11/22/2022 DAB Transcript

Ezekiel 44:1-45:12, 1 Peter 1:1-12, Psalms 119:17-32, Proverbs 28:8-10

Today is the 22nd day of November welcome to the Daily Audio Bible I am Brian it is great to be here with you all cozy around the Global Campfire as we move forward together like every day the next step forward. That step forward will lead us back into the book of Ezekiel in the Old Testament, and then we get to the New Testament we have some brand-new territory to move into, the letters of Peter. And, of course, we’ll begin with first Peter, and we’ll talk about that when we get there. But first, we’re reading from the Christian Standard Bible this week. And today Ezekiel chapter 44 verse 1 through 45 verse 12.

Introduction to First Peter:

Okay. So, this brings us to our New Testament reading for today and it’s new territory that we are moving into, first Peter. And, so, like Peter is not somebody we don’t know. In fact, Peter’ somebody that we kind of met at the very beginning of the year and he was one of the disciples of Jesus. And, so, we followed along with Jesus and Peter was there many many times and many many famous stories include Peter in the Gospels. And then we get to the book of Acts, and we learned more about Peter’s transformation and how it was that he kind of move from a fisherman into a very very powerful speaker and ambassador for the kingdom and church leader. And, so, we know who Peter is and we know some of his comings and goings but this is going to be the first time that we can hear his passion in a written form, And if we’re still kind of getting over James, which we just went through. And James, kinda comes out of nowhere and smacks us upside the head and says basically you can’t read a script. If you’ve been given a Christian script and you’re reading the lines but you’re just acting, like you’re an actor carrying out the script, that’s nothing. Your changed life tells the truth about who you are, not so much what you say. Anybody can say anything, among other things that James had to tell us. So, if we’re still kinda moving past that going, wow, that was a spanking, we remember getting to know Peter a bit in the Gospels. We know that he can be feisty. So, it’s like we’re ready to dish out a second helping of what James was teaching, and we will have some more direct, forthright, look us in the face, look us right in the eyes and tell us the truth coming out of first Peter. And, so, we just need to be ready and embrace that, Now, Peter…Peter’s name is given name was Simon maybe Simeon, Simon Peter, right? But by the time Peter was a part of the inner circle of Jesus disciples Jesus was calling him Cephas. And Cephas in the Aramaic language means rock. And, so, when Aramaic is then translated into the more common Greek of the New Testament the word is Petros. Petros in Greek means rock. And this is how we get to the sort of modern day name Peter. It’s a translation out of the Greek. But having the in the advantage of knowing Peter’s story from the Gospels we know that Peter reached a very very very low moment, denying three times that he knew Jesus, that he even knew Jesus. This is taking place in the courtyard of the high priest as Jesus is being tried, and then subsequently crucified. And, so, we watched this happen to Peter. We watched Peter realize what he was doing and what he had done. We watched him weep in repentance. We watched Jesus by the shores of the Sea of Galilee restore Peter. And we have followed Peter all the way from there to the upper room in Jerusalem where the Holy Spirit came with what appeared to be tongues of fire, the coming of the Holy Spirit. And in the book of Acts we saw that pretty quickly after that. Because people were hearing people in this upper room speak in languages that they understood but not languages that they should be able to speak., And, so they’re saying these guys are just drunk. And it’s Peter that steps forward and says they’re not drunk, it’s 9 o'clock in the morning. And then he proceeds to share the gospel in a very very powerful way. Now, or later in the development of the church, Peter is a church leader. I mean there so many other things we can talk about Peter. Like we’re just skimming the surface of what we know from the New Testament. But this is who Peter is and by the time that he is writing now the church has developed a little bit. And Peter writes this letter and identifies the location as Babylon. Most scholars find that to be synonymous with Rome. And Peter addresses the letter to the chosen people of God who are foreigners living in the provinces of Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia and Bithynia. And these were provinces of the Roman empire all now located within modern day Turkey. And Peter’s using this term God’s chosen people who are living as foreigners, that’s something that everybody, every Jewish person would’ve understand, understood. Those who had been cast away, moved away, on the way in many exiles in fleeing from persecution looking for safety and peace. Basically, the foreigners in the diaspora, those who had been dispersed all over the world. Peter is forthright, he is direct, he is not afraid to say what he needs to say, but he’s not trying to be mean or condemning. He is trying to be encouraging and lift up those who are suffering because of their faith in Jesus and to encourage them that there is hope. And it’s a glorious hope, but endurance is necessary. Endurance is necessary becomes such an important early church theme that permeates the New Testament, something that so often we think were absolved from. We don’t have to struggle. We have a mighty God. But our brothers and sisters who were founding this movement, they had to endure and endurance is part of the story. And, so, just understanding that it’s a part of the story should reframe the categories in our minds because we think that all hard things are bad things when actually sometimes there just endurance, they’re just things we have to move through. There are lessons there for us to learn. And this is certainly true of the lessons that Peter has for us to learn. And, so, with that we begin. First Peter chapter 1 verses 1 through 12.

Prayer:

Thank You, Father, for Your word. Thank You for this new territory that we are in in the letters of Peter. Holy Spirit, come and lead and guide and direct and correct. Move us forward. Let these letters that are straightforward and forthright speak directly the truth into our lives causing us to change, to repent, to move in new directions. We love You and You have no problem guiding us. We have problems following You. This has been the human story. This is the story that we read of through the Bible. We want to go our own way and then we hate when we get there and then we blame You that we got there. May we follow where You are leading so that wherever we go, we are with You and wherever that ends up that is good. Come Holy Spirit, we pray. In the name of Jesus, we ask. Amen.

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Community Prayer and Praise:

Hello from beautiful Cincinnati OH this is Daniel Johnson junior. I am speaking this to you on Thursday November 17th, 2022. Today 31 years ago I was sick and tired of my life. I repented and made Jesus Lord. And I have worked and been working to make Jesus Lord every day, every moment since that time that I first made Jesus Lord and was baptized. I’ve done good day…good days and then I’ve had other days that are not so good. And more than anything it’s just continual repentance and my hope is that by the time I’m done with my journey it will be sad of me that he made Jesus Lord every day. So, I’m excited about that and of course every day in the Daily Audio Bible when we come to this day I’m reminded that we of this and also the favorite scripture that really goes along with a rebirth day is Psalm 16, which we read today. And I don’t know by heart the NIV version which is what we read today but I know the Message version and verse 12 verse through 14. What can I give back to God for all the blessing He’s poured out on me I will lift high the cup of salvation and follow through and follow the promises I have made to Him. So, Amen Lord, make it so. From beautiful Cincinnati OH this is Daniel Johnson junior God bless you and let’s make it a great day.

Hello DAB family it’s Widespread Jesus oh out of Omaha NE. I was calling regarding a couple prayer requests that I have. First is for my niece. She’s 19 years old. She’s living on her own. She’s having roommate issues where her roommate left her so now, she’s in some financial trouble. She’s having a lot of anxiety, having migraines, you know, filled with stress at that age and she’s seeking wisdom and discernment from me as her uncle, and I want to be there for her, but I don’t know exactly what…what to do for her or how to support her. So, I pray for this whole situation. I pray for relief and breakthrough for her and I pray for wisdom and discernment and for me and the whole situation to help her out. And I also have a prayer request for my job situation. It’s been a pretty struggle lately over the past few months and I have an opportunity to make a pivot within the same company which I do love. So, I really do think this is God’s calling for me but I wanna make sure that it is the right…the right move for me for the future. So, if you could look me up in prayer and that I could have clarity and the decision and I just greatly appreciate the prayers for that. And then also an update on our friend Nick who’s battling liver failure. He’s still in the ICU which is unbelievable. I mean it’s been going on five six months. There’s little progress but not major strides. So, I appreciate continued prayers for him. I thank you DAB family. I love you and I just thank you for all…all the prayers and thank you for this community and I lift up Jesus and all praise and glory to Him. Amen.

Hey DAB family, this is Jasmine calling in from New York. I haven’t called since like September of 2021 the beginning of my junior in high school. And I’m just calling in. This is my senior year in high school at the moment and I’ve been going through the same thing since last school year we’re up strong in my faith and my devotions to God during the summer but once school gets here I start to fall back on it and start to procrastinate only…not only with just getting closer with God and meditating on His word day and night but also with school work because I am a determined student and I’ve been just going through procrastination and even anxiety and low self-esteem, like all of it just hitting in all directions. And I just ask for prayer. I ask you guys to pray for me so that I would be able to just keep walking in faith and have the courage to keep moving and the strength and the…the power that the Lord has given me because I really lost the courage that I’ve had. I don’t…I feel like I don’t have anyone like around me to just uplift me and like brothers and sisters in Christ who just influence me to do what I should be doing. So, I just pray and I thank you guys for…well…I…yeah…I thank you guys for just praying for me and I’ve been praying in the background as well. Like Val in Vegas, you make us…you make me smile every single day and Blind Tony as well. So, I thank you as well. And yeah. Bye

Hi everyone, it’s David from California. I just wanted to say hello to all the DABbers out there. I haven’t called in a while but for some reason it’s been on my mind, and I just have not been able to get it out of my mind. And also, my heart, I think. So, I just want to pray. There's…there’s four people that stand out to me that I just want to pray for two of those. One of those gentlemen and the other one was a woman who one of them said that you wanted to be wiped away from existence and the other woman said she’d wanted to not wake up ever again and the gentleman had said that he’s given, and he’s talked to churches and then he said that he’s doing something wrong and everything else like that. And I just gotta say brother, you know, for…for anybody to say that you’re doing something wrong, even if it’s somebody that’s a pastor or anything like that, yes, we hold them up to a higher standard but they’re still human and they’re still not God and only God can be the one to tell you that. So, I pray for you and the woman who wanted to not ever wake up again, sister I just I pray that God is able to touch you. And then there’s the woman who I’m sorry I’m not remembering your name whose husband passed away at 1:00 o'clock in the morning after a marriage of 41 years who still called in for someone else. Man…I…it just it floors me that that you…you had the heart to call even though your husband had just passed away…

Good evening Daily Audio Bible this is Chris Ann and some of you may have heard my prayers asking for prayers in the past several years and I’m really needing them again. So, on Friday I will be going to court with my husband for our divorce that I’ve been praying for nine years that wouldn’t happen. The Lord stopped it several years ago and nothing happened until he recently and my husband filed papers again. Because everyone may know that he had an affair and left, and I have been faithful and praying and believing and trusting that we can reconcile and come back together. He has been in my life for almost 38 years, and I am absolutely just heartbroken. And as it’s getting closer it’s getting harder and I’m just asking for your prayers that I could get through this and that the Lord would hear my prayers in all of this. And even now still praying for reconciliation but I need prayers to be able to get through this. Thank you and God bless.

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Tuesday November 22, 2022 (NIV)

Ezekiel 44:1-45:12

The Prince’s Privilege

44 The man then brought me back toward the sanctuary’s outer gate that faced east, and it was closed. The Lord said to me, “This gate will remain closed. It will not be opened, and no one will enter through it, because the Lord, the God of Israel, has entered through it.(A) Therefore it will remain closed. The prince himself will sit in the gate to eat a meal before the Lord.(B) He is to enter by way of the portico(C) of the gate and go out the same way.”

Then the man brought me by way of the north gate to the front of the temple. I looked, and the glory of the Lord filled his temple.(D) And I fell facedown.(E) The Lord said to me, “Son of man, pay attention;(F) look with your eyes and listen with your ears to everything I tell you about all the statutes and laws of the Lord’s temple.(G) Take careful note of the entrance of the temple along with all the exits of the sanctuary.

The Levites’ Duties and Privileges

“Say to the rebellious people,(H) the house of Israel, ‘This is what the Lord God says: I have had enough(I) of all your detestable practices, house of Israel. When you brought in foreigners,(J) uncircumcised in both heart and flesh,(K) to occupy my sanctuary, you defiled my temple while you offered my food—the fat and the blood. You[a] broke my covenant by all your detestable practices. You have not kept charge of my holy things(L) but have appointed others to keep charge of my sanctuary for you.’

“This is what the Lord God says: No foreigner, uncircumcised in heart and flesh, may enter my sanctuary, not even a foreigner who is among the Israelites. 10 Surely the Levites who wandered away from me when Israel went astray, and who strayed from me after their idols,(M) will bear the consequences of their iniquity.(N) 11 Yet they will occupy my sanctuary, serving as guards at the temple gates(O) and ministering at the temple. They will slaughter the burnt offerings(P) and other sacrifices for the people and will stand before them to serve them.(Q) 12 Because they ministered to the house of Israel before their idols and became a sinful stumbling block to them, therefore I swore an oath[b] against them”(R)—this is the declaration of the Lord God—“that they would bear the consequences of their iniquity. 13 They must not approach me to serve me as priests(S) or come near any of my holy things or the most holy things. They will bear their disgrace and the consequences of the detestable acts they committed. 14 Yet I will make them responsible for the duties of the temple(T)—for all its work and everything done in it.

The Priests’ Duties and Privileges

15 “But the Levitical priests descended from Zadok,(U) who kept charge of my sanctuary when the Israelites went astray from me, will approach me to serve me. They will stand before me to offer me fat and blood.” This is the declaration of the Lord God. 16 “They are the ones who may enter my sanctuary(V) and approach my table to serve me.(W) They will keep my mandate. 17 When they enter the gates of the inner court they are to wear linen garments;(X) they must not have on them anything made of wool when they minister at the gates of the inner court and within it. 18 They are to wear linen turbans on their heads and linen undergarments around their waists.(Y) They are not to put on anything that makes them sweat. 19 Before they go out to the outer court,[c] to the people, they must take off the clothes they have been ministering in, leave them in the holy chambers, and dress in other clothes(Z) so that they do not transmit holiness to the people through their clothes.(AA)

20 “They may not shave their heads(AB) or let their hair grow long,(AC) but are to carefully trim their hair. 21 No priest may drink wine before he enters the inner court.(AD) 22 He is not to marry a widow or a divorced woman, but may marry only a virgin from the offspring of the house of Israel,(AE) or a widow who is the widow of a priest. 23 They are to teach my people the difference between the holy and the common, and explain to them the difference between the clean and the unclean.(AF)

24 “In a dispute, they will officiate as judges and decide the case according to my ordinances.(AG) They are to observe my laws and statutes regarding all my appointed festivals, and keep my Sabbaths holy.(AH) 25 A priest may not come near a dead person so that he becomes defiled.(AI) However, he may defile himself for a father, a mother, a son, a daughter, a brother, or an unmarried sister. 26 After he is cleansed, he is to count off seven days for himself.(AJ) 27 On the day he goes into the sanctuary, into the inner court(AK) to minister in the sanctuary, he is to present his sin offering.” This is the declaration of the Lord God.

