Weekly Worship Meditation

July 2014

The most confusing text in the Bible?

July 27, 2014 All the way around shall be eighteen thousand cubits; and the name of the city from that day shall be: THE Lord IS THERE.” —Ezekiel 48:35 Ezekiel 40-48 is a passage that causes no small amount of confusion.  In these chapters, Ezekiel discloses details about a temple.  What temple?  Therein lies the confusion.  Opinions vary. Some believe this is a prophecy about the temple as it was supposed to be rebuilt when the Jews returned from...

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Evangelistic Responsibility

July 20, 2014 Again the word of the LORD came to me, saying,  2  “Son of man, speak to the children of your people, and say to them: ‘When I bring the sword upon a land, and the people of the land take a man from their territory and make him their watchman, 3 when he sees the sword coming upon the land, if he blows the trumpet and warns the people, 4 then whoever hears the sound of the trumpet and does not take warning, if the sword comes and takes him away, his blood...

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Egypt, a type of the world

July 13, 2014 [Egypt] shall be the lowliest of kingdoms; it shall never again exalt itself above the nations, for I will diminish them so that they will not rule over the nations anymore.  16  No longer shall it be the confidence of the house of Israel, but will remind them of their iniquity when they turned to follow them. Then they shall know that I am the Lord GOD." —Ezekiel 29:15-16  Israel was rescued out of Egypt, but they turned back...

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God's Wrath: Jesus instead of me

July 6, 2014 “As men gather silver, bronze, iron, lead, and tin into the midst of a furnace, to blow fire on it, to melt it; so I will gather you in My anger and in My fury, and I will leave you there and melt you.  21  Yes, I will gather you and blow on you with the fire of My wrath, and you shall be melted in its midst.  22  As silver is melted in the midst of a furnace, so shall you be melted in its midst; then you shall know that I, the LORD, have poured out My...

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Worshiping the creation

June 29, 2014 So He brought me into the inner court of the LORD's house; and there, at the door of the temple of the LORD, between the porch and the altar, were about twenty-five men with their backs toward the temple of the LORD and their faces toward the east, and they were worshiping the sun toward the east. —Ezekiel 8:16  The people of God were worshiping the Sun!  How did God take this development?  In verse 18 God says: “Therefore I will act in...

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The God of self-disclosure

June 22, 2014 “And they shall know that I am the Lord; I have not said in vain that I would bring this calamity upon them.” —Ezekiel 6:10 Seventy-two times in the book of Ezekiel God tells what He plans to do, followed by the phrase, “Then they shall know that I am the Lord.”  Seventy-two times!  This repetition informs me about God. First, God knows the future.  He is repeatedly telling His people what is going to happen before it...

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Forsaken

June 15, 2014 And at the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?” which is translated, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” —Mark 15:34 A person was recently asked, “What do you suppose Jesus meant by those words?”  After a contemplative pause, the response was, “I guess He felt like His mission had failed.” Praise God, that response could not be further from the...

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