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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Bible Readings for November 3, 2015

Today our passages are Ezekiel 7:1–9:11; Hebrews 5:1-14; Psalm 105:1-15; and Proverbs 26:28. The readings are from the Contemporary English VersionIf you find these readings helpful, please consider sending an offering directly to Cove Presbyterian Church, 3404 Main Street, Weirton, West Virginia or through PayPal. 

Ezekiel 7-9:11 (Contemporary English Version)

Ezekiel 7

Disaster Is Near
 1The LORD God said:     2Ezekiel, son of man, tell the people of Israel that I am saying:
   Israel will soon come to an end! Your whole country is about to be destroyed 3as punishment for your disgusting sins. I, the LORD, am so angry 4that I will show no pity. I will punish you for the evil you've done, and you will know that I am the LORD.
    5There's never been anything like the coming disaster. [a] 6And when it comes, your life will be over. 7You people of Israel are doomed! Soon there will be panic on the mountaintops instead of celebration. [b] 8I will let loose my anger and punish you for the evil things you've done. You'll get what you deserve. 9Your sins are so terrible, that you'll get no mercy from me. Then you will know that I, the LORD, have punished you. 10Disaster is near! Injustice and arrogance are everywhere, 11and violent criminals run free. None of you will survive the disaster, and everything you own and value will be shattered. [c] 12The time is coming when everyone will be ruined. Buying and selling will stop, 13and people who sell property will never get it back, because all of you must be punished for your sins. And I won't change my mind! [d] 14A signal has been blown on the trumpet, and weapons are prepared for battle. But no one goes to war, because in my anger I will strike down everyone in Israel.
Israel Is Surrounded
The LORD said to the people of Israel:
 15War, disease, and starvation are everywhere! People who live in the countryside will be killed in battle, and those who live in towns will die from starvation or deadly diseases. 16Anyone who survives will escape into the hills, like doves who leave the valleys to find safety.    All of you will moan [e] because of your sins. 17Your hands will tremble, and your knees will go limp. 18You will put on sackcloth [f] to show your sorrow, but terror will overpower you. Shame will be written all over your faces, and you will shave your heads in despair. 19Your silver and gold will be thrown into the streets like garbage, because those are the two things that led you into sin, and now they cannot save you from my anger. They are not even worth enough to buy food. 20You took great pride in using your beautiful jewelry to make disgusting idols of foreign gods. So I will make your jewelry worthless. 21Wicked foreigners will rob and disgrace you. 22They will break into my temple [g] and leave it unfit as a place to worship me, but I will look away and let it happen. 23Your whole country is in confusion! [h] Murder and violence are everywhere in Israel, 24so I will tell the most wicked nations to come and take over your homes. They will put an end to the pride you have in your strong army, and they will make your places of worship unfit to use. 25You will be terrified and will desperately look for peace--but there will be no peace. 26One tragedy will follow another, and you'll hear only bad news. People will beg prophets to give them a message from me. Priests will stop teaching my Law, and wise leaders won't be able to give advice. 27Even your king and his officials will lose hope and cry in despair. Your hands will tremble with fear. I will punish you for your sins and treat you the same way you have treated others. Then you will know that I am the LORD.