28 “This will be their inheritance: I am their inheritance.(AL) You are to give them no possession in Israel: I am their possession. 29 They will eat the grain offering, the sin offering,(AM) and the guilt offering. Everything in Israel that is permanently dedicated to the Lord will belong to them.(AN) 30 The best of all the firstfruits of every kind and contribution of every kind from all your gifts will belong to the priests.(AO) You are to give your first batch of dough to the priest(AP) so that a blessing may rest on your homes.(AQ) 31 The priests may not eat any bird or animal that died naturally or was mauled by wild beasts.(AR)

The Sacred Portion of the Land

45 “When you divide the land by lot as an inheritance,(AS) set aside a donation to the Lord, a holy portion of the land,(AT) 8⅓ miles[d] long and 6⅔ miles[e] wide. This entire region will be holy. In this area there will be a square section[f] for the sanctuary, 875 by 875 feet,[g](AU) with 87½ feet[h] of open space all around it. From this holy portion,[i] you will measure off an area 8⅓ miles long and 3⅓ miles[j] wide, in which the sanctuary, the most holy place,(AV) will stand.[k] It will be a holy area of the land to be used by the priests who minister in the sanctuary, who approach to serve the Lord.(AW) It will be a place for their houses, as well as a holy area for the sanctuary. There will be another area 8⅓ miles long and 3⅓ miles wide for the Levites who minister in the temple;(AX) it will be their possession for towns to live in.[l]

“As the property of the city, set aside an area 1⅔ miles[m] wide and 8⅓ miles long, adjacent to the holy donation of land.(AY) It will be for the whole house of Israel. And the prince will have the area on each side of the holy donation of land and the city’s property, adjacent to the holy donation and the city’s property, stretching to the west on the west side and to the east on the east side.(AZ) Its length will correspond to one of the tribal portions from the western boundary to the eastern boundary. This will be his land as a possession in Israel. My princes will no longer oppress my people(BA) but give the rest of the land to the house of Israel according to their tribes.

“This is what the Lord God says: You have gone too far,[n](BB) princes of Israel! Put away violence and oppression and do what is just and right.(BC) Put an end to your evictions of my people.” This is the declaration of the Lord God. 10 “You are to have honest scales, an honest dry measure,[o] and an honest liquid measure.[p](BD) 11 The dry measure[q] and the liquid measure[r] will be uniform, with the liquid measure containing 5½ gallons[s] and the dry measure holding half a bushel.[t] Their measurement will be a tenth of the standard larger capacity measure.[u] 12 The shekel[v] will weigh twenty gerahs.(BE) Your mina will equal sixty shekels.

Footnotes:

  1. 44:7 LXX, Syr, Vg; MT reads They
  2. 44:12 Lit I lifted my hand
  3. 44:19 Some Hb mss, LXX, Syr, Vg; other Hb mss read court, to the outer court
  4. 45:1 Lit 25,000 cubits, also in vv. 3,5,6
  5. 45:1 LXX reads 20,000 cubits; MT reads 10,000 cubits
  6. 45:2 Lit square all around
  7. 45:2 Lit 500 by 500 cubits
  8. 45:2 Lit 50 cubits
  9. 45:3 Lit this measured portion
  10. 45:3 Lit 10,000 cubits, also in v. 5
  11. 45:3 Lit be
  12. 45:5 LXX; MT, Syr, Tg, Vg read possession—20 chambers
  13. 45:6 Lit 5,000 cubits
  14. 45:9 Lit Enough of you
  15. 45:10 Lit an honest ephah
  16. 45:10 Lit and an honest bath
  17. 45:11 Lit The ephah
  18. 45:11 Lit the bath
  19. 45:11 Lit one-tenth of a homer
  20. 45:11 Lit one-tenth of a homer
  21. 45:11 Lit be based on the homer
  22. 45:12 A shekel is about two-fifths of an ounce of silver
Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

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1 Peter 1:1-12

Greeting

Peter,(A) an apostle of Jesus Christ:

To those chosen, living as exiles(B) dispersed(C) abroad in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia,(D) chosen(E) according to the foreknowledge(F) of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit,(G) to be obedient(H) and to be sprinkled with the blood(I) of Jesus Christ.

May grace and peace be multiplied to you.

A Living Hope

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.(J) Because of his great mercy(K) he has given us new birth(L) into a living hope(M) through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead(N) and into an inheritance that is imperishable,(O) undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven(P) for you. You are being guarded by God’s power(Q) through faith for a salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.(R) You rejoice in this,[a] even though now for a short time, if necessary, you suffer grief in various trials(S) so that the proven character of your faith(T)—more valuable than gold which, though perishable, is refined by fire(U)—may result(V) in praise, glory, and honor(W) at the revelation of Jesus Christ.(X) Though you have not seen(Y) him, you love him;(Z) though not seeing him now, you believe in him, and you rejoice(AA) with inexpressible and glorious joy, because you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

10 Concerning this salvation, the prophets,(AB) who prophesied about the grace that would come to you, searched and carefully investigated. 11 They inquired into what time or what circumstances the Spirit of Christ(AC) within them was indicating when he testified in advance(AD) to the sufferings of Christ(AE) and the glories(AF) that would follow.[b] 12 It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves but you. These things have now been announced to you through those who preached the gospel to you(AG) by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven(AH)—angels long to catch a glimpse of these things.

Footnotes:

  1. 1:6 Or In this fact rejoice
  2. 1:11 Or the glories after that
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Psalm 119:17-32

ג Gimel

17 Deal generously with your servant(A)
so that I might live;
then I will keep your word.
18 Open my eyes so that I may contemplate
wondrous things from your instruction.
19 I am a resident alien on earth;(B)
do not hide your commands from me.
20 I am continually overcome
with longing for your judgments.(C)
21 You rebuke the arrogant,
the ones under a curse,(D)
who wander from your commands.(E)
22 Take insult and contempt away from me,(F)
for I have kept your decrees.
23 Though princes sit together speaking against me,(G)
your servant will think about your statutes;(H)
24 your decrees are my delight
and my counselors.(I)

ד Daleth

25 My life is down in the dust;(J)
give me life(K) through your word.
26 I told you about my life,
and you answered me;
teach me your statutes.(L)
27 Help me understand
the meaning of your precepts
so that I can meditate on your wonders.(M)
28 I am weary[a] from grief;
strengthen me through your word.(N)
29 Keep me from the way of deceit
and graciously give me your instruction.
30 I have chosen the way of truth;
I have set your ordinances before me.(O)
31 I cling to your decrees;
Lord, do not put me to shame.(P)
32 I pursue the way of your commands,
for you broaden my understanding.[b](Q)

Footnotes:

  1. 119:28 Or I weep
  2. 119:32 Lit you enlarge my heart
Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

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Proverbs 28:8-10

Whoever increases his wealth through excessive interest(A)
collects it for one who is kind to the poor.(B)

Anyone who turns his ear away from hearing the law—
even his prayer is detestable.(C)

10 The one who leads the upright into an evil way
will fall into his own pit,(D)
but the blameless will inherit what is good.(E)

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11/21/2022 DAB Transcript

Ezekiel 42:1-43:27, James 5:1-20, Psalm 119:1-16, Proverbs 28:6-7

Today is the 21st day of November, welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I’m Brian. It is wonderful to be here with you around the Global Campfire as we continue day-by-day, step-by-step. This is that week, where at least in my life like, it’s Thanksgiving week in the United States. That doesn’t necessarily mean something to everybody all over the world, but it’s pretty major holiday here in the United States. And then that’s always on Thursday right. And then, the day after Thanksgiving is black Friday and it’s on, all the way on, the holiday season is upon us and so here we are. And I am especially grateful that we have the Global Campfire, that there is this kind of constant. This place that we can gather, this oasis of peace that we can come into and just allow the Scriptures to wash into our lives and kind of be together and at least have this place of serenity. Everything else can be a little bit chaotic, not that we want it that way, but things can be chaotic, but we at least have an oasis that we can come to each day and feast upon the Scriptures and enjoy the fact that we are not alone, that we are in this together with our brothers and sisters all over the world. So, it’s wonderful to be here at the Global Campfire with you today. And let’s do what we do, let’s take the next step forward together. The next step forward leads us back out into the book of Ezekiel. We’re reading from the Christian Standard Bible this week, Ezekiel chapters 42 and 43 today.

Commentary:

Okay so, we concluded the letter of James today. And I mentioned it’s unflinching and it is, I even said, it’s a butt kicker because it is, because it’s unflinching. And we could take that directness and you know, think like, it’s condemning or brings condemnation. Or we could say, James has been honest with us and actually James coming at this point in the year is profoundly helpful for us. In fact, I encourage you to go back and read James in its entirety, it will take you like 20 minutes. It’s not a superlong letter, maybe half an hour, if you’re just kind of going slow and really, really trying to digest what is…is being told to us. So many of these things apply to this season that we’re going into, even today, brothers and sisters do not complain about one another so that you will not be judged. That is the timely word, sometimes we can come around the Thanksgiving table and give thanks and then spend the rest of the day complaining about everything else in life and everybody else in life, but it was James who looked us in the face and said, look, you can burn your life down around you with the things that are coming out of your mouth. And this is true and it’s definitely true this time of year and so spending just a little bit more time in James with that in mind, like just okay, I’m gonna read through the letter of James again with the intent of getting advanced words for the season that I'm…that I’m going into, the season of the year that it is and make some decisions in advance. Because typically, in a chaotic season, it’s the stuff that comes up unexpectedly that we then respond to inappropriately, that then sets off all kinds of chain reactions that make all kinds of things a lot more difficult than they need to be.

Prayer:

And so, Father, we thank You for Your word. We confess our utter dependence upon You and need for You. We need You to help us do the right thing and we collaborate in that by paying attention and submitting ourselves, humbling ourselves before You, knowing that You will raise us up. But a very important thing that James teaches us is that we can say anything, how we live is actually the truth and that we can use our words to bring comfort, or we can use them for destruction, and we can even do that all on the same day. We can worship You from our lips and then curse one another from those same lips. And as James said this, this is not, like this is not how it’s supposed to be, this shouldn’t be happening. So, we’re paying attention and we’re taking heed and we need Your help to make corrections. Come Holy Spirit, we pray, lead us into all truth, we ask, in the name of Jesus, we ask expectantly, knowing that You want to help us with these things, that You desire our maturity, that You love it when we grow, that You look at us as Your children and You celebrate the little victories that we have a long way, as we celebrate our own children. Thank You for your kindness. Thank You for your patience, may we represent You well in this season, we ask. In Jesus name. Amen.

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Prayer and Encouragements:

Good morning Daily Audio Bible Family, this is Karen from Florida. So, thankful Loreli that you are okay from your experience on the I-95. I used to go to church with you and you were the one that introduced me to Daily Audio Bible Family, many years ago. I was reintroduced this year from another friend from our same fellowship. And I’m very grateful and I’m so grateful that you’re okay. God bless you sister. You are true woman of God. I would also like to request prayer for my daughter today and myself. I am visiting with her in Canada, right now. She just had my first grandson and I’m so grateful. His name is Nikolai. My daughter is not a believer. She walked away from the word years ago. And now her sinful life has created a wall between her and our Lord. I just ask that you keep my daughter, Richelle, in your prayers. And her husband James, who’s the father of this beautiful little boy. So much fear in her heart, yet she won’t turn to the Lord, who can set her free. So, I just ask for your prayers for Richelle and James and Nikolai, today. Thank you DAB Family. God bless every one of you today.

Hey DAB brother and sisters. This is Byron out in Florida. Calling for Shawn from London, England. Shawn, I heard your call, and I heard your heart breaking over how you have fallen into addiction again. And I wanna give you a word of encouragement brother. You’re disgusted with yourself, but God is not disgusted with you. You’re disappointed in yourself; God is not disappointed in you. Anything that you’ve done, that was a surprise or shock to you, not a surprise, not a shock to God. And He still sent His Son to die on the cross for you, He still extends His grace, His love, and His presence. None of it changed because none of it depended upon you. I encourage you brother, take the focus off of yourself and put it onto Christ. The day your called aired, right before, another lady called in and talked about a verse that was lined in her grandmothers Bible. I forget the verse, but the point was, God is good, glory to Him. Even in your situation now, Shawn, in the midst of your despair, look up. Look at Him, take your eyes off yourself, off your circumstances and put it on Christ. And give Him the glory that He deserves because He loves you in spite of you and wants you, in spite of your mistakes. His presence is there for you, right now, and there’s nothing standing in the way of it. Give Him praise, give Him glory and get to you moving forward, one step at a time. Love you brother.

Hi, family. I’m just calling to pray for Shawn Rodgers from the UK. He phoned on the 16th of November asking for prayer and deliverance from alcohol and drug abuse. I heard your prayer and then I’ve just been thinking about you and praying for you, this morning. And then I heard a message. And I just wanted to quote to you, Billy Graham. He once said, the closer you get to Christ, the more sinful you are going to feel. The fact that you are aware of your sin and feel guilty about it, is a sign of a spiritual life. Everyone who has ever seen a true reflection of God, is deeply convicted of his own sin. And I think that is such a important message for you Shawn. Yes, you are going through a very difficult time. And it can’t be easy, struggling and battling this type of alcohol and drug dependence or addiction. But just remember that, as you are getting closer to God, you are becoming more and more aware of your sin. And so, it’s a sign of a spiritual life. So, praise be to God. Continue listening to the word and continue growing in your faith and leaning on God, every day, no matter how many times you fall, just get back up again. Just remember that the devil wants you to think that you’re failing. When, in fact, you are succeeding, and you will succeed, and you will be delivered from this. In the mighty name of Jesus. Amen.

