The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Wednesday November 14, 2018 (NIV)

Ezekiel 29-30

29 In the 10th year, on the 12th day of the 10th month, the word of the Eternal came to me with a message about Egypt.

Eternal One: Son of man, face Pharaoh, king of Egypt, and preach against him and against all of Egypt! Tell him this is what I, the Eternal Lord, have to say:

Look, I am against you,
Pharaoh king of Egypt.
You are like a great river monster,
snaking through the streams in the Nile,
declaring, “I own the Nile. I made it, and it is mine.”
But I will set a hook in your jaws
and make the fish of the Nile cling to your scales.
I will haul you in out of your waterways,
with all the fish clinging to your scales.
Then I will take you and leave you out in the desert,
you and all the fish of your waters.
You’ll collapse in the wide open space,
but no one will bother to collect your remains
Or bury you with your ancestors.
You’ll be food for wild beasts of the earth and birds in the sky.
Then all who live in Egypt will know that I am the Eternal One.
You have been nothing more than a staff made of wobbly reeds to the people of Israel.
When they took hold of you, looking for support,
you splintered and tore their hands.
When they leaned on you, you snapped in two,
and they wrenched their backs because of you.[a]

So this is what I, the Eternal Lord, have to say: “Look, I will march an army against you! It’s coming to slaughter your people and your animals. I am going to make the land of Egypt a lonely wasteland; then they will know that I am the Eternal One.”

Because of your arrogant utterance, “I own the Nile. I made it, and it is mine, 10 I oppose you and your streams. I will turn the land of Egypt into a lonely wasteland from Migdol to Aswan,[b] all the way to Ethiopia.[c] 11-12 No people or animals will pass through there. Not a single person will live there for 40 years. I will turn the land of Egypt into a wasteland, a tragedy among tragedies, the most devastating of devastations! Any cities still standing after the war will lie in ruins for 40 years. I will scatter the Egyptians to the wind and divide them among the nations.

13 After 40 years have passed, I am going to gather the Egyptians from the nations where I scattered them. 14 I will restore their fortunes and lead them back to the land of Pathros, the land of their ancestors. There, Egypt will begin again, but this time as an insignificant kingdom.

According to Egyptian legends, their people originate in southern Egypt near Pathros. Ezekiel is apparently aware of these stories and indicates God will give Egypt a new start.

15 She will be the weakest of any kingdom, never gaining power and never again ruling over other nations. 16 The people of Israel will never again turn to Egypt in a time of crisis because Egypt’s fate will be a reminder of her sins—when Israel chose to trust a pagan nation instead of Me. Then My people will know that I am the Eternal Lord.

The prophet directs his oracle against Pharaoh, but in reality the pharaoh represents all of the people. Pharaoh’s audacious claim that he created the Nile stands in clear contradiction to the fact that Israel’s God created the heavens and the earth. So God becomes his enemy, fishes the great river monster out of the river—the lifeline of Egypt—and leaves his body as food for the animals and birds of the desert. The “monster” could refer either to the Nile crocodile—a symbol of the Pharaoh’s power—or the mythical creature of chaos who opposes God but is ultimately defeated by Him. The other fishes clinging to his scales appear to represent all those who depend on Pharaoh, including the Egyptian people and those foolish enough to align with them.

17 In the 27th year, on the 1st day of the 1st month, the word of the Eternal came to me.

Eternal One: 18 Son of man, Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylon, has exhausted his army with the long siege of Tyre. His soldiers’ bodies are spent, their heads bald and shoulders rubbed raw, yet they have made little progress. The king and his army have not been rewarded for all of their hard work against Tyre.

19 Therefore, the Eternal Lord says:

Eternal One: Look, I am going to hand the land of Egypt over to Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylon. He will take away her wealth—her goods and her population—by force and pay his army with the treasures he acquires there. 20 I have given him Egypt’s land as his reward to compensate him for all the work he has done for Me.

21 When that day comes, I will make a horn grow for the people of Israel so that they will be confident that My deliverance is near. Then I will open your mouth so that they will realize you have been speaking for Me all along. Then they will know that I am the Eternal One.

30 The word of the Eternal came to me with a lament for Egypt.

Eternal One: Son of man, speak! Tell them this is what the Eternal Lord has to say:

Weep and wail,
for today is the day you’ve dreaded;
The day of God’s judgment is near;
the day of the Eternal is closing in!
It is a day of dark clouds and gloom
that foreshadows the doom of the nations.
A sword will come against Egypt,
agony will invade Ethiopia,
When the dead cover the land of Egypt,
when her wealth is taken away and her foundations are leveled.

Every nation in league with her will be destroyed in the war: Ethiopia,[d] Put, Lud, all of Arabia, and Libya.

Egypt’s friends will crumble
along with her arrogance, her proud strength.
From Migdol to Aswan,[e]
they will fall by the sword.

Egypt will be laid waste, a tragedy among tragedies, the most devastating of devastations! Her cities will lie in ruins, surrounded by the empty desolation of other ruined cities. Then they will all know that I am the Eternal One after I burn down Egypt and demolish her allies. On that day of destruction, I will dispatch messengers in ships to wake up the sleeping nation of Ethiopia. They will drown in agony when they hear the news of Egypt’s doom! They will know, “We’re next! Judgment is on the horizon!”

10-11 This is what the Eternal Lord has to say:

Eternal One: I will put an end to the wealth and population of Egypt
using the power of Nebuchadnezzar as My weapon.
I will dispatch the king of Babylon and his armies—
the most ruthless in the world—
to ravage the land!
They will unsheathe their swords against Egypt
and fill the land with the slain.
12 I will dry up the waterways of the Nile
and sell the land to those who have evil designs.
I, the Eternal, promise to recruit foreigners
to destroy the land and plunder away everything of value.

13 I, the Eternal Lord, have this to say:
I will demolish the breathless idols
and destroy the vulgar images in Memphis.[f]
There won’t be a prince left in all the land of Egypt anymore;
I will infect the entire nation with a plague of fear!
14 I will crush Pathros in the south, set fire to Zoan in the delta,
and deliver a horrific punishment to Thebes[g] and all its temples.
15 I will drown Sin[h]—the great fortress of Egypt—in My wrath
and put an end to the wealth and population of Thebes.
16 I will set fire to all of Egypt!
Sin will writhe in pain.
Thebes will be torn apart;
day after day Memphis will live in fear.
17 The young soldiers of Heliopolis[i] and Pi-beseth will die in the battle;
the women will go into captivity.

In the ancient world, conquered peoples become the victors’ property. While the men are often killed, the women are taken away and used as slaves for various purposes.

18 An unnatural darkness will cover Tehaphnehes
when I destroy the dominion of Egypt.
I will put an end to her arrogance, her proud strength!
Dark clouds will veil her,
and her daughters will be led away as slaves.
19 This is how I will deliver My punishing judgments against Egypt;
then they will know that I am the Eternal One.

20 During the eleventh year, on the seventh day of the first month, the word of the Eternal came to me with a message about Egypt:

Eternal One: 21 Son of man, I’ve broken the arm of the Pharaoh, king of Egypt. Look! The bone has not yet been set, and his arm has not been splinted in order to promote healing. Therefore, he won’t be able to handle a sword to defend the nation’s power. 22 So this is what I, the Eternal Lord, have to say: Look! I oppose Pharaoh, king of Egypt. I will break both arms—the strong one and the already-broken one. I’ll make sure he’ll not be able to handle a sword! 23 I will scatter the Egyptians to the wind—dividing them among the nations. 24-25 Meanwhile I will strengthen the arms of Babylon’s king, and I will place My sword in his hand. But I will break Pharaoh’s arms, and the king of Egypt will groan with the pain of his injury before Nebuchadnezzar. So I will make the arms of Babylon’s king strong, even as the arms of Pharaoh grow weak and fall limp at his side. Then Egypt will know that I am the Eternal One—when I place My sword in the hands of the Babylonian king and he wields it against the land of Egypt. 26 When I scatter the Egyptians to the wind and divide them among the nations, they will know that I am the Eternal One.

Footnotes:

  1. 29:7 Hebrew reads, “made their loins shake.”
  2. 29:10 Hebrew, Syrene
  3. 29:10 Hebrew, Cush
  4. 30:5 Hebrew, Cush
  5. 30:6 Hebrew, Syrene
  6. 30:13 Hebrew, Noph
  7. 30:14 Hebrew, No
  8. 30:15 Egyptian city of Sais.
  9. 30:17 Hebrew, On
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Hebrews 11:32-12:13

32 I could speak more of faith; I could talk until time itself ran out. If I continued, I could speak of the examples of Gideon, Barak, Samson, and Jephthah, of David and Samuel and all the prophets. 33 I could give accounts of people alive with faith who conquered kingdoms, brought justice, obtained promises, and closed the mouths of hungry lions. 34 I could tell you how people of faith doused raging fires, escaped the edge of the sword, made the weak strong, and—stoking great valor among the champions of God—sent opposing armies into panicked flight.

35 I could speak of faith bringing women their loved ones back from death and how the faithful accepted torture instead of earthly deliverance because they believed they would obtain a better life in the resurrection. 36 Others suffered mockery and whippings; they were placed in chains and in prisons. 37 The faithful were stoned, sawn in two,[a] killed by the sword, clothed only in sheepskins and goatskins; they were penniless, afflicted, and tormented. 38 The world was not worthy of these saints. They wandered across deserts, crossed mountains, and lived in the caves, cracks, and crevasses of the earth.

Stories of faith and faithfulness are central to the First Testament. The writer of Hebrews recalls some of the most memorable examples of how people of faith lived their lives. But what is faith? Faith is more than belief; it is trust, assurance, and firm conviction. Ironically most of those who lived by faith never fully realized the promises God had made. Like us they journeyed as strangers and exiles, longing for another country. We should remember their patient faith when we face prolonged hardships and allow the trials we face to strengthen our faith rather than destroy it. If we are comfortable here and don’t face suffering for our faith, perhaps we aren’t fully living by faith and looking forward to a future hope.

39 These, though commended by God for their great faith, did not receive what was promised. 40 That promise has awaited us, who receive the better thing that God has provided in these last days, so that with us, our forebears might finally see the promise completed.

12 So since we stand surrounded by all those who have gone before, an enormous cloud of witnesses, let us drop every extra weight, every sin that clings to us and slackens our pace, and let us run with endurance the long race set before us.

We may feel alone, but we aren’t. We are surrounded by an army of witnesses. They have run the race of faith and finished well. It is now our turn.

Now stay focused on Jesus, who designed and perfected our faith. He endured the cross and ignored the shame of that death because He focused on the joy that was set before Him; and now He is seated beside God on the throne, a place of honor.

Consider the life of the One who endured such personal attacks and hostility from sinners so that you will not grow weary or lose heart. Among you, in your striving against sin, none has resisted the pressure to the point of death, as He did.

God “disciplines” His “disciples.” God is training us not just to live here and now, but to have life in the age to come, to share His life and holiness.

