November 13  Psalm 124  Hebrews 11:17-40  Ezekiel 24; 25

Please read the suggested passages, prayerfully consider them, and the questions below. My comments here may be helpful after those moments. The suggested daily reading is for the purpose of reading through the whole Bible within a year.

Reading the Bible is helpful in taking next steps to follow Jesus. It may not be easy and yet it can be rewarding. Digging into Scripture alongside people you know is a life-giving way to pursue answers together. We discover the love that God has for us has been expressed through Jesus.

  • What’s the plain simple truth of the verses you read?
  • Based on today’s reading, what is one thing God is saying to you?
  • What should you do about that truth?

November 13  Psalm 124  Hebrews 11:17-40  Ezekiel 24; 25

Psalm 124

How would our lives have been different if God had not been there? David writes a song, in Psalm 124, reminding his people of specific times when God delivered them. Where would we be without God? Without the grace of God, I would be worse than nothing. I would have been a detriment to society. God rescued me. If God has rescued you by His grace, sing about it. Your help came from the Creator of heaven and earth. We worship the One True Living God. We trust God above all others. We rely on God completely. In this there is peace.

Hebrews 11:17-40

God can give you faith. Your faith can grow. Hebrews 11 lists what some have called the “Faith Hall of Fame”. People who made life-changing decisions based on what they believed about God. They took action based on their confident hope that God would fulfill His promises. They held true to this even if it wasn’t going to happen in their natural lifespan. From this daily decision, “Their weakness was turned to strength”.  They chose to “see the invisible, believe the impossible, and overcome the obstacles”. They recognized God’s purpose in their world and in their life circumstances. They lived by faith in their struggles, in their deaths, on their tedious days, and in the greatest victories of their lives. “They received what God had promised” and yet not all that God had promised. Complete fulfillment will come after Christ returns to earth and we see a great reunion in heaven. When we see Jesus when He returns to earth, there will an amazing party as every believer who has ever lived sees each and every promise of God come true. It will be a shared experience.

Ezekiel 24; 25

On the first day of the Babylonian siege of Jerusalem, God wanted the following marked down for the historical record. Jerusalem had become a city of murder. God had been angered by the corruption, murder, and “me-first” ethics of Jerusalem’s citizens. Even when they abandoned a relationship with God, they still believed that His city and temple made them special. When it was all taken from them God wanted their grieving to be personal. God gave Ezekiel an object lesson to illustrate His efforts to cleanse the city of the stain brought by such violence. God instructed Ezekiel to not mourn the death of his wife in a customary way as another means of calling the Israelites to repentance. God was calling the people to repentance that would be deeply personal. It was to be private first and then made public. As a sign of sovereignty, God predicts the punishment of evil actions from the Ammonites, Moabites, Edomites, and Philistines. They had rejected God themselves. They had also mocked God’s people. God is alive, aware, able, and active.