Our Lord does not redeem by His righteousness, but by His death. (Back to the Bible). In his classic work, Paradise Lost, poet John Milton depicts the rebellion of Satan and a great war lasting three days. They spoke words concocted by their prideful imaginations rather than messages revealed by God. Turn from your sin and trust Jesus as your Savior, and you’ll make that possibility a reality.— by Mart De Haan. You’re sent. Their sins were extensive: idolatry, abuse of power, violence or bloodshed, slander, desecration of the Sabbath, sexual immorality, taking bribes, and other forms of social injustice and self–indulgence. The Lord rescued and redeemed her, and with His love and protection she grew up to be a beautiful woman. can build nearly anything they can imagine, celebrated their 50th anniversary two years ago. What a revelation of the sordid condition of soul which was hers! That question is found in verse thirteen: "Ah, Lord Jehovah, wilt Thou make a full end of the remnant of Israel?" It is a message constantly referred to in consideration of the words of Jesus on the last day of the Feast of Tabernacles when He said: "If any man thirst, let him come unto Me, and drink. In effect, his message was simply this: “God isn’t dealing with them now, He is dealing with you. Instead, it was a quiet conversation in which Jeremiah expressed his own fears and inadequacies, and God tenderly answered his questions and reassured him. John, in the Apocalypse, refers to it, and definitely places it beyond the period of the thousand years (Rev. “Awake! That is why we need to ask for the Lord’s forgiveness when we are guilty of disgracing His name. A lamentation for the king of Tyre. Rev. — by David C. McCasland. We are to let His Word become a vital part of us so that we can’t talk about it glibly as uninvolved, detached students, but as those who have personally “tasted” it. Only as he is faithful to apply the Word of God to his own life can he honestly give its nourishing encouragement and exhortation to help others. Considered as a nation, Israel was indeed but a skeleton, and worse—her bones were scattered; there was no hope as within herself: she was clean cut off. One of the ways in which God’s presence with His people is symbolized today is through the Lord’s Supper. Faith saves us, but assurance satisfies us. O believer, learn to reject pride, seeing that thou hast no ground for it. Since God said it, the odds were 1 in 1. When Satan exalted himself in pride, challenged God for the rulership of creation, and was thrown down (v. 17), he landed on earth as the furious enemy of God and of anyone who bears the name of His Son. There is also a second firmament, or second heaven, where God placed the sun, moon, and stars, stretching out into the infinite reaches of space. Enrich your faith and grow in spiritual maturity with the incredible Bible study and devotional books listed below. God looked for but could not find a single righteous person to “stand in the gap” (Ezek 22:30). The symbolic descriptions here can be generally divided into three parts: the four living creatures or cherubim (Ezek 1:4–14), the wheels (Ezek 1:15–21), and the throne of God (Ezek 1:22–28). Therefore if I die, it is not because of the sin of my-father, but because I fail to avail myself of my resources in God; and if I live, it is because I have availed myself of these resources. But nothing I’ve ever seen comes close to what some Old Testament people saw. There are some days when you think it would be better for the world if you just climbed back into bed Ezekiel 19:1-14 Reference: “This is a lament and is to be used as a lament.” (Ezekiel 19:14b NIV) Explore: It was just one of those days. Then the people will “know that I am the LORD their God” (Ezek 28:26). Firefighters and relatives of those who died on 9/11 watched the arrival of the ship, which delivered a 21–gun salute to honor those who died on that tragic day. features Keep up with the latest articles by Dr. Stanley and our staff Daily Devotions Read today’s reflection on a passage of Scripture and work your way toward reading the Bible in a year. 28:17). As for the Prince, He shall sit therein as Prince to eat bread before the Lord. What solemn pause these words must give to those who are branches in the True Vine. As we read this chapter, our minds inevitably travel on to the New Testament, and that paragraph at the close of the ninth chapter of Matthew, in which the writer describes for us Christ's vision of the multitudes, the compassion of His heart, and His consequent sending out of the Twelve. His original power and greatness, wisdom and beauty, and exalted position are all set forth. Intended to educate fans, a new Web site features video clips from actual games that demonstrate such infractions as a charge, a discontinued dribble, or a second–degree flagrant foul. He knew the sorrow of His servant's soul, both personal and public, and did not rebuke it. They could be sure their sins would find them out (Num. The prince of Tyre was the reigning prince at the time; but the king of Tyre was the awful and sinister power behind the throne, the personality who is ever the inspirer of such pride of heart, and deification of self as that of which the prince was guilty. If that remark -was also cynical, it was by so much the more terrible. We believe past good actions will somehow save us from the consequences of current sinful behavior. They weren’t just losing big or hoping for a miracle comeback. 