Monthly Archives: February 2013

Ezekiel 35-36 — Though we have fallen

In chapters 35 and 36, we once again see God condemning the nations around Judah for celebrating Jerusalem’s fall.  He first directs his judgment against Edom for harboring hostility, jealousy, and anger against the people of Judah and for trying … Continue reading

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Ezekiel 34 — A leader?

In this passage, God really comes down hard on the people who had been the political and spiritual leaders of Judah.  What was their problem? God told them, Woe to the shepherds of Israel who only take care of themselves!  … Continue reading

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Ezekiel 33 — How then shall we live?

In this passage, Ezekiel repeats some themes from earlier in the book. God once again warns Ezekiel, “Don’t be silent when I tell you to speak.  I will hold you accountable if  a person dies in their sin and you … Continue reading

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Ezekiel 29-32 — A fragile thing to lean on

I find it kind of ironic that despite having subjected Israel to slavery for years, the Egyptians became the people that Israel turned to in order to deliver them from the Babylonians.  But that’s exactly what they did. During the … Continue reading

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Ezekiel 28 — Only One

In the midst of the passages condemning Tyre, we find an interesting passage concerning the king of Tyre. Many people have said the “ruler of Tyre” in verses 1- 10 was the literal human ruling over Tyre, while the “king of … Continue reading

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Ezekiel 25-29 — A heart of malice

We now shift the scene back to Babylon.  The prophesies here, for the most part, happened during the time of Jerusalem’s siege and fall. In these passages, Ezekiel prophesies against some of the enemies around Judah, the Ammonites, Moabites, Edomites, … Continue reading

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Jeremiah 43-44 — Sliding back

For those of you who have been following this blog through Jeremiah, you know that we’ve done quite a bit of jumping around the book just to stay roughly chronological.  That said, it may come as a bit of a … Continue reading

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Jeremiah 41-43 — Whether favorable or unfavorable

Let’s face it.  Sometimes God’s will is not convenient for us.  There are times we’d much rather do something other than what God has asked us to do.  And it’s so easy to focus on what we want or what … Continue reading

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II Kings 25:22-26; Jeremiah 40:7-41:15 — Failing to heed the warning signs

After the fall of Jerusalem, a man named Gedaliah was named governor of the area by Nebuchadnezzar.  Gedaliah appears to be a good man, and he attempted to calm the fears of the remaining Jews and was successful.  In fact, … Continue reading

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Lamentations — Mourning unto repentance

I could go chapter by chapter through Lamentations, but I think I’ll take it as a whole.  The major themes are pretty consistent throughout (at least to me), and I see no need to get too repetitive going through this … Continue reading

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Jeremiah 39:11-18; 40:1-6 — Because you trust in me

One of the nice things of trying to do things chronologically in this blog is that it gives me a better perspective of Biblical events and where everyone fits in history.  It also causes me to speculate a bit more … Continue reading

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II Kings 25:1-21; II Chronicles 36:11-21; Jeremiah 39: 1-10; Jeremiah 52 — Reasons for the fall

This is one of the few times in scripture that the same event is talked about in four different places.  Jeremiah 52 appears to be a historical appendix, however, and seems to have been added by someone other than Jeremiah.  … Continue reading

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Jeremiah 33 — Great and unsearchable things

I love verse 3 in this chapter. Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know. Honestly, I need to do a lot more seeking of God in my life.  … Continue reading

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Jeremiah 32 — For our good

In this passage, Jerusalem is still under siege, and for that matter, Jeremiah is still in prison.  Still, God told him, “When your cousin comes here to tell you about an opportunity to buy land from him, buy it.” Under … Continue reading

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Jeremiah 37-38 — A futile hope

Zedekiah is kind of a difficult guy to figure out.  Here is the son of the last good king of Judah, Josiah.  So he had an example of what a good king was.  He also saw how two of his … Continue reading

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Jeremiah 34 — Temporary repentance

And so we continue jumping through Jeremiah to somewhat keep our chronological order.  It’s a bit unclear when these events happened, but it appears to be before Jeremiah was put in prison (where he was in chapters 32-33). Jeremiah first … Continue reading

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Jeremiah 31:27-40 — A new covenant

This is another one of my favorite passages.  As with Ezekiel, Jeremiah quotes a proverb that had become quite common among the Israelites, The fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children’s teeth are set on edge.  (29) The idea … Continue reading

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Jeremiah 31:1-26 — The heart of a Father

This passage has one of my all-time favorite verses in it.  I like it because it really shows the heart of our Father. The Lord appeared to us in the past, saying:  “I have loved you with an everlasting love; … Continue reading

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Jeremiah 30 — One who would dare approach the Father

In the midst of all the prophesies of Jerusalem’s fall, Jeremiah does not leave the people without hope.  God assures his people here that though he will discipline them, and not let them go entirely unpunished, yet he would not … Continue reading

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Jeremiah 21 — No genie

We now shift scenes from Babylon, where Ezekiel was, back to Jerusalem, where Nebuchadnezzar had started his siege against Jerusalem. When he came, Zedekiah panicked, and immediately sent messengers to Jeremiah, asking him to pray for them.  This, after years … Continue reading

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Ezekiel 24 — When weeping does no good

We are truly reaching the end of Judah as a nation at this point.  After years of warning from Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and many others, Babylon was now on the doorstep of Judah, ready to destroy it once and for all. … Continue reading

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Ezekiel 23 — Lusting after what destroys

Ezekiel continues his rebuke of Israel and Judah here by telling a parable about two prostitutes named Oholah and Oholibah.  Oholah represented Samaria, the capital of the former northern kingdom of Israel.  After breaking off from the southern kingdom, they … Continue reading

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Ezekiel 21-22 — Standing in the gap

So many times, we complain about the evil that we see in this world.  But do we really care?  Do we care enough to do something about it? God in this passage tells Ezekiel to warn the people of the … Continue reading

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Ezekiel 20 — God of judgment and mercy

I’ve mentioned this before, but going through the prophets can be somewhat wearying at times, the reason being that much of their messages seem to be the same, namely messages of judgment. The same can be said here.  Here the … Continue reading

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Ezekiel 19 — Where a nation puts its hope

Where is hope for a nation found? For the Israelites, they put their hope in their leaders, hoping they could bring them prosperity.  And when the Assyrians came against them, and then the Babylonians, they looked to their leaders for … Continue reading

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Ezekiel 18:25-29 — A warped sense of justice

“God’s not fair.” It is a little ironic that people sometimes say this.  Why?  Basically because God’s way of thinking is perfect and holy, and ours has been corrupted by sin. Yet we dare, with our corrupted judgment, to disagree … Continue reading

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Ezekiel 18 — Accountable

If there’s one thing I get from this passage, it’s that each of us stands accountable before God.  The day will come when we will have to answer to him for our actions and decisions. At this time, the Israelites … Continue reading

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Ezekiel 17:22-24 — The tender one

So many times we get the image of God, especially the “God of the Old Testament” as a hard-liner.  Someone who is ready to blast us for every sin that we commit. But here, God talks of a “tender one” … Continue reading

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