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Ezekiel 31:1-32:32 ~ Hebrews 12:14-29 ~ Psalm 113:1-114:8 ~ Proverbs 27:18-20 ~ Click here to read today’s Scripture on BibleGateway.com ~ // Mobile Site Link ~ Listen to today’s Scripture on One Year Bible Online Audio, ESVBible.org: OT, NT, Psalms, Proverbs
Old Testament – I think Ezekiel chapter 31 starts out with a trick question from God to Egypt in verse 2: “Son of man, give this message to Pharaoh, king of Egypt, and all his people: “To whom would you compare your greatness?”” The proper answer to this question is probably somewhere along the humble lines of, “no one – I am not great at all. I wouldn’t dare compare myself to others. Everything I am and have comes from you God.” Think Pharaoh would answer the question in this humble way? 🙂 Better yet – maybe we should ask ourselves this question today as well. And think about how we would answer it. What if someone stops you on the street tomorrow and asks you this question. What would be your reply? Here it is. I ask this of you now: “To whom would you compare your greatness?” Ezekiel chapters 31 & 32 are great studies on pride… pride of a nation, and pride of individuals. And the dangers of pride – where pride will ultimately lead someone. In chapter 32 verse 19 God asks the rhetorical question (not a trick question this time) – “`O Egypt, are you lovelier than the other nations? No! So go down to the pit and lie there among the outcasts.'”
New Testament – Hebrews chapter 12 verse 14 starts out strong with: “Try to live in peace with everyone, and seek to live a clean and holy life, for those who are not holy will not see the Lord.” I love this! If we seek to live in peace with everyone and live a clean and holy life people around us will see the Lord. This is very powerful to think about… You’ve probably heard this said before: “You may be the only Bible anyone ever reads”. Or “you may be the only Jesus anyone ever meets.” (not you being Jesus of course, but Christ within you shining through you!)
Verse 28 stands out to me today: “Since we are receiving a Kingdom that cannot be destroyed, let us be thankful and please God by worshiping him with holy fear and awe.” This is an interesting phrasing – worship God with holy fear and awe. It seems to me that there should be some reverence, holy fear, awe, and humility as we worship God? And maybe not just take worship and our relationship for God lightly? But be thankful for the opportunity to worship God? Just some questions… Because then verse 29 tells us “For our God is a consuming fire.”
Psalms – Psalm 113 & 114 today are very interesting and important Psalms! These are 2 of 6 Psalms, 113 to 118, that form the “Egyptian Hallel.” These Psalms were used in Jewish liturgy at the great religious festivals of Passover, Tabernacles, Dedication, Weeks, New Moon. At Passover Psalm 113 & 114 were sung before the meal and Psalms 115 – 118 were sung after the meal.
Proverbs – This week in Proverbs 27 verse 19 we read: “As water reflects a face, so a person’s heart reflects the person.”
Please join us in memorizing and meditating on a verse of Scripture today: “Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.” Hebrews 12:14 (NIV)
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