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November 28th: Ezekiel 33-34; 1 Peter 5

Today's Bible Reading: Ezekiel 33-34; 1 Peter 5

Supplimental Commentary: Acts of the Apostles pgs 526 - 528

God's Character of Love

In Ezekiel 33-34 He does not delight in the destruction of the wicked but wants us to turn from our evil ways and live. He is fair in His judgment. He is the true Shepherd who seeks to the lost sheep, cares for His flock and establishes faithful undershepherds to care for His flock. He delivers us, His flock, and causes us to dwell safely so we shall not be afraid. In 1 Peter 5 He is the Chief Shepherd of the flock, His people. He gives grace to the humble. He invites us to cast our cares upon Him, because He cares for us.

Jesus & Him Crucified

In Ezekiel 33-34 God says that He will send a Davidic Messianic Person to Shepherd His people. This Shepherd is Jesus. Jesus says in John 10:11 that He, Himself, is the Good Shepherd. In 1 Peter 5 Jesus the Chief Shepherd who suffered for us and cares for us.

Verse(s) that speak to me today

1 Peter 5:2,3,6,7

"Shepherd the flock of God which is among you, serving as overseers, not by compulsion but willingly, not for dishonest gain but eagerly; nor as being lords over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock; and when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will recieve the crown of glory that fades not away."

""Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you."

The Holy Spirit says to me today

Faithfully pastor the people as an undershepherd; willingly and eagerly giving them an example and I will reward you when I come. Humble yourself and I will exalt you. Bring your cares to Me, for I care for you.

November 22nd: Ezekiel 18-19; James 4

Today's Bible Reading: Ezekiel 18-19; James 4

God's Character of Love

In Ezekiel 18-19 He desires the wicked to repent and live. He has no pleasure in the death of the wicked. In James 4 He yearns jealously for our hearts to be faithful to Him. He gives more grace. He draws near to those who draw near to Him. He is the Lawgiver, righteous Judge, and able to save or destroy.

Jesus & Him Crucifed

In Ezekiel 18-19 the prophet potently communicates what God desires for our salvation through Jesus when He says, "Repent and turn from all your transgressions, so that iniquity will not be your ruin. Cast away from you all the transgressions you have committed, and get yourselves a new heart and a new spirit. For why should you die, O house of Israel? For I have no pleasure in the death of one who dies," says the Lord God. "Therefore turn and live!" In James 4 Jesus gives grace, draws near, cleanes, purifies and is able to save.

Verse(s) that speak to me today

James 4:7-8 "Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded."

The Holy Spirit says to me today

Submit to Me and I will give you power to resist the devil. Draw near to Me and I will draw near to you. I will cleanse you and purify you. 

November 21st: Ezekiel 16-17; James 3

Today's Bible Reading

Ezekiel 16-17; James 3

God's Character of Love

In Ezekiel 16-17 He is a jealous husband whose wife, His people, are repeatedly cheating on Him. He wants His wife back. In James 3 He is Father.

Jesus & Him Crucified

In Ezekiel 16-17  the gracious sacrifice of Christ is reflected in when God says, "when I provide you an atonement for all you have done..." 

Verse(s) that spoke to me today

James 3:17 " But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yeild, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy."

The Holy Spirit says to me today

I will give you wisdom that will cause you to be first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yeild, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.

November 20th: Ezekiel 14-15; James 2

Today's Bible Reading

Ezekiel 14-15; James 2

God's Character of Love

In Ezekiel 14-15 He is a jealous lover who desires us to be faithful to Him. In James 2 He promises the Kindom to those who love Him.

Jesus & Him Crucified

In James 2, James is saying that our faith in Christ will produce works of righteousness, or else it is a dead faith.

Verse(s) that spoke to me today

Ezekiel 14:6 "Repent, turn away from your idols, and turn your faces away from all your abominations."

The Holy Spirit says to me today

Repent. Turn your face away. Abide in Me.

November 19th: Ezekiel 11-13; James 1

Today's Bible Reading

Ezekiel 11-13; James 1

Supplimental Commentary: Prophets and Kings pgs 448 - 451

God's Character of Love

In Ezekiel 11-13 He is righteous judge, He knows what comes into the mind, He gives a new spirit and a heart of flesh in place of a heart of stone, He longs for us to be His people and for Him to be our God, and He desires for people to know that He is the Lord. In James 1 He gives to all liberally and without reproach, He gives a crown of life to those who love Him, He cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He tempt anyone, He is the giver of gifts and He stays the same in character.

Jesus and Him Crucified

In James 1 he says, "lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and recieve with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls."

Verse(s) that speak to me today

James 1:22 "But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, decieving yourselves."

The Holy Spirit says to me today

Recieve My words and do them. Do not decieve yourself.

November 17th: Ezekiel 5-7; Hebrews 12

Today's Bible Reading

Ezekiel 5-7; Hebrews 12

God's Character of Love

In Ezekiel 5-7 He is righteous Judge, has righteous anger and is hurt and crushed by our adulterous heart. In Hebrews 12 He is the Author and Finisher of our faith, a loving Father who chasens us, righteous judge and a consuming fire.

