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 commentary and insight from Pastor Eckardt.
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