Hebrews 11:1-22 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, ending Genesis. The rest of this great chapter is tomorrow’s reading.
Ezekiel 47. This chapter is interesting. It tells of the river from the temple, the healing waters, trees by the river and the borders of the land.
Ezekiel 48 delineates the division of the land and tells of the Gates of the City. Finally the name of the Holy city shall be “The LORD is there.” (“Yahweh Shammah,”)
Hebrews 10:19-39. 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.”
Ezekiel 46. The prophet continued outlining the manner of worship and how offerings were to be prepared.
Hebrews 10:1-18. 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 have the privilege to live in the age of grace, not the age of the Law.
Ezekiel 43. In his vision the Prophet saw the glory of the LORD returning to the temple, the Lord’s dwelling place, the altar and the consecrating thereof.
Ezekiel 44. The East Gate is to remain shut (this is important prophecy), only the Prince may sit inside the gate. Only clean people are are admitted to the temple, and there are many laws concerning priests.
Ezekiel 45. The dimensions of the holy district are defined, the properties of the city and as for the prince, he will execute justice, live in peace and live under the laws governing the prince, including keeping the feasts.
Hebrews 9:11-28 tells of 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 40 describes a vision the Prophet saw that described a new City and a new Temple. It was very detailed and showed the eastern gateway, the outer court, the northern and southern gateways, gateways to the inner court, where to prepare sacrifices, chambers for singers and priests and finally the dimensions of the inner court.
Ezekiel 41. The prophet continued describing the dimensions of the Sanctuary, the side chambers on the wall, the building at the western end and the design of the temple area.
Ezekiel 42. The Prophet outlined the chambers for the priests and the dimensions of the temple.
Hebrews 9:1-10 tells of the earthly sanctuary, the tabernacle and the Temple with the Most Holy Place
Ezekiel 38. This chapter contains great prophesy with relevance for today of the events in the Middle East. Gog and allies attack Israel but there is coming a judgment on Gog.
Ezekiel 39. Things will be breaking bad for Gog. His armies will be destroyed and he himself will be buried in Israel, there will be a triumphant festival and Israel will be restored to the land.
Hebrews 8. Jesus, among all other things is forever the High Priest of the New Covenant.
Ezekiel 37. This is the famous chapter about the valley of dry bones and how they are coming alive. They shall become one nation under one King.
Psalm 105. God is faithful to His Covenant people, and retells the account of what He did for the Hebrews from Abraham to the wanderings in the wilderness.
Hebrews 7:11-28 tells of Jesus, the high priest, after the order of Melchizedek. Thanks to this, animal sacrifices according to the Law are done away with, and “For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens;Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people’s: for this he did once, when he offered up himself.For the law maketh men high priests which have infirmity; but the word of the oath, which was since the law, maketh the Son, who is consecrated for evermore.”
Ezekiel 35 is a declaration of judgment on Mount Seir.
Ezekiel 36. Now it is getting interesting. God proclaimed a future blessing on Israel and the rebirth of Israel. (I took the liberty to put in a few interesting pictures.)
Psalm 104. God is Lord of all creation. He is worthy of all praise. Let us count the ways.
Hebrews 7:1-10 tells of Jesus, the high priest, after the order of Melchizedek. It presents the case for tithing, paying one tenth of the income to be used and distributed by the church.
Ezekiel 33. The prophet took the role of the watchman and gave a message about God’s Judgment and it’s fairness, he foretold of the fall of Jerusalem and the cause of Judah’s ruin, claiming they were hearing but not doing and that they were still continuing their sinful acts.
Ezekiel 34. The shepherds of Israel are not true shepherds. God is the true shepherd. “And I will set up one shepherd over them, and he shall feed them, even my servant David; he shall feed them, and he shall be their shepherd. And I the Lord will be their God, and my servant David a prince among them; I the Lord have spoken it. And I will make with them a covenant of peace, and will cause the evil beasts to cease out of the land: and they shall dwell safely in the wilderness, and sleep in the woods. And I will make them and the places round about my hill a blessing; and I will cause the shower to come down in his season; there shall be showers of blessing.“
Hebrews 6:7-20 speaks of salvation and hope: “That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us: Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul”.
Ezekiel 30. Egypt and her allies may look strong, but they will fall. The Lord proclaimed that Pharaoh would fall and the Egyptians be scattered among the nations.
Ezekiel 31. Egypt will be cut down like a great tree.
Ezekiel 32 is a lamentation for Pharaoh and Egypt. Egypt and others will go down to the pit.
Hebrews 6:1-6 speaks of salvation: Can you lose it, or are you eternally secure? Here I do an exposure explaining the different positions taken by the Roman Catholic Church, the Arminian position, the Calvin Position and the position of the author of the letter. It is quite interesting and enlightening.
Ezekiel 27 is a lament for Tyre.
Ezekiel 28 contains a proclamation against and a lamentation for the king of Tyre. It also has a proclamation against Sidon and there is still a future blessing for Israel.
Ezekiel 29 delivers a proclamation against Egypt, the bad news is that Babylonia will plunder Egypt.