Hi, DAB Family, this is God’s Gal, Minnesota. And it is Wednesday, November 16th. I’m calling today, to pray for Shawn, I believe it’s Rodgers. Shawn, from London, England in the UK. And I heard his call-in request for prayer. He is struggling with alcohol and sometimes drugs but alcohol primarily. And he just can’t seem to quit, he said, on his own. It’s an addiction. And I’m not gonna offer any advice because I’m not a professional. But and I know you just want prayer Shawn, so, that’s what I’m gonna do, right now. DABers please join me at the campfire, and we’ll pray for Shawn, in London, England. Father God, You are all knowing, all powerful, omniscient. And we’re so glad that we have You in our lives. Across the pond, Lord, I ask for You to meet Shawn, right where he is. And lift him up Lord. Help him to conquer this disease of alcoholism in any way he can. If that means, help, or, however. Lord, give him Your Holy Spirit and a peace in him that directs him to the way he should go. Let him know that we are with him, and we love him, and that You love him, Father. And I thank You Lord for watching over Shawn. In Your Holy name Father. Amen. Signing off. This is God’s Gal, Minnesota. Goodbye, DABers.

This is Victorious Soldier calling to pray for Susan in Haiti and also Shawn, dealing with drug and alcohol abuse. Gracious Father, we just ask You to touch Susan in Haiti, we just ask You to work a miracle. Father, we just ask You to have Your way. We just ask You to open doors that no man can close and ask You to bless. I ask You to touch Shawn. Father, in the name of Jesus, he’s having problems with alcohol. Rebuke that…that demon of…of, we rebuke that demon inside him Lord. Rebuke that spider of desire and cast out the cobwebs of life in him. Father, in the name of Jesus, and You give him the strength. Father, in the name of Jesus, to say no to it. Father, in the name Jesus, as You cast out that spider. And Lord, give him the desires of his heart. Put his trust in You. Fill him with Your Holy Ghost and Your fire. In the mighty name of Jesus. And Lord, we’ll give You the glory. In Jesus name. Thank you DABers. Have a good day. Bye Bye.

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Monday November 21, 2022 (NIV)

Ezekiel 42-43

The Priests’ Chambers

42 Then the man led me out by way of the north gate into the outer court.(A) He brought me to the group of chambers opposite the temple yard and opposite the building(B) to the north. Along the length of the chambers, which was 175 feet,[a](C) there was an entrance on the north; the width was 87½ feet.[b] Opposite the 35 foot space[c] belonging to the inner court and opposite the paved surface(D) belonging to the outer court, the structure rose gallery by gallery(E) in three tiers. In front of the chambers was a walkway toward the inside,(F) 17½ feet[d] wide and 175 feet long,[e] and their entrances were on the north. The upper chambers were narrower because the galleries took away more space from them than from the lower and middle stories of the building. For they were arranged in three stories and had no pillars like the pillars of the courts;(G) therefore the upper chambers were set back from the ground more than the lower and middle stories. A wall on the outside ran in front of the chambers, parallel to them, toward the outer court; it was 87½ feet long. For the chambers on the outer court were 87½ feet long, while those facing the great hall were 175 feet long.(H) At the base of these chambers there was an entryway on the east side as one enters them from the outer court.(I)

10 In the thickness of the wall of the court toward the south,[f] there were chambers facing the temple yard(J) and the western building, 11 with a passageway in front of them, just like the chambers that faced north.(K) Their length and width, as well as all their exits, measurements, and entrances, were identical. 12 The entrance at the beginning of the passageway, the way in front of the corresponding[g] wall as one enters on the east side, was similar to the entrances of the chambers that were on the south side.

13 Then the man said to me, “The northern and southern chambers that face the courtyard are the holy chambers where the priests who approach the Lord will eat(L) the most holy offerings.(M) There they will deposit the most holy offerings—the grain offerings, sin offerings, and guilt offerings—for the place is holy.(N) 14 Once the priests have entered, they are not to go out from the holy area to the outer court until they have removed the clothes they minister in, for these are holy.(O) They are to put on other clothes before they approach the public area.”(P)

Outside Dimensions of the Temple Complex

15 When he finished measuring inside the temple complex, he led me out by way of the gate that faced east and measured all around the complex.(Q)

16 He measured the east side with a measuring rod;

it was 875 feet[h] by the measuring rod.[i]

17 He[j] measured the north side;

it was 875 feet by the measuring rod.

18 He[k] measured the south side;

it was 875 feet by the measuring rod.

19 Then he turned to the west side

and measured 875 feet by the measuring rod.

20 He measured the temple complex on all four sides. It had a wall all around it,(R) 875 feet long and 875 feet(S) wide, to separate the holy from the common.(T)

Return of the Lord’s Glory

43 He led me to the gate,(U) the one that faces east, and I saw the glory of the God of Israel(V) coming from the east.(W) His voice sounded like the roar of a huge torrent,(X) and the earth shone with his glory.(Y) The vision I saw(Z) was like the one I had seen when he[l] came to destroy the city,(AA) and like the ones I had seen by the Chebar Canal.(AB) I fell facedown.(AC) The glory of the Lord entered the temple by way of the gate that faced east.(AD) Then the Spirit lifted me up(AE) and brought me to the inner court, and the glory of the Lord filled the temple.(AF)

While the man was standing beside me, I heard someone speaking to me from the temple.(AG) He said to me, “Son of man, this is the place of my throne and the place for the soles of my feet,(AH) where I will dwell among the Israelites forever.(AI) The house of Israel and their kings will no longer defile my holy name by their religious prostitution and by the corpses[m](AJ) of their kings at their high places.[n](AK) Whenever they placed their threshold next to my threshold and their doorposts beside my doorposts, with only a wall between me and them, they were defiling my holy name by the detestable acts they committed.(AL) So I destroyed them in my anger. Now let them remove their prostitution and the corpses(AM) of their kings far from me, and I will dwell among them forever.(AN)

10 “As for you, son of man, describe the temple to the house of Israel,(AO) so that they may be ashamed of their iniquities.(AP) Let them measure its pattern,(AQ) 11 and they will be ashamed of all that they have done. Reveal[o] the design of the temple to them—its layout with its exits and entrances(AR)—its complete design along with all its statutes, design specifications, and laws. Write it down in their sight(AS) so that they may observe its complete design and all its statutes and may carry them out.(AT) 12 This is the law of the temple: All its surrounding territory on top of the mountain(AU) will be especially holy. Yes, this is the law of the temple.

The Altar

13 “These are the measurements of the altar(AV) in units of length (each unit being the standard length plus three inches):[p](AW) The gutter is 21 inches[q] deep and 21 inches wide, with a rim of nine inches[r] around its edge. This is the base[s] of the altar. 14 The distance from the gutter on the ground to the lower ledge is 3½ feet,[t] and the width of the ledge is 21 inches. There are 7 feet[u] from the small ledge to the large ledge, whose width is also 21 inches. 15 The altar hearth[v] is 7 feet high, and four horns(AX) project upward from the hearth. 16 The hearth is square, 21 feet[w] long by 21 feet wide.(AY) 17 The ledge is 24½ feet[x] long by 24½ feet wide, with four equal sides.(AZ) The rim all around it is 10½ inches,[y] and its gutter is 21 inches all around it. The altar’s steps face east.”(BA)

18 Then he said to me, “Son of man,(BB) this is what the Lord God says: These are the statutes for the altar on the day it is constructed, so that burnt offerings(BC) may be sacrificed on it and blood may be splattered on it:(BD) 19 You are to give a bull from the herd(BE) as a sin offering(BF) to the Levitical priests who are from the offspring of Zadok,(BG) who approach me in order to serve me.”(BH) This is the declaration of the Lord God. 20 “You are to take some of its blood and apply it to the four horns(BI) of the altar, the four corners of the ledge, and all around the rim. In this way you will purify the altar and make atonement for it.(BJ) 21 Then you are to take away the bull for the sin offering, and it must be burned outside the sanctuary in the place appointed for the temple.(BK)

22 “On the second day you are to present an unblemished male goat as a sin offering. They will purify the altar just as they did with the bull. 23 When you have finished the purification, you are to present a young, unblemished bull(BL) and an unblemished ram from the flock.(BM) 24 You are to present them before the Lord; the priests will throw salt on them and sacrifice them as a burnt offering to the Lord.(BN) 25 You will offer a goat for a sin offering each day for seven days.(BO) A young bull and a ram from the flock, both unblemished, are also to be offered. 26 For seven days the priests are to make atonement for the altar and cleanse it. In this way they will consecrate it[z] 27 and complete the days of purification. Then on the eighth day(BP) and afterward, the priests will offer your burnt offerings and fellowship offerings on the altar, and I will accept you.”(BQ) This is the declaration of the Lord God.

Footnotes:

  1. 42:2 Lit 100 cubits, also in vv. 4,8
  2. 42:2 Lit 50 cubits, also in v. 7
  3. 42:3 Lit 20 cubits
  4. 42:4 Lit 10 cubits
  5. 42:4 LXX, Syr; MT reads wide, a way of one cubit
  6. 42:10 LXX; MT reads east
  7. 42:12 Or protective; Hb obscure
  8. 42:16 Lit 500 in rods, also in vv. 17,18,19
  9. 42:16 Lit rod all around, also in vv. 17,18,19
  10. 42:17 LXX reads Then he turned to the north and
  11. 42:18 LXX reads Then he turned to the south and
  12. 43:3 Some Hb mss, Theod, Vg; other Hb mss, LXX, Syr read I
  13. 43:7 Or monuments, also in v. 9
  14. 43:7 Some Hb mss, Theod, Tg read their death
  15. 43:10–11 LXX, Vg; MT reads pattern. 11 And if they are ashamed ... done, reveal
  16. 43:13 Lit in cubits (a cubit being a cubit plus a handbreadth)
  17. 43:13 Lit one cubit, also in vv. 14,17
  18. 43:13 Lit one span
  19. 43:13 LXX reads height
  20. 43:14 Lit two cubits
  21. 43:14 Lit four cubits, also in v. 15
  22. 43:15 Hb obscure
  23. 43:16 Lit 12 cubits
  24. 43:17 Lit 14 cubits
  25. 43:17 Lit one-half cubit
  26. 43:26 Lit will fill its hands

Cross references:

  1. 42:1 : Ezk 40:17,28,48; 41:1
  2. 42:1 : Ezk 41:12; 42:10,13
  3. 42:2 : Ezk 41:13
  4. 42:3 : Ezk 40:17
  5. 42:3 : Ezk 41:15–16
  6. 42:4 : Ezk 46:19
  7. 42:6 : Ezk 41:6
  8. 42:8 : Ezk 41:13–14
  9. 42:9 : Ezk 44:5; 46:19
  10. 42:10 : Ezk 42:1
  11. 42:11 : Ezk 42:4
  12. 42:13 : Lv 10:3; Dt 21:5; Ezk 40:46
  13. 42:13 : Ex 29:31; Lv 7:6; 10:13–14,17
  14. 42:13 : Lv 6:25,29; 14:13; Nm 18:9–10
  15. 42:14 : Ex 29:4–9; Lv 8:7,13; Is 61:10; Zch 3:4–5
  16. 42:14 : Ezk 44:19
  17. 42:15 : Ezk 40:6; 43:1
  18. 42:20 : Is 60:18; Ezk 40:5; Zch 2:5
  19. 42:20 : Ezk 45:2; Rv 21:16
  20. 42:20 : Ezk 22:26; 44:23; 48:15
  21. 43:1 : Ezk 10:19; 40:6; 42:15; 44:1
  22. 43:2 : Is 6:3; Ezk 1:28; 3:23; 10:18–19
  23. 43:2 : Ezk 11:22–23
  24. 43:2 : Ezk 1:24; Rv 1:15
  25. 43:2 : Ezk 1:28; 10:4; Rv 18:1
  26. 43:3 : Ezk 1:4–28
  27. 43:3 : Jr 1:10; Ezk 9:1
  28. 43:3 : Ezk 1:3
  29. 43:3 : Ezk 1:28; 3:23
  30. 43:4 : Ezk 10:19
  31. 43:5 : Ezk 3:14; 2Co 12:2–4
  32. 43:5 : Ezk 10:4
  33. 43:6 : Ezk 1:26
  34. 43:7 : Ps 47:8
  35. 43:7 : Ezk 37:26–28
  36. 43:7 : Lv 26:30; Ezk 6:5,13
  37. 43:7 : Ezk 6:3–5
  38. 43:8 : Ezk 8:3
  39. 43:9 : Ezk 18:30
  40. 43:9 : Ezk 37:26–28
  41. 43:10 : Ezk 40:4
  42. 43:10 : Ezk 16:61–63
  43. 43:10 : Ezk 28:12
  44. 43:11 : Ezk 44:5
  45. 43:11 : Ezk 12:3
  46. 43:11 : Ezk 11:20
  47. 43:12 : Ezk 40:2
  48. 43:13 : Ex 27:1–8; 2Ch 4:1
  49. 43:13 : Ezk 40:5
  50. 43:15 : Ex 27:2; Lv 9:9; 1Kg 1:50; Ps 118:27
  51. 43:16 : Ex 27:1
  52. 43:17 : Ex 20:26
  53. 43:17 : Ezk 40:6
  54. 43:18 : Ezk 2:1
  55. 43:18 : Ex 40:29
  56. 43:18 : Lv 1:5,11; Heb 9:21–22
  57. 43:19 : Lv 4:3
  58. 43:19 : Ezk 45:19; Heb 7:27
  59. 43:19 : 1Kg 2:35; Ezk 40:46
  60. 43:19 : Nm 16:5
  61. 43:20 : Lv 8:15; 9:9
  62. 43:20 : Lv 16:19
  63. 43:21 : Ex 29:14; Lv 4:12; Heb 13:11
  64. 43:23 : Ex 29:1,10; Ezk 45:18
  65. 43:23 : Ex 29:1
  66. 43:24 : Lv 2:13; Nm 18:19; Mk 9:49–50; Col 4:6
  67. 43:25 : Ex 29:35–37; Lv 8:33
  68. 43:27 : Lv 9:1
  69. 43:27 : Ezk 20:40
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James 5

