DAILY BIBLE READING - November 25 - December 1, 2018
11/25 Ezekiel 46-48 - Chapter 46 speaks about the prince worshipping and then he leads the people in worship. Chapter 47 starts with the description of the river that will flow from the temple. By verse 13 and through chapter 48, attention is given to the dividing the land in the Millennium.
11/26 1 Peter 3-5 - Chapter 3 gives a great word of encouragement to wives of unsaved husbands. Their quiet, godly spirit is a strong witness to their husbands even if they can't speak up about Christ. Chapter 4 is where Peter reminds believers that Christ suffered and we should expect to do the same. In chapter 5 the emphasis is on a Christian's service for the Lord as he looks forward to the return of Christ.
11/27 Daniel 1-3 - The prophecy of Daniel is as important in the Old Testament as the prophecy of Revelation is in the New Testament. In chapter 1 Daniel and his three friends are introduced and special attention is given to their determination not to be defiled with the food and the practices of Babylon. God is seen as honoring their faithfulness to Him. In chapter 2 the king of Babylon, Nebuchadnezzar, has a dream and insists that his magicians and astrologers tell him what the dream was and a explanation of it. They protest that they can't, but Daniel prays and gives the interpretation to the king. In chapter 3, Nebuchadnezzar makes an image that he insists all of his subjects to worship. Daniel's three friends refuse and they are sentenced to the fiery furnace. Their miraculous deliverance is recorded and Nebuchadnezzar is overwhelmed with God's display of personal protection of His own.
11/28 Daniel 4-6 - Daniel 4 gives the experience of Nebuchadnezzar's pride, downfall, and restoration. In chapter 5 Belshazzar sees the "handwriting on the wall" and Daniel foretells the king's doom. Chapter 6 gives the account of Daniel in the lion's den and his deliverance from the beasts.
11/29 2 Peter 1-3 - In Second Peter, he describes the conditions one should expect in light of the soon return of Christ. Christians should live godly lives even when others will deny the truth of the Gospel. Peter emphasizes God's patience for the lost in 3:9. We should confidently expect God to use our witness for Him.
11/30 Daniel 7-9 - In chapter 7 Daniel sees a vision that coincides with the statue of chapter 2. All four kingdoms: Babylon, Persian, Greek, and Rome are referred to. Chapter 8 speaks of the Persians being defeated by the Greeks and the temple being desecrated. In chapter 9 Daniel gives his prophecy of the 70 weeks and how they are broken down in sections which depict future events leading up to the tribulation period.
12/1 Daniel 10-12 - Daniel is given final visions which are recorded in these three chapters. In chapter 10 God's glory is seen and Daniel is overwhelmed as he sees it. In chapter 11 Daniel is given the prophecy regarding the events following Israel's captivity and leading up to events to take place before the Millennium. In chapter 12 the tribulation is referred to and then the resurrection that will take place after it. Daniel is told that this prophecy is sealed up until the time of the end.
DAILY BIBLE READING for Week of November 18 - 24, 2018
11/18 Ezekiel 31-33 - In chapter 31, God rebukes Pharaoh's pride with a parable about a cedar in Lebanon. Ezekiel gives further lament over Pharaoh and Egypt in chapter 32. In chapter 33 God, once again, calls on Ezekiel to serve as a watchman over the nation of Israel.
11/19 Ezekiel 34-36 - In chapter 34 God rebukes the self-centered shepherds of His people and then God speaks of His own desire to search for the lost sheep of Israel. Chapter 35 gives a rebuke to Mount Seir (Edom) and in chapter 36 God rebukes His own people but also speaks of the new covenant He is making with them.
11/20 James 3-5 - In chapter 3, James speaks about controlling the tongue so it will not cause a Christian to live a hypocritical life. Chapter 4 James calls on believers to pray with right motives if they wish their prayers to be answered. In chapter 5 James urges believers to live righteously in light of the coming of the Lord.
11/21 Ezekiel 37-39 - Chapter 37 gives the account of the famous "Dry Bones" prophecy of the restoration of Israel. In chapters 38 and 39 Ezekiel gives a prophecy against Gog's future invasion of Palestine.
11/22 Ezekiel 40-42 - Chapters 40 - 47 give the prophecy of what some believe will be the Temple built during the Millennial Reign of Christ. In chapters 40-42 The temple area is measured and special attention is given to the Holy Place, the Most Holy Place, and the priests who will serve.
11/23 1 Peter 1,2 - Peter writes to believers who were living under persecution. In chapter 1 he encouraged the believers to look forward to the inheritance in glory that God has already set aside for them. In chapter 2 Peter highlights the believer's position before the Lord as a chosen people called to serve as priests in this world.
11/24 Ezekiel 43-45 - Chapter 43 gives a prophecy of the Glory of God filling the new temple. In chapter 44 attention is given to the significance of the "eastern gate" which God used to enter the temple. A special district of land is given to the Lord for the priests to use.