18:1–2). Perfect justice is what He’s all about. The process is, by the measurement of human lives and calendars, a long one; but God is never defeated. We are called to be salt, to be light. The second prophecy reveals that Babylon will be Egypt’s conqueror and the instrument of God’s justice (Ezek 29:17–21). While the discourse revealed the reason for Reprobation, it ended with the Divine purpose of Restoration. On the day I cleanse you from all your sins, I will resettle your towns, and the ruins will be rebuilt. What are your personal responses to the book of Ezekiel as we’ve studied it so far? He only thinks of it as wood. In Jonah's mind, these people deserved God's wrath because of all they had done. This messianic riddle is solved in Jesus Christ. He needed to see God’s overarching, sovereign majesty and to understand that God was still on His throne and still had a plan for his life. as those who would hasten the action of Divine punishment. Having seen the abominations of the people, and having been called into agreement with the righteousness of the fury of Jehovah, he saw the first process of that judgment in the slaughter of the dwellers in the polluted city. This chapter is built around a contrast between God and the false shepherds, who were the political and religious leaders of Israel. Today’s reading begins with a chapter of prophecy against the nation of Edom (cf. The prophet's answer was characteristic of his loyalty and faith: "0 Lord Jehovah, Thou knowest!" Jesus calls Himself the Good Shepherd (John 10:11-18), and the joy and peace described in Ezekiel 34 are ours only in Him. ‘Therefore turn and live!’ ” (18:31-32). No dog shall worry them, no wolf shall devour them, no restless propensities shall disturb them. He ruled from 597 BC to 586 BC. There on those crosses, he and the others died, launching one of the most terrible periods of persecution in the history of Christianity. To bring his children home. Verse 7 [7] The morning is come unto thee, O thou that dwellest in the land: the time is come, the day of trouble is near, and not the sounding again of the mountains. The same thing happened over and over. is the presence of the Prince. 2:10). And it shall be the Prince's part to give the burnt offerings.—Ezek 45.16-17. Thus, in some senses the Prince is more than Ruler; He is exercising the supreme function of the Priest in receiving from the people and providing the offerings of atonement. So the Lord promised to remake their very hearts, removing their stony, sinful hearts, and replacing them with new ones. Tyre's strength and influence were commercial rather than military, and it is interesting and suggestive that in this. Our sinful actions reflect poorly on Him. Recently I read through the Gospel of John, and I was amazed at how many times we find there the words “Sent” and “Send.” Those words occur in every single chapter of John, except chapters 2, 19 and 21. He went missing from his flock and remained lost for 6 years. The impatient horse which will not quietly endure his halter only strangles himself in his stall. He had been caught in one of the early invasions of Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, and he had been seized and dragged away from his homeland. The result? I refer to the phrase "blood-guiltiness." I will shepherd the flock with justice. Such, indeed, is not a light thing. 2, Hosea 10, Matt. Police had confronted street merchants about pirated CDs, and her picture had appeared on the margins of a newspaper photograph of the event. 3475 Mainway PO Box 5070, STN LCD 1 Burlington, ON L7R 3Y8. Nor could he have meant that the Law somehow did not apply to the parents of those who were being addressing at that moment. That gate was now closed, and none was permitted to enter thereby. As Christians, we bear the name of our Savior Jesus Christ. I feel that God has called me to preach the Gospel of Christ. Indeed; as we saw in reading Jeremiah (Jer 37), Pharaoh had made a movement with his hosts out of Egypt, and this had caused the Chaldeans temporarily to abandon the siege of Jerusalem. “This was the iniquity of your sister Sodom: She and her daughter had pride, fullness of food, and abundance of idleness; neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy. Rev. The newly restored Dresden cathedral reminds us of God's work of spiritual restoration among His people. Brilliant light is one of the central images in Ezekiel’s awe–inspiring vision of heaven. He saw clearly the righteousness of the reprobation; but he saw with equal clearness that the on nal purpose of God for His people would be gloriously realized. I am a poor, dry stick; come and make me so to live that, like Aaron’s rod, I may bud and blossom and bring forth fruit unto thy glory. The people’s wickedness was brazen and God’s wrath would be entirely just. Not a real stillness in His presence. We’re not just hurting our own reputation when we fail to live up to God’s holy standards—we’re giving unbelievers an excuse for their low opinion of Him. This is the Divine energy, enabling a man to come to the height of his manhood, and so to find readiness to hear the word of Jehovah. That is to say he was, either in a trance, or in open vision, given to see things. And what more? Awake!” From the tomb, the righteous spring and death sits in confusion and howls in vain, for its empire is deprived of its subjects. Worshiping other gods was a direct violation of God’s covenant with Israel. 12:10–11). It is set at the point where man's rebellion has so calloused him that there is no hope of his repentance. 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