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Daily Reflections October 13, 2017

October 13, 2017 By: FBC Staff

Ezekiel 46  The last chapters of Ezekiel can seem very tedious and uninspiring to the modern reader. But Ezekiel and his audience were well aware that Solomon’s temple was destroyed because of Israel’s sin. In Ezekiel 43:10-11, he reveals to us that these detailed descriptions of the temple – a most holy and perfect temple that God would build – are described to shame Israel for letting their sin and cause them to repent. These chapters present the holiness of God that should cause us to...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections October 11, 2017

October 11, 2017 By: FBC Staff

Ezekiel 44 Chapters 40 – 48 constitute one complete, closing section. It provides an interesting summary to Ezekiel’s prophecy. While there are good Christians who disagree on the exact interpretation, the predominant reformed view is that this section must be understood as apocalyptic literature. Apocalyptic literature uses symbols and images to tell a story. In this instance, the symbols and images being employed include a rebuilt temple, a reinstated priesthood, a re-dispersed land and a...Continue Reading

Does Psalm 91 Belong to Me?

October 07, 2017 By: Paul Carter

There was a time in my life when I prayed Psalm 91 over myself and over my family every morning as part of my devotional routine.  I remember vividly driving back from a lakeside prayer meeting at 5:30 a.m. reciting the words: You will not be afraid of the terror by night, Or of the arrow that flies by day; Of the pestilence that stalks in darkness, Or of the destruction that lays waste at noon. A thousand may fall at your side And ten thousand at your right hand, But it...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections October 6, 2017

October 06, 2017 By: FBC Staff

Ezekiel 39 Ezekiel’s prophecy against Gog and Magog is one that is debated amongst Bible readers because there is little that we know about them. The mention of them in Revelation 20 after the millennial reign of Christ has caused many to interpret them as the most current superpower of the day. “And when the thousand years are ended, Satan will be released from his prison 8 and will come out to deceive the nations that are at the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them for...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections October 4, 2017

October 04, 2017 By: FBC Staff

Ezekiel 37 The imagery in today’s text is striking! Dry bones come together and then God breathes his life into the reconstructed beings. As we consider the imagery, we must ask the question: What is the message of this prophecy?  An important clue is found in verse 11: “Then he said to me, “Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel.” (Ezekiel 37:11a ESV)  That’s a helpful piece of information. The dead bones represent the house of Israel. For a refresher on why...Continue Reading

Are God's Promises Conditional or Unconditional?

October 02, 2017 By: Paul Carter

A careful Bible reader notices that they are usually a mixture of both. Listen carefully to what God promises the young king Solomon: And God said to him, “Because you have asked this, and have not asked for yourself long life or riches or the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern what is right, behold, I now do according to your word. Behold, I give you a wise and discerning mind, so that none like you has been before you and none like you shall arise...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections September 29, 2017

September 29, 2017 By: FBC Staff

Ezekiel 32 Ezekiel gives his final oracle against the nations. The purpose of these oracles are abundantly clear by the repeated phrase, “know I am the Lord.” The nations have rebelled against God and His people, revealing their willful ignorance of the Almighty. These chapters record how God makes it very plain to the nations that he is the only true God. As Judah heard these oracles, they were intensely reminded about the impotence of the gods that they had been trifling with by...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections September 27, 2017

September 27, 2017 By: FBC Staff

Ezekiel 30 The sovereignty of God is on full display in Ezekiel 30. As I reflect on this text I am reminded of Daniel’s description of God: “He changes times and seasons;he deposes kings and raises up others.He gives wisdom to the wiseand knowledge to the discerning.” (Dan. 2:21 ESV) In the preceding chapter, Ezekiel 29, we are provided a glimpse into God’s purposes for destroying Egypt. God’s people had continuously gone back to their Egyptian neighbors looking for defense and...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections September 22, 2017

September 22, 2017 By: FBC Staff

Psalm 73 Throughout my years at Bible College I had a verse printed above my desk that was a constant source of encouragement to me. That verse was Psalm 73:26. “My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” This verse beautifully captures the whole message of Psalm 73. As a fallen people we are prone to failure. As one famous hymn puts it, “Prone to wander, Lord I feel it, prone to leave the God I love.” These well-known words capture not only...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections September 20, 2017

September 20, 2017 By: Paul Carter and Jody Cross

Ezekiel 23 This chapter reminds why in Jewish tradition the book of Ezekiel was not to be read by men under the age of 30. In addition to containing a fair bit of complicated imagery - too often the playground of fools - the book also contains an abundance of sexual metaphor. In several chapters idolatry is spoken of under the image of adultery. The relationship is fairly obvious. Unfaithfulness to God (our covenant partner) is akin to unfaithfulness to our spouse (our covenant partner). When...Continue Reading