Indeed, you seem to have forgotten the proverb directed to you as children:

My child, do not ignore the instruction that comes from the Lord,
or lose heart when He steps in to correct you;
For the Lord disciplines those He loves,
and He corrects each one He takes as His own.[b]

Endure hardship as God’s discipline and rejoice that He is treating you as His children, for what child doesn’t experience discipline from a parent? But if you are not experiencing the correction that all true children receive, then it may be that you are not His children after all. Remember, when our human parents disciplined us, we respected them. If that was true, shouldn’t we respect and live under the correction of the Father of all spirits even more? 10 Our parents corrected us for a time as seemed good to them, but God only corrects us to our good so that we may share in His holiness.

11 When punishment is happening, it never seems pleasant, only painful. Later, though, it yields the peaceful fruit called righteousness to everyone who has been trained by it. 12 So lift up your hands that are dangling and brace your weakened knees. 13 Make straight paths for your feet so that what is lame in you won’t be put out of joint, but will heal.

Footnotes:

  1. 11:37 Some early manuscripts read “sawn in two.” Other early manuscripts read “tempted.” Later manuscripts have both.
  2. 12:5–6 Proverbs 3:11–12
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Psalm 112

Psalm 112[a]

Praise the Eternal!
How blessed are those who revere the Eternal,
who turn from evil and take great pleasure in His commandments.
Their children will be a powerful force upon the earth;
this generation that does what is right in God’s eyes will be blessed.
His house will be stocked with wealth and riches,
and His love for justice will endure for all time.
When life is dark, a light will shine for those who live rightly—
those who are merciful, compassionate, and strive for justice.
Good comes to all who are gracious and share freely;
they conduct their affairs with sound judgment.
Nothing will ever rattle them;
the just will always be remembered.
They will not be afraid when the news is bad
because they have resolved to trust in the Eternal.
Their hearts are confident, and they are fearless,
for they expect to see their enemies defeated.
They give freely to the poor;
their righteousness endures for all time;[b]
their strength and power is established in honor.
10 The wicked will be infuriated when they see the good man honored!
They will clench their teeth and dissolve to nothing;
and when they go, their wicked desires will follow.

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 112 A Hebrew acrostic poem
  2. 112:9 2 Corinthians 9:9
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Proverbs 27:17

17 In the same way that iron sharpens iron,
a person sharpens the character of his friend.

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11/13/2018 DAB Transcript

Ezekiel 27:1-28:26, Hebrews 11:17-31, Psalms 111:1-10, Proverbs 27:15-16

Today is the 13th day of November. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I’m Brian. It is a pleasure and an honor, like always, to be here with you and take these next steps forward in the old and new Testaments, in the Psalms, and Proverbs. Those all equal one step forward in our adventure through the Scriptures this year. So, let’s go ahead and take that next step forward. We’re reading from the Voice Translation this week. Ezekiel chapter 27 verse 1 through 28 verse 26 today.

Commentary:

Okay. So, yesterday in our reading from the book of Hebrews we started walking down what we often refer to as the hall of faith, which, I guess is a little cheesy, but the point and the content are anything but. The writer of Hebrews started in the book of Genesis. So, at the beginning of the story and then began to point out instances in the Hebrew Scriptures where faith was required for the story to be told at all. And, so, in our reading today we spent the whole time walking down the hall of faith and walking through further examples of faith from the Old Testament. And, so, what the writer of Hebrews is trying to do here is to point out what had always been obvious, but hadn’t been seen from this perspective before, especially as it had anything to do in Jesus. So, we walked down this hall of faith, right? It’s by faith that Abraham offered Isaac as a sacrifice when God was testing him or it was by faith that Isaac promised blessings for the future of his sons or it was by faith that Jacob, when he was dying blessed Joseph’s sons. And then we had the example of Joseph and then Moses and his parents and his family and then Moses leaving Egypt and not fearing Pharaoh. And that was through faith. And it was by faith that Moses commanded the people of Israel to keep the Passover and begin these traditions. And it was by faith that the people of Israel went smack through the Red Sea on dry ground. And it was by faith that the Israelites marched around Jericho and the walls crashed down. And it was by faith that Rahab the prostitute wasn’t destroyed in all of that because she put her faith in God and aided the spies as they were spying out Jericho. So, the intention here for the writer of Hebrews in making a list like this and chronicling the faith of their ancestors, this wasn’t just like a random thing, right? And, so, it was by faith is repeated over and over as we walk down the hall of faith for a reason, to lock in the understanding that faith was always the essential component for any of these stories to work. And that’s correct as we can see in the examples from the book of Hebrews. We’ve worked our way through the Hebrew story from Genesis to Joshua and without faith that story couldn’t have been told. So, I mean, imagine what the Bible would look like if all of those people didn’t have faith, right? We would be reading, like, a completely different Bible than the Bible that we have. If faith hadn’t been exercised in each of these people’s lives, they would’ve lead to radically different outcomes and it would be a completely different story, which is the writer’s point. Faith has always been and will always be the essential and necessary component to a life with God. Without faith, we can’t please God. And in each of the examples that we’re working our way through in the hall of faith, God responded to them, but His response didn’t always meet their expectations. It didn’t always mean that hardship was going to be removed. And we’ll see that as we conclude the hall of faith tomorrow. God…God responds to our faith. He responds to our faith in the same way He has always responded to faith. It’s always been this way, which is so deeply ingrained in the writer of Hebrews and in the apostle Paul’s writings. And, as we kind of talked about yesterday, we are a people of faith. Like we believe in all kinds of…like we put our faith in all kinds of things. So, we can get all cross eyed and go like…why can’t I just see God? God why can’t I just see, why can’t I just hear you? Like, why this faith bridge? Why do I gotta access you through faith. It has always been this way. And we can place our faith in whatever we want to. And whatever that is, it’s our God. And as we’ve seen in Hebrews, faith in God alone is what has propelled this story forward. And it is the only thing that can propel our story forward. Anytime this changed…and we’re so far in the Bible we have to be able to see the rhythm of this…anytime this changed disaster was soon to follow. So…so let’s think about it again because this is the intention of the writer of Hebrews. What, exactly, in whom or in what have we put our faith?

Prayer:

Father, we invite Your Holy Spirit once again into this question. Seems like a simple question. Seems easy enough to say, well, my faith is in Christ alone or my faith is in God. And these things would be true but often…often there’s other things going on. And when we feel the anxiety beginning to well up inside of us or the depression beginning to flatten us or any other number of emotions or experiences that we have in life, we can stop when those things start and begin to consider exactly where it is that our faith is at, exactly what it is that we have put our faith in. This isn’t a magic elixir thing. You’re not gonna take all our problems away, but it is the invitation to reconsider the trajectory that we are headed in and where that is going to go and reconnect with You Father and put our hope and our faith in You alone. So, come Holy Spirit. Thank You for these examples that we were given in the book of Hebrews in what we call the hall of faith. All of these examples of people who went through a whole lot of very, very difficult things, but by faith…by faith You showed up, by faith the story was told. And this is exactly what’s happening with us. So, come Holy Spirit increase our faith. We ask in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Tuesday November 13, 2018 (NIV)

Ezekiel 27-28

27 The word of the Eternal came to me with a lament for Tyre.

Eternal One: Son of man, sing a lament over Tyre. Sing of Tyre, gateway to the sea, merchant to many ports and many people. I, the Eternal Lord, say to you:

Tyre, you have claimed,
“I am perfect in beauty.”
Your territory extends to the heart of the seas;
your builders have perfected your beauty.
Like a great ship they have made you from the finest firs of Senir;
they took a cedar from Lebanon to make you a noble mast.
They brought oaks from Bashan and made your oars.
They planked your deck with pines from the coasts of Cyprus
and inlaid it with ivory!
Your sail was made of fine linen from Egypt, embroidered by hand;
your blue and purple awning was tinted with dyes imported from the coasts of Elishah.
Your oarsmen were strong men from Sidon and Arvad;
your crew was the most skilled and experienced men, O Tyre.
Expert craftsmen from Gebal were on board
to make any repairs needed.
All the ships of the sea and their sailors huddled around you
to trade for your goods.
10 Soldiers from Persia, Lydia, and Libya[a] were your army.
Their shields and helmets hung from your ship and announced your splendor.
11 Men from Arvad and Helech patrolled your walls,
and men from Gammad manned your towers.
Their shields hung on all your walls and announced your splendor.
They have perfected your beauty.

12 Tarshish traded with you because of your great wealth and plentiful goods; they bartered silver, iron, tin, and lead for your wares. 13 Greece,[b] Tubal, and Meshech did business with you as well. They bartered slaves and boatloads of bronze for your wares. 14 The men of Beth-togarmah bartered work horses, war horses, and mules for your goods. 15 The people of Rhodes[c] traded with you too. You made the people of the coastland your own special market, and they paid you in ivory tusks and ebony. 16 Aram[d] traded with you because your goods were plentiful. They bartered precious stones,[e] purple cloth, embroidered work, exquisite linens, coral, and rubies for your wares. 17 Judah and the rest of Israel did business with you. They paid you fine wheat, fresh produce,[f] sweet honey, fragrant oil, and exotic balm for your merchandise. 18 Damascus—the hub of caravan trading—traded with you because of your great wealth and plentiful goods as well. They brought wine from Helbon, wool from Zahar[g]; 19 Greeks from Uzal[h] bartered iron, cassia bark, and other herbs for your goods. 20 Deban traded in saddle blankets with you. 21 Arabia and all of the Kedar princes certainly traded with you. They traded lambs, rams, and goats. 22 The businessmen of Sheba and Raamah exchanged the finest spices, gems, and gold for your plentiful goods. 23-24 Haran, Canneh, Eden, and merchants from Sheba, Asshur, and Chilmad did business with you, exchanging exquisite clothing, indigo fabrics, embroidered cloth, carpets dyed of various colors, and tightly braided ropes. 25 Commerce was bustling as Tarshish’s ships transported your goods. In the heart of the sea your docks were full, Tyre, and your business brought you glory and success.

Tarshish was probably located in what is southern Spain today, so Tyre’s commercial reach extended to the other side of the Mediterranean.

26 Expert seafarers row you out into the high seas;
there, a squall from the east shatters you in the heart of the sea!
27 All is lost: your treasures and goods and products
along with all crew aboard—seafarers, pilots, carpenters, traders, and soldiers.
Everyone and everything will sink into the heart of the sea
when the ship is wrecked.
28 The coastal plains shudder
at the shrieks and cries of your pilots.
29 All oarsmen, seafarers, and pilots come down from their ships.
They stand on the shore and gaze out to your catastrophe.
30 They mourn over you with bitter cries that drown out your screams.
They throw dust on top of their heads and wallow in beds of ashes.
31 They shave all their hair and wear sackcloth around their waists.
They grieve and weep over you, deeply and bitterly.
32 And they shout their dirge over your demise:
“Who is like Tyre, sunken and silent in the heart of the sea?”
33 Your goods pleased many people when your sailors went to sea.
Your treasures and products made kings rich all over the world.
34 But now you are shipwrecked, devoured by the great waves.
Your products and all your crew have been swallowed by the sea.
35 All the inhabitants of the coasts
are shocked at what happened to you;
their kings grimace in fear as they look on.
36 And the traders of the nations jeer at you;
the end of your story is a horror,
for you are gone, never to return.