Ezekiel 8

Ezekiel Sees the Terrible Sins of Jerusalem
 1Six years after King Jehoiachin and the rest of us had been led away as prisoners to Babylonia, the leaders of Judah were meeting with me in my house. On the fifth day of the sixth month, [i] the LORD God suddenly took control of me, 2and I saw something in the shape of a human. [j] This figure was like fire from the waist down, and it was bright as polished metal from the waist up. 3It reached out what seemed to be a hand and grabbed my hair. Then in my vision the LORD's Spirit lifted me into the sky and carried me to Jerusalem. The Spirit took me to the north gate of the temple's inner courtyard, where there was an idol that disgusted the LORD and made him furious. 4Then I saw the brightness of the glory of the God of Israel, just as I had seen it near the Chebar River.     5God said to me, "Ezekiel, son of man, look north." And when I did, I saw that disgusting idol by the altar near the gate.
    6God then said, "Do you see the terrible sins of the people of Israel? Their sins are making my holy temple unfit as a place to worship me. Yet you will see even worse things than this."
    7Next, I was taken to the entrance of the courtyard, where I saw a hole in the wall.
    8God said, "Make this hole bigger." And when I did, I realized it was a doorway. 9"Go in," God said, "and see what horrible and evil things the people are doing."
    10Inside, I saw that the walls were covered with pictures of reptiles and disgusting, unclean animals, [k] as well as with idols that the Israelites were worshiping. 11Seventy Israelite leaders were standing there, including Jaazaniah son of Shaphan. Each of these leaders was holding an incense burner, and the smell of incense filled the room. 12God said, "Ezekiel, do you see what horrible things Israel's leaders are doing in secret? They have filled their rooms with idols. And they say I can't see them, because they think I have already deserted Israel. 13But I will show you something even worse than this."
    14He took me to the north gate of the temple, where I saw women mourning for the god Tammuz. [l] 15God asked me, "Can you believe what these women are doing? But now I want to show you something worse." 16I was then led into the temple's inner courtyard, where I saw about twenty-five men standing near the entrance, between the porch and the altar. Their backs were to the LORD's temple, and they were bowing down to the rising sun.
    17God said, "Ezekiel, it's bad enough that the people of Judah are doing these disgusting things. But they have also spread violence and injustice everywhere in Israel and have made me very angry. They have disgraced and insulted me in the worst possible way. [m] 18So in my fierce anger, I will punish them without mercy and refuse to help them when they cry out to me."

Ezekiel 9

The LORD Gives the Command To Punish Jerusalem
 1After that, I heard the LORD shout, "Come to Jerusalem, you men chosen to destroy the city. And bring your weapons!"     2I saw six men come through the north gate of the temple, each one holding a deadly weapon. A seventh man dressed in a linen robe was with them, and he was carrying things to write with. The men went into the temple and stood by the bronze altar.
    3The brightness of God's glory then left its place above the statues of the winged creatures [n] inside the temple and moved to the entrance. The LORD said to the man in the linen robe, 4"Walk through the city of Jerusalem and mark the forehead of anyone who is truly upset and sad about the disgusting things that are being done here." 5-6He turned to the other six men and said, "Follow him and put to death everyone who doesn't have a mark on their forehead. Show no mercy or pity! Kill men and women, parents and children. Begin here at my temple and be sure not to harm those who are marked."
   The men immediately killed the leaders who were standing there.
    7Then the LORD said, "Pollute the temple by piling the dead bodies in the courtyards. Now get busy!" They left and started killing the people of Jerusalem.
    8I was then alone, so I bowed down and cried out to the LORD, "Why are you doing this? Are you so angry at the people of Jerusalem that everyone must die?"
    9The LORD answered, "The people of Israel and Judah have done horrible things. Their country is filled with murderers, and Jerusalem itself is filled with violence. They think that I have deserted them, and that I can't see what they are doing. 10And so I will not have pity on them or forgive them. They will be punished for what they have done."
    11Just then, the man in the linen robe returned and said, "I have done what you commanded."
  1. Ezekiel 7:5 disaster: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text of verse 5.
  2. Ezekiel 7:7 celebration: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text of verse 7.
  3. Ezekiel 7:11 shattered: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text of verses 10,11.
  4. Ezekiel 7:13 mind: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text of verse 13.
  5. Ezekiel 7:16 will moan: Hebrew; two ancient translations "will die."
  6. Ezekiel 7:18 sackcloth: A rough, dark-colored cloth made from goat or camel hair and used to make grain sacks. It was worn in times of trouble or sorrow.
  7. Ezekiel 7:22 my temple: The Hebrew text has "my treasure," which may refer to the temple, to Jerusalem, or to Israel itself.
  8. Ezekiel 7:23 Your whole country is in confusion: One ancient translation; Hebrew "Get chains ready to drag away the dead bodies of your people."
  9. Ezekiel 8:1 Six years. . . sixth month: Probably September of 592 B.C.
  10. Ezekiel 8:2 a human: One ancient translation; Hebrew "a fiery figure."
  11. Ezekiel 8:10 disgusting, unclean animals: See, for example, Leviticus 11.9-19.
  12. Ezekiel 8:14 the god Tammuz: A god of vegetation who was thought to die in the dry season. During the Hebrew month of Tammuz (from about mid-June to mid-July), women mourned the death of this god, hoping to bring him back to life.
  13. Ezekiel 8:17 disgraced and insulted me. . . way: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
  14. Ezekiel 9:3 the statues of the winged creatures: These were symbols of the LORD's throne on earth (see Exodus 25.18-22; 1 Kings 6.23-28).

