with the remnant that survives the judgment.

Journal Through the Bible: Week 81 Wednesday

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Ezekiel chapter 12

Does God issue any commands?
  • God told Ezekiel to pack his belongings for a move to another house as a lesson to the people. He was to remove his household contents in the daytime and move them at twilight. He was to dig in the wall and to wear a veil to obstruct his view of the ground as he walked.
  • God told Ezekiel to tell the people who asked why he was removing the contents of his house to say that the message was for the prince of Jerusalem and all the house of Israel. It meant that there would be more people carrying some of their belongings into captivity, including the prince of Judah, Zedekiah, the acting king. These people would be captives just like Ezekiel and the others were.
  • God told Ezekiel to eat his food and drink water while trembling in fear as a sign to everyone that those who were still inhabiting Jerusalem would eat and drink in fear of the Babylonian siege.
  • God told Ezekiel to tell the Israelites to stop using their familiar proverb that said in essence that the days pass but the prophecies do not happen because many of the prophecies were about to be fulfilled.
Does God make any promises?
  • God promised that the prince would not see the land of the Chaldeans although he would die there. (We know from reading in other scripture that this was fulfilled because Nebuchadnezzar put out  Zedekiah's eyes before marching him to Babylon with the other captives!)
  • God promised to leave a remnant that would be scattered among the nations to show proof of their evil ways.
  • God promised that the land of Judah would be laid waste so that the people would know that He is God.
  • God promised that the days of which visions and prophecies predicted would no longer be far off but would be fulfilled very soon.

Does this passage teach anything about Jesus?

  • Ezekiel was a type of Christ in this passage. He left his home and moved at the will of the LORD as a sign to his nation. Jesus left the throne room of Heaven and came to earth at the will of the LORD as a sign to His nation. Ezekiel told them in verse 11 that he was their sign. Jesus told the Jews in the New Testament gospels that He was the sign sent from the Father and the miracles that He did testified of this.

Does this passage teach anything about yet-future events?

  • In Ezekiel's day people had a proverb saying that the days are prolonged and every vision fails. in other words, "We keep hearing the old prophecies but nothing ever happens! One day is like another!" Then the prophecies concerning the destruction of Jerusalem happened. Peter said in II Peter chapter 3 that in the last days there would be (and now are!) scoffers who say, "Where is the promise of his coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation." Soon the prophecies concerning the coming of the Lord will happen.

Did anything in this passage stand out when you read it? Please share in the comments below!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Journal Through the Bible: Week 81 Tuesday

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Ezekiel chapter 11

The vision begun in chapter 9 continues. Not only did the glory of the LORD leave the temple but it also left the city of Jerusalem. When the vision ended and the Spirit returned Ezekiel to Chaldea, he told the elders of Judah with him in his house about the vision.

Does God issue any commands?

  • When God took Ezekiel to the east gate and showed him the 25 men that devised mischief and wicked counsel He told him to prophesy against them saying that the city was not a cauldron and the people were the flesh boiling in the pot. God would bring them out of there and they would fall by the sword of strangers. (When Ezekiel prophesied one of the men fell down dead!)


Does God make any promises?

  • God promised that when the things that Ezekiel prophesied came to pass the  men would know that Jehovah is God.
  • When Ezekiel prayed and asked God if He would destroy all of them God answered with the promise of a remnant. God promised that He would be their refuge even within the countries where they would be scattered. Then He would bring them back to the land.


Doe this chapter teach anything about Jesus?

  • Verse 20 says that God's people will follow His statutes, they will be His people and He will be their God. This is the promise of Jesus, Emmanuel, God with us! He will be the ruler, we will be His people and He will be our God.


Does this chapter teach anything about yet-future events?

  • Many of the Jews are scattered around the world. In the future, perhaps during the time of the tribulation, the Jews will be gathered to their homeland. Those who are spiritually Jews will be gathered to the homeland that God has appointed also. God always has a remnant and He always brings His remnant Home! When this happens, the people of God will have one heart because the new spirit (the Holy Spirit) is within them. God's Word will be law, they shall be His people and He will be their God. (See verses 19 and 20.) Those whose hearts follow their own detestable ways will be recompensed accordingly. (See verse 21.)

Journal Through the Bible: Week 81 Monday

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Ezekiel 9:1-10:22

Ezekiel's vision continues. The glory of the LORD arose from the cherub because that is where He was and yet the voice of God was heard from the throne above the firmament. Then the glory departed.

Does God issue any commands?

  • The voice of God called 6 men that had charge over the city to come with their weapons to the temple. These went in and stood beside the brazen altar.
  • The LORD commanded the man in linen who had the inkwell to go through the city and mark those who were upset about all the idolatry in the city. Then He told the others to take their weapons and kill anyone who did not have the mark beginning with those in the sanctuary.
  • God told the man clothed in linen to go between the wheels and take take coals from under the cherub and between the cherubim to scatter over Jerusalem.


Does God make any promises?

  • God promised not to spare or take pity on those who rejected him.


Does this passage teach anything about Jesus?

  • The trinity is seen in Ezekiel, including references in this passage. The LORD was on the cherub (9:3) and yet the voice of God was heard from the throne above (10:1). We were told earlier that the Holy Spirit lifted Ezekiel between heaven and earth (8:3). Jesus is God manifest in the flesh. He it was that was standing on the cherub in the glory of God.
  • Ezekiel had a similar vision of an image similar to the one he saw in chapter 1. The living creature represented the four gospel accounts of Jesus as servant, human, king, and deity. This time the faces were of a cherub, man, lion, and eagle. The last time they were of an ox, man, lion, and eagle. The face representing Jesus as a servant was described as a cherub instead of an ox. Either of those is a servant. The ox is a beast of work and a cherub is a messenger of God. Ezekiel states that it is the same creature he saw by the Chebar River.


Does this passage teach anything about yet-future events?

  • II Corinthians 1:20-22 says that God has placed a seal upon believers and that His glory is within us. Ephesians 1:13-14 also says that we are sealed by the Holy Spirit. Revelation 7:3 says that future judgment upon the earth (such as struck Jerusalem in the days of Ezekiel) will not happen until the servants of God are sealed in their foreheads. Those who are marked by God with His seal do not need to fear the judgment.

Do you see anything that I missed?