Weekly Worship Meditation

"Know that I am the LORD"

“When I make the land of Egypt desolate, And the country is destitute of all that once filled it, When I strike all who dwell in it, Then they shall know that I am the LORD.” —Ezekiel 32:15 When you read Ezekiel, you will probably notice the often repeated phrase, “then they shall know that I am the LORD.”  This refrain is repeated 28 times in 28 different verses.  Why does God put these words in His prophet’s mouth so often?  Here are...

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Preaching Wrath

In your filthiness is lewdness. Because I have cleansed you, and you were not cleansed, You will not be cleansed of your filthiness anymore, Till I have caused My fury to rest upon you.  14  I, the LORD, have spoken it; It shall come to pass, and I will do it; I will not hold back, Nor will I spare, Nor will I relent; According to your ways And according to your deeds They will judge you," Says the Lord GOD.' " —Ezekiel 24:13-14 It is not uncommon to hear...

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The Crucibles of Life

Moreover the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah a second time, while he was still shut up in the court of the prison, saying, “Thus says the LORD who made it, the LORD who formed it to establish it (the LORD is His name): ‘Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.’” —Jeremiah 33:1-3  Where was Jeremiah when the Lord spoke these words to him.  In prison (v.1).  For what?  Not for...

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God Accomplishes His Purposes

“Then you shall say, ‘Thus Babylon shall sink and not rise from the catastrophe that I will bring upon her. And they shall be weary.’” Thus far are the words of Jeremiah.  —Jeremiah 51:64 Chapter fifty-one of Jeremiah is a long one.  It is the second to the last chapter of the book , and the last chapter of the prophecies (chapter fifty-two is historical narrative.)  And what is the topic of this long prophetic utterance?  The destruction...

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Resist Self-Righteousness

Then I said, "Ah, Lord GOD! Behold, the prophets say to them, 'You shall not see the sword, nor shall you have famine, but I will give you assured peace in this place.'"  And the LORD said to me, "The prophets prophesy lies in My name. I have not sent them, commanded them, nor spoken to them; they prophesy to you a false vision, divination, a worthless thing, and the deceit of their heart.  —Jeremiah 14:13-14  While being careful not to develop...

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Spiritual Pollution

“They say, ‘If a man divorces his wife, And she goes from him And becomes another man’s, May he return to her again?’ Would not that land be greatly polluted? But you have played the harlot with many lovers; Yet return to Me,” says the LORD. —Jeremiah 3:1 …“Return, backsliding Israel,” says the LORD; “I will not cause My anger to fall on you. For I am merciful,’ says the LORD; ‘I will not remain angry...

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Consequences of Sin

Now before him [Josiah] there was no king like him, who turned to the LORD with all his heart, with all his soul, and with all his might, according to all the Law of Moses; nor after him did any arise like him.   Nevertheless the LORD did not turn from the fierceness of His great wrath, with which His anger was aroused against Judah, because of all the provocations with which Manasseh had provoked Him. —2 Kings 23:25-26  Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And...

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Seeking Advice from the World

Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help, and rely on horses, Who trust in chariots because they are many, and in horsemen because they are very strong, but who do not look to the Holy One of Israel, nor seek the LORD! —Isaiah 31:1   The problem Isaiah addresses in this passage is no less critical today.  In fact, though the problem may be more subtle, it may be even more rampant.  In Isaiah’s day, when God’s people were facing a military enemy they...

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Complaining Against God

"O My people, what have I done to you? And how have I wearied you? Testify against Me. For I brought you up from the land of Egypt, I redeemed you from the house of bondage; And I sent before you Moses, Aaron, and Miriam. —Micah 6:3-4 It is not uncommon, even among His children, to complain against God.  It is even considered by some that telling God you are mad at Him is not only no big deal, but healthy.  There are at least two reasons this is madness. The first...

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Will God Forget Your Children?

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being priest for Me; Because you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children. —Hosea 4:6 What could be worse than hearing God say He will reject you?  I can’t think of a thing—except maybe hearing that God will forget our children!  A few thoughts on this: Many would give their lives for their children.  But what would...

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