28 The word of the Eternal came to me with a message about the prince of Tyre.

Tyre’s troubles start not long after Judah is destroyed in 586 b.c. Nebuchadnezzar marches there and begins a siege that lasts for almost 13 years. The part of the city on the mainland is captured by Nebuchadnezzar, but the princes of Tyre continue to rule from their island palace for another two centuries. In 332 b.c. Alexander the Great will use the rubble of the mainland city to construct a bridge to the island. Soon the island of Tyre will be in ruins, as it will remain forever.

Eternal One: Son of man, go to the prince of Tyre, and give him this message. This is what I, Eternal Lord, have to say:

Your heart is swollen with pride—
a pride that says, “I am a god.
I sit on a divine throne in the heart of the sea.”
But I assure you, prince, you are nothing more
than a mortal man—a man of mortal destiny.
Even though you have the self-confidence of a god,
you are made entirely of flesh and blood.
But obviously you must be wiser than Daniel, that ancient judge in Ugarit.
Clearly, you understand every mystery.
You used your wisdom and discernment to amass a great fortune,
to fill your treasuries with gold and silver.
Your knack for trade has built your wealth,
but your success and riches have made your heart swell with pride.

Because of Tyre’s location off the coast, she receives daily supplies and survives a long war; therefore, her ruler, Ethbaal III, has every human reason to be confident. Such confidence and wickedness is bred into him: Ethbaal’s ancestor, Ethbaal I, was a priest of their goddess Astarte and seized the throne for himself. He was a powerful prince, making political connections and spreading the worship of his goddess all over the region. Ethbaal I’s daughter, Jezebel, was famous for entrenching pagan worship in Israel, so Tyre is indirectly the root of Israel’s wickedness.

Here is what the Eternal Lord has to say:

Eternal One: Because you imagine yourself as wise as a god,
I am going to recruit outsiders—merciless nations—to take you down.
They will draw their swords and cut you down to size,
attacking the beautiful things your wisdom procured and destroying your splendor.
They will force you down to the pit,
and you will die the death
of those struck down in the heart of the sea.
At that moment, will you protest to your executioners, “But I’m a god!”?
To those who strike you down you are no god.
To them, you are nothing more than a mortal man.
10 You will die the death of all who are uncircumcised,
at the hand of outsiders.

Like the Israelites, the people of Tyre practice circumcision.

So said the Eternal Lord.

11 The word of the Eternal continued giving me His message.

Eternal One: 12 Son of man, sing a lament for the prince of Tyre. Tell him this is what I, the Eternal Lord, have to say:

You were a paradigm of perfection, human life at its best.
You had everything a leader needs: immense wisdom and perfect beauty.
13 You lived in Eden, God’s garden.
You were clothed in magnificent splendor, covered in jewels:
Sardius, topaz, diamond, beryl, onyx, jasper,
lapis lazuli, turquoise, and emerald.
All the mountings were made of gold,[i]
prepared for you on the day you were created.
14 I anointed you the guardian[j] of the garden and stationed you at your post to protect it.
You were on the divine mountain, the holy mount of God.
There you walked among the fiery stones.
15 You were entirely pure from the day you were created,
until wickedness crept in and was found in you!
16 Too much buying and selling—a greedy obsession!
You became motivated to violence and did wicked things.
Polluted and disgraced, I drove you off the mountain of God!
I expelled you, O guardian protector, from the fiery stones.
17 Your heart swelled with pride because of your beauty and talents.
Your hunger for fame, your thirst for glory corrupted your wisdom.
This is why I drove you to the ground
and made an example out of you before a company of kings.
18 You desecrated your sanctuaries
by pursuing sin after sin and cheating in business.
I set a flame inside of you, and it devoured you completely.
I reduced you to a pile of ashes on the ground,
a sight for all to see.

Ezekiel prophesies that the prince of Tyre will die violently without the benefit of a proper burial and find no peace in the afterlife.

19 All the nations who know you are appalled at what has happened to you.
The end of your story is a horror:
you are gone, never to return.

The prince of Tyre’s biography echoes the creation story. Adam, too, is described as a perfect and honored creation of God, given guardianship of the earth and full access to God. Expelled from paradise, wickedness becomes entrenched and spreads until God is forced to execute His judgment.

20 The word of the Eternal came to me with a message against Sidon.

Eternal One: 21-22 Son of man, face Sidon and preach to her. This is what I, the Eternal Lord, have to say:

Look, Sidon! I am against you;
My glory will be revealed when I prevail over you.
They will know that I am the Eternal One
when I have punished her
and revealed My holy self to her.
23 I will rain down disease upon her—an epidemic of death!
Her streets will become rivers of blood!
The wounded will fall within her walls,
and the battle will rage on every side!
Then they will know that I am the Eternal One.

24 As for the people of Israel, they will no longer have to deal with the spiteful, thorny neighbors who mocked their destruction. Then they will know that I am the Eternal Lord.

25 Here is what the Eternal Lord has to say:

Eternal One: When I gather the people of Israel from the nations where they have been scattered, I will reveal My holiness through them with all the nations watching. They will live in their own land—the land I gave to My servant, Jacob. 26 They will live safely there, building houses and planting vineyards. They will live safely there when I punish all of their neighbors who mocked them and treated them shamefully. Then they will know that I am the Eternal their God.

Footnotes:

  1. 27:10 Hebrew, Lud and Put
  2. 27:13 Hebrew, Javan
  3. 27:15 Hebrew manuscripts read, “Dedan.”
  4. 27:16 Some manuscripts read, “Edom.”
  5. 27:16 Meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain.
  6. 27:17 Meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain.
  7. 27:18 Or, white
  8. 27:19 Or, wine from Isal
  9. 28:13 Meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain.
  10. 28:14 Hebrew, cherub
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Hebrews 11:17-31

17 By faith Abraham, when he endured God’s testing, offered his beloved son Isaac as a sacrifice. The one who had received God’s promise was willing to offer his only son; 18 God had told him, “It is through Isaac that your descendants will bear your name,”[a] 19 and he concluded that God was capable of raising him from the dead, which, figuratively, is indeed what happened.

20 By faith Isaac spoke blessings upon his sons, Jacob and Esau, concerning things yet to come.

21 By faith Jacob, when he was dying, blessed the sons of his son Joseph, bowing in worship as he leaned upon his staff.[b]

22 By faith Joseph, at his life’s end, predicted that the children of Israel would make an exodus from Egypt; and he gave instructions that his bones be buried in the land they would someday reach.

23 By faith Moses’ parents hid him for three months after he was born because they saw that he was handsome; and they did not fear Pharaoh’s directive that all male Hebrew children were to be slain.

24 By faith Moses, when he was grown, refused to be identified solely as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter 25 and chose instead to share the sufferings of the people of God, not just living in sin and ease for a time. 26 He considered the abuse that he and the people of God had suffered in anticipation of the Anointed One more valuable than all the riches of Egypt because he looked ahead to the coming reward.

27 By faith Moses left Egypt, unafraid of Pharaoh’s wrath and moving forward as though he could see the invisible God. 28 Through faith, he instituted the Passover and the sprinkling of blood on the doorposts among the Hebrews so that the destroyer of the firstborn would pass over their homes without harming them. 29 By faith the people crossed through the Red Sea as if they were walking on dry land, although the pursuing Egyptian soldiers were drowned when they tried to follow.

30 By faith the walls of Jericho toppled after the people had circled them for seven days. 31 By faith the prostitute Rahab welcomed the Hebrew spies into her home so that she did not perish with the unbelievers.

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Psalm 111

Psalm 111[a]

Praise the Eternal.
I will thank Him with all my heart
in the presence of the right-standing and with the assembly.
The works of the Eternal are many and wondrous!
They are examined by all who delight in them.
His work is marked with beauty and majesty;
His justice has no end.
His wonders are reminders that
the Eternal is gracious and compassionate to all.
He provides food to those who revere Him.
He will always remember His covenant.
He has shown the mighty strength of His works to His people
by giving the land of foreign nations to them.
All His accomplishments are truth and justice;
all His instructions are certain.
His precepts will continue year in and year out,
performed by His people with honesty and truth.
He has redeemed His people,
guaranteeing His covenant forever.
His name is holy and awe-inspiring.
10 Reverence for the Eternal is the first step toward wisdom.
All those who worship Him have a good understanding.
His praise will echo through eternity!

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 111 A Hebrew acrostic poem
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Proverbs 27:15-16

15 A constant dripping on a rainy day
and a wife’s bickering are very much alike:
16 Anyone who tries to control her might as well try to control the wind
or pick up oil in his right hand.

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11/12/2018 DAB Transcript

Ezekiel 24:1-26:21, Hebrews 11:1-16, Psalms 110:1-7, Proverbs 27:14

Today is the 12th day of November. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I’m Brian. It is a pleasure and an honor and a joy to be here in your presence and all of us together in the presence of God to take the next step forward as we hear from His word. This week we’re reading from the Voice Translation. And we’ll go back into the book of Ezekiel, which is what we’re working our way through right now. Ezekiel chapter 24 verse 1 through 26 verse 21 today.

Commentary:

Okay. So, as we continue our journey through the book of Hebrews we came to a very famous passage of Scripture today but also very, very important territory because we began to discuss what is necessary to enter into and continue to be engaged in a personal relationship with God. And that component is faith. So, like, not to be anti-climatic because we’ve been talking about…like this is not the first time that we’ve encountered this concept in the New Testament or in the Bible, right? We’ve examined it from all kinds of directions as we move through the writings of the apostle Paul. But Hebrews gave us this really succinct and, like I said, famous definition of exactly what we’re talking about when we’re talking about faith in the Bible. Faith is the assurance of things you have hoped for, the absolute conviction that there are realities you have never seen. So, in other words, faith is what allows us to see a reality and begin to live into that reality even though it is not reached its fullness or completion. It gives substance to what is still incomplete or unseen. And if this is faith, which it is, then we have to admit that, as human beings, we’re equipped for this. We all have faith in things we cannot see. Like love. We can’t see love but who among us would deny that it exists? Or tomorrow. Like suns gonna come up tomorrow. Like, we can’t see that yet. We wouldn’t be able to say for a fact that’s gonna happen, but we don’t question whether that daylight will come to the earth in the morning. So, we’re a people of faith. Like, we’re constantly practicing faith every single day one way or another. So, but the point the writer of Hebrews was trying to make wasn’t whether or not faith existed. Then or now, few people would argue that there is a thing called faith. The point was that faith had always been part of the Hebrew story. It had always been the essential piece. It was something that preceded any law, rule, or ritual, or behavior. And, so, because of that, it must be a foundational thing to our existence with God. And that was a very important point for the writer of Hebrews. So, we began to be led down a corridor and we’ll continue down that corridor for a bit, like going into tomorrow and beyond. We just started walking down it today and it’s been lovingly named the hall of faith, right? So, it was by faith that Able brought a more acceptable offering to God. It was by faith that Enoch was taken to heaven without dying. It was by faith that Noah built a large boat to save his family from the flood. It was my faith that Abraham obeyed when God called him to leave home and go somewhere that was promised but somewhere that he’d never been before. It was by faith that even Sarah, who was too old to have children, had a child who was Isaac, the son of promise. So, the hall of faith is gonna continue, and that’s what we’ll be reading tomorrow when we get to the New Testament, but we can already see that the writer of Hebrews was starting at the beginning of Genesis, like was starting at the beginning of the story and started working forward through the stories that are found in Hebrew scriptures. And the point was to reveal that faith had always been the activator. Like it was always the essential piece. And, so, why is this point being brought up? Because it will take faith…it would take faith to enter into a new covenantal relationship with God through Jesus. And it would take faith to hold onto that relationship because people were suffering a lot of marginalization and persecution. And, so, it was gonna take faith. And the point was, this isn’t something new. It had always…faith was always required. So, the hall of faith that we’re walking down, this isn’t like the superhero list, right? We’re not just renaming people that did amazing things that we’ve already encountered in the Bible. These are not people who were exceptions. They’re people who are examples for all of us. Faith was the activator in their stories and we’re not going to get anywhere without faith in our story. Or to quote the writer of Hebrews, “without faith no one can please God, because the one coming to God has to believe that He exists and that He rewards those who come seeking.” So, you know, this is like foundational stuff to the Christian faith to the point that we just kind of gloss over or very easily take for granted something that seems bedrock, has always been a part of what we’ve understood our faith to be. But let’s take some time today to think about what exactly we have put our faith in because, like we said at the beginning of just talking today, we are a people of faith. We put our faith in all kinds of stuff, but slowing down enough to really ask ourselves functionally, what am I really putting my faith in? I mean, maybe you feel like your faith is just, you know, like paper thin, like you can see right through. Usually that’s because we put our faith in an outcome, like we’re expecting. Like, we have faith in God but we’re expecting Him to do something on our behalf and it’s something specific. And that’s not wrong. Like, we’re all forever going to be in need of God’s involvement in our lives. But when our faith is in an expectation, right? When it’s in a specific outcome, then it’s not in God, it’s in the outcome and what we expect God to do. And like, real, true, deep, abiding, honest, authentic faith, it will always take the long view that extends beyond what we may ever see in this lifetime. Like it hopes beyond our time that we get to reside on earth, beyond our mortality and it reaches for God alone. So, let’s invite the Holy Spirit as we consider the purpose of our faith, but also what it is we’ve put our faith in, where it is that our hope actually lies.

Prayer:

Father, we invite You into that. It seems trivial even, maybe simple at the outset. We’re here every day. We’re hearing from Your word. You’re speaking to us. So, it’s sort of like, our faith is in You and You alone. And we declare this in our prayers all the time. However, giving us the invitation to really consider all of the different components and compartments of our lives, all of the different places that we’ve put our faith in a person, in an outcome, in a thing, in an eventuality, we need to be able to see and name those things because we want to please You. And without faith in You we will not be able to. And if that is disconnected, then all of the other things that we put our faith in, they are going to vanish and disappear from us. It is only our faith in You and You alone that will give us hope forever. So, come Holy Spirit we pray. Lead us into all truth. We ask in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Monday November 12, 2018 (NIV)

Ezekiel 24-26

This memorable allegory traces the fate of two sisters who represent the two capital cities of Israel and Judah: Samaria and Jerusalem. The graphic portrayals of their sexual exploits are some of the most disturbing in Scripture; they highlight the disgust God and His prophet must feel toward God’s wayward people. Anyone who hears Ezekiel speak this message must come to the same conclusion: God must judge His unfaithful wives. It is right. It is just. It is necessary.

24 The word of the Eternal came to me in the ninth year, in the tenth month, on the tenth day.

Eternal One: Son of man, remember this date. Write it down. The Babylonian king laid siege to Jerusalem today. Tell this rebellious crowd a parable. Here is what the Eternal Lord has to say:

Put the cooking pot on the fire;
put it on and fill it with water.
Put the finest cuts of meat into it—legs and brisket;
fill it with the best bones.
Pick out the best from the flock,
stack wood beneath the pot,
Bring it to a rolling boil,
and cook what’s in the pot.

No one is safe in the cauldron of Jerusalem.

Woe to this city polluted with blood—
that pot thickly corroded, whose filth is impossible to clean!
Empty the pot one piece at a time;
don’t bother choosing one or the other!
The blood she shed is still polluting the city.
She poured it out on bare rock
Instead of into the ground
to be absorbed by the dust where blood belongs.
I have spilled her blood on bare rock
so that it may not be covered,
knowing My anger would be ignited and My revenge accomplished.
That’s why I, the Eternal Lord, speak out:
Woe to this city polluted with blood;
I will stack the wood Myself—
10 Stack it high beneath the pot
to feed the fire.
Mix spices and seasoning into the boiling brew
and cook the meat and then burn the bones.
11 Set the empty pot on the coals
until it grows so hot its metal begins to glow,
its filth melts inside, and no trace of corrosion remains.
12 But she has thwarted My efforts!
Her massive corrosion remains when the fire should have cleansed her.

13 Jerusalem, I tried to cleanse your lewd impurity, but you would not stay pure. Because of this, you will not be clean again until after you have suffered the full punishment of My wrath. 14 I, the Eternal One, have spoken. Your day of judgment has arrived, and I will act. I will not be easy on you; I will not feel sorry for you; I will not regret My actions. You will be judged by what you have done and get only what you deserve.

So said the Eternal Lord.

15 The word of the Eternal came to me regarding my wife.

Eternal One: 16 Son of man, in the blink of an eye, I am going to take away the delight of your eyes. Do not weep or grieve or shed a tear. 17 Any groaning must be inward and silent, but do not grieve for the dead. Dress as you always dress: with a turban on your head and sandals on your feet. Don’t do any of the things mourners do. Don’t eat the food others bring to comfort you or cover your upper lip.

18 It happened as such: I preached to the people in the morning, and that evening, my wife passed away. The next morning, I did exactly as I had been instructed to do.

People: 19 Tell us what all of this has to do with us. Why are you acting this way?

Ezekiel: 20 The word of the Eternal came to me 21 with a message for the people of Israel: “Look! I will desecrate My sanctuary—the magnificent house in which you take pride, the desire of your eyes, your complete delight—and all of the children you left behind in Jerusalem will be put to the sword and slaughtered.” 22 You will do exactly as I have done in hiding your grief: You will not eat the food others bring to comfort you or cover your upper lips. 23 You will dress as you always dress: with turbans on your heads and sandals on your feet. You will not mourn or grieve. God tells me, “Instead, you will rot away from within because of your wickedness and moan among yourselves. 24 In this way, Ezekiel will be a living example for you. You must do exactly as he has done. When this happens, you will know that I am the Eternal Lord.”

Eternal One: 25 As for you, son of man, on the day I seize their fortress—the joyous aspect of their pride, the desire of their eyes, their complete delight—and all of their children, 26 a fugitive will escape from the destruction and will come to you in Babylon with news of what happened. 27 The day you learn of My judgment, your mouth will be opened, and your silence will be broken. Then you will be able to converse with the fugitive. You will be a living example to them, and they will know that I am the Eternal One.

25 The word of the Eternal came to me regarding how He plans to punish Israel’s neighbors.

Eternal One: Son of man, face the Ammonites and preach against them. Tell them to listen to the word of the Eternal Lord:

(to Ammon) Because you delighted in the desecration of My sanctuary, because you rejoiced when Israel became a wasteland, and because you cheered when the Judeans went into exile, I will certainly hand you over to the people of the East. They will set up camp all around you, pitching their tents and settling among you. They will feast off of your tables, eating your fruit and drinking your milk. I will transform Rabbah, your great city, into a pasture for camels, and Ammon will be turned into a resting place for sheep and goats. Then you will know that I am the Eternal One.

This is what the Eternal Lord has to say about Ammon:

Eternal One: Because you have clapped your hands and stomped your feet, delighting with a malevolent heart against the land of Israel, I will raise My hand against you and divide you among the nations as prisoners and slaves. I will destroy you completely and make sure you are never a nation again. Then you will know that I am the Eternal One.

This is what the Eternal Lord has to say about Moab:

Eternal One: Because Moab and Seir said, “Look! There’s nothing special about Judah; she is just like every other nation,” I will lay bare the western defenses of Moab by exposing its frontier cities—Beth-jeshimoth, Baal-meon, and Kiriath aim. 10 I will hand Moab and her northern neighbors the Ammonites over to the people of the East. Then the Ammonites will be entirely forgotten by the nations. 11 I will exercise My justice against Moab. Then they will know that I am the Eternal One.

12 This is what the Eternal Lord has to say about Edom:

Eternal One: Edom took revenge on the people of Judah, and her people are undeniably guilty for avenging themselves against My people. 13 Because of this, I—the Eternal Lord—will raise My hand to strike Edom and slaughter the people and animals who live there. I will make Edom a wasteland—and everyone from Teman to Dedan will be put to the sword and die. 14 I will take My own revenge on Edom and use My own people Israel as the weapon against them. Israel will do to Edom everything My anger and wrath require, and Edom will experience My vengeance. This I, the Eternal Lord, declare.

15 This is what the Eternal Lord has to say about Philistia:

Eternal One: Because the Philistines had an old grudge against Judah and acted out of revenge and total malevolence to try to destroy My people, 16 therefore I, the Eternal Lord, promise this: I will raise My hand and strike the Philistines, cut off the Cherethites, and slaughter anyone left along the coast. 17 I will bring My fierce vengeance against them, rebuking them and punishing them in My wrath! When I bring My vengeance against them, they will know that I am the Eternal One.

Israel and Judah are not the only nations infuriating God with their conduct. The surrounding countries—Ammon in the northeast, Moab in the east, Edom in the southeast, Philistia in the west, and Tyre in the northwest—have often been at odds with Israel and Judah. So when Judah falls, they celebrate in the streets and begin to figure how they might maneuver around these political and economic changes. Judah’s fall might be a windfall for them. As the Judean exiles are forcibly marched out of their land, their neighbors mercilessly mock them for their crushing defeat. But God takes all of this very personally. He will not tolerate their disrespect of His people, which amounts to disrespect of Him too. So God takes His own revenge and punishes those who delight in Israel’s and Judah’s tragedies.

26 During the eleventh year, on the first day of the month, the word of the Eternal came to me regarding Tyre.

Eternal One: Son of man, Tyre has delighted in the news of Jerusalem, saying,

Hurray! The gateway to the nations is broken,
And now it is open for me to receive all of her commerce.
My markets will be full now that she is in ruins.

Therefore I, the Eternal Lord, am telling you that I am your enemy, Tyre, and I will gather many nations and march them against you, just as the sea marches its waves against the unsuspecting shore. The waves of the nations will demolish the city walls of Tyre and crumble her towers. After the city is pummeled, I will sweep away all of her rubble and leave nothing but a bare rock. In the loneliness of the ocean, she will become a desolate island, used only for drying out fishnets. She will become prisoner and slave to all the nations, and her villages on the mainland will be massacred in battle. Then they will know that I am the Eternal One.

