November 15  Psalm 126  Hebrews 12:14-29  Ezekiel 28; 29

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 15  Psalm 126  Hebrews 12:14-29  Ezekiel 28; 29

Psalm 126

People returning to Jerusalem for worship would sing Psalm 126. They recalled a season of amazing fulfillment and happiness. They recognized the miracles God had done to make their joy possible after their season of trouble and exile. They had repented of sin and returned to a healthy relationship with God. As a result, they found a harvest of blessing at just the right time. This song reminded current-day believers of those lessons from the past. It reminded them of the benefits of turning away from me-first mistakes.

Hebrews 12:14-29

Drawing spiritual strength from Jesus is possible as we follow the example of Jesus. We can now live in this new way. We will have faith to work toward peaceful relationships with others. We will gain the resolve to pursue this in every way that it may be possible for us. Following the example of Jesus, we can now tune our hearts into God’s direction daily. We are then motivated to live out of pure dedication to God. From a faith focused on Jesus, we are called to pursue healthy relationships (in right standing) with each other (by Hebrews 12:14-15). A lifestyle of wholehearted devotion to God should include caring about the people in your life. We can help each other receive the grace of God, the healing it brings, and freedom from unresolved hurt or anger from the past. Each of us must relate with Jesus as our Mediator of a New Covenant in our relationship with the all-powerful living God.

Ezekiel 28; 29

The king of a powerful nation had taken the “me-first” philosophy to the point of believing himself to be a deity. The leaders of Tyre, Sidon, Egypt, and Babylon found their thoughts, feelings, and actions unveiled by an attentive God. They thought themselves more powerful than God. Through the prophet Ezekiel, God predicted the exact ways in which they would be punished. This pre-emptive written word served as proof of Yahweh God’s sovereignty. God is all-knowing and all-powerful. We should relate to God with respect to these truths. The restoration of people turning to God is again predicted.