Warning to the Rich

Come now, you rich(A) people, weep and wail over the miseries that are coming on you. Your wealth has rotted and your clothes are moth-eaten.(B) Your gold and silver are corroded, and their corrosion will be a witness against you and will eat your flesh like fire. You have stored up treasure in the last days.(C) Look! The pay that you withheld from the workers(D) who mowed your fields cries out, and the outcry of the harvesters has reached the ears of the Lord of Armies.(E) You have lived luxuriously on the earth and have indulged yourselves. You have fattened your hearts(F) in a day of slaughter.(G) You have condemned, you have murdered the righteous, who does not resist you.(H)

Waiting for the Lord

Therefore, brothers and sisters, be patient until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth and is patient with it until it receives the early and the late rains.(I) You also must be patient. Strengthen your hearts, because the Lord’s coming is near.(J)

Brothers and sisters, do not complain about one another, so that you will not be judged. Look, the judge stands at the door!(K)

10 Brothers and sisters, take the prophets who spoke in the Lord’s name as an example of suffering and patience. 11 See, we count as blessed those who have endured.[a] You have heard of Job’s endurance(L) and have seen the outcome that the Lord brought about—the Lord is compassionate and merciful.(M)

Truthful Speech

12 Above all, my brothers and sisters, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or with any other oath.(N) But let your “yes” mean “yes,” and your “no” mean “no,” so that you won’t fall under judgment.[b]

Effective Prayer

13 Is anyone among you suffering? He should pray. Is anyone cheerful? He should sing praises.(O) 14 Is anyone among you sick? He should call for the elders of the church, and they are to pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.(P) 15 The prayer of faith will save the sick person, and the Lord will raise him up; if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.(Q) 16 Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is very powerful in its effect.(R) 17 Elijah was a human being as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the land.(S) 18 Then he prayed again, and the sky gave rain and the land produced its fruit.(T)

19 My brothers and sisters, if any among you strays from the truth,(U) and someone turns him back,(V) 20 let that person know that whoever turns a sinner from the error of his way will save his soul from death and cover a multitude of sins.(W)

Footnotes:

  1. 5:11 Or persevered
  2. 5:12 Other mss read fall into hypocrisy
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Psalm 119:1-16

Psalm 119

Delight in God’s Word

א Aleph

How[a] happy are those whose way is blameless,(A)
who walk according to the Lord’s instruction!(B)
Happy are those who keep his decrees(C)
and seek him with all their heart.(D)
They do nothing wrong;(E)
they walk in his ways.
You have commanded that your precepts(F)
be diligently kept.
If only my ways were committed
to keeping your statutes!(G)
Then I would not be ashamed(H)
when I think about all your commands.
I will praise you with an upright heart(I)
when I learn your righteous judgments.
I will keep your statutes;
never abandon me.(J)

ב Beth

How can a young man keep his way pure?
By keeping your[b] word.(K)
10 I have sought you with all my heart;(L)
don’t let me wander from your commands.(M)
11 I have treasured your word in my heart(N)
so that I may not sin against you.
12 Lord, may you be blessed;
teach me your statutes.(O)
13 With my lips I proclaim
all the judgments from your mouth.(P)
14 I rejoice in the way revealed by your decrees(Q)
as much as in all riches.
15 I will meditate on your precepts(R)
and think about your ways.(S)
16 I will delight in your statutes;(T)
I will not forget your word.

Footnotes:

  1. 119:1 The stanzas of this poem form an acrostic.
  2. 119:9 Or keeping it according to your
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Proverbs 28:6-7

Better the poor person who lives with integrity(A)
than the rich one who distorts right and wrong.[a](B)

A discerning son keeps the law,
but a companion of gluttons humiliates his father.(C)

Footnotes:

  1. 28:6 Lit who twists two ways
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11/20/2022 DAB Transcript

Ezekiel 40:28-41:26, James 4:1-17, Psalms 118:19-29, Proverbs 28:3-5

Today is the 20th day of November welcome to the Daily Audio Bible I am Brian it is great to be here with you today as we greet a brand-new shiny sparkly week. And I mean this is Thanksgiving week here in the United States, typically travel, typically new…not new people, but like family that maybe we don’t get to see all the time. And then by the time the week is over its Black Friday and all the sudden we are in the thick of the Christmas season. And, so, here we are. This is the week. And as we’ve talked about before things get more and more busy, things speed up. This is a very different time of year than any other time of year, and it kinda…it changes, and it doesn’t really let up until we’re kind of in that week before the new year, like between Christmas and New Year’s and then we launch into a brand-new year. So, let’s remember we started this journey, and we will finish this journey and we will finish this journey strong and well. And if there is a time to stay rooted in the Scriptures it is this time of the year as we push toward the end of the year. And that’s not to say that every day isn’t a day to stay rooted in the Scriptures. Like if we’ve traveled this far then we know that the Bible makes a profound difference in many of our days and is there to speak truth when we need it. But we definitely need it at this time of the year because all of our rhythms start to shift a little bit and our interactions are with maybe people that are…like I said…family or friends or just different people that we’re not used to associating with all during the year that become part of the Christmas season and we start to feel the good will toward men and we start paying attention to each other in different ways. So, let’s just invite God into all of that as we continue forward and allow His word to continue to speak into our lives. And, so, let’s dive in. We will read from the Christian Standard Bible this week and we are moving back out into the book of Ezekiel, and we’ll actually be finishing Ezekiel by the end of this week. We are in the letter to James in the New Testament. We will be moving into new territory in the New Testament this week as well. So, let’s dive in. Ezekiel chapter 40 verse 28 through 41 verse 26.

Prayer:

Father, we thank you for your word. We thank you for this brand-new week and we invite your Holy Spirit into all the festivities of a week like this and the transition into the holiday season. And here we go once again. It’s a beautiful beautiful time of year, the most wonderful time of the year, and yet it can get very very discombobulated very very quickly and we can find ourselves kind of all over the map emotionally and just feel like we’re kinda getting pulled in a lot of different directions. So, we want to ask for your peace and your truth to hover and permeate this season. We learned from the book of James today that we don’t have because we don’t ask and then we do ask it’s…it’s with selfish motivations, it’s with the wrong motives so that it can kind of enhance our own pleasure. But we’re not asking for that purpose. We’re asking because we need you. We won’t navigate this well this this holiday season or any of the rest of our lives. We won’t navigate well on our own. We have already very well proven that to ourselves, and you know very well that we are not capable on our own, of navigating much of anything. And what we want to navigate is your will and your ways in revealing…the revealing of your kingdom in this world, the good news that all are welcome. And as we are learning very clearly from the book of James, we can say those words all we want but if that’s not how we live, if that’s not what our lives look like then then there is no authority behind our words. We need you. We humble ourselves before you. We submit ourselves to you and resist the evil one. This is what James is telling us to do. We need your help with both of these things. Even our own submission requires our attentiveness and our alertness and this season that we’re in can pull us in all kinds of directions so that we’re not paying attention until there’s a crisis. Help us. We submit ourselves to you. You will help us to navigate appropriately. Come Holy Spirit into this season, into this week, we pray in the precious powerful mighty beautiful name of Jesus. Amen.

Community Prayer and Praise:

Hello good morning I’m a listener in Washington and I’ve been listening for probably 10 to 12 years. I would love to have prayer for my husband who has for about 10 years struggled with addiction. And the latest is that he ran away to Las Vegas and he’s staying in our condo, and he is on drugs and they are convincing him to take his life. And I…he’s a Christian and he…he says he’s waiting for the Lord to talk to him. And I know that there are so many people that will pray for him. And everything inside of me wants to go and get him and run to him but I feel the Lord telling me to wait like in Hosea. And then I…I just pray that he gets healed from the drugs and that he gets on a program that a doctor can oversee him and start there. And I just pray that he is healed from this drug addiction forever for his whole life. Thank you, thank you, thank you so much. And I listen to your prayers every single day and I love them. And I…I’d like to pray for somebody, her name was Taylor. It was just very sad, and I wrote it down. Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you. And I love you.

Good morning my DAB Family this is Judy from Georgia. To Laura Lee who spun out on I-95, praise the Lord you and no one else was harmed in this incident. Although you were shaken up, all praise and glory to the Lord for your safety. Prayers to Susie from Colorado in her mission to assist others in need in Haiti, that they were pre protected as they bring provisions to the ones in need. May God shield all of you in this mission so that those in need will be provided for and protected. To the woman feeling sad. I pray for you my dear sister. May the Lord comfort you and bring you out of this feeling of sadness. Please Lord give all of us Your strength, guidance, and wisdom and keep our faith strong as we go through our earthly life and help us see, here, and know all that You need us to see, here, and know. Keep us on the narrow path that leads us to You. Have a great God blessed day my DAB family. I pray for them love you all. Bye.

Good morning my DAB family today is November 16th. I’m calling regarding all of the calls at the end of today’s broadcast. So, for the young lady who called in who said she was tired of being sad. Oh my God sister I am praying for you. I know so many people who battle with depression and don’t know where to go. Please know that there’s a whole family here praying for you. Susie from Colorado, your entire story just broke my heart. The reality of the gangs or just knowing that there are people that are starving and hungry and as you said just 90 minutes away, you know, there’s a whole part of Florida, Miami, that’s just thriving. The world seems so imbalanced at times but please know that I am along with a whole DAB family of praying for you and your safety of your staff and that these children are getting this food and the help that they need, and that the UN would actually do something about these gangs. Lori from Boynton Beach what a praise report. Thank God that you are here and what a powerful statement that you made when you said I’m ready to meet Jesus. You know, that’s a question that we all can ask ourselves on a daily basis. Are we ready to see the Lord. But I’m so glad that you’re here to give that testimony. And my brother Sean Rogers, you know, in the Bible people that walk with Jesus didn’t know Jesus. You know who knew Jesus? The devil. The demons knew Jesus. And you have to understand that the word is in you. You’re reciting the word. You’re a powerhouse, my brother. And because of the God that lives you and you the enemies gonna always try you. Please know that I am praying for you and I’m praying that your mission is so great because the world needs you. The world needs people who are not perfect. And because of that God is using you and I need you to know that. I love you, brother. Stay in there. We’re praying.

Hey everybody, it’s Tony the Narrator here. Father God Lord, we pray for everybody who’s working in Port-au-Prince in Haiti. Lord we…we pray that the food will be able to get through. We pray for your miraculous protection. Be a shield to all of the people doing the work over there. But Lord, also I wanna pray for the hearts of people in this world. We’re a people who are already bored of looking at Ukraine and we’re sick of hearing about Zelinsky and Vladimir Putin’s the evil one that we can all hate. And nobody has a heart left for suffering and for the pain and for the struggle that goes through. So Lord, I pray that you will soften the hearts of everyone so that stories like the…the deaths and the pain that’s going that’s happening due to gangs in Haiti can actually get recognition, can be seen and understood. But Lord we live in a world that seems to be governed by misdirection. So, Lord we just pray that Your sanity will come upon this world and soon because we can’t do this Lord. It's…it’s coming to a close and we need You back soon. And it’s in Jesus’ precious name we pray, and we praise you. Amen.

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Sunday November 20, 2022 (NIV)

Ezekiel 40:28-41:26

The Inner Gates

28 Then he brought me to the inner court through the south gate. When he measured the south gate, it had the same measurements as the others. 29 Its recesses, jambs, and portico had the same measurements as the others. Both it and its portico had windows all around. It was 87½ feet long and 43¾ feet wide. 30 (There were porticoes all around, 43¾ feet long and 8¾ feet wide.[a]) 31 Its portico faced the outer court, and its jambs were decorated with palm trees. Its stairway had eight steps.

32 Then he brought me to the inner court on the east side. When he measured the gate, it had the same measurements as the others. 33 Its recesses, jambs, and portico had the same measurements as the others. Both it and its portico had windows all around. It was 87½ feet long and 43¾ feet wide. 34 Its portico faced the outer court, and its jambs were decorated with palm trees on each side. Its stairway had eight steps.

35 Then he brought me to the north gate.(A) When he measured it, it had the same measurements as the others, 36 as did its recesses, jambs, and portico. It also had windows all around. It was 87½ feet long and 43¾ feet wide. 37 Its portico[b] faced the outer court, and its jambs were decorated with palm trees on each side. Its stairway had eight steps.

Rooms for Preparing Sacrifices

38 There was a chamber whose door opened into the gate’s portico.[c] The burnt offering was to be washed there.(B) 39 Inside the gate’s portico there were two tables on each side, on which to slaughter the burnt offering, sin offering,(C) and guilt offering.(D) 40 Outside, as one approaches the entrance of the north gate, there were two tables on one side and two more tables on the other side of the gate’s portico. 41 So there were four tables inside the gate and four outside, eight tables in all on which the slaughtering was to be done. 42 There were also four tables of cut stone for the burnt offering,(E) each 31½ inches[d] long, 31½ inches wide, and 21 inches high. The utensils used to slaughter the burnt offerings and other sacrifices were placed on them. 43 There were three-inch[e] hooks[f] fastened all around the inside of the room, and the flesh of the offering was to be laid on the tables.

Rooms for Singers and Priests

44 Outside the inner gate, within the inner court, there were chambers for the singers:[g](F) one[h] beside the north gate, facing south, and another beside the south[i] gate, facing north. 45 Then the man said to me, “This chamber that faces south is for the priests who keep charge of the temple.(G) 46 The chamber that faces north is for the priests who keep charge of the altar. These are the sons of Zadok,(H) the ones from the sons of Levi who may approach the Lord to serve him.”(I) 47 Next he measured the court. It was square, 175 feet long and 175 feet wide. The altar(J) was in front of the temple.