I am going to bring the great Babylonian king, the king of kings named Nebuchadnezzar, against Tyre. He will charge down from the north with strapping horses and indestructible chariots, master horsemen, and an enormous army. He will dispatch his soldiers to destroy your villages on the mainland and then lay siege against you with ramps against your walls and shields raised to deflect your opposition. He will demolish your walls with his siege machines and dismantle your towers with axes. 10 You will be covered with dust from the galloping of his war horses. Your walls will shake from the tumult of the horses, wagons, and chariots when he breaches your walls and comes storming into the city. 11 His rampaging horses will trample all your streets. He will slaughter everyone in the battle and topple every strong pillar to the ground. 12 They will loot your wealth and claim your goods! They will tear down your walls and fine houses, and they’ll toss the wood and stone and rubble into the sea. 13 I will use My avenger to silence your lutes and harps and put an end to your songs. 14 I will leave you a bare rock in the lonely ocean, a desolate island used only for drying out fishnets. I promise you will never be rebuilt. Never. I, the Eternal Lord, declare this.

15 (continuing to Tyre) Don’t you think the coastlands will shake at the sound of your fall, at the groans of the injured, at the great massacre that takes place inside your walls? 16 Then the princes from the other coastal cities will step down from their thrones, give up their royal robes, and remove their embroidered garments. They will clothe their nakedness with sheer terror and sit on the ground, constantly shaking with horror at what happened to you. 17 Then they will sing a dirge over you:

How you are destroyed, O famous city!
City of sea people!
You and your kind were a great force on the seas;
you terrorized all who lived around you.
18 Now, the coastlands will quake on the day when you fall,
and the cities along the shore will be terrified by your passing.

19 When I destroy you and empty your streets, when I drown you and bury you within the ocean depths, 20 I will sink you down into the pit where those people from long ago sleep in death. I will make you stay there, in the lower parts of the earth among the ancient ruins with those who dwell in the pit of the dead, and you will never be inhabited again. You will never resurface in the land of the living where I rest My glory. 21 I will terrify you, and you will meet your end. You will be sought, but you will never be found again.

This is what the Eternal Lord declares.

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Hebrews 11:1-16

11 Faith is the assurance of things you have hoped for, the absolute conviction that there are realities you’ve never seen. It was by faith that our forebears were approved. Through faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God; everything we now see was fashioned from that which is invisible.

Faith begins as hope and indeed is unseen; so many doubt that it is real. What follows is the proof that faith is a reality that can be trusted.

By faith Abel presented to God a sacrifice more acceptable than his brother Cain’s. By faith Abel learned he was righteous, as God Himself testified by approving his offering. And by faith he still speaks, although his voice was silenced by death.

By faith Enoch was carried up into heaven so that he did not see death; no one could find him because God had taken him. Before he was taken up, it was said of him that he had pleased God. Without faith no one can please God because the one coming to God must believe He exists, and He rewards those who come seeking.

By faith Noah respected God’s warning regarding the flood—the likes of which no one had ever seen—and built an ark that saved his family. In this he condemned the world and inherited the righteousness that comes by faith.

By faith Abraham heard God’s call to travel to a place he would one day receive as an inheritance; and he obeyed, not knowing where God’s call would take him. By faith he journeyed to the land of the promise as a foreigner; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, his fellow heirs to the promise 10 because Abraham looked ahead to a city with foundations, a city laid out and built by God.

11 By faith Abraham’s wife Sarah became fertile long after menopause because she believed God would be faithful to His promise. 12 So from this man, who was almost at death’s door, God brought forth descendants, as many as the stars in the sky and as impossible to count as the sands of the shore.

13 All these I have mentioned died in faith without receiving the full promises, although they saw the fulfillment as though from a distance. These people accepted and confessed that they were strangers and foreigners on this earth 14 because people who speak like this make it plain that they are still seeking a homeland. 15 If this was only a bit of nostalgia for a time and place they left behind, then certainly they might have turned around and returned. 16 But such saints as these look forward to a far better place, a heavenly country. So God is not ashamed to be called their God because He has prepared a heavenly city for them.

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Psalm 110

Psalm 110

A song of David.

Psalm 110 may have been written to celebrate the coronation of one of David’s sons as king. The Eternal invites the royal son of David to take his rightful place at His right hand, the place of power and authority—not just over Jerusalem but over his enemies as well. But the royal son is to be more than a king, he is to be a priest according the order of that mysterious and enigmatic figure, Melchizedek (Genesis 14:17-24). God promises to give this royal priest-king victory over his enemies as he marches out to war.

This psalm is the psalm most quoted by early Christian writers in the New Testament. As they considered the significance of Jesus, they found that this psalm, more than any, expressed their conviction that the risen Jesus now occupies a unique place at God’s right hand and will be victorious over His enemies.

The Eternal said to my lord,
“Sit here at My right hand,
in the place of honor and power,
And I will gather your enemies together,
lead them in on hands and knees;
you will rest your feet on their backs.”

The Eternal will extend your reach as you rule
from your throne on Zion.
You will be out in enemy lands, ruling.
Your people will come as volunteers that day; they will be a sight to see:
on that day, you will lead your army, noble in their holiness.
As the new day dawns and dew settles on the grass,
your young volunteers will make their way to you.
The Eternal has sworn an oath
and cannot change His mind:
“You are a priest forever—
in the honored order of Melchizedek.”

The lord is at Your right hand;
on the day that his fury comes to its peak, he will crush kings.
You will see the dead in heaps at the roadside,
corpses spread far and wide in valleys and on hillsides.
Rulers and military leaders will lie among them without distinction.
This will be his judgment on the nations.
There is a brook along the way.
He will stop there and drink;
And when he is finished,
he will raise his head.

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Proverbs 27:14

14 Anyone who blesses his neighbor with a loud voice
early in the morning,
will find his blessing regarded as a curse.

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11/11/2018 DAB Transcript

Ezekiel 23:1-49, Hebrews 10:19-39, Psalms 109:1-31, Proverbs 27:13

Today is the 11th day of November. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I’m Brian and it is an honor to be here with you at the beginning of another week. We’ll walk through the threshold together and enter step-by-step through this week like we’ve been doing all year. And it’s all fresh. Nothing’s happened yet, and we can make wise decisions, and one of the wise decisions is to continue to immerse ourselves day by day in God’s word. So, brand-new week. We’ll read from the Voice Translation this week. Ezekiel chapter 23 verses 1 through 49 today.

Prayer:

Father, we thank you for your word. And here we are. We bring attention to it a lot because as we move into each new week we realize that we have gone through seven days and that there is a rhythm here, and that your word is a part of that rhythm. And we’ve been acknowledging lately that there are not that many weeks left. And we acknowledge that we’re moving into the busy season. And, so, we invite your Holy Spirit. As we step through this threshold into a new week we don’t have to be sideswiped, we don’t have to be washed away, rather, we can stand firm and allow your word wash over us. So, come Holy Spirit into this week, we pray. We look forward with longing to all that you will speak to us. Lead us into all truth by the power of your Holy Spirit we ask in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Sunday November 11, 2018 (NIV)

Ezekiel 23

23 The word of the Eternal came to me with a parable about two sisters.

Eternal One: Son of man, there were two women born of the same mother. They became promiscuous in Egypt at a young age. Their breasts were fondled, and their virgin bodies were caressed. The older sister was named Oholah, and her younger sister was named Oholibah. They married Me, and they gave birth to many sons and daughters.

Oholah is Samaria (the mother city of Israel), and Oholibah is Jerusalem (the mother city of Judah).

After King Solomon’s death, Israel splits into two kingdoms, the two sisters described in this parable. Israel is ruled from Samaria; Judah is ruled from Jerusalem. Both kingdoms are ruled autonomously until Assyria dominates Israel, forcing her to pay tribute. Eventually the Assyrians conquer Israel in 722 b.c. and annex her land. Throughout this struggle, the various kings of Israel turn for help to everyone they can—everyone, that is, except God. Israel’s last cry for help is raised to Egypt in the 730s b.c. by her last king, Hoshea (2 Kings 17:4). Unfortunately, surviving historical records are incomplete, and what happens next is unclear. But in the end, Egypt proves to be no help to Israel.

Eternal One: Oholah played the whore while she was still Mine. She coveted many lovers, lusting after her neighbors, the Assyrians— sharply dressed in handsome blue, governors and commanders—all attractive young men mounted on great horses. She offered herself as a prostitute to all of the fine Assyrian men and anyone who desired her. She degraded herself with the idols of her lovers. She didn’t stop the promiscuity she began in Egypt, for when she was young she slept with men who caressed her virgin breasts and poured out their lust on her. So I handed her over to those she loved, the Assyrians whom she desired. 10 They stripped her naked, stole her children, and slaughtered her during the war. So among women, her name became synonymous with disgrace, when they saw the punishment she received.

Unfortunately Judah, the younger sister, repeats Israel’s mistakes. She turns to Egypt against a conquering Babylonian Empire; but this is a grave mistake, for soon she will be completely destroyed.

11 Her younger sister, Oholibah, witnessed all that happened; yet Oholibah became more corrupt than her sister. Her wanton lust and prostitution were even worse than her sister’s. 12 She was obsessed with the Assyrians, too, lusting after the elite—governors and commanders, sharply-dressed warriors—all attractive young men mounted atop great horses. 13 I saw how she degraded herself. Both she and her sister followed the same path, 14 but Oholibah’s path went further and she traveled longer. She added the Babylonians to her list of paramours. She was captivated by images of men painted on a wall: figures of Chaldeans dressed in red, 15 with expensive belts wrapped around their waists and flowing turbans adorning their heads. All of them looked highly distinguished, like Babylonian officers from the land of Chaldea. 16 As soon as her eyes met these portraits, she lusted after them. And so she sent messengers to them in Chaldea. 17 And the Babylonians accepted her invitation and came into her bed of love, degrading her with their lust. When they had completely defiled her, she turned away from them in disgust. 18 Because she carried on her whoring so publicly and exposed herself to so many, I was repulsed by her just as I was her sister. 19 Yet she went deeper into prostitution when she remembered how she played the whore when she was young in the land of Egypt. 20 She lusted for lovers whose genitals were as large as a donkey’s and whose emissions were like a horse’s.

21 You, Judah, longed for the lewd promiscuity of your youth in Egypt,
when men fondled your breasts and caressed your virgin body.”[a]
22 Pay attention, Oholibah! I will turn your forgotten lovers against you,
the ones whom you turned away from in disgust.
I will bring them against you from every direction.
23 Babylonians and all the Chaldeans,
the people of Pekod, Shoa, and Koa, and all the Assyrians,
All attractive young men, governors and commanders,
sharply-dressed officers and high-ranking officials mounted atop great horses.
24 They will come after you with lethal weapons[b] in hand,
shields in place, dressed in armor;
And troops will storm you from every side
in war chariots and wagons.
I will hand you over to their judgment,
and they will punish you according to their customs.
25 I will unleash My jealous fury against you.
They will slice off your nose and ears and kill the rest of your people in battle.
They will steal your children,
and they will burn any who survive in a fire.
26 They will strip you and take away your clothes;
they will rob you of your expensive jewelry.
27 This is how I will put a stop to the promiscuities
and prostitution you brought from the land of Egypt.
You will not admire or remember Egypt with yearning anymore.

