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. The idolatry is to be punished, judgment on their unfaithfulness is inescapable.
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, 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.
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 are getting worse, people will see visions of peace where there is no peace, Judah’s captivity is portrayed and the judgment not postponed.
Today we read the eighth chapter of the letter to the Hebrews and two chapters of Ezekiel.
October 19: Hebrews 8, Ezekiel 9, Ezekiel 10 (click on the chapter to begin reading).
Hebrews 8. Jesus is, among all other things is forever the High Priest of the New Covenant.
Ezekiel 9, foretells how the idolaters are slain.
Ezekiel 10. And after that the Glory departs from the Temple.
Today we read the seventh chapter of the letter to the Hebrews and four chapters of Ezekiel.
October 18: Hebrews 7, Ezekiel 5, Ezekiel 6, Ezekiel 7, Ezekiel 8 (click on the chapter to begin reading).
Hebrews 7 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 5. There will be a sword against Jerusalem.
Ezekiel 6, God proclaims judgment on idolatrous Israel.
Ezekiel 7. And this judgment on Israel is near.
Ezekiel 8 Because there are abominations in the Temple.
Today we read the sixth chapter of the letter to the Hebrews and two chapters of Ezekiel.
October 17: Hebrews 6, Ezekiel 3, Ezekiel 4 (click on the chapter to begin reading).
Hebrews 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. The chapter ends in 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 3. Ezekiel gets the call to Rebellious Israel and is given the charge to be a watchman.
Ezekiel 4. Ezekiel is told by God to portray the siege of Jerusalem.
Today we read the fifth chapter of the letter to the Hebrews and the first two chapters of Ezekiel.
October 16: Hebrews 5, Ezekiel 1, Ezekiel 2 (click on the chapter to begin reading).
Hebrews 5. Jesus, a priest forever in the order of Melchizedek. As being forever, Jesus is God, as being born of Mary, he is man, as being adopted of Joseph, he is King, and as of the order of Melchizedek, he is Priest. Priests offer sacrifices, first for themselves because of sin, but Jesus, being without sin offered himself for our sins, died and rose again for our justification. Thanks to this, we have the hope of eternal life!
Ezekiel 1 tells of Ezekiel’s vision from God. As a 23 year old I read of the Swiss author Erich von Däneken and his wild hypotheses about aliens visiting us and mentioned the wheel in a wheel from Ezekiel’s vision. And this was before I believed! Read the chapter carefully and see what you think.
Ezekiel 2 is about Ezekiel’s call to a rebellious Israel.