48 Then he brought me to the portico of the temple and measured the jambs of the portico; they were 8¾ feet thick on each side. The width of the gate was 24½ feet,[j] and the side walls of the gate were[k] 5¼ feet[l] wide on each side. 49 The portico was 35 feet[m] across and 21[n] feet[o] deep, and 10 steps led[p] up to it.(K) There were pillars by the jambs, one on each side.(L)

Inside the Temple

41 Next he brought me into the great hall and measured the jambs;(M) on each side the width of the jamb was 10½ feet.[q][r] The width of the entrance was 17½ feet,[s] and the side walls of the entrance were 8¾ feet[t] wide on each side. He also measured the length of the great hall, 70 feet,[u] and the width, 35 feet.[v](N) He went inside the next room and measured the jambs at the entrance;(O) they were 3½ feet[w] wide. The entrance was 10½ feet wide, and the width of the entrance’s side walls on each side[x] was 12¼ feet.[y] He then measured the length of the room adjacent to the great hall, 35 feet, and the width, 35 feet.(P) And he said to me, “This is the most holy place.”(Q)

Outside the Temple

Then he measured the wall of the temple; it was 10½ feet thick. The width of the side rooms all around the temple was 7 feet.[z](R) The side rooms were arranged one above another in three stories of thirty rooms each.[aa] There were ledges on the wall of the temple all around to serve as supports for the side rooms, so that the supports would not be in the temple wall itself.(S) The side rooms surrounding the temple widened at each successive story, for the structure surrounding the temple went up by stages. This was the reason for the temple’s broadness as it rose. And so, one would go up from the lowest story to the highest by means of the middle one.[ab](T)

I saw that the temple had a raised platform surrounding it; this foundation for the side rooms was 10½ feet high.[ac](U) The thickness of the outer wall of the side rooms was 8¾ feet. The free space between the side rooms of the temple 10 and the outer chambers was 35 feet wide all around the temple.(V) 11 The side rooms opened into the free space, one entrance toward the north and another to the south. The area of free space was 8¾ feet wide all around.

12 Now the building that faced the temple yard toward the west was 122½ feet[ad] wide. The wall of the building was 8¾ feet thick on all sides, and the building’s length was 157½ feet.[ae]

13 Then the man measured the temple; it was 175 feet[af] long.(W) In addition, the temple yard and the building, including its walls, were 175 feet long. 14 The width of the front of the temple along with the temple yard to the east was 175 feet. 15 Next he measured the length of the building facing the temple yard to the west, with its galleries[ag] on each side;(X) it was 175 feet.

Interior Wooden Structures

The interior of the great hall and the porticoes of the court— 16 the thresholds, the beveled windows,(Y) and the balconies all around with their three levels opposite the threshold—were overlaid with wood on all sides.(Z) They were paneled from the ground to the windows (but the windows were covered), 17 reaching to the top of the entrance, and as far as the inner temple and on the outside. On every wall all around, on the inside and outside, was a pattern 18 carved with cherubim and palm trees.(AA) There was a palm tree between each pair of cherubim.(AB) Each cherub had two faces: 19 a human face turned toward the palm tree on one side,(AC) and a lion’s face turned toward it on the other. They were carved throughout the temple on all sides. 20 Cherubim and palm trees were carved from the ground to the top of the entrance and on the wall of the great hall.

21 The doorposts of the great hall were square,(AD) and the front of the sanctuary had the same appearance. 22 The altar was[ah] made of wood, 5¼ feet[ai] high and 3½ feet long.[aj] It had corners, and its length[ak] and sides were of wood.(AE) The man told me, “This is the table that stands before the Lord.”(AF)

23 The great hall and the sanctuary each had a double door,(AG) 24 and each of the doors had two swinging panels.(AH) There were two panels for one door and two for the other. 25 Cherubim and palm trees were carved on the doors of the great hall like those carved on the walls. There was a wooden canopy[al](AI) outside, in front of the portico. 26 There were beveled windows and palm trees on both sides,(AJ) on the side walls of the portico, the side rooms of the temple, and the canopies.[am]

Footnotes:

  1. 40:30 Some Hb mss, LXX omit v. 30
  2. 40:37 LXX; MT reads jambs
  3. 40:38 Text emended; MT reads door was by the jambs, at the gates
  4. 40:42 Lit one and a half cubits
  5. 40:43 Lit one handbreadth
  6. 40:43 Or ledges
  7. 40:44 LXX reads were two chambers
  8. 40:44 LXX; MT reads singers, which was
  9. 40:44 LXX; MT reads east
  10. 40:48 Lit 14 cubits
  11. 40:48 LXX; MT omits 24½ feet, and the side walls of the gate were
  12. 40:48 Lit three cubits
  13. 40:49 Lit 20 cubits
  14. 40:49 LXX; MT reads 19¼
  15. 40:49 Lit 12 cubits
  16. 40:49 MT reads and it was on steps that they would go
  17. 41:1 LXX; MT reads jambs; they were 10½ feet wide on each side—the width of the tabernacle
  18. 41:1 Lit six cubits, also in vv. 3,5
  19. 41:2 Lit 10 cubits
  20. 41:2 Lit five cubits, also in vv. 9,11,12
  21. 41:2 Lit 40 cubits
  22. 41:2 Lit 20 cubits, also in vv. 4,10
  23. 41:3 Lit two cubits, also in v. 22
  24. 41:3 LXX; MT reads width of the entrance
  25. 41:3 Lit seven cubits
  26. 41:5 Lit four cubits
  27. 41:6 Lit another three and thirty times
  28. 41:7 Hb obscure
  29. 41:8 Lit a full rod of six cubits of a joint; Hb obscure
  30. 41:12 Lit 70 cubits
  31. 41:12 Lit 90 cubits
  32. 41:13 Lit 100 cubits
  33. 41:15 Or ledges
  34. 41:21–22 Or and in front of the sanctuary was something that looked like 22 an altar
  35. 41:22 Lit three cubits
  36. 41:22 LXX reads long and 3½ feet wide
  37. 41:22 LXX reads base
  38. 41:25 Hb obscure
  39. 41:26 Hb obscure
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James 4

Proud or Humble

What is the source of wars and fights among you? Don’t they come from your passions(A) that wage war within you?[a] You desire and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and wage war.[b] You do not have because you do not ask. You ask and don’t receive because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your pleasures.(B)

You adulterous people![c] Don’t you know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God? So whoever wants to be the friend of the world becomes the enemy of God.(C) Or do you think it’s without reason that the Scripture says: The spirit he made to dwell in us envies intensely?[d](D)

But he gives greater grace. Therefore he says:

God resists the proud
but gives grace to the humble.[e](E)

Therefore, submit to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.(F) Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.(G) Be miserable and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom.(H) 10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.

11 Don’t criticize one another, brothers and sisters. Anyone who defames or judges a fellow believer[f] defames and judges the law. If you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge.(I) 12 There is one lawgiver and judge[g] who is able to save and to destroy. But who are you to judge your neighbor?(J)

Our Will and God’s Will

13 Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will travel to such and such a city and spend a year there and do business and make a profit.”(K) 14 Yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring—what your life will be! For you are like vapor that appears for a little while, then vanishes.(L)

15 Instead, you should say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.” 16 But as it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil.(M) 17 So it is sin to know the good and yet not do it.(N)

Footnotes:

  1. 4:1 Or war in your members
  2. 4:2 Or You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and wage war.
  3. 4:4 Lit Adulteresses
  4. 4:5 Or Scripture says: He jealously yearns for the spirit he made to live in us?, or Scripture says: The Spirit he made to dwell in us longs jealously?
  5. 4:6 Pr 3:34
  6. 4:11 Or his brother or sister
  7. 4:12 Other mss omit and judge
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Psalm 118:19-29

19 Open the gates of righteousness for me;
I will enter through them
and give thanks to the Lord.(A)
20 This is the Lord’s gate;
the righteous will enter through it.(B)
21 I will give thanks to you
because you have answered me
and have become my salvation.(C)
22 The stone that the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone.(D)
23 This came from the Lord;
it is wondrous in our sight.(E)
24 This is the day the Lord has made;
let’s rejoice and be glad in it.(F)

25 Lord, save us!
Lord, please grant us success!(G)
26 He who comes in the name
of the Lord is blessed.(H)
From the house of the Lord we bless you.(I)
27 The Lord is God and has given us light.
Bind the festival sacrifice with cords
to the horns of the altar.(J)
28 You are my God, and I will give you thanks.
You are my God; I will exalt you.(K)
29 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
his faithful love endures forever.(L)

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Proverbs 28:3-5

A destitute leader[a] who oppresses the poor
is like a driving rain that leaves no food.(A)

Those who reject the law praise the wicked,(B)
but those who keep the law pit themselves against them.(C)

The evil do not understand justice,(D)
but those who seek the Lord understand everything.(E)

Footnotes:

  1. 28:3 LXX reads A wicked man
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11/19/2022 DAB Transcript

Ezekiel 39:1-40:27, James 2:18-3:18, Psalm 118:1-18, Proverbs 28:2

Today is the 19th day of November, welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I am Brian and it’s great to be here with you today, as we bring to a close another one of the well, actually dwindling weeks now. Not too many more of these left before we reach the end of the year. But even recognizing that, we want to get ahead of ourselves, we are here, and we are here today, and we are around the Global Campfire together and we’re here for the next step forward. And so, we don’t take steps a week at a time, we take them a day at a time. And so, here we go. We’ve been reading from the New International Version this week; we will continue to do that today and move back into the book of Ezekiel. Today, chapter 39 verse 1 through 40 verse 27.

Prayer:

Father, we thank You for Your word, we thank You for the beautiful Scriptures and how they speak into every part of our lives. We thank You for another week to spend together in Your word and we thank You for almost a capstone here, at the end of the week from the letter of James, speaking frankly to us, that we can burn our entire lifetime with our mouth. And…and any of us who have been around much, know that this is true. We can find ourselves in situations where we are saying things that can’t be unsaid and shouldn’t be said and aren’t what we mean, which simply reinforces what James is saying. Lots of things can be tamed, but the tongue, we struggle there. And yet, there, is one of the ways that we are created in Your image. You speak and things get created, we speak and although we create…can’t create something out of nothing, matter out of nothing, our words create things inside of each other and we can set things on fire, and they burn a long time. So, we have been told this throughout the year, that what we say matters. So very poignantly laid out for us today as we bring this week to a close, what we say matters and it matters on a number of levels, because our faith, whatever we claim with our mouths to be our faith, is reinforced by what we do. And so, Holy Spirit, come, may our words and our deeds be in sync with each other and may both of those, our words and our deeds, bring glory to You. We pray this in the name of Jesus. Amen.

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Prayer and Encouragements:

Hey, DAB, and specifically Brian, this is Joyfully Jo. And I just wanted to say, thank you, for your message on Hebrews 12:18-29 today on the 15th. I listened to it last night in the middle of the night and it riveted me in my night watches. And when I woke up, I listened to it again because it was just so good and so apropos to my life. My life has been shaking. God has been shaking me for, since 19…2016 when my dad passed away. And the buffer between my dad and my mom and I was gone. And…and I became her caregiver. And it has been the hardest thing I’ve done, and I’ve done a lot of hard things. Anyway, I loved what you said about when you come out of the other side of the shaking, all that will be left in you, will be that which is unshakable. And I see God doing that in my life. Cause I haven’t turned back. Although, I do want the shaking to stop. It’s not time. So, I am going to stand firm in my resolve to keep my eyes on Jesus. Thank you, Brian, so much.

Hello, this is Prodigal Princess from Massachusetts. Going something right now involving someone from my past. It’s a restraining order. And I’ve been in fear, I’m still in fear. I can use prayer. Trying to walk in faith. Feeling very alone. Thank you.

Good morning, everybody. It’s God’s Smile here. I serve a risen savior, his in the world today. I know that He is living, whatever man may say. I see His hand of mercy; I hear His voice of cheer. And just the time I need Him, His always near. He lives, He lives, Christ Jesus lives today. He walks with me, and talks with me, along life’s narrow way. He lives, He lives, salvation to impart. You ask me how I know He lives, He lives, within my heart. Oh, I’m so thankful that each day, He walks with me, and He talks with me and His voice I hear each day. He leads me and teaches me and guides me. I cry and I smile at His goodness and mercy. His word, sometimes, it brings me to tears and sometimes to laughter. And sometimes causes a pause and a thought. His word is active, His word is life, it’s nourishment to our bodies, our minds, our spirits, our very being. He’s our life, He’s our living, risen savior. Oh, hahahaha, what a joy it is to be called a child of God. Kiss kiss, everybody.

Good afternoon, DAB family. This is John Opara again, calling in from South Sudan. I didn’t quite get the name of the gentlemen who came on and said what is the point of all this. That he doesn’t get it. Thank you for your candor. Thank you for the question that you have asked. And I believe that there are so many of us, even people who listen, that would like to ask the same question. But all I can tell you is I would not insult you with canned answers. But keep listening, keep listening to this podcast. And I believe at some point God will speak to you personally, speak to you directly and that is what matters most. All the interpretations of people, all the preaching, none of that, just listen to the reading of the word. Keep listening to it, be patient. And let God speak to you, completely. And God is able to do it and He wants so badly that you get it. And…

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Saturday November 19, 2022 (NIV)

Ezekiel 39:1-40:27

39 “Son of man, prophesy against Gog(A) and say: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I am against you, Gog, chief prince of[a] Meshek(B) and Tubal.(C) I will turn you around and drag you along. I will bring you from the far north(D) and send you against the mountains of Israel.(E) Then I will strike your bow(F) from your left hand and make your arrows(G) drop from your right hand. On the mountains of Israel you will fall, you and all your troops and the nations with you. I will give you as food to all kinds of carrion birds(H) and to the wild animals.(I) You will fall in the open field, for I have spoken, declares the Sovereign Lord.(J) I will send fire(K) on Magog(L) and on those who live in safety in the coastlands,(M) and they will know(N) that I am the Lord.

“‘I will make known my holy name among my people Israel. I will no longer let my holy name be profaned,(O) and the nations will know(P) that I the Lord am the Holy One in Israel.(Q) It is coming! It will surely take place, declares the Sovereign Lord. This is the day(R) I have spoken of.

“‘Then those who live in the towns of Israel will go out and use the weapons for fuel and burn them up—the small and large shields, the bows and arrows,(S) the war clubs and spears. For seven years they will use them for fuel.(T) 10 They will not need to gather wood from the fields or cut it from the forests, because they will use the weapons for fuel. And they will plunder(U) those who plundered them and loot those who looted them, declares the Sovereign Lord.(V)

11 “‘On that day I will give Gog a burial place in Israel, in the valley of those who travel east of the Sea. It will block the way of travelers, because Gog and all his hordes will be buried(W) there. So it will be called the Valley of Hamon Gog.[b](X)

12 “‘For seven months the Israelites will be burying them in order to cleanse the land.(Y) 13 All the people of the land will bury them, and the day I display my glory(Z) will be a memorable day for them, declares the Sovereign Lord. 14 People will be continually employed in cleansing the land. They will spread out across the land and, along with others, they will bury any bodies that are lying on the ground.

