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B90X- Isaiah

The purpose of the book of Isaiah demonstrates the trustworthiness of the Lord.  The first king whom Isaiah serves, Ahaz, does not trust the Lord.  He ignores Isaiah’s advice and follows his own schemes.  This leads to defeat and servitude at the hands of the Assyrians.  Ahaz’s son Hezekiah, in contrast, trusts the Lord and Jerusalem is delivered from Sennacherib and the Assyrians.  In the second half of the book the exiles are also encouraged to trust the Lord to bring deliverance and to respond like Hezekiah, not like Ahaz.

Isaiah and coal

A significant theme is the hope in a future ideal Davidic king.  The book provides a template for Messianic expectation as it develops a profile of God’s plan, including the exaltation of Jerusalem (ch. 2), the coming child whom is the reign (ch. 9), peace and stability of the reign of the Davidic heir(ch. 11), and how the ideal Servant of the Lord will carry out God’s mission (chs. 42-53).

Walton, Strauss, and Cooper.  The Essential Bible Companion.

B90X2012 “Ezekiel”

Without a doubt if there is anyone in the Bible any more dramatic than Ezekiel it has yet to be seen.  His vision, making maps of Jerusalem, eating scrolls, lying on his side for over a year, then flipping over and lying on the other for 40 days, eating Ezekiel 4:9 bread, shaving his head with a sword, cooking with human dung (changed to cow fortunately), cooking pots and meat, repetition of words and pictures, not mourning for his wife’s death, useless vines, comparing Jerusalem to prostitutes, it goes on and on.

No other author is more exact than Ezekiel.  Everyone of his stories is in perfect order chronologically, unlike Jeremiah.  There are thirteen date stamps recorded by Ezekiel through out the book.  Nearly each one of them can be narrowed to an exact day.

Ezekiel is part of the second wave of deportees who make the trek across the desert to Babylon.  Daniel and his friends are in the first one around 605 B.C. after the first attack by Nebuchadnezzar.  Ezekiel goes around 598 B.C. and speaks from Babylon to his friends there regarding what happened to them and what will happen in the next thirteen years back home, precisely what Jeremiah is living through.  Ezekiel names names and places with uncanny accuracy.

Whenever one studies a book, patterns are looked at, words, combinations of words, structure, etc.. Those different studies provide information on purpose and intent of the author.  And as we have seen and focused on throughout B90X, what is being said about Father in all of these words?  There is a signature statement found 53 times in Ezekiel of the 63 uses in all of the Old Testament- those words are “will know that I am the LORD.”  It is super obvious to us that Father is loud and clear in His message of covenant and faithfulness between He and His nation.  But for some reason, to them it was not so clear.  Ezekiel is making it as obvious as possible the God is God and attention should be paid His direction.  Knowledge leads to response.  When one truly knows Father, hopefully, an appropriate response follows.

“Ezekiel is ruthless in his exposure of sin in all its gruesome abhorrence.  Reading his language from the comfortable distance of those not directly targeted by his rhetoric, we may at times wince at the coarseness of his imagery or query the one-sidedness of his portrayal of Israel’s whole history (e.g. in chs. 16, 20, and 23). Once we recognize, however, that Ezekiel was engaged, not in a detached academic debate, but in passionate evangelistic persuasion, we can understand his tactics.  He was faced with people who refused to acknowledge their own sin,… Ezekiel’s tirades against Israel’s sin was necessary to bring at least some of his listeners to a more realistic assessment of their condition, and thereby to a genuine repentance.” Christopher J.H. Wright, “The Message of Ezekiel” in The Bible Speaks Today.  (Leicaster, IVP: 2001), p. 32.

B90X2012 “Jeremiah”

We are now in the thick of the warnings and woes of the prophetic call.  I used to think that these guys said the same things over and over to the same people.  It seemed kind of redundant and way over the top.  What I found out was that they were on a preaching tour around the country and that these words were shared with different groups of folks.  So what may sound familiar was that the prophet was repeating himself as he moved around.  He would just find a different way to say the same thing over and over.  Hence the appearance to us that it is so monotonous.  There are very few markers that tell us that it is a new group or a new town.

Some stuff about Jeremiah:
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67th Day-O, where’d my ‘A’ go? (Hab 1:1- Zech 10:12)

I went ahead and ripped through the rest of Zechariah and Malachi.  Hard to believe we knocked out that much reading in 67 days!  Quite an accomplishment with everything else going on in life.  Stay faithful friends and saints.  The riches of reading all of God’s words far outweigh any knowledge and satisfaction gained from watching Celebrity Apprentice.

 Just a few books to highlight and we are moving on to the New Testament~~

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Day 61 of B90X (Ez 23:40- Ez 35:15)

Ezekiel the Watchman

How are things going?  Keep up the good work.  Regardless of where you are on the schedule, I am certain Father is working in each of your hearts.  Whether you are already finished, right on the date, or no where near where you want to be, it is OK.  Father is just so glad you are reading every one of His words.  This is not easy.  It requires much diligence and fortitude.  It is so doable though.  We only have 29 days to go!  I was talking to someone today who said, I am going to finish with everyone else if it kills me.  She reads in the car (not driving), during TV commercials, in bed, at work on breaks, everywhere she can.  Others around  her are getting an earful on what it is we are all about.  You go girl!  Continue reading