28 Here is what the Eternal Lord has to say:

Eternal One: Pay attention! I am a moment away from handing you over to those whom you loathe, the ones whom you turned away from in disgust. 29 They will treat you with hatred and rob you of your lot. They will rip off your clothes in public and leave you naked. The marks of your prostitution—your lewd, promiscuous life—will be apparent. 30 You have brought this upon yourself because you played the whore with your neighboring nations, degraded yourself with profane images and breathless idols. 31 You have followed the same path as your sister; therefore, I will let you drink from her very own cup.

32 You will drink from your sister’s cup,
a cup deep and wide.
It will bring you shame and scorn
and a lot of it.
33 You will drink your fill of drunkenness and agony,
with tears of sorrow running down your cheeks.
This is the cup of ruination, of destruction—
the cup of your sister Samaria!
34 You will drink it down and drain it dry;
then you will smash the cup to pieces
And gnaw on its shattered remains;
you will tear at the breasts your enemies once fondled.

For I, the Eternal Lord, have spoken.

35 Because you have forgotten Me and tossed Me over your shoulder like a piece of trash, you must reap the consequences of your promiscuities and prostitution.

36 (to Ezekiel) Son of man, will you judge Oholah and Oholibah? You must! Confront them about their shocking actions— 37 the adulterous liaisons they commit with bloody hands, even sacrificing their sons and daughters, My children, as burnt offerings to breathless idols. 38-39 Not only that, but they have also polluted My sanctuary and profaned My Sabbaths by sacrificing their children to the breathless idols on the same day they came into My house. This is what they did to Me and My house. This is how they profaned it. 40 They even sent a special invitation to men who lived far away. When they arrived, you had bathed in fragrant waters, painted around your eyes, dressed in seductive garments, and adorned your body with shiny jewelry for your honored guests. 41 You reclined on a silky couch in front of a table set for your visitors with the incense and oils that belonged to Me. 42 As for Oholibah, the mellowed crowd gathered around her—drunkards from the desert and noisy commoners. They adorned the arms of the sisters with bracelets I’d given them and placed ostentatious crowns on the heads of My queens. 43 Then I wondered about this woman who was exhausted from adulterous sex: “Will they still want to sleep with her, here and now?”[c] 44 Yes, they all went into her bed, one after another, and used her as a prostitute. This is what they did to both these wanton women: Oholah and Oholibah. 45 But righteous people will condemn these sisters to punishment befitting adulterous and murderous women! For they are indeed adulteresses and their hands are covered with innocent blood.

46 This is what the Eternal Lord has to say:

Eternal One: Bring a vast army against them! Overtake them with terror and plunder their goods! 47 Their enemies will crush them with large rocks and hack them down in battle. They will massacre their children—My children—and burn down their houses!

(to the sisters) 48 This is how I will put an end to the lewdness practiced in the land and make you an example to all women, that they may learn from your mistakes and never commit the wicked acts you did. 49 You will suffer the consequences of your promiscuity; you will bear the penalty for worshiping your idols. Then you will know that I am the Eternal Lord.

Footnotes:

  1. 23:21 Hebrew manuscripts read, “because of your young breasts.”
  2. 23:24 Meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain.
  3. 23:43 Meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain.
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Hebrews 10:18-39

18 When there is forgiveness such as this, there is no longer any need to make an offering for sin.

19 So, my friends, Jesus by His blood gives us courage to enter the most holy place. 20 He has created for us a new and living way through the curtain, that is, through His flesh. 21 Since we have a great High Priest who presides over the house of God, 22 let us draw near with true hearts full of faith, with hearts rinsed clean of any evil conscience, and with bodies cleansed with pure water. 23 Let us hold strong to the confession of our hope, never wavering, since the One who promised it to us is faithful. 24 Let us consider how to inspire each other to greater love and to righteous deeds, 25 not forgetting to gather as a community, as some have forgotten, but encouraging each other, especially as the day of His return approaches.

The word translated “church” in English Bibles means literally “assembly of the called”; it implies that members have said “yes” to God’s call in their lives. We assemble because we are called into being by God Himself. Some people, for reasons only they know, choose to live their Christian faiths in isolation. When they do, they cut themselves off from the gifts, encouragement, and vitality of others. And perhaps, just as tragically, they deprive the church of the grace and life God has invested in them.

26 Now if we willfully persist in sin after receiving such knowledge of the truth, then there is no sacrifice left for those sins— 27 only the fearful prospect of judgment and a fierce fire that will consume God’s adversaries. 28 Remember that those who depart from the law of Moses are put to death without mercy based on the testimony of two or three witnesses.[a] 29 Just think how much more severe the punishment will be for those who have turned their backs on the Son of God, trampled on the blood of the covenant by which He made them holy, and outraged the Spirit of grace with their contempt. 30 For we know the God who said, “Vengeance belongs to Me—I will repay,”[b] also said, “The Eternal One will judge His people.”[c] 31 It is truly a frightening thing to be on the wrong side of the living God.

32 Instead, think back to the days after you were first enlightened and understood who Jesus was: when you endured all sorts of suffering in the name of the Lord, 33 when people held you up for public scorn and ridicule, or when they abused your partners and companions in the faith. 34 Remember how you had compassion for those in prison and how you cheerfully accepted the seizure of your possessions, knowing that you have a far greater and more enduring possession. 35 Remember this, and do not abandon your confidence, which will lead to rich rewards. 36 Simply endure, for when you have done as God requires of you, you will receive the promise. 37 As the prophet Habakkuk said,

In a little while, only a little longer,
the One who is coming will come without delay.
38 But My righteous one must live by faith,
for if he gives up his commitment,
My soul will have no pleasure in him.[d]

39 My friends, we are not those who give up hope and so are lost; but we are of the company who live by faith and so are saved.

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Psalm 109

Psalm 109

For the worship leader. A song of David.

O True God of my every praise, do not keep silent!
My enemies have opened their wicked, deceit-filled mouths and blown their foul breath on me.
They have slandered me with their twisted tongues
And unleashed loathsome words that swirl around me.
Though I have done nothing, they attack me.
Though I offer them love and keep them in my prayers, they accuse me;
Though I treat them well, they answer me with evil;
though I give them love, they reply with a gesture of hatred.

Here’s what they say: Find some evil scoundrel to go after him.
Let’s get some accuser to level charges against him.
At his trial, let’s make sure he is found guilty
so that even his prayers become evidence that convicts him.
Let his days be few, his life cut short;
let another take over his position.
Lay waste to his family—
let his children become orphans and his wife a widow.
10 Let his children wander the streets—his legacy, homeless beggars
scavenging for food,
[driven out of][a] the rubble and slums where they live.
11 Let the bankers take what is his;
strangers help themselves to what little is left of all he’s earned.
12 Let there be no one around to offer him compassion,
nor anyone to give his fatherless children warmth or kindness.
13 Let his family line come to an end—
no future generations to carry on his name!
14 Let the sins of his fathers be remembered before the Eternal,
and the sins of his mother never be erased.
15 Let their offenses always be before the Eternal
so that the memory of this family is long forgotten by all the people of the earth,
16 Because it never occurred to him to show compassion;
instead, he oppressed the poor, afflicted,
and brokenhearted and sent them to their death.
17 He loved to invoke a curse—so let his curses come back to him.
He preferred not to speak a blessing—so let all blessings be far from him.
18 He wrapped himself with cursing, draped around him like a cape;
may it flood his body like water
and seep into his bones like oil.
19 Let those curses wrap around him like a cloak on a cold night,
like a belt tightly knotted around him every day.
20 Let the Eternal so reward my accusers,
all those who speak and plot evil against me.
21 But You, my Master, the Eternal,
treat me with kindness for the sake of Your name, the good of Your reputation;
because Your unfailing love is so good, O deliver me!
22 You see, I am poor and needy,
and my heart is broken inside me.
23 My life is fading away like a shadow that vanishes in the evening;
I am like a locust easily brushed off the shoulder.
24 I can barely stand; my knees are weak from not eating;
I am haggard and drawn, just skin and bones.
25 I have become a person of contempt to my accusers;
whenever they see me, they taunt me, shaking their heads in disapproval.

26 Help me, Eternal One my God; come to my rescue!
Save me through Your unfailing love.
27 Let everyone know that You are the source of my salvation
that You, Eternal One, have done this mighty work.
28 Let them utter a curse, if they will, but You will speak a blessing;
[when they come to attack,][b] let them know utter shame.
Then Your servant will celebrate and praise You!
29 Let my enemies be clothed with disgrace and humiliation;
let them be dressed in a robe of their own shame.
30 I will continually give thanks to the Eternal
with the praises of my mouth;
I will praise Him in the company of many.
31 For He always stands in support of the afflicted and needy
to rescue their souls from those who judge and condemn them.

Footnotes:

  1. 109:10 Hebrew manuscripts read, “sought among.”
  2. 109:28 Greek manuscripts omit this portion.
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Proverbs 27:13

13 If someone guarantees a stranger’s debt, hold his garment as collateral;
if that guarantee is for the debt of a foreigner, make sure you get a deposit.

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11/10/2018 DAB Transcript

Ezekiel 21:1-22:31, Hebrews 10:1-18, Psalms 108:1-13, Proverbs 27:12

Today is the 10th day of November. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I am Brian and it’s a pleasure to be here with you at the close of another week. And, yup, this happens every seven days but they start adding up after a while and pretty soon you’re closer to the end of the year than you were at the beginning and that’s certainly where we find ourselves. So, we’ve been reading from the names of God Bible this week and we’ll close our week out together reading from this translation. Ezekiel chapter 21 verse 1 through 22 verse 31 today.

Prayer:

Father, we thank You for another week in Your word. And we kind of make a joke out of it but the truth is there aren’t too many more of these weeks left in this year. And we acknowledge, it’s about to get busy for us. We are turning into the busiest time of the year - a lot of hustle and bustle, a lot of joy - and it’s all centered around…it’s all centered around Your arrival, Jesus. But its disruptive and before we go into all of that, here we are, understanding and making acknowledgment that there aren’t too many weeks left and we want to finish strong because You have spoken powerfully into our lives this year. And, so, come Holy Spirit. As we continue to take the steps forward, plant the Scriptures, the word of God in our hearts and may it be planted in good soil and may yield the fruit of the Spirit in our lives. We ask in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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Community Prayer and Praise:

Good evening everyone at DAB. Asia, really, really sorry to hear about your loss and praying for your family and I really hope everyone is mourning and grieving well with you. And so, be blessed and be strong in God. And please family, can you pray for me and my family? This is Charlotte in England and my family has been through a lot in this year, a lot of trouble, and there’s been really good friends trying to help me through it. And, so, please can you pray for my parents and their strength, their peace, rest, and sanity because they’ve been helping me a really great deal. And my mental health as well, because it can get a little bit overwhelming in my own head sometimes. And not being able to verbalize it properly kind of gives it a bit of an outburst. And also, for me to be a little bit less selfish, but more to reach out to others in a way that’s actually tangible. And, so, could you place for those things? I hope GG, you’re okay. Haven’t heard from you in a while. God bless everyone. Bye.