“‘After the seven months they will carry out a more detailed search. 15 As they go through the land, anyone who sees a human bone will leave a marker beside it until the gravediggers bury it in the Valley of Hamon Gog, 16 near a town called Hamonah.[c] And so they will cleanse the land.’

17 “Son of man, this is what the Sovereign Lord says: Call out to every kind of bird(AA) and all the wild animals: ‘Assemble and come together from all around to the sacrifice I am preparing for you, the great sacrifice on the mountains of Israel. There you will eat flesh and drink blood.(AB) 18 You will eat the flesh of mighty men and drink the blood of the princes of the earth as if they were rams and lambs, goats and bulls—all of them fattened animals from Bashan.(AC) 19 At the sacrifice(AD) I am preparing for you, you will eat fat till you are glutted and drink blood till you are drunk. 20 At my table you will eat your fill of horses and riders, mighty men and soldiers of every kind,’ declares the Sovereign Lord.(AE)

21 “I will display my glory among the nations, and all the nations will see the punishment I inflict and the hand I lay on them.(AF) 22 From that day forward the people of Israel will know that I am the Lord their God. 23 And the nations will know that the people of Israel went into exile for their sin, because they were unfaithful to me. So I hid my face from them and handed them over to their enemies, and they all fell by the sword.(AG) 24 I dealt with them according to their uncleanness and their offenses, and I hid my face from them.(AH)

25 “Therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord says: I will now restore the fortunes of Jacob[d](AI) and will have compassion(AJ) on all the people of Israel, and I will be zealous for my holy name.(AK) 26 They will forget their shame and all the unfaithfulness they showed toward me when they lived in safety(AL) in their land with no one to make them afraid.(AM) 27 When I have brought them back from the nations and have gathered them from the countries of their enemies, I will be proved holy through them in the sight of many nations.(AN) 28 Then they will know that I am the Lord their God, for though I sent them into exile among the nations, I will gather them(AO) to their own land, not leaving any behind.(AP) 29 I will no longer hide my face(AQ) from them, for I will pour out my Spirit(AR) on the people of Israel, declares the Sovereign Lord.(AS)

The Temple Area Restored

40 In the twenty-fifth year of our exile, at the beginning of the year, on the tenth of the month, in the fourteenth year after the fall of the city(AT)—on that very day the hand of the Lord was on me(AU) and he took me there. In visions(AV) of God he took me to the land of Israel and set me on a very high mountain,(AW) on whose south side were some buildings that looked like a city. He took me there, and I saw a man whose appearance was like bronze;(AX) he was standing in the gateway with a linen cord and a measuring rod(AY) in his hand. The man said to me, “Son of man, look carefully and listen closely and pay attention to everything I am going to show you,(AZ) for that is why you have been brought here. Tell(BA) the people of Israel everything you see.(BB)

The East Gate to the Outer Court

I saw a wall completely surrounding the temple area. The length of the measuring rod in the man’s hand was six long cubits,[e] each of which was a cubit and a handbreadth. He measured(BC) the wall; it was one measuring rod thick and one rod high.

Then he went to the east gate.(BD) He climbed its steps and measured the threshold of the gate; it was one rod deep. The alcoves(BE) for the guards were one rod long and one rod wide, and the projecting walls between the alcoves were five cubits[f] thick. And the threshold of the gate next to the portico facing the temple was one rod deep.

Then he measured the portico of the gateway; it[g] was eight cubits[h] deep and its jambs were two cubits[i] thick. The portico of the gateway faced the temple.

10 Inside the east gate were three alcoves on each side; the three had the same measurements, and the faces of the projecting walls on each side had the same measurements. 11 Then he measured the width of the entrance of the gateway; it was ten cubits and its length was thirteen cubits.[j] 12 In front of each alcove was a wall one cubit high, and the alcoves were six cubits square. 13 Then he measured the gateway from the top of the rear wall of one alcove to the top of the opposite one; the distance was twenty-five cubits[k] from one parapet opening to the opposite one. 14 He measured along the faces of the projecting walls all around the inside of the gateway—sixty cubits.[l] The measurement was up to the portico[m] facing the courtyard.[n](BF) 15 The distance from the entrance of the gateway to the far end of its portico was fifty cubits.[o] 16 The alcoves and the projecting walls inside the gateway were surmounted by narrow parapet openings all around, as was the portico; the openings all around faced inward. The faces of the projecting walls were decorated with palm trees.(BG)

The Outer Court

17 Then he brought me into the outer court.(BH) There I saw some rooms and a pavement that had been constructed all around the court; there were thirty rooms(BI) along the pavement.(BJ) 18 It abutted the sides of the gateways and was as wide as they were long; this was the lower pavement. 19 Then he measured the distance from the inside of the lower gateway to the outside of the inner court;(BK) it was a hundred cubits[p](BL) on the east side as well as on the north.

The North Gate

20 Then he measured the length and width of the north gate, leading into the outer court. 21 Its alcoves(BM)—three on each side—its projecting walls and its portico(BN) had the same measurements as those of the first gateway. It was fifty cubits long and twenty-five cubits wide. 22 Its openings, its portico(BO) and its palm tree decorations had the same measurements as those of the gate facing east. Seven steps led up to it, with its portico opposite them.(BP) 23 There was a gate to the inner court facing the north gate, just as there was on the east. He measured from one gate to the opposite one; it was a hundred cubits.(BQ)

The South Gate

24 Then he led me to the south side and I saw the south gate. He measured its jambs and its portico, and they had the same measurements(BR) as the others. 25 The gateway and its portico had narrow openings all around, like the openings of the others. It was fifty cubits long and twenty-five cubits wide.(BS) 26 Seven steps led up to it, with its portico opposite them; it had palm tree decorations on the faces of the projecting walls on each side.(BT) 27 The inner court(BU) also had a gate facing south, and he measured from this gate to the outer gate on the south side; it was a hundred cubits.(BV)

Footnotes:

  1. Ezekiel 39:1 Or Gog, prince of Rosh,
  2. Ezekiel 39:11 Hamon Gog means hordes of Gog.
  3. Ezekiel 39:16 Hamonah means horde.
  4. Ezekiel 39:25 Or now bring Jacob back from captivity
  5. Ezekiel 40:5 That is, about 11 feet or about 3.2 meters; also in verse 12. The long cubit of about 21 inches or about 53 centimeters is the basic unit of measurement of length throughout chapters 40–48.
  6. Ezekiel 40:7 That is, about 8 3/4 feet or about 2.7 meters; also in verse 48
  7. Ezekiel 40:9 Many Hebrew manuscripts, Septuagint, Vulgate and Syriac; most Hebrew manuscripts gateway facing the temple; it was one rod deep. Then he measured the portico of the gateway; it
  8. Ezekiel 40:9 That is, about 14 feet or about 4.2 meters
  9. Ezekiel 40:9 That is, about 3 1/2 feet or about 1 meter
  10. Ezekiel 40:11 That is, about 18 feet wide and 23 feet long or about 5.3 meters wide and 6.9 meters long
  11. Ezekiel 40:13 That is, about 44 feet or about 13 meters; also in verses 21, 25, 29, 30, 33 and 36
  12. Ezekiel 40:14 That is, about 105 feet or about 32 meters
  13. Ezekiel 40:14 Septuagint; Hebrew projecting wall
  14. Ezekiel 40:14 The meaning of the Hebrew for this verse is uncertain.
  15. Ezekiel 40:15 That is, about 88 feet or about 27 meters; also in verses 21, 25, 29, 33 and 36
  16. Ezekiel 40:19 That is, about 175 feet or about 53 meters; also in verses 23, 27 and 47

Cross references:

  1. Ezekiel 39:1 : Rev 20:8
  2. Ezekiel 39:1 : S Ge 10:2
  3. Ezekiel 39:1 : S Eze 27:13; S 38:2, 3
  4. Ezekiel 39:2 : S Eze 32:30
  5. Ezekiel 39:2 : S Eze 38:4, 15
  6. Ezekiel 39:3 : Hos 1:5; Am 2:15
  7. Ezekiel 39:3 : Ps 76:3
  8. Ezekiel 39:4 : S Ge 40:19
  9. Ezekiel 39:4 : ver 17-20; S Jer 25:33; S Eze 29:5; S 33:27
  10. Ezekiel 39:5 : S Eze 32:4
  11. Ezekiel 39:6 : S Eze 30:8; Rev 20:9
  12. Ezekiel 39:6 : S Ge 10:2
  13. Ezekiel 39:6 : S Jer 25:22
  14. Ezekiel 39:6 : S Ex 6:7
  15. Ezekiel 39:7 : S Ex 20:7; S Eze 13:19
  16. Ezekiel 39:7 : S Isa 49:26
  17. Ezekiel 39:7 : S Isa 12:6; S 54:5; S Eze 20:9; S 36:16, 23
  18. Ezekiel 39:8 : Eze 7:6
  19. Ezekiel 39:9 : Ps 76:3
  20. Ezekiel 39:9 : S Ps 46:9
  21. Ezekiel 39:10 : S Ex 3:22
  22. Ezekiel 39:10 : S Isa 14:2; S 33:1; Hab 2:8
  23. Ezekiel 39:11 : S Isa 34:3
  24. Ezekiel 39:11 : S Eze 38:2
  25. Ezekiel 39:12 : Dt 21:23
  26. Ezekiel 39:13 : Eze 28:22
  27. Ezekiel 39:17 : S Job 15:23
  28. Ezekiel 39:17 : S Eze 32:4
  29. Ezekiel 39:18 : S Ps 22:12; Jer 51:40
  30. Ezekiel 39:19 : S Lev 3:9
  31. Ezekiel 39:20 : S Isa 56:9; S Jer 12:9; Rev 19:17-18
  32. Ezekiel 39:21 : Ex 9:16; Isa 37:20; S Eze 38:16
  33. Ezekiel 39:23 : Isa 1:15; 59:2; S Jer 22:8-9; S 44:23
  34. Ezekiel 39:24 : 2Ki 17:23; Jer 2:17, 19; 4:18; S Eze 7:22; Da 9:7
  35. Ezekiel 39:25 : S Jer 33:7
  36. Ezekiel 39:25 : S Jer 30:18
  37. Ezekiel 39:25 : Isa 27:12-13; S Eze 16:53
  38. Ezekiel 39:26 : S 1Ki 4:25; S Jer 32:37; S Eze 38:8
  39. Ezekiel 39:26 : Isa 17:2; Eze 34:28; Mic 4:4
  40. Ezekiel 39:27 : S Eze 37:21
  41. Ezekiel 39:28 : Ps 147:2
  42. Ezekiel 39:28 : S Eze 36:23, 36
  43. Ezekiel 39:29 : S Dt 31:17
  44. Ezekiel 39:29 : S Isa 11:2; S Eze 37:9; S Ac 2:17
  45. Ezekiel 39:29 : S Eze 16:42
  46. Ezekiel 40:1 : S 2Ki 25:7; Jer 39:1-10; 52:4-11
  47. Ezekiel 40:1 : S Eze 1:3; S 29:17
  48. Ezekiel 40:2 : S Ex 24:10; Da 7:1, 7
  49. Ezekiel 40:2 : S Jer 31:12; S Eze 17:22; Rev 21:10
  50. Ezekiel 40:3 : S Eze 1:7; Rev 1:15
  51. Ezekiel 40:3 : Eze 47:3; Zec 2:1-2; Rev 11:1; 21:15
  52. Ezekiel 40:4 : S Dt 6:6
  53. Ezekiel 40:4 : Jer 26:2
  54. Ezekiel 40:4 : Eze 44:5
  55. Ezekiel 40:5 : Eze 42:20
  56. Ezekiel 40:6 : S Eze 8:16
  57. Ezekiel 40:7 : ver 36
  58. Ezekiel 40:14 : S Ex 27:9
  59. Ezekiel 40:16 : ver 21-22; 2Ch 3:5; Eze 41:26
  60. Ezekiel 40:17 : Rev 11:2
  61. Ezekiel 40:17 : Eze 41:6
  62. Ezekiel 40:17 : Eze 42:1
  63. Ezekiel 40:19 : Eze 46:1
  64. Ezekiel 40:19 : ver 23, 27
  65. Ezekiel 40:21 : ver 7
  66. Ezekiel 40:21 : ver 30
  67. Ezekiel 40:22 : ver 49
  68. Ezekiel 40:22 : S ver 16, 26
  69. Ezekiel 40:23 : S ver 19
  70. Ezekiel 40:24 : ver 32, 35
  71. Ezekiel 40:25 : ver 33
  72. Ezekiel 40:26 : S ver 22
  73. Ezekiel 40:27 : ver 32
  74. Ezekiel 40:27 : S ver 19
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James 2:18-3

18 But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.”

Show me your faith without deeds,(A) and I will show you my faith(B) by my deeds.(C) 19 You believe that there is one God.(D) Good! Even the demons believe that(E)—and shudder.

20 You foolish person, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless[a]?(F) 21 Was not our father Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar?(G) 22 You see that his faith and his actions were working together,(H) and his faith was made complete by what he did.(I) 23 And the scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,”[b](J) and he was called God’s friend.(K) 24 You see that a person is considered righteous by what they do and not by faith alone.

25 In the same way, was not even Rahab the prostitute considered righteous for what she did when she gave lodging to the spies and sent them off in a different direction?(L) 26 As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.(M)

Taming the Tongue

Not many of you should become teachers,(N) my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged(O) more strictly.(P) We all stumble(Q) in many ways. Anyone who is never at fault in what they say(R) is perfect,(S) able to keep their whole body in check.(T)

When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal.(U) Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go. Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts.(V) Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. The tongue also is a fire,(W) a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body,(X) sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.(Y)

All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and sea creatures are being tamed and have been tamed by mankind, but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.(Z)

With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness.(AA) 10 Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be. 11 Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? 12 My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs?(AB) Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water.

