Spiritual Rants: “A Devil Of A Time” November 13 Daily Bible Readings in a year: Ezekiel 27:1-28:26 Hebrews 11:17-31 Psalm 111:1-10 Proverbs 27:15-16

Old Testament: Ezekiel 27:1-28:26

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Ezekiel 27:1-28:26  A Devil Of A Time

Chapter 27   Ezekiel 27 is a lament of the destruction of Tyre.

Chapter 28   This chapter contains a judgment on the King of Tyre.  But more importantly for our time, there appears to be a description of Satan in verses 11 -19.  He was the motivating force behind the King but is also the motivating force behind much evil in the world.

The person in these verses is called a “cherub,” a type of angel (v. 14).  He guarded the throne of God and probably performed priestly duties judging from his breastplate that was the same as an Old Testament priest (v. 13).  He was “blameless” until he turned to “unrighteousness” (v. 15).  He became prideful because of his “beauty” (v. 17).   Satan stated his goal in Isa. 14:14, “I will be like the Most High.”  Proverbs hadn’t been written yet or perhaps Satan would have read, “pride goes before a fall” (Prov. 16:18).  But then again, it was probably written about him.  Any Christian who might think he’s “all that” should look to Satan.  We should note the advice of Paul,” . . .  let him who thinks he stands take heed that he does not fall” (1 Cor. 10:12).

The chapter closes with a pronouncement against Sidon (vv. 20-24), a sister country to Tyre and then a word of hope for the exiles in Babylon (v. vv. 25-26) that they will be regathered into their own land.  After seventy years of captivity, there was a decree by the Babylonian king to release the Jews and allow about fifty thousand of the captives to return to Israel (cf. Ezra 1-2 Chron. 36:22–23) in 538-537 B.C.  But there will be a greater fulfillment in the future (Zech. 10:8-12; 12:9-13:1; Ezek. 37-48) in the Millennial Kingdom of Christ.

New Testament:  Hebrews 11:17-31

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Hebrews 11:17-31 Hall Of Faith, Part Deux

The writer focuses on Abraham in verses 17-18 and his faith in obtaining a heir, Isaac, whom he offered back to God as a sacrifice.  The only way he could justify obeying God’s command to offer his only heir was to believe that God would raise his son from the dead (v. 19).  

Isaac blessed his sons Jacob and Esau by faith (v. 20).

Jacob blessed the two sons of Joseph and Joseph predicted the exodus of the Jews through the wilderness and requested his bones be brought back to Canaan (v. 21-22).

Moses was saved by those who hid him from Pharaoh by faith (v. 23).

Moses refused to accept his status as step-son of Pharaoh when he grew up but chose to aid in the freeing of his people instead (vv. 24-26).  And he did it all by faith (v. 24a).

Moses left Egypt by faith despite the threats of the armies of Pharaoh (v 27).

Moses trusted God in faith that blood sprinkled on doorposts would protect all the Hebrew children (v. 28) and led all the people through the Red Sea by faith (vv. 28-29).

The walls of Jericho fell to Joshua by faith and Rahab the harlot was saved at that time by faith (vv. 30-31).

 

Psalm 111:1-10  Food For Thought  A Hymn


Proverbs 27:15-16   A Drippy Wife

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Proverbs says several things about dud wives.  I guess Solomon would know some things about loser spouses.  Out of a thousand wives, including 300 concubines, he must have had some flops (cf. 1 Kings 11:1-3).

In Proverbs 19:13, Solomon warned that a contentious wife was like a “constant dripping.”  It was better to live up on the roof  or out in the desert than to share oxygen with her (cf. Prov. 21:9, 19).

Living with a woman like described here is like water torture (v. 15).  You won’t be able to do anything with her (v. 16).  She won’t ever accept direction or discipline and will never really develop and mature.

 

Choose Life: Scripture: Hebrews 11:17  NASB    “Hold On”

“By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises was offering up his only begotten son . . . ” Hebrews 11: 17

 

There is a story told of a young girl whose favorite thing in the world was an imitation pearl necklace her father had given her.  She just loved it and took with her wherever she went.

One day, her father was sitting by the fireplace and called her to him.  He put her up on his lap and talked to her for a while.  Finally, he asked her for her necklace, her most prized possession.  She jumped off his lap and ran away.  The same thing happened several times over several days.

Finally, one night she sat up on her father’s lap by the fireplace and again her father asked for her necklace.  She gave it to him.  The second she gave it to him, he snapped it and threw it into the fireplace.  She gasped and before she could start to cry, her father reached into the pocket of his jacket and pulled something out.  He handed it to her.  She couldn’t believe what she was looking at.  He had handed her a necklace made of real pearls!  It was the most beautiful thing she had ever seen!

How often are we like that little girl?  God asks us to give something up but we balk and get uncomfortable, usually walking away from Him.  We just don’t believe that our loving Heavenly Father wants the best for us.

Abraham had learned over the years that when Yahweh asked him to something, it was the best thing for him.  So Abraham was willing to wait even when God asked him to sacrifice the son for whom he had waited for about twenty-five years till he was about 100 years old!

Is there something you’re asking God for?  Have you been waiting for a long time for an answer?  Have you waited as long as Abraham?

Psalms 27:14 (NIV) says, “Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.”

 

And when you do, you will find that are choosing life (Deut. 30:19)!

Fun Application:

“Waiting on God” used to be a thing.  It used to be a spiritual discipline.  Not anymore.  We don’t hear about it.  Yet Scripture says,

Ps. 37:7, ”  Rest in the LORD and wait patiently for Him; Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, Because of the man who carries out wicked schemes.”

Ps. 37:34, “Wait for the LORD and keep His way, And He will exalt you to inherit the land; When the wicked are cut off, you will see it.”

Ps. 147:11, “The LORD favors those who fear Him, Those who wait for His lovingkindness.”

Isa. 40:31, “Yet those who wait for the LORD Will gain new strength; They will mount up [with] wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary.”

Lam. 3:25, “The LORD is good to those who wait for Him, To the person who seeks Him.”

And there are others.  Are you asking God for something?  Are you willing to wait?  It’s a sign of maturity.

Is “waiting on God” a “thing” with you?

 

The purpose of Choose Life is to pick a positive help out of the One Year Bible (OYB) reading plan for the day. There is always something positive in the Word of God to cheer us and give us strength. For more on today’s reading, check out my One Year Bible blog:  Hall Of Faith, Part Deux

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