Hello everybody. Hey, this is Annette Allison. Man, I just had a great talk with one of our sisters today. Today is November 5th and I’m just out riding the motorcycle and enjoying the evening here and I’m sitting down by a lake and it’s really pretty and nice and almost warm and the sun is going down and it’s just a great big beautiful clear sky and the sun is going down and its orange and it’s so bright. I almost can’t even see to drive ahead. It’s just blinding and it’s almost devastating and painful. And I’m thinking to myself that‘s probably how a lot of people are feeling right now. But, I understand pain. Pain is…it’s blinding and it’s just devastating and we can’t look out in front of us, but the one thing about the sun going down is that we get time to rest and to think and to dream and to gather our thoughts that hope is coming, hope is coming. And, just like it says, you know, there might be pain in the night, but joy comes in the morning. Joy, just the same way that the sun goes down in the evening and it rises in the morning with a great big beautiful sky. And we can take hope that when the sun comes up God is telling us, try again, this is another day don’t worry about yesterday, drive on, I’m making all things new, right? I love you guys.

Hi DABbers, it’s Dependent on You calling. Just wanted to call in for two reasons, to say I just love this community. I just feel so blessed to be a part of it and that I love that we are all praying for each other and I’m praying for you. And reaching out today for continued prayer for my marriage please. I am still standing for this marriage and still fighting for it, but the road continues to be very painful. And although I see the Lord at work, I see Him at work, it doesn’t always…you know…in the natural it doesn’t always…you know…seem every day like it’s going in the right direction. But I know the Lord is working and He just keeps impressing it upon my heart to stay the course, to stay this course, to persevere and __ after prayer for me to be able to persevere in this. I ask for prayer that my husband returns to his relationship with the Lord as he is still running the opposite direction. I ask for a reconciliation in his relationship with Christ. I pray for restoration of my marriage and the healing of my family, strength for me, and just healing on everybody’s heart. It’s just that…I hope that the Lord get all the glory for all of this, through every step of this journey, through every pain, and through the final outcome that the Lord just gets the glory and that this marriage can be used as a testimony. And thank you, I love…

Hi Daily Audio Bible family. This is Christine from Washington state. I need prayer and I feel like my prayers are trivial compared to the ones that are for help or children that are having issues, but I don’t know where to turn and my husband has just been terrible for years. I’ve called to pray for his salvation for __. But today I went out to work and this employee that has caused trouble in our marriage snapped at me, brought him into it, and I feel so humiliated and __. He literally threw me out of our office in front of everyone. And I just don’t know what to do. I don’t know, I just hate __ who she is. She is so, so evil and so bad. And I just pray for protection from her over me and over my husband and my children. I don’t know what to do. I am completely and totally staying in my car and I am __ and humiliated and I just need your prayers. Thank you.

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Saturday November 10, 2018 (NIV)

Ezekiel 21-22

The Sword of the Lord

21 [a]Yahweh spoke his word to me. He said, “Son of man, turn to Jerusalem, preach against the holy places. Prophesy against the land of Israel. Tell the land of Israel, ‘This is what Yahweh says: I am against you. I will take my sword out of its scabbard and kill the righteous people and the wicked people among you. I’m going to kill the righteous people and the wicked people among you. That is why my sword will come out of its scabbard to be used against everyone from the south to the north. Then everyone will know that I, Yahweh, have taken my sword from its scabbard, and I will not put it back again.’

“So, son of man, groan with a breaking heart and with bitter crying while the people watch you. When they ask you why you are groaning, say, ‘News has come that will discourage everyone. People’s hands will hang limp, their hearts will lose courage, and their knees will become as weak as water. It’s coming! It will surely take place!’ declares Adonay Yahweh.”

Yahweh spoke his word to me. He said, “Son of man, prophesy. Tell them, ‘This is what Adonay says:

A sword, a sword is sharpened and polished,
10 It’s sharpened to kill
and polished to flash like lightning.
How can we rejoice?
My son has refused to be disciplined or punished.[b]
11 The sword has been handed over to be polished,
to be placed in the hand.
The sword is being sharpened and polished
to be placed in the hands of killers.

12 “‘Cry and mourn, son of man,
because the sword will be used against my people
and against all the princes of Israel.
I will throw the princes and my people on the sword.
So beat your breast, and grieve.
13 Testing will surely come.
What if you refuse to be disciplined again?
Won’t you be tested? declares Adonay Yahweh.
14 So prophesy, son of man.
Clap your hands!
Let the sword strike again and again.
It’s the sword for killing.
It’s the sword for killing many people.
It’s the sword that surrounds them.
15 I have appointed my sword to slaughter people at all their gates
so that their hearts will sink and many will die.
Yes! It’s ready to flash like lightning.
It’s polished to kill.
16 Sword, cut to the right.
Cut to the left
or wherever your blade is turned.
17 I will also clap my hands and rest from my fury.
I, Yahweh, have spoken.’”

The Sword of the King of Babylon

18 Yahweh spoke his word to me. He said, 19 “Son of man, mark two roads that the king of Babylon and his sword can take. Both of these roads should start from the same country. Make a sign, and put it where the roads start to fork toward the cities. 20 Mark the road that the king and his sword can take to the Ammonite city of Rabbah, and mark the road that leads to Judah and the fortified city of Jerusalem. 21 The king of Babylon will stop where the roads branch off, where there is a fork in the road. Then he will look for omens. He will shake some arrows, ask his household gods for help, and examine animal livers. 22 The omens will indicate that he should go to the right, to Jerusalem. So he will set up his battering rams there, give the order to kill, raise a battle cry, aim the battering rams against the city gates, put up ramps, and set up blockades. 23 The people won’t believe this because they have made treaties with other nations. But the king of Babylon will remind them of their sins, and they will be captured.

24 “This is what Adonay Yahweh says: You make people remember how sinful you are because you openly do wrong. You show your sins in everything you do. So you will be taken captive.

25 “You dishonest and wicked prince of Israel, the time for your final punishment has come. 26 This is what Adonay Yahweh says: Take off your turban, and get rid of your crown. Things are going to change. Those who are unimportant will become important, and those who are important will become unimportant. 27 Ruins! Ruins! I will turn this place into ruins! It will not be restored until its rightful owner comes. Then I will give it to him.

28 “Son of man, prophesy. Tell them, ‘This is what Adonay Yahweh says about the Ammonites and their insults:

A sword, a sword is drawn ready to kill.
It’s polished to destroy and flash like lightning.
29 People see false visions about you
and prophesy lies about you.
The sword will be placed on the necks of dishonest, wicked people,
for whom the time of final punishment has come.

30 “‘Return your sword to its scabbard.
In the place where you were created,
in the land where you were born,
there I will judge you.
31 I will pour out my fury on you
and breathe on you with my fiery anger.
I will hand you over to cruel people who are skilled in destruction.
32 You will be fuel for the fire.
You will die in the land.
You will no longer be remembered.
I, Yahweh, have spoken.’”

Jerusalem Is Judged because of Its Murderous History

22 Yahweh spoke his word to me. He said, “Will you judge, son of man? Will you judge the city of murderers? Then tell it about all the disgusting things that it has done. Tell it, ‘This is what Adonay Yahweh says: Jerusalem, you are the city that murders people who live in you. Your time has come. You dishonor yourself with disgusting idols. You are guilty because of the people you have killed. You are dishonored because of the disgusting idols you have made. You have brought an end to your days, and you have come to the end of your years. That is why I will make you a disgrace to the nations and a joke in every land. Those near and those far away will mock you. Your name will be dishonored, and you will be filled with confusion.

“‘See how all the princes of Israel who live in you have used their power to murder people. People in you hate their fathers and mothers. They oppress foreigners in you. They oppress orphans and widows in you. You have despised my holy things and dishonored the day to worship me. Some of your people slander. They want to kill people. People who live in you eat food sacrificed to idols at the worship sites on the hills, and they sin sexually. 10 Men have sex with their father’s wives. They have sex with women when the women are having their periods and are unclean.[c] 11 Men do disgusting things with their neighbors’ wives. Some men sexually dishonor their daughters-in-law. Other men who live in you have sex with their sisters, their father’s daughters. 12 Other people take bribes to murder people. You collect interest and make excessive profits. You make profits by mistreating your neighbors. You have forgotten me, declares Adonay Yahweh.

13 “‘I will use my power against you because of the excessive profits you have made and the murders you have committed. 14 Will you still be brave? Will you remain strong when I deal with you? I, Yahweh, have spoken, and I will do it. 15 I will scatter you among the nations and force you into other countries. I will put an end to your uncleanness. 16 You will be dishonored in the sight of the nations. Then you will know that I am Yahweh.’”

17 Then Yahweh spoke his word to me. He said, 18 “Son of man, the people of Israel have become worthless to me. All of them are like copper, tin, iron, and lead in a smelting furnace. They are like the impurities left from silver. 19 This is what Adonay Yahweh says: All of you have become worthless. That is why I’m going to gather you in Jerusalem. 20 People gather silver, copper, iron, lead, and tin together in a smelting furnace to melt them with a fiery blast. In the same way, in my anger and fury I will gather you and put you in the city. I will melt you there. 21 Yes, I will gather you, breathe on you with my fiery anger, and melt you in the city. 22 You will be melted in the city like silver that is melted in a furnace. Then you will know that I, Yahweh, have poured out my fury on you.”

23 Yahweh spoke his word to me. He said, 24 “Son of man, tell the city, ‘You are an unclean land that has not had rain during the day of my anger. You have not been made clean.[d] 25 Your princes are like roaring lions who tear their prey into pieces. They eat people and take their treasures and precious belongings. They turn many women into widows. 26 Your priests violate my teachings and dishonor my holy things. They don’t distinguish between what is holy and what is unholy. They don’t teach the difference between what is clean and what is unclean. They ignore the days to worship me. So I am dishonored among the people. 27 Your leaders are like wolves that tear their prey into pieces. They murder and destroy people to make excessive profits. 28 Your prophets cover up these things by seeing false visions and by prophesying lies. They say, “This is what Adonay Yahweh says.” Yet, Yahweh hasn’t spoken. 29 The common people oppress and rob others. They do wrong to humble people and to poor people. They oppress foreigners for no reason.

30 “‘I looked for someone among you who could build walls or stand in front of me by the gaps in the walls to defend the land and keep it from being destroyed. But I couldn’t find anyone. 31 So I will pour out my anger on you, and with my fiery anger I will consume you. This is because of all the things you have done,’ declares Adonay Yahweh.”

