Who says there isn’t anything good in the last twelve books of the Old Testament? It is packed full of many verses we see on calendars, daily scripture flip charts, and encouraging verses of the day. Yah sure there is some of the difficult stuff we don’t understand because of culture and when it happened, but who doesn’t like “The LORD is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him,” (Nahum 1:7)? That is hopeful material!
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New tulip sprouts in my front yard!
Spring is sprunging! I have tulip and daffodil shoots popping up in my front yard. It is officially here. Haven’t you noticed the days getting longer?
Just like there is a newness in the air, on the trees, and springing from the ground, we finished Ezekiel today with an encouraging note of newness. I am always so blessed when I read the last line of the book. “And the name of the city from that time on will be: “THE LORD IS THERE.” Ezekiel doesn’t put it in all caps because he is yelling at us. It is a name- Yahweh Shammah. Continue reading
“Care For the Hair Under There”
Rendition of Ezekiel's vision of the wheel and creatures.
I know that on Sunday, I mentioned that Jeremiah was full of drama. I should have waited just a few days to give the “drama” label to Ezekiel. My, my, my. 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, eagles, comparing Jerusalem to prostitutes, it goes on and on. Continue reading
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Good work Saints! I get many great words of encouragement from some of you which propel me to further discipline and faithfulness. We are about a good thing!
"Jeremiah Lamentations" Chagall
Lamentations- Originally the title of the book was “Ah, how!” from the Hebrew words ‘ek ah.
This short book is not connected to a specific author or prophet, however, tradition puts it in the lap of Jeremiah. It is mainly composed of funeral songs for Jerusalem. Since Jeremiah does not deport in the exile, he has time to survey the damage left by the departure of the presence of Father. The year is 586 B.C., the Babylonian King is furious with his Vassal Zedekiah who would not keep his word. The temple is completely sacked and the city is left in piles of rubble. The people weep from the feeling that God has abandoned them. The poems show the people’s sense of guilt, confession, and repentance as they realize how deeply they have hurt God by their sin and unfaithfulness. Continue reading
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Good Monday Friends~
I hope your weekend was what you needed. Happy Presidents Day! What a great country we live in. Please continue to pray for all that happens in our nation as we continue to shine brightly in our generation.
We have turned a corner in our OT literature and are now at the threshold of the major and minor oracles used by Father to ongoingly proclaim His words. Isaiah is so well placed, because there is so much material that goes both the direction of judgment and hope. Some of the other prophets can lean the judgment way a bit too much leaving little room for our contemporary readers to be encouraged. Isaiah is so chock full of encouraging scripture. As I read today, so many of them really spoke to me. Continue reading