October 29, read through the Holy Bible in a year in Power-point, with comments.

In between the letter to the Hebrews  and the letter of James we read two Psalms and three chapters of Ezekiel.

October 29: Psalm 133, Psalm 134, Ezekiel 23, Ezekiel 24, Ezekiel 25 (click on the chapter to begin reading).

Psalm 133, a Song of Ascents, of David. This Psalm has only three verses, and the point of it is that it is good to dwell in unity.

Psalm 134 is the last of the songs of ascents. 3 verses short and to the point. Bless the Lord and He will bless you from Zion.

Ezekiel 23 tells in some length of two harlot sisters, one is Samaria,  the other Jerusalem. God will execute judgment on both Jerusalem and Samaria.

Ezekiel 24, God told Ezekiel to put on a cooking pot, fill it with water and the parts from the best animal, boil it dry, let the kettle burn up the meat completely and char the bones. So shall it be done with the city of bloodshed. Ezekiel’s wife died. Put up a stiff upper lip, Ezekiel!

Ezekiel 25 gives prophecies against Ammon, Moab, Edom and Philistia.

October 28, read through the Holy Bible in a year in Power-point, with comments.

In between the letter to the Hebrews  and the letter of James we read two Psalms and two chapters of Ezekiel.

October 28: Psalm 131, Psalm 132, Ezekiel 21, Ezekiel 22 (click on the chapter to begin reading).

Psalm 131, This is the shortest of the songs of ascents, only 3 verses. David showed his contentment in hoping in the Lord.

Psalm 131, This is the longest of the song of ascents, 18 verses. Remember God’s promise to David, to Israel and to the future Messiah.

Ezekiel 21. Babylon was chosen as the sword of God for judgement, a sword against Judah and the Ammonites.

Ezekiel 22.  Jerusalem had become a morally, ethically and spiritually bankrupt city, God found no righteous people, much less leaders, so He was going to destroy it, with drought and fire.

October 27, read through the Holy Bible in a year in Power-point, with comments.

In between the letter to the Hebrews  and the letter of James we read one chapter of Proverbs and one chapter of Ezekiel.

October 27: Proverbs 19, Ezekiel 20 (click on the chapter to begin reading).

Proverbs 19, Proverbs of Solomon. There is wisdom in getting along with others, but do not give in to the wicked ones, a prudent wife is a gift is from the Lord, but a foolish son is his fathers ruin.

Ezekiel 20, Though Israel pleaded with God, He would not listen because of their rebellious idol worship. God through Ezekiel then retold the history of Israel and their idolatry and blasphemy, Israel will be severely punished, but in the end, God will restore Israel. The chapter ends with a  prophecy against the South, God will destroy the Southern forests.

October 26, read through the Holy Bible in a year in Power-point, with comments.

In between the letter to the Hebrews  and the letter of James we read two Psalms and two chapters of Ezekiel.

October 26: Psalm 129, Psalm 130, Ezekiel 18, Ezekiel 19 (click on the chapter to begin reading).

Psalm 129, a Song of Ascents. In spite of many afflictions, Israel prevails thanks to the blessing of the Lord.

Psalm 130, a Song of Ascents. “Out of the depths” God helps and forgives. Wait for the Lord in hope, and He will redeem Israel.

Ezekiel 18. “The soul who sins will die”. By this statement an old proverb is refuted. Instead of the fathers sins being visited on the children it is the individual’s responsibility to turn to God and Live.

Ezekiel 19 is a lament about Israel’s princes degraded, and a second lament about the fruitful vine withering.

October 25, read through the Holy Bible in a year in Power-point, with comments.

In between the letter to the Hebrews  and the letter of James we read two Psalms and two chapters of Ezekiel.

October 25: Psalm 127, Psalm 128, Ezekiel 16, Ezekiel 17 (click on the chapter to begin reading).

Psalm 127, a Song of Ascents. This Psalm is written by Solomon, and tells that God is the real builder of houses, cities and families.

Psalm 128, a Song of Ascents. It states that the fear of the Lord gives blessings to families, it will go well with them, and they get to live to see their grandchildren.

Ezekiel 16. In spite of everything God still loved Jerusalem and its harlotry, Adultery and its lovers abuse of her. This was more wicked than what happened in Samaria and Sodom.