Footnotes:

  1. Ezekiel 21:1 Ezekiel 21:1–32 in English Bibles is Ezekiel 21:6–37 in the Hebrew Bible.
  2. Ezekiel 21:10 Hebrew meaning of this sentence uncertain.
  3. Ezekiel 22:10 “Unclean” refers to anything that Moses’ Teachings say is not presentable to God.
  4. Ezekiel 22:24 “Clean” refers to anything that Moses’ Teachings say is presentable to God.
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Hebrews 10:1-17

We Can Enter the Most Holy Place because of Christ’s Superior Work

10 Moses’ Teachings with their yearly cycle of sacrifices are only a shadow of the good things in the future. They aren’t an exact likeness of those things. They can never make those who worship perfect. If these sacrifices could have made the worshipers perfect, the sacrifices would have stopped long ago. Those who worship would have been cleansed once and for all. Their consciences would have been free from sin. Instead, this yearly cycle of sacrifices reminded people of their sins. (The blood of bulls and goats cannot take away sins.)

For this reason, when Christ came into the world, he said,

“‘You did not want sacrifices and offerings,
but you prepared a body for me.
You did not approve of burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin.’
Then I said, ‘I have come!
(It is written about me in the scroll of the book.)
I have come to do what you want, my God.’”

In this passage Christ first said, “You did not want sacrifices, offerings, burnt offerings, and sacrifices for sin. You did not approve of them.” (These are the sacrifices that Moses’ Teachings require people to offer.) Then Christ says, “I have come to do what you want.” He did away with sacrifices in order to establish the obedience that God wants. 10 We have been set apart as holy because Yeshua Christ did what God wanted him to do by sacrificing his body once and for all.

11 Every day each priest performed his religious duty. He offered the same type of sacrifice again and again. Yet, these sacrifices could never take away sins. 12 However, this chief priest made one sacrifice for sins, and this sacrifice lasts forever. Then he received the highest position in heaven. 13 Since that time, he has been waiting for his enemies to be made his footstool. 14 With one sacrifice he accomplished the work of setting them apart for God forever.

15 The Holy Spirit tells us the same thing: 16 “This is the promise[a] that I will make to them after those days, says the Lord: ‘I will put my teachings in their hearts and write them in their minds.’”

17 Then he adds, “I will no longer hold their sins and their disobedience against them.”

Footnotes:

  1. Hebrews 10:16 Or “covenant.”
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Psalm 108

Psalm 108[a]

A song; a psalm by David.

My heart is confident, O Elohim.
I want to sing and make music even with my soul.[b]
Wake up, harp and lyre!
I want to wake up at dawn.
I want to give thanks to you among the people, O Yahweh.
I want to make music to praise you among the nations
because your mercy is higher than the heavens.
Your truth reaches the skies.

May you be honored above the heavens, O Elohim.
Let your glory extend over the whole earth.

Save us with your powerful hand, and answer us
so that those who are dear to you may be rescued.

Elohim has promised the following through his holiness:
“I will triumph!
I will divide Shechem.
I will measure the valley of Succoth.
Gilead is mine.
Manasseh is mine.
Ephraim is the helmet on my head.
Judah is my scepter.
Moab is my washtub.
I will throw my shoe over Edom.
I will shout in triumph over Philistia.”

10 Who will bring me into the fortified city?
Who will lead me to Edom?
11 Isn’t it you, O Elohim, who rejected us?
Isn’t it you, O Elohim, who refused to accompany our armies?

12 Give us help against the enemy
because human assistance is worthless.
13 With Elohim we will display great strength.
He will trample our enemies.

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 108:1 Verses 1–5 are virtually identical in wording to Psalm 57:7–11; verses 6–13 are virtually identical in wording to Psalm 60:5–12.
  2. Psalm 108:1 Or “my glory.”
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Proverbs 27:12

12 Sensible people foresee trouble and hide.
Gullible people go ahead and suffer.

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11/09/2018 DAB Transcript

Ezekiel 20:1-49, Hebrews 9:11-28, Psalms 107:1-43, Proverbs 27:11

Today is the 9th day of November. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I’m Brian. It is a pleasure and always an honor to be here with you and take the next step forward as we continue our journey through the Scriptures this year and through this month, the month of November. So, we’ve been reading from the Names of God Bible this week, which is what we will continue to do all the way through the end of the week. And back out into Ezekiel we go. Chapter 20 verses 1 through 49 today.

Commentary:

Okay. So, as we go through the book of Hebrews and as we’ve come this far in the book of Hebrews we’ve pointed out many times the Jewish context because, well, I mean, the book of Hebrews, its title says it all. It’s Hebrews. So, the Jewish context is irreplaceable in the book of Hebrews. And there are times that we’ll read passages that may seem highly theological, but they were written in a context that was understood and that context would have been the Jewish religion, Judaism. So, it’s within this context that Hebrews presented the good news of the gospel. But we if we don’t understand the context, we don’t really find ourselves finding what’s being said so revolutionary when, in fact, this message was unbelievably revolutionary. So, in Hebrews today we read, with His own blood, not the blood of goats and calves, He entered the most holy place once for all time and secured our redemption forever. And we can all go, you know, Amen to that. But if we were to go back through that again and pretend that we don’t have any knowledge of Jewish worship from the Old Testament then it’s all kind of strange, right? The references to the blood of goats and calves and the most holy place? They wouldn’t make any sense. And, so, even having the knowledge that we do, we still can miss the magnitude of what’s being said here. This sacrificial system had been in place with the Hebrew culture for centuries. This system of worship included a temple, a most holy place, a high priest, and sacrifices, among other things. The writer of Hebrews was announcing that the final sacrifice had been made. So, what had been baked into the culture for century after century after century, the announcement here is that the final sacrifice has been made, a new covenant has begun, and once for all time redemption has been secured through Jesus. So, again, we can go, Amen to that. But this would’ve been incredibly good but very disruptive news, the kind that would’ve been hard to believe because it was a proclamation that the law had been fulfilled. So, another one of these things that had been baked into the culture, it had been fulfilled and it reached its conclusion, it had been accomplished, it was finished, which is exactly what Jesus announced moments before his death. So for a first century Hebrew who was devout, this message invited a fundamental paradigm shift, one that had been foretold, but one that challenged entire understandings of God. So, skepticism and fear would’ve been a part of any person considering this because the entire system of worship had been built to atone for sin. And through that being focused to devotion on being faithful to God. So, it would have been difficult to recalibrate and just accept the idea that the final sacrifice had been made. Sacrifice was no longer necessary because all sin for all time had been removed for those who accepted this new covenant. So, all of the rituals and all of the way that society was ordered could be set aside in favor of an actual relationship, like a first-hand first-person relationship with God through Jesus and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. On the other hand, something along these lines and was expected. They had been hoping for a Redeemer and it had been foretold. So, to think that the final sacrifice might have been made, and through that sacrifice sin could be eliminated once and for all meant that righteousness before God was possible. And the writer of Hebrews said it like this, Christ was offered once for all time as a sacrifice to take away the sins of many people. He will come again not to deal with our sins but to bring salvation to all who are eagerly waiting for him. So, what a relief this message would’ve been for those who embraced it. What a relief it is to us, I mean, such a relief that we can often take it for granted. And, so, even though we understand, like, that thus is fundamental truth for Christians, looking and the Good News through Hebrew eyes should make us all the more awestruck that God not only grafted us into his family but that God invited us to come close. We’re not required to make sacrifices anymore. We’re to become the living sacrifice. So, looking through these I should rejuvenate our faith. Let’s not forget what a relief the Good News of the gospel is.

Prayer:

Father, we invite you into that. We thank you. We thank you Jesus for coming for us. We thank you for your work on this earth to redeem us. We thank you that we are able to enter into that work and be your hands and feet in this world. We thank you that you have invited us to come close and that you have removed the stain of sin from our lives. Come, Holy Spirit, help us to live into that because we are still focusing quite a bit in our sin and you are saying, it’s not about that anymore, you’re a new person, you can walk out of that, that does not have any control in your life anymore. So come Holy Spirit and show us how to live this out and how to walk into the freedom that you are offering. Come Jesus, we pray. In your name we ask. Amen.

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Hi, this is Saved in Albuquerque. I am calling on behalf of Christine with the bumpy dog and you are trapped in the hospital right through Thanksgiving I believe. I’ve heard your calls a few times and you’re just always just have a such beautiful voice and beautiful thoughts for everyone and I’m just lifting you up along with our entire community and we are praying for your healing, for your complete healing actually and we are with you. I can’t even imagine being trapped in a hotel for this long, but you seem to have such a beautiful attitude and we know it’s because of Christ. And I just wanted you to know that we’re all living you and I wanted to pray for you right now. Heavenly Father, please lift up Christine with with a bumpy dog. I’d love to hear where that name came from, but we want to give her hope. We’re asking for her hope for her complete healing and restoration so that she can be with her family and join them for the holidays and be relieved from the hospital very, very soon. We know that she would be more comfortable at home and we’re just all lifting you up Christine and we’re there for you. God bless you. Amen.

Hi Brian, __ here. DAB family. Thank you for your kind prayers and thoughts regarding __ my wife and myself through Jesus. My testimony, I thank the Jesus for an employer giving his life to Christ this morning on the phone. Please pray for him to walk true in our Savior. His name’s Jason. My wife and I we __ would continue to __ grace. I’ve just been offered a job to fill an urgent need at a special needs school for a year/six  based for 10 to 11-year old boys, which I haven’t had extensive training in. __ issues as well as me not being able to concentrate on doing a music job earning at least 1000 pounds in order to start paying back my university fees. Please pray that God’s will is done and that I’m in the right spirit, __, and character, that I get on well with my next employer’s, whoever they are, and that everything dovetails with my involvement with my own church __ temple as the job, special needs or come whatever __ God. I’ve been asked to do a trial tomorrow at school and I’m willing to help out but that may mean working after school from Thursday until Monday, the son of a friend of my wife and I staying in our home. At times I have to be with him constantly while our friends are abroad. So, that will limit how I can work on those days. But Brian, your comments on Hebrews 5 about Melchizedek. Wonderful. I __ … we’re grateful for every answered prayer. Thank you for all you do and for your prayers and for your __. Bless. Greg from the UK.

Hi, this is Victoria from Arizona. I am calling in for my daughter-in-law who just had a baby yesterday. And I’m just praying for her to be completely and totally healed from the top of her head to the soles of her feet, that God would just so minister to her. Her blood pressure bottomed out and she really had a rough go of it. And I’m just praying for physical, naturally, spiritually, and emotionally that she would just rebound and really quickly. And if you get just read agree with me. Her name is Danielle, that God would just wrap His loving arms around her and just encourage her today, and that the baby would be doing okay. I’m so excited to have another little grandson. It’s been a rough year. I don’t know if you remember me, but I lost my son a December and I lost my husband in May. So, this little grand-baby is just gonna bring so much joy, I know, to our family. And I’m praying for healing and restoration for our family as we…as we’re going to the holidays it’s gonna be a little tough. And I’m praying for God’s grace for my family and God’s mercy and __ encouragement. And I just covered all your prayers. My name is Vicki. And I just thank you and I thank you Brian and Jill. And I thank you for this ministry. I thank you for all the prayer warriors. I thank you that God is…God is so connected. It’s just amazing to me that I can call in, people from around the world are praying for my little sweet daughter-in-law that I just love so much. I appreciate all and have a great day.

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