DAILY BIBLE READING for Week of November 11-17, 2018
11/11 Hebrews 9,10 - The ordinances, service, and sanctuary of the Old Covenant were meant to give the Jews a foretaste of what Christ would do under the New Covenant. The man sacrifices of the Old Testament were never sufficient to completely perfect the believing sinner. It would take Christ's complete work on the cross, and only one time, to bring about a perfect salvation. Later in chapter 10 the writer changes his focus to a life that is lived by faith. This was a introduction to the "faith chapter" in chapter 11.
11/12 Ezekiel 19-21 - Ezekiel cries over the pitiful state of the princes of the Jews. Like Jeremiah, Ezekiel would spend much time in tears. In chapter 20, the Lord is seen as the Judge who was seeking to bring Israel to clearly see Him as their God. In chapter 21 God instructs Ezekiel to show God's frustration with Israel by "sighing" with a "broken heart." Judgment would surely come to wayward Jerusalem.
11/13 Ezekiel 22-24 - God very clearly lays out the sins the people have committed in the land of Israel in chapter 22. In chapter 23 Israel and Judah are seen as two sisters, Oholah and Oholibah, one representing the norther tribes and the other the southern tribes. God was angry with Israel, but He was especially displeased with Judah. In chapter 24 Ezekiel sees a boiling pot symbolizing that is full of scum, likened to Israel. In this chapter Ezekiel would experience the death of his own wife, but he was instructed not to show outward grief, symbolizing the way Israel would react to the death and separation they would experience as a nation.
11/14 Hebrews 11-13 - Chapter 11 has always been noted as the "faith chapter" of the Bible. Numerous Old Testament individuals were highlighted for their trusting the Lord in various tight situations. The writer then spoke of Jesus as the perfect example of the life to be followed in chapter 12. God would use His loving chastisement to correct the believer and keep them focused on what was important. In chapter 13 the believer is to show love to all, even to strangers, for they may be "angels unawares."
11/15 Ezekiel 25-27 - In chapters 25 through 27 Ezekiel is giving prophecies of judgment against the surrounding nations. Special emphasis is given to the city of Tyre in chapters 26 and 27
11/16 Ezekiel 28-30 - In chapter 28, the ruler of Tyre is seen as a type of Satan. Ezekiel especially highlights the judgment of Satan when he had been a "cherub" before God but who became extremely proud of his beauty. God would expel him from his lofty position. In chapters 29 and 30, God promises to given Egypt to Babylon as a "payment" for Babylon's destruction of Tyre.
11/17 James 1,2 - James has often been called the "Proverbs" of the New Testament. James focus is on faith overcoming temptation and testing in chapter 1. In chapter 2 the emphasis is living a life of faith by practicing the kind of good works that faith prompts a Christian to do.
DAILY BIBLE READING for Week of November 4-10, 2018
11/4 Ezekiel 4-6 - In chapter 4 Ezekiel describes the vivid object lesson he would give the people of Israel as he depicts the siege of Jerusalem. In chapter 5, Ezekiel is to cut his hair and demonstrate God's judgment against His people. In chapter 6 Ezekiel cries out against idolatry. Also, in chapter 6, Ezekiel will begin using a phrase, "Then they shall know the Lord" that is repeated several dozen times throughout his prophecy.
11/5 Hebrews 5,6 - In chapter 5 the author speaks highly of the priesthood of Christ as being superior because He is a priest after the order of Melchizedek. In chapter 6 the writer gives a strict warning to those who have been brought to the brink of salvation and turn away from trusting the Lord.
11/6 Ezekiel 7-9 - In chapter 7 Ezekiel speaks of a coming invasion from Babylon. Chapter 8 speaks of the defilement of the temple in Jerusalem. In chapter 9 God will send out angels who will mark those who grieve over Israel's sin but then He will judge those who don't have this mark on them.
11/7 Ezekiel 10-12 - In chapter 10 Ezekiel speaks of the glory of God departing from the Temple in Jerusalem. In chapter 11 Israel's leaders will be judged but a remnant of the people will be spared and God will provide a little rest in the countries where they are dispersed. In chapter 12 Ezekiel is used by God to show what will happen when Israel is deported.
11/8 Hebrews 7,8 - In chapter 7 the author speaks of the temporary nature of the priesthood of Aaron and the eternal nature and effectiveness of Christ's priesthood. In chapter 8 Christ is seen as a Mediator of a better covenant than Aaron.
11/9 Ezekiel 13-15 - Chapter 13 records God's judgment against the false prophets of Israel who try to deceive the people into a false sense of security. Israel's idolatrous leaders are promised judgment in chapter 14 and they are told that even if Noah, Daniel and Job were in their land the rest of the people would not be spared. In chapter 15 God uses the vision of a vine as being worthless for any building, thus speaking of the worthlessness of Jerusalem's inhabitants who are unfaithful to God.
11/10 Ezekiel 16-18 - In chapter 16 Ezekiel starts off showing God's grace and mercy to Israel, but then shows how they acted as prostitutes with the neighboring nations. Chapter 17 gives the illustration of two eagles depicting Israel and Judah, and then Ezekiel speaks against Zedekiah's rebellion against Babylon. Chapter 18 God speaks of every individual will be held accountable for their sins. But, God does not take pleasure when the wicked die.
Daily commentary and insight from Pastor Eckardt.
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