In between the letter of James and the first letter of Peter we read one chapter of Proverbs and one chapter of Ezekiel.
November 5: Proverbs 20, Ezekiel 34 (click on the chapter to begin reading).
Proverbs 20, more proverbs of Solomon. Don’t be lead astray by alcohol! Who can find a faithful man? Dishonest weights are an abomination to the Lord. Do not love sleep, or you will become poor. These are timeless proverbs, some quoted even today.
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.“
In between the letter of James and the first letter of Peter we read two psalms and one chapter of Ezekiel.
November 4: Psalm 135, Psalm 136, Ezekiel 33 (click on the chapter to begin reading).
Psalm 135 is a Psalm of praise and thanksgiving to the uniqueness and superiority of the LORD and His name and all that He has done! Compare that to the worthless idols!
Psalm 136 is called the Great Hallel (or Great Psalm of Praise). Each one of its 26 verses repeats the phrase, “His mercy endureth forever.” It was sung responsively by the Levites and the assembly of people at both Solomon’s and Zerubbabel’s temple dedication and is now sometimes sung or recited at Passover.
Ezekiel 33. The prophet takes the role of the watchman and gives a message about God’s Judgment and it’s fairness, tells of the f all of Jerusalem and the cause of Judah’s ruin being they are hearing but not doing, still continuing their sinful acts.
Today we read the last chapter of James and one chapter of Ezekiel.
November 3: James 5, Ezekiel 32 (click on the chapter to begin reading).
James 5 begins with a stern warning to rich oppressors, much like Old Testament teaching, but this letter is to the Jews in dispersia. He tells them to be patient, persevere, meet each other’s need and above all do not swear, but let their yes be yes and their no be no. If anyone is sick, call in the elders and pray for him. ” The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” Bring Back erring Brothers. “Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.”
Ezekiel 32 is a lamentation for Pharaoh and Egypt. Egypt and others will go down to the pit.
Today we read the fourth chapter of James and two chapters of Ezekiel.
November 2: James 4, Ezekiel 30, Ezekiel 31 (click on the chapter to begin reading).
James 4. Pride promotes strife but humility edifies when it comes from an active faith.”Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” Do not judge a brother, that is God’s domain and do not boast about tomorrow, be humble and recognize that God is in control.
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.
Today we read the third chapter of James and two chapters of Ezekiel.
November 1: James 3, Ezekiel 28, Ezekiel 29 (click on the chapter to begin reading).
James 3. We can tame a horse, put a bridle in his mouth to control him, steer a ship with a small rudder but we can not tame our tongue. there are two types of wisdom, heavenly wisdom, coming from God and earthly wisdom coming from man that can even be demonic. Heavenly wisdom produces peacemakers, earthly wisdom, not so much.
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 has a proclamation against Egypt, the bad news is that Babylonia will plunder Egypt.
Today we read the second chapter of James and one chapter of Ezekiel.
October 31: James 2, Ezekiel 27 (click on the chapter to begin reading).
James 2. Do not show favoritism, especially to wealthy or famous people! It goes on to show that faith without works is dead. The example is Abraham. The apostle Paul used the same example to show that Abraham was justified apart from works in Romans 4:2-3 “For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory; but not before God.For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.” This seeming contradiction is solved in Ephesians 2:8-10 “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”
Ezekiel 27 is a lament for Tyre.
Today we read the first chapter of James and one chapter of Ezekiel.
October 30: James 1, Ezekiel 26 (click on the chapter to begin reading).
James 1 is more than any letter a bridge between the Old and the New Testament. It starts out with a greeting to the twelve tribes scattered abroad. It encourages to meet trials with joy, demands the rich to do good, love God under trials, to be swift to hear and slow to wrath, and above all. be doers and not hearers only of the word, for that is true religion – faith in action.
Ezekiel 26 is a devastating prophecy against Tyre.
In between the letter to the Hebrews and 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 song 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, the one is Samaria, the other Jerusalem. God will execute judgment on both Jerusalem and Samaria.
Ezekiel 24, God tells 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. Then Ezekiel’s wife dies. Put up a stiff upper lip, Ezekiel!
Ezekiel 25 gives prophecies against Ammon, Moab, Edom and Philistia.
In between the letter to the Hebrews and 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 song of ascents, only 3 verses. David shows 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 has been 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.
In between the letter to the Hebrews and James we read pne 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 en , God will restore Israel. The chapter ends with a prophecy against the South, God will destroy the Southern forests.