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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

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

Daily Reflections September 15, 2017

September 15, 2017 By: FBC Staff

Ezekiel 18 The reaction of mankind to sin has not changed since the sin of Adam in the Garden of Eden. When confronted by God, Adam exclaimed, “The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit of the tree, and I ate” (Genesis 3:12). Adam was clearly guilty of disobedience yet he blamed his wife and indirectly blamed God. One only needs to have children to see that shifting blame is natural to the human condition – the sibling provoked, the parents are “party poopers”, or the cat...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections September 13, 2017

September 13, 2017 By: FBC Staff

Ezekiel 16 In the entirety of Scripture, it is hard to find an image that is more beautiful or more tragic than that in Ezekiel 16. God speaks to us in ways that we can understand. He provides pictures and illustrations to help us wrap our small, human minds around his enormous, holy love. Consider the image that Ezekiel is given in this prophecy: a child is discarded into the street. Still soaked in blood and afterbirth, this unwanted girl is picked up by a stranger. He washes