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Ezekiel 12:1-14:11 ~ Hebrews 7:1-17 ~ Psalm 105:37-45 ~ Proverbs 27:3
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Old Testament – Ezekiel chapter 12 today reminds me that sometimes in my own life I believe God sends some signs and warnings and I, like the Israelites in exile in Babylon, can be a rebel.
I love the story of Ezekiel packing up his pack in broad daylight and leaving through a hole in his house during the evening in chapter 12 today! In verse 7 we read – “So I did as I was told. In broad daylight I brought my pack outside, filled with the things I might carry into exile. Then in the evening while the people looked on, I dug through the wall with my hands and went out into the darkness with my pack on my shoulder.”
Ezekiel chapter 13 verse 2 stood out to me today: “Son of man, speak against the false prophets of Israel who are inventing their own prophecies. Tell them to listen to the word of the LORD.”
Ezekiel 14 verse 3 I believe can definitely speak to us today: “Son of man, these leaders have set up idols in their hearts. They have embraced things that lead them into sin.” This is scary to think about…
New Testament – Hebrews Chapter 7 is fascinating! It’s basically an argument for why Jesus is our High Priest today – even though he is not from the tribe of Levi – the tribe of priests. Instead, the author of Hebrews argues that Jesus is immortal and is a priest in the line of Melchizedek. Most commentators I have read have said that Jesus is not Melchizedek nor vice versa. Basically, the author is making the case for the New Covenant – New Testament – that the Levitical priesthood line is completed by Jesus who is instituting a new covenant with Jesus as our High Priest. We need no other. We can go directly to God through Jesus.
Psalms – Psalm 105 wraps up the book of Exodus Cliff Notes version today, with a great closing verse 45 – “All this happened so they would follow his principles and obey his laws. Praise the LORD!” Indeed, praise the Lord!
Proverbs – Proverbs 27:3 teaches us today: “A stone is heavy and sand is weighty, but the resentment caused by a fool is even heavier.” This is a great reminder that carrying resentment in our hearts is a heavy burden we don’t need to bear!
Please join us in memorizing and meditating on a verse of Scripture today: “Stone is heavy and sand a burden, but a fool’s provocation is heavier than both.” Proverbs 27:3 (NIV)
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