Hebrews 5:1-14 (Contemporary English Version)

Hebrews 5

 1Every high priest is appointed to help others by offering gifts and sacrifices to God because of their sins. 2A high priest has weaknesses of his own, and he feels sorry for foolish and sinful people. 3That is why he must offer sacrifices for his own sins and for the sins of others. 4But no one can have the honor of being a high priest simply by wanting to be one. Only God can choose a priest, and God is the one who chose Aaron.     5That is how it was with Christ. He became a high priest, but not just because he wanted the honor of being one. It was God who told him,
   "You are my Son, because today
   I have become your Father!"
    6In another place, God says,
   "You are a priest forever
   just like Melchizedek." [a] 7God had the power to save Jesus from death. And while Jesus was on earth, he begged God with loud crying and tears to save him. He truly worshiped God, and God listened to his prayers. 8Jesus is God's own Son, but still he had to suffer before he could learn what it really means to obey God. 9Suffering made Jesus perfect, and now he can save forever all who obey him. 10This is because God chose him to be a high priest like Melchizedek.
Warning against Turning Away
 11Much more could be said about this subject. But it is hard to explain, and all of you are slow to understand. 12By now you should have been teachers, but once again you need to be taught the simplest things about what God has said. You need milk instead of solid food. 13People who live on milk are like babies who don't really know what is right. 14Solid food is for mature people who have been trained to know right from wrong.    
  1. Hebrews 5:6 Melchizedek: When Melchizedek is mentioned in the Old Testament, he is described as a priest who lived before Aaron. Nothing is said about his ancestors or his death (see 7.3 and Genesis 14.17-20).

Psalm 105:1-15 (Contemporary English Version)

Psalm 105

The LORD Can Be Trusted
 1Praise the LORD    and pray in his name!
   Tell everyone
   what he has done.
    2Sing praises to the LORD!
   Tell about his miracles.
    3Celebrate and worship
   his holy name
   with all your heart.
    4Trust the LORD
   and his mighty power.
    5Remember his miracles
   and all his wonders
   and his fair decisions.
    6You belong to the family
   of Abraham, his servant;
   you are his chosen ones,
   the descendants of Jacob.
    7The LORD is our God,
   bringing justice
   everywhere on earth.
    8He will never forget
   his agreement or his promises,
   not in thousands of years.
    9God made an eternal promise
    10to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob,
    11when he said, "I'll give you
   the land of Canaan."
    12At the time there were
   only a few of us,
   and we were homeless.
    13We wandered from nation
   to nation,
   from one country
   to another.
    14God did not let anyone
   mistreat our people.
   Instead he protected us
   by punishing rulers
    15and telling them,
   "Don't touch my chosen leaders
   or harm my prophets!"

Proverbs 26:28 (Contemporary English Version)

28Watch out for anyone
   who tells lies and flatters--
   they are out to get you.

Verse of the Day

“[Obey Rulers]Obey the rulers who have authority over you. Only God can give authority to anyone, and he puts these rulers in their places of power.” - Romans 13:1
Today's passage is from the Contemporary English Version.

Lois-mcmaster-bujold-by-kyle-cassidy.jpgThought for the Day

American speculative fiction writer, Lois McMaster Bujold wrote, “Those who can, do; those who can't, teach. And those who can't teach, go into administration.”

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