Two Kinds of Wisdom

13 Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it(AC) by their good life, by deeds(AD) done in the humility that comes from wisdom. 14 But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition(AE) in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth.(AF) 15 Such “wisdom” does not come down from heaven(AG) but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic.(AH) 16 For where you have envy and selfish ambition,(AI) there you find disorder and every evil practice.

17 But the wisdom that comes from heaven(AJ) is first of all pure; then peace-loving,(AK) considerate, submissive, full of mercy(AL) and good fruit, impartial and sincere.(AM) 18 Peacemakers(AN) who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.(AO)

Footnotes:

  1. James 2:20 Some early manuscripts dead
  2. James 2:23 Gen. 15:6
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Psalm 118:1-18

Psalm 118

Give thanks to the Lord,(A) for he is good;(B)
his love endures forever.(C)

Let Israel say:(D)
“His love endures forever.”(E)
Let the house of Aaron say:(F)
“His love endures forever.”
Let those who fear the Lord(G) say:
“His love endures forever.”

When hard pressed,(H) I cried to the Lord;
he brought me into a spacious place.(I)
The Lord is with me;(J) I will not be afraid.
What can mere mortals do to me?(K)
The Lord is with me; he is my helper.(L)
I look in triumph on my enemies.(M)

It is better to take refuge in the Lord(N)
than to trust in humans.(O)
It is better to take refuge in the Lord
than to trust in princes.(P)
10 All the nations surrounded me,
but in the name of the Lord I cut them down.(Q)
11 They surrounded me(R) on every side,(S)
but in the name of the Lord I cut them down.
12 They swarmed around me like bees,(T)
but they were consumed as quickly as burning thorns;(U)
in the name of the Lord I cut them down.(V)
13 I was pushed back and about to fall,
but the Lord helped me.(W)
14 The Lord is my strength(X) and my defense[a];
he has become my salvation.(Y)

15 Shouts of joy(Z) and victory
resound in the tents of the righteous:
“The Lord’s right hand(AA) has done mighty things!(AB)
16 The Lord’s right hand is lifted high;
the Lord’s right hand has done mighty things!”
17 I will not die(AC) but live,
and will proclaim(AD) what the Lord has done.
18 The Lord has chastened(AE) me severely,
but he has not given me over to death.(AF)

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 118:14 Or song
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Proverbs 28:2

When a country is rebellious, it has many rulers,
but a ruler with discernment and knowledge maintains order.

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11/18/2022 DAB Transcript

Ezekiel 37:1-38:23, James 1:19-2:17, Psalms 117:1-2, Proverbs 28:1

Today is the 18th day of November, welcome to the Daily Audio Bible I am it’s great to be here with you today as we move forward together one step at a time, day by day. And, so, our next step forward, the one we’re taking today leads us back into the book of Ezekiel. We’re reading from the New International Version this week. Ezekiel chapters 37 and 38 today.

Commentary:

Okay, a couple of things today. We read Ezekiel chapter 37 today and that is the story of The Valley of the dry bones and it’s like a visionary experience that the prophet Ezekiel has. And it’s just…it’s been a poignant passage of Scripture in my life for so very long now. Like, one of the earliest things that really stuck out to me in the early years of Daily Audio Bible, I would look forward to getting to Ezekiel 37 because there’s this valley of dry bones. And yes, this valley of dry bones represents Israel, but just look out across the world today, right? And it feels like we’re…we’re just so beaten down in different areas of our lives. It’s like it’s strewn all across a valley. It’s just these bones. And it’s a visionary experience, but for a valley to be full of dry bones meant probably a battle happened there and, you know, the bones are the people who were the casualties and it’s been a long time because their skeletons now. And, so, they’ve decomposed, and they’ve baked out in the sun, and now their skeletons of dry bones. So, like, that’s as dead as dead gets, right? I think that’s what the imagery is supposed to be telling us. Like this is as dead as dead gets. And the Lord comes to the prophet and says, can these bones live? It’s almost like it’s a trick question. But Ezekiel answers like really well, I think you’re the only one that could possibly know that Lord. And the Lord tells him to prophesy and ultimately tells him to call to the four winds, the breath of life. And that which was as dead as dead gets was restored to life again. That imagery, that hope, that no matter how dry, how we may get in our lives there is always hope to be restored. That has really stuck with me and hopefully it sticks with you. There is always hope. Actually, this is kind of where our coffee brand, Windfarm. I know that’s like such a weird transition, but that term, Windfarm is really inspired by Ezekiel chapter 37 and the prophet calling to the four winds, the breath of life. And I just thought, what if that were happening all of the time. What if it was like a Windfarm calling to the four winds, the breath of life all the time because I was seeing these wind farms all over…well…actually all over the world, but definitely all over the country that I live in here the United States. Gigantic windmills, like so big, and just valleys of them I’ve seen in different places in this country. Hundreds and hundreds of them harvesting from the wind and that’s just always stuck with me. What if we knew that this was available, that we could call to the four winds and ask God to send the breath of life into a world that needs the breath of life’s so badly. And, so, I love when we come to Ezekiel 37 each and every year

We’re also reading other books though. We’re reading through the letter of James and we talked about that yesterday. And James is a butt kicker. If there is a butt kicker in the Bible, James at least to me, is that…well…at least me…my butt gets kicked every year. He’s unflinching. He’s not mean, he’s not arrogant, he’s not abusive, he’s just unflinching. So, today we read from that letter, and I quote, “do not merely listen to the word and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom and continues in it, not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it, they will be blessed in what they do.” I’m pretty sure we get the point. Feasting on the Scriptures and then not incorporating them in any way in life, what good is that? Like, that doesn’t change anything. So, that should allow us to take a step back and pause and reflect upon our lives. Like, are we hearing and not in any way doing? Are we hearing so that we can have knowledge, but it doesn’t actually do anything within us, our lives are not transformed in any way? What good is that? What is the point of accumulating biblical knowledge if it’s not going to be used in any way? James is leading to a point and his point is direct. And I quote, “what good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds. Can such faith save them? Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them go in peace, keep warm, be well fed, but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way”…in this same way, James says, “faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead, dead faith.” So, do we have this weird letter in the New Testament that is not in sync with everything else in the New Testament? Are we needing to work for our salvation all of the sudden now that we’ve gotten to the book of James? No. You can’t save yourself. Nothing you could possibly do could save you. Only God’s mercy upon you, saves you. But if that happens to you, you have one the…the cosmic victory of victories. You got what everyone is searching for. If that doesn’t change how you live, what is that saying? Because Christ inside of us transforming us through faith should change everything about everything, because we have been made new. Like we are no longer who we were. That person died and was resurrected in Christ, a new creation. Everything should actually be different. Our faith should be borne out by the very actions of our lives. That’s not working to achieve something that is the overflow of a transformed person. If your life completely changes then your lifestyle completely changes as well, which gives us plenty. Like James has looked us in the eyes through this letter and challenged us to reflect upon ourselves very carefully. And maybe not make claims that are not borne out in our lives at all. Can’t get much more direct than that.

Prayer:

Holy Spirit come into that, come into that, come into the places where we are hearers, but not doers and come into the places that are just valleys of dry bones within us. You have promised that You are making all things new, which means You are putting things back together again, and that includes us. May we not interfere and may the very gratefulness of our hearts be borne out in the way that we care for one another, in the way that we treat each other, in the way that we treat our world, and in the way that we treat ourselves. Come Holy Spirit we pray into all of this we ask in the name of Jesus. Amen.

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Community Prayer and Praise:

Hey…sorry…hey DAB family. So, I have been struggling with losing my two aunts from a year ago. I can’t get over the fact that they both died around the same time. One was closer but I had a strong connection with both. And I want you to pray for me to help me overcome the fear of them dying and me losing other people. Thank you so much. You are amazing and I love listening to you guys. So, love you.

Hi, this is Sunshine and I’m just calling. I just got through doing all of my listening and I’ve been listening probably for two years now. I’ve called in a couple of times. I’m Sunshine. I’m just going through a really hard time in my life. I have been for the last, gosh, five years. My husband has…has left and been living in the wilderness for years now and I’ve been raising our children. They’re adult children. There’s five of them. But it’s been very difficult. They’ve been so full of pain, and they don’t understand their dad and why he’s doing what he’s doing and living a very sinful lifestyle with another. And I’m just standing and asking the Lord to just intervene. And I feel like I’m in the middle trying to pray for his heart to love the Lord as well as pray for my children and to pray for my stand and justice, to love him and forgive him and to forgive others. And also just trying to find joy in…regardless of my circumstances, trying to teach my children conservative morals and first of all faith and to love the Lord because He’s victorious and faith is…is #1 as well as love. So, if I could just ask for you guys to for your prayers for restoration…

Hey guys this is Brooke from Texas. I was just calling in to ask for prayer. I’ve been just kind of in a rut with a Lord for about the past five years, which was kind of spurred on from just a really bad and confusing breakup that just led to a lot of questioning. And I’ve always been someone that has struggled with anxiety and fear and it just feels like in these past few years any fears and anxieties I’ve felt like I’ve conquered in the past have just kind of come back in different ways and a little bit stronger. And it’s just been really hard to…to trust in the Lord. And I don’t know, I just feel like I’m getting everything wrong or I don’t even know but just being riddled with…with fear and anxiety. And the other night I actually woke up after a horrible nightmare and having a bit of a panic attack and I put on the Sleep resource from Brian and I just remember hearing Psalm 34 four through five which says I pray to the Lord and He answered me. He freed me from all my fears. Those who look to Him for help will be radiant with joy. No shadow or shame will darken their faces, which was actually the verse of the day that I saw the next morning. And that’s just my prayer right now. And if you guys could just join me in praying that over me that I would be freed from all of these fears and just be able to live in freedom and in joy with the Lord. Thanks.

Good morning DABC family, this is Rodney from Atlanta. Blessings to all of you. And I want to pray for the lady that called in about the little baby that was sick. She’s very sick apparently. The baby’s name is Storm. I want to pray for that little child. Jesus really concerned about children. He told the disciples, let the children come to me. Forbid them not. Because He is concerned about children. He loves children. I wanna encourage the young lady that called in, maybe talk to the parents and ask them to consider not calling her Storm. The Bible says we have what we say. Maybe consider changing the name or calling her by another name and maybe the deliverance will come. But I want to pray. Father, I thank the Lord right now for touching this baby. Lord lay your nail scarred hands on that baby now. They put 39 stripes on your back. You were wounded for our transgression, You were bruised for our iniquity. The chastisement of our peace was upon You and with Your stripes you are healed. Heal that baby now from the crown of her head to the soles of her feet. I curse the spirit of cancer to die in her body. And God raise this baby up for your glory for a great testimony that she will have in the name of the Lord Jesus. Touch the parents. Give them wisdom Father in how to minister this baby. And Lord we praise you in advance for what you’re going to do. We know you are concerned about children. You love children. So, God heal this little baby. Touch her, heal her. Raise her up for your glory. And God we will praise you in advance. It’s in the matchless, the mighty, the marvelous, and majestic name of Jesus I pray. Amen.

Hello, this is iris from Sun City AZ and I’m calling on behalf of John from Florida who has lost everything in the terrible hurricane. Lord God, I pray that You would come through for John and You would send him help in Jesus’ wholly powerful and precious name. Amen.

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Friday November 18, 2022 (NIV)

Ezekiel 37-38

The Valley of Dry Bones

37 The hand of the Lord was on me,(A) and he brought me out by the Spirit(B) of the Lord and set me in the middle of a valley;(C) it was full of bones.(D) He led me back and forth among them, and I saw a great many bones on the floor of the valley, bones that were very dry. He asked me, “Son of man, can these bones live?”

I said, “Sovereign Lord, you alone know.(E)

Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones and say to them, ‘Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord!(F) This is what the Sovereign Lord says to these bones: I will make breath[a] enter you, and you will come to life.(G) I will attach tendons to you and make flesh come upon you and cover you with skin; I will put breath in you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the Lord.(H)’”

So I prophesied as I was commanded. And as I was prophesying, there was a noise, a rattling sound, and the bones came together, bone to bone. I looked, and tendons and flesh appeared on them and skin covered them, but there was no breath in them.

Then he said to me, “Prophesy to the breath;(I) prophesy, son of man, and say to it, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Come, breath, from the four winds(J) and breathe into these slain, that they may live.’” 10 So I prophesied as he commanded(K) me, and breath entered them; they came to life and stood up on their feet—a vast army.(L)

11 Then he said to me: “Son of man, these bones are the people of Israel. They say, ‘Our bones are dried up and our hope is gone; we are cut off.’(M) 12 Therefore prophesy and say to them: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: My people, I am going to open your graves and bring you up from them; I will bring you back to the land of Israel.(N) 13 Then you, my people, will know that I am the Lord,(O) when I open your graves and bring you up from them.(P) 14 I will put my Spirit(Q) in you and you will live, and I will settle(R) you in your own land. Then you will know that I the Lord have spoken, and I have done it, declares the Lord.(S)’”

One Nation Under One King

15 The word of the Lord came to me: 16 “Son of man, take a stick of wood and write on it, ‘Belonging to Judah and the Israelites(T) associated with him.(U)’ Then take another stick of wood, and write on it, ‘Belonging to Joseph (that is, to Ephraim) and all the Israelites associated with him.’ 17 Join them together into one stick so that they will become one in your hand.(V)

18 “When your people ask you, ‘Won’t you tell us what you mean by this?’(W) 19 say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I am going to take the stick of Joseph—which is in Ephraim’s hand—and of the Israelite tribes associated with him, and join it to Judah’s stick. I will make them into a single stick of wood, and they will become one in my hand.’(X) 20 Hold before their eyes the sticks you have written on 21 and say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I will take the Israelites out of the nations where they have gone. I will gather them from all around and bring them back into their own land.(Y) 22 I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel.(Z) There will be one king over all of them and they will never again be two nations or be divided into two kingdoms.(AA) 23 They will no longer defile(AB) themselves with their idols and vile images or with any of their offenses, for I will save them from all their sinful backsliding,[b](AC) and I will cleanse them. They will be my people, and I will be their God.(AD)

24 “‘My servant David(AE) will be king(AF) over them, and they will all have one shepherd.(AG) They will follow my laws and be careful to keep my decrees.(AH) 25 They will live in the land I gave to my servant Jacob, the land where your ancestors lived.(AI) They and their children and their children’s children will live there forever,(AJ) and David my servant will be their prince forever.(AK) 26 I will make a covenant of peace(AL) with them; it will be an everlasting covenant.(AM) I will establish them and increase their numbers,(AN) and I will put my sanctuary among them(AO) forever.(AP) 27 My dwelling place(AQ) will be with them; I will be their God, and they will be my people.(AR) 28 Then the nations will know that I the Lord make Israel holy,(AS) when my sanctuary is among them forever.(AT)’”

The Lord’s Great Victory Over the Nations

38 The word of the Lord came to me: “Son of man, set your face against Gog,(AU) of the land of Magog,(AV) the chief prince of[c] Meshek and Tubal;(AW) prophesy against him and say: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I am against you, Gog, chief prince of[d] Meshek and Tubal.(AX) I will turn you around, put hooks(AY) in your jaws and bring you out with your whole army—your horses, your horsemen fully armed, and a great horde with large and small shields, all of them brandishing their swords.(AZ) Persia, Cush[e](BA) and Put(BB) will be with them, all with shields and helmets, also Gomer(BC) with all its troops, and Beth Togarmah(BD) from the far north(BE) with all its troops—the many nations with you.

