"God's Word is Living & Active!" ~ Hebrews 4:12
Ezekiel 23:1-49 ~ Hebrews 10:18-39 ~ Psalm 109:1-31 ~ Proverbs 27:13
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Old Testament – Ezekiel chapter 23 is interesting in its use of prostitution and lust as the metaphors for Israel’s political alliances with neighboring lands. My thoughts here are that we live in a “sexualized” world in so many ways today – and perhaps things weren’t so different back then. Sex is obviously something that was created as a good by God – but can so quickly and easily be twisted into something that is not good. Sex is good in the right context of marriage. Detrimental in the wrong. It seems to me that lust and the selling of sex was as prevalent back in Ezekiel’s today as it is in ours. To which we may need to remember well Paul’s words in 1 Corinthians 6:18 – “Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a man commits are outside his body, but he who sins sexually sins against his own body.” And of course James 4:7 – “Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”
New Testament – Hebrews chapter 10 today is amazing! In verse 22 we read: “Let us go right into the presence of God, with true hearts fully trusting him. For our evil consciences have been sprinkled with Christ’s blood to make us clean, and our bodies have been washed with pure water.” Great stuff! The last few words of this verse remind me of the blessing of Baptism – as an outward sign of our inner transformation and faith in Christ. Verse 24 is just pure joy & goodness: “Think of ways to encourage one another to outbursts of love and good deeds.” Outbursts of love & good deeds indeed! Who are you encouraging these days to outbursts of love and good deeds? Can you think of some ways to do this? And verse 25 reminds me of the importance of finding a church community to do life with together: “And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage and warn each other, especially now that the day of his coming back again is drawing near.”
Psalms – Today in Psalm 109 verse 4 in the NIV we read these words of David – “I am a man of prayer.” Wow. Listen for that still small voice within our hearts leading us to God’s kingdom and glory and peace. It’s there. I think it takes prayer to really hear it oftentimes.
Proverbs – Proverbs 27:13 today teaches us: “Get security from someone who guarantees a stranger’s debt. Get a deposit if he does it for foreigners.” This is a great simple but important reminder to get collateral or security on debts! Particularly if the guarantee is for someone you don’t know.
Please join us in memorizing and meditating on two verses of Scripture today: “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. “ Hebrews 10:24-25 (NIV)
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