Jesus & Him Crucified

In Hebrews 12 Jesus is the Author and Finisher of our faith, Mediator of the new covenant and "who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throune of God."

Verse(s) that spoke to me today

Hebrews 12:1-2"Therefore we also, since we are so surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith..."

The Holy Spirit says to me today

Turn from the sin that so easily ensnares you, run with endurance by looking to Jesus who will complete your faith.

November 11th: Jeremiah 50; Hebrews 8

Today's Bible Reading

Jeremiah 50; Hebrews 8

Supplimental Commentary: Prophets & Kings pgs 522-529

God's Character of Love

In Jeremiah 50 He is the habitation of justice, the hope of the fathers, the One who pardons and preserves, righteous judge, and the Redeemer who pleads our case. In Hebrews 8 He is High Priest, Minister of the heavenly sanctuary, Mediator, merciful, initiator of a better and new covenant and the One who passionately desires a covenant relationship with us. He writes His law of love in our minds and hearts.

Jesus & Him Crucified

In Jeremiah 50, Jeremiah reveals what Jesus does for our salvation when he says, "For I will pardon those whom I preserve." He also says, "Their Redeemer is strong; The Lord of Hosts is His name. He will thoroughly plead their case..." In Hebrews 8 Jesus is our High Priest, Minister of the heavenly sanctuary, and Mediator. He says, "I will put My laws in their mind and write them on thier hearts..." and "I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more."

Verse(s) that spoke to me today

Jeremiah 50:20 "For I will pardon those whom I preserve."

The Holy Spirit says to me today

I have pardoned you and will preserve you.

November 4th: Jeremiah 32-33; Hebrews 1

Today's Bible Reading 

Jeremiah 32-33; Hebrews 1

Supplimental Commentary:Prophets and Kings pgs 470 - 476

God's Character of Love

In Jeremiah 33-34 He shows lovingkindness to thousands, nothing is too hard for Him, He is just, mighty, great in counsel, watches over man, He longs to bring back captives and cause them to dwell safely, He longs to be in covenant relationship with His people, He is healer, revealer of abundance of peace and truth, He pardons and cleanses us from our sins, He is good and His mercy endures forever. In Hebrew 1 He is the same and His years will not fail.

Jesus and Him Crucified

In Jeremiah 33-34 Jesus is refered to as the "Branch of Righteousness" that shall come from the line of David and execute judgment and righteousness in the earth. Characteristic of what Jesus will do, it says in 33:8, "I will cleanse them from all their iniquity by which they have sinned against Me, and I will pardon all their iniquities by which they have sinned and by which they have transgressed against Me." In Hebrews 1 Paul says of Jesus, "God, who at various times and in various ways spoke to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds; who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become so much better than the angels, as He has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they."

Verse(s) that speak to me today

Jeremiah 33:6 "I will bring health and healing; I will heal them and reveal to them the abundance of peace and truth."

The Holy Spirit says to me today

I will bring you health and healing and reveal to you abundance of peace and truth.

October 30th: Jeremiah 20-21; 2 Timothy 4

 

Today's Bible Reading 

Jeremiah 20-21; 2 Timothy 4

Supplimental Commentary:Prophets and Kings pgs 428 - 433; Acts of the Apostles pgs 506 – 508

God's Character of Love

In Jeremiah 20-21 He is righteous judge, mighty, awesome, and the One who sets before us the way of life and death and wants us to repent and choice life. In 2 Timothy 4 He is the righteous judge who will stand by you and strengthen you, deliver you from every evil work and preserve you for His kingdom and who gives grace.

Jesus and Him Crucified

In 2 Timothy 4 Paul wrote to Timothy about Jesus, "I charge you before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom..."

Verse(s) That Speak to Me Today

Jeremiah 20:9 "But His word was in mine heart like a burning fire shut up in my bones; I was weary of holding it back, and I could not. 2 Timothy 4:2 "Preach the Word! Be ready in season and out of season." 2 Timothy 4:5 "But you be watchful in all things, enduring afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fullfil your ministry.

The Holy Spirit Says to Me Today

My word shall be in you like a fire, therefore preach the word and be ready at all times. Be watchful and endure afflictions, while doing the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.

October 28: Jeremiah 15-17; 2 Timothy 2

Today's Bible Reading 

Jeremiah 15-17; 2 Timothy 2

Supplimental Commentary:Prophets and Kings pgs 421; Acts of the Apostles pgs 501 – 502 

God's Character of Love

In Jeremiah 15-17 He is angry at persistent unfaithflness, enduringly patient, Savior, Deliverer, full of lovingkindness, merciful, searcher of hearts and tester of minds. In 2 Timothy He is the giver of grace, faithful and grants repentance.

Jesus and Him Crucified

In Jeremiah 15-17 Jesus is revealed as the One who is "with you to save you and deliver you..." In 2 Timothy 2 Paul says of Jesus, "Remember that Jesus Christ, of the seed of David, was raise from the dead according to the gospel..."

Verse(s) That Speak to Me Today

2 Timothy 2:24 "A servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient, in humility correcting those who are in opposition..."

The Holy Spirit Says to Me Today

Do not quarrel, but be gentle to all, teach, be patient and correct those in opposition with humility.