“‘Get ready; be prepared,(BF) you and all the hordes gathered about you, and take command of them. After many days(BG) you will be called to arms. In future years you will invade a land that has recovered from war, whose people were gathered from many nations(BH) to the mountains of Israel, which had long been desolate. They had been brought out from the nations, and now all of them live in safety.(BI) You and all your troops and the many nations with you will go up, advancing like a storm;(BJ) you will be like a cloud(BK) covering the land.(BL)

10 “‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: On that day thoughts will come into your mind(BM) and you will devise an evil scheme.(BN) 11 You will say, “I will invade a land of unwalled villages; I will attack a peaceful and unsuspecting people(BO)—all of them living without walls and without gates and bars.(BP) 12 I will plunder and loot and turn my hand against the resettled ruins and the people gathered from the nations, rich in livestock and goods, living at the center of the land.[f] 13 Sheba(BQ) and Dedan(BR) and the merchants of Tarshish(BS) and all her villages[g] will say to you, “Have you come to plunder? Have you gathered your hordes to loot, to carry off silver and gold, to take away livestock and goods and to seize much plunder?(BT)”’

14 “Therefore, son of man, prophesy and say to Gog: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: In that day, when my people Israel are living in safety,(BU) will you not take notice of it? 15 You will come from your place in the far north,(BV) you and many nations with you, all of them riding on horses, a great horde, a mighty army.(BW) 16 You will advance against my people Israel like a cloud(BX) that covers the land.(BY) In days to come, Gog, I will bring you against my land, so that the nations may know me when I am proved holy(BZ) through you before their eyes.(CA)

17 “‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: You are the one I spoke of in former days by my servants the prophets of Israel. At that time they prophesied for years that I would bring you against them. 18 This is what will happen in that day: When Gog attacks the land of Israel, my hot anger will be aroused, declares the Sovereign Lord. 19 In my zeal and fiery wrath I declare that at that time there shall be a great earthquake(CB) in the land of Israel.(CC) 20 The fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, the beasts of the field, every creature that moves along the ground, and all the people on the face of the earth will tremble(CD) at my presence. The mountains will be overturned,(CE) the cliffs will crumble(CF) and every wall will fall to the ground.(CG) 21 I will summon a sword(CH) against Gog on all my mountains, declares the Sovereign Lord. Every man’s sword will be against his brother.(CI) 22 I will execute judgment(CJ) on him with plague and bloodshed;(CK) I will pour down torrents of rain, hailstones(CL) and burning sulfur(CM) on him and on his troops and on the many nations with him.(CN) 23 And so I will show my greatness and my holiness, and I will make myself known in the sight of many nations. Then they will know that I am the Lord.(CO)

Footnotes:

  1. Ezekiel 37:5 The Hebrew for this word can also mean wind or spirit (see verses 6-14).
  2. Ezekiel 37:23 Many Hebrew manuscripts (see also Septuagint); most Hebrew manuscripts all their dwelling places where they sinned
  3. Ezekiel 38:2 Or the prince of Rosh,
  4. Ezekiel 38:3 Or Gog, prince of Rosh,
  5. Ezekiel 38:5 That is, the upper Nile region
  6. Ezekiel 38:12 The Hebrew for this phrase means the navel of the earth.
  7. Ezekiel 38:13 Or her strong lions

Cross references:

  1. Ezekiel 37:1 : S Eze 1:3
  2. Ezekiel 37:1 : S Eze 11:24; Lk 4:1; Ac 8:39
  3. Ezekiel 37:1 : Jer 7:32
  4. Ezekiel 37:1 : S Jer 8:2; Eze 40:1
  5. Ezekiel 37:3 : Dt 32:39; S 1Sa 2:6; Isa 26:19; 1Co 15:35
  6. Ezekiel 37:4 : Jer 22:29
  7. Ezekiel 37:5 : S Ge 2:7; Ps 104:29-30; Rev 11:11
  8. Ezekiel 37:6 : S Ex 6:2; Eze 38:23
  9. Ezekiel 37:9 : ver 14; Ps 104:30; Isa 32:15; Eze 39:29; Zec 12:10
  10. Ezekiel 37:9 : Jer 49:36; Da 7:2; 8:8; 11:4; Zec 2:6; 6:5; Rev 7:1
  11. Ezekiel 37:10 : S Eze 12:7
  12. Ezekiel 37:10 : Rev 11:11
  13. Ezekiel 37:11 : S Job 17:15; S La 3:54
  14. Ezekiel 37:12 : ver 21; Dt 32:39; 1Sa 2:6; Isa 26:19; Jer 29:14; Hos 13:14; Am 9:14-15; Zep 3:20; Zec 8:8
  15. Ezekiel 37:13 : S Ex 6:2
  16. Ezekiel 37:13 : S Eze 17:24; Hos 13:14
  17. Ezekiel 37:14 : S ver 9; S Isa 11:2; Joel 2:28-29
  18. Ezekiel 37:14 : S Jer 43:2
  19. Ezekiel 37:14 : Eze 36:27-28, 36; Rev 11:11
  20. Ezekiel 37:16 : S 1Ki 12:20; 2Ch 10:17-19
  21. Ezekiel 37:16 : Nu 17:2-3; 2Ch 15:9
  22. Ezekiel 37:17 : ver 24; Isa 11:13; S Jer 50:4; Hos 1:11
  23. Ezekiel 37:18 : S Eze 24:19
  24. Ezekiel 37:19 : Zec 10:6
  25. Ezekiel 37:21 : S ver 12; S Isa 43:5-6; S Eze 20:42; 39:27; Mic 4:6
  26. Ezekiel 37:22 : S Eze 17:22; S 34:13-14
  27. Ezekiel 37:22 : Isa 11:13; Jer 33:24; S 50:4; Hos 1:11
  28. Ezekiel 37:23 : Eze 43:7
  29. Ezekiel 37:23 : S Jer 7:24
  30. Ezekiel 37:23 : Eze 11:18; S 36:28; Na 2:2
  31. Ezekiel 37:24 : Isa 55:4; Hos 3:5
  32. Ezekiel 37:24 : S 1Sa 13:14; S Isa 32:1
  33. Ezekiel 37:24 : Zec 13:7
  34. Ezekiel 37:24 : Ps 78:70-71; S Jer 30:21; S Eze 21:27
  35. Ezekiel 37:25 : S Eze 28:25
  36. Ezekiel 37:25 : S Ezr 9:12; Am 9:15
  37. Ezekiel 37:25 : S Ps 89:3-4; Isa 11:1; S Eze 34:23-24
  38. Ezekiel 37:26 : S Nu 25:12
  39. Ezekiel 37:26 : S Ge 9:16; S Dt 29:14; S Heb 13:20
  40. Ezekiel 37:26 : S Jer 30:19
  41. Ezekiel 37:26 : Lev 26:11
  42. Ezekiel 37:26 : S Eze 16:62
  43. Ezekiel 37:27 : S Lev 26:11
  44. Ezekiel 37:27 : S Eze 34:30; S 36:28; S 2Co 6:16*
  45. Ezekiel 37:28 : S Ex 31:13
  46. Ezekiel 37:28 : Eze 43:9; Hos 1:10-11; Zep 3:15
  47. Ezekiel 38:2 : ver 14; Eze 39:11
  48. Ezekiel 38:2 : S Ge 10:2
  49. Ezekiel 38:2 : S Eze 27:13
  50. Ezekiel 38:3 : Eze 39:1
  51. Ezekiel 38:4 : S 2Ki 19:28
  52. Ezekiel 38:4 : S Isa 43:17; Eze 29:4; 39:2; Da 11:40
  53. Ezekiel 38:5 : S Ge 10:6
  54. Ezekiel 38:5 : S Ge 10:6; S Eze 27:10
  55. Ezekiel 38:6 : S Ge 10:2
  56. Ezekiel 38:6 : S Ge 10:3
  57. Ezekiel 38:6 : S Eze 32:30
  58. Ezekiel 38:7 : S Isa 8:9
  59. Ezekiel 38:8 : Isa 24:22
  60. Ezekiel 38:8 : S Isa 11:11
  61. Ezekiel 38:8 : ver 14; Jer 23:6; S Eze 28:26; Joel 3:1
  62. Ezekiel 38:9 : Isa 25:4; 28:2
  63. Ezekiel 38:9 : ver 16; Jer 4:13; Joel 2:2
  64. Ezekiel 38:9 : Rev 20:8
  65. Ezekiel 38:10 : S Jer 17:10
  66. Ezekiel 38:10 : Ps 36:4; Mic 2:1
  67. Ezekiel 38:11 : S Ge 34:25
  68. Ezekiel 38:11 : Jer 49:31; Zec 2:4
  69. Ezekiel 38:13 : S Ge 10:7
  70. Ezekiel 38:13 : S Ge 25:3
  71. Ezekiel 38:13 : S Ge 10:4
  72. Ezekiel 38:13 : Isa 10:6; 33:23; S Jer 15:13
  73. Ezekiel 38:14 : S ver 8; S Lev 25:18; S Jer 16:15; Zec 2:5
  74. Ezekiel 38:15 : Eze 32:30
  75. Ezekiel 38:15 : Eze 39:2; Rev 20:8
  76. Ezekiel 38:16 : S ver 9
  77. Ezekiel 38:16 : Joel 3:11
  78. Ezekiel 38:16 : S Lev 10:3
  79. Ezekiel 38:16 : Isa 29:23; Eze 39:21
  80. Ezekiel 38:19 : Isa 24:18; Joel 2:10; 3:16; S Rev 6:12
  81. Ezekiel 38:19 : Ps 18:7; S Eze 5:13; Hag 2:6, 21
  82. Ezekiel 38:20 : S Ex 15:14
  83. Ezekiel 38:20 : Isa 42:15
  84. Ezekiel 38:20 : Job 14:18
  85. Ezekiel 38:20 : S Ps 76:8; Hos 4:3; Na 1:5
  86. Ezekiel 38:21 : Isa 66:16; Jer 25:29
  87. Ezekiel 38:21 : S 1Sa 14:20; S 2Ch 20:23; Hag 2:22
  88. Ezekiel 38:22 : Isa 66:16; Jer 25:31; S Eze 36:5
  89. Ezekiel 38:22 : S Eze 14:19; S 28:23
  90. Ezekiel 38:22 : S Ex 9:18; Ps 18:12; Rev 16:21
  91. Ezekiel 38:22 : S Ge 19:24; S Rev 9:17
  92. Ezekiel 38:22 : S Eze 13:11
  93. Ezekiel 38:23 : Eze 20:42; S 36:23; S 37:6
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James 1:19-2:17

Listening and Doing

19 My dear brothers and sisters,(A) take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak(B) and slow to become angry, 20 because human anger(C) does not produce the righteousness that God desires. 21 Therefore, get rid of(D) all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you,(E) which can save you.

22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.(F) 23 Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror 24 and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. 25 But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom,(G) and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.(H)

26 Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues(I) deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless. 27 Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after(J) orphans and widows(K) in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.(L)

Favoritism Forbidden

My brothers and sisters, believers in our glorious(M) Lord Jesus Christ must not show favoritism.(N) Suppose a man comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and fine clothes, and a poor man in filthy old clothes also comes in. If you show special attention to the man wearing fine clothes and say, “Here’s a good seat for you,” but say to the poor man, “You stand there” or “Sit on the floor by my feet,” have you not discriminated among yourselves and become judges(O) with evil thoughts?

Listen, my dear brothers and sisters:(P) Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world(Q) to be rich in faith(R) and to inherit the kingdom(S) he promised those who love him?(T) But you have dishonored the poor.(U) Is it not the rich who are exploiting you? Are they not the ones who are dragging you into court?(V) Are they not the ones who are blaspheming the noble name of him to whom you belong?

If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, “Love your neighbor as yourself,”[a](W) you are doing right. But if you show favoritism,(X) you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers.(Y) 10 For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles(Z) at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it.(AA) 11 For he who said, “You shall not commit adultery,”[b](AB) also said, “You shall not murder.”[c](AC) If you do not commit adultery but do commit murder, you have become a lawbreaker.

12 Speak and act as those who are going to be judged(AD) by the law that gives freedom,(AE) 13 because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful.(AF) Mercy triumphs over judgment.

Faith and Deeds

14 What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds?(AG) Can such faith save them? 15 Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food.(AH) 16 If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it?(AI) 17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.(AJ)

Footnotes:

  1. James 2:8 Lev. 19:18
  2. James 2:11 Exodus 20:14; Deut. 5:18
  3. James 2:11 Exodus 20:13; Deut. 5:17
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Psalm 117

Psalm 117

Praise the Lord,(A) all you nations;(B)
extol him, all you peoples.
For great is his love(C) toward us,
and the faithfulness of the Lord(D) endures forever.

Praise the Lord.[a]

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 117:2 Hebrew Hallelu Yah
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Proverbs 28:1

28 The wicked flee(A) though no one pursues,(B)
but the righteous are as bold as a lion.(C)

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