Day 243

Today’s Reading – Ezekiel 16-17

The LORD God proclaims: I will do to you just as you have done, despising solemn pledges and breaking covenants. Nevertheless, I will remember my covenant with you when you were young, and I will establish an everlasting covenant with you.   Ezekiel 16:59-60

Thank God for words like: NEVERTHELESS.

That is mercy.

Ever consider what life might be like if God treated us the way we treat Him?

That was the message through Ezekiel, but then God paused . . .

Nevertheless . . .

God remembers the covenant made with us.

and there it is . . . Mercy.

Give Thanks.

And consider your actions . . .

Tomorrow’s Reading – Ezekiel 18-20

Day 242

Today’s Reading – Ezekiel 13-15


Therefore, the LORD God proclaims: Because you spoke worthless things and had false visions, I’m against you. This is what the LORD God says! I’ll wield my power against the prophets, those seers of nothingness and diviners of lies.  Ezekiel 13:8-9a

During 2012 year we had Harold Camping predicting unsuccessfully once again the return of Christ. He is not the first to act as a prophet and be found to be false.

Ezekiel was calling out the many false prophets of the day 1000s of years ago.

We will undoubtedly hear from countless more prophets at the advent of every disaster , unusual celestial event, or strange calendar dates. The false prophets are among us, but God declares HE is against them.

A good reminder, that WE do not need to rise up against them. They will be revealed as tellers of lies and God will deal with them.

The hour is unknown. It is for us to live faithful until that final day.

Tomorrow’s Reading – Ezekiel 16-17

Day 241

Today’s Reading – Ezekiel 9-12


Therefore, say, The LORD God proclaims: I will gather you from the nations, assemble you from the countries where you were scattered, and I will give you Israel’s fertile land. They will enter the land, and they will remove from it all its disgusting and detestable things. I will give them a single heart, and I will put a new spirit in them. I will remove the stony hearts from their bodies and give them hearts of flesh so that they may follow my regulations and carefully observe my case laws. They will be my people, and I will be their God. As for those whose hearts continue to go after their disgusting and detestable things, I will hold them accountable for their ways. This is what the LORD God says! 
Ezekiel 11:17-21

All of Jerusalem will be destroyed and no one will be left.

This is the message from God for Ezekiel to deliver.

Ezekiel must have thought, “You’ve got to be kidding! Pick someone else!”

Perhaps that is why the images and vision provided for Ezekiel were so incredible.
I would need that type of convincing in order to deliver such a harsh message.

In the midst of the harsh message of destruction, don’t miss the message of hope –

I will give them a single heart, and I will put a new spirit in them. I will remove the stony hearts from their bodies and give them hearts of flesh so that they may follow my regulations and carefully observe my case laws. They will be my people, and I will be their God. 

A new spirit.  One in spirit.

Ezekiel delivered this promise.

Have you begun to live the promise in your life?

Tomorrow’s Reading – Ezekiel 13-15

Day 240

Today’s Reading – Ezekiel 5-8


You, human one, this is what the LORD God proclaims to the land of Israel:
An end! The end has come to the four corners of the earth!  
Ezekiel 7:2

Ezekiel does not have an easy message to deliver: The end is near!

Ezekiel is bring the message of Jerusalem’s destruction.

Put yourself in Ezekiel’s place. He already knows that God had has told him that the people will not listen to him and yet he must declare the message! What a lonely and stange place to be.

God knows this because they would not listen to God.

What if we lived our lives as if the end was near?

Whatif we lived each day as if it were our last?

What if we loved as God intended?

Tomorrow’s Reading Ezekiel 9-12

 

Day 217

Today’s Reading – 2 Kings 22-23 and 2 Chronicles 34-35

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When the king heard the words of the Book of the Law, he tore his robes.
2 King 22:11 

The law had been so forgotten in the land that the book containing all the laws had been long misplaced in the temple. It is easier to stray from God’s teachings when they are not a part of your everyday life.

Josiah upon hearing the law for the first time, responds with complete humility. And begins the process of restoring the law in the land.

400 years ago the Bible was translated into English and the people were able to read it themselves for the first time. No one else needed to interpret the Bible for them. It was a fresh rebirth for Christianity.

Here were 400 years later and the Bible is the most published, most purchased book in the world. Most people own several copies of it. And yet, it sits on most of our shelves misplaced and forgotten.

Rediscover the teachings of God for yourselves. Pick up a Bible today and read it. Perhaps you too might respond like Josiah.

Be careful though.

It is easy to forget the value of the teachings . . .

Jehoahaz was twenty-three years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem three months. His mother’s name was Hamutal daughter of Jeremiah; she was from Libnah. He did evil in the eyes of the LORD, just as his predecessors had done. 2 King 23:31-32

 

Day 216

Today/s Reading – Nahum

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The LORD is slow to anger but great in power;
the LORD will not leave the guilty unpunished.

Nahum 1:3

One hundred years earlier, Jonah preached in the streets of Nineveh and a revival broke out. A few generations later and things are back to usual. Evil once again reigns and God has had enough. Nahum pronounces the judgement of God that is to come. The message of judgement brings comfort to the people who have long sought to seek after God’s ways.

It is a stark reminder to us that a conversion in foxhole is only as valuable as the life of faith lived after the danger has passed. Not sure? Ask Nineveh. Oh wait, you can’t – God destroyed them!

God is patient. God is slow to anger. But with each passing day, each passing generation . . .

What is God waiting on in your life?

What is causing God’s anger to simmer?

Today is as good as any to seek again after God’s way.

Tomorrow may be to late.

 

Day 239

Today’s Reading – Ezekiel 1-4

As I looked at the creatures, suddenly there was a wheel on the earth corresponding to all four faces of the creatures. The appearance and composition of the wheels were like sparkling topaz. There was one shape for all four of them, as if one wheel were inside another. When they moved in any of the four directions, they moved without swerving. Their rims were tall and terrifying, because all four of them were filled with eyes all around. When the creatures moved, the wheels moved next to them. Whenever the creatures rose above the earth, the wheels also rose up. Wherever the wind would appear to go, the wind would make them go there too. The wheels rose up beside them, because the spirit of the creatures was in the wheels. When they moved, the wheels moved; when they stood still, the wheels stood still; and when they rose above the earth, the wheels rose up along with them, because the spirit of the creatures was in the wheels.  Ezekiel 1:15-20

For some this passage is Ezekiel’s account of an obvious encounter with an UFO and an Ancient Alien Astronaut. For others it is Ezekiel’s vision from God.

I simply ask which ever you choose to take the leap of faith and believe.

For me, I find it far more palatable to believe that God appeared to Ezekiel in a vision. This vision, like a dream, was distorted by our ability to even begin to comprehend the things of God; hence, a very bizarre description. For me, that is more comforting than the thought of a being from outer space appearing 1000s of years ago to direct our culture and then disappearing.

I’ll grant you that I find the alternative (aliens) entertaining. I enjoy Sci-FI, Doctor Who, time travel, and all that it offers. I just don’t buy it as an explanation for our existence and purpose!

As we journey through Ezekiel, you make the choice.

What do you want to believe?

Tomorrow’s Reading – Ezekiel 5-8