Ezekiel 17. God gave a parable about two eagles and a vine. Then the parable is explained. Babylon will eventually fall and Israel will be exalted.

October 24, read through the Holy Bible in a year in Power-point, with comments.

Today we read the last chapter of the letter to the Hebrews and one chapter of Ezekiel.

October 24: Hebrews 13, Ezekiel 15 (click on the chapter to begin reading).

Hebrews 13. Show love for each other, be hospitable, practice outreach, honor marriage and be content. But “the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil.” Remember, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever”, and we have a heavenly altar, not made with hands, and our sacrifices are sacrifices of praise, thanksgiving, doing good and with joy. This was the last two of the “let us” in the book of Hebrews for a total of fourteen. The theology part ends with “Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant,Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.” This covenant was instituted before time began, that is why modern translations call it the eternal covenant. Finally, I add my personal thoughts on who was the author of the book of Hebrews.

Ezekiel 15. The word of the LORD: “Jerusalem is a useless vine.”

October 23, read through the Holy Bible in a year in Power-point, with comments.

Today we read the twelfth chapter of the letter to the Hebrews and one chapter of Ezekiel.

October 23: Hebrews 12, Ezekiel 14 (click on the chapter to begin reading).

Hebrews 12. Let us fix our eyes to Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith. This and four other “let us” in the book of Hebrews bring us to a total of twelve, all intended to teach us how to live and bring us closer to Jesus and in so doing we get disciplined by God for our benefit. But it also comes with the fifth and final warning to us: “See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven

Ezekiel 14. Idolatry was to be punished, judgment on the Israelis’ unfaithfulness was inescapable.

October 22, read through the Holy Bible in a year in Power-point, with comments.

Today, back to normal. We read the eleventh chapter of the letter to the Hebrews and one chapter of Ezekiel.

October 22: Hebrews 11, Ezekiel 13 (click on the chapter to begin reading).

Hebrews 11 is called “the great faith chapter”. “Without faith it is impossible to please God“. In the faith hall of fame the people recorded are in order, Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses’ parents, Moses, the people crossing the Red Sea, the fall of the walls of Jericho and the innkeeper Rahab. Then the author ran out of time to mention Gideon, Barak, Samson and Jephthah, about David and Samuel and the prophets. “These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised, since God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect.”

Ezekiel 13 proclaims woe to the false prophets.

October 21, read through the Holy Bible in a year in Power-point, with comments.

Today is different. We read only one chapter of Hebrews

October 21: Hebrews 10 (click on the chapter to begin reading).

This chapter deals with Christ’s sacrifice of himself “once for all“. This is what constitutes the new covenant. and since sacrifice for sins are done away with it means we must live “in a new and living way“. In the letter to the Hebrews there are eight “let us” to tell us how. After that I divert into the difference between dispensationalism  with its ten covenants and covenant theology, which has only three, and the different dispensations, of which we now are in the dispensation of grace. The next question is, when did the dispensation of grace, or church age, as it is also called, start? This too is quite interesting, but that was when it hit me. It doesn’t matter, we live in “today”. This is quite fantastic, and the narrative returns to Hebrews, where it explains that the law of Moses was inferior to the new and living way. It comes with a warning though: Do not sin deliberately! Verses 28 through 31 are quite tough, and give us pause to ponder. Is it really that bad? No, there is still hope for the believer, “Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.” The verse 38 was the verse that convinced me I had to be baptized in a believers baptism, even though I had been baptized as an infant. It really had nothing to do with salvation, that was settled at the time of belief. It was an act of faith and obedience to remain in close fellowship with God. But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.”

October 20, read through the Holy Bible in a year in Power-point, with comments.

Today we read the ninth chapter of the letter to the Hebrews and two chapters of Ezekiel.

October 20: Hebrews 9, Ezekiel 11, Ezekiel 12 (click on the chapter to begin reading).

Hebrews 9 tells of the earthly sanctuary and the much superior heavenly sanctuary into which Christ entered once and thus fulfilled the new covenant. “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.

Ezekiel 11. The prophet saw in a vision hat God will bring judgment on wicked counselors, and  that He will eventually regather and restore Israel!

Ezekiel 12. Things were getting worse, people would see visions of peace where there is no peace,  Judah’s future captivity is portrayed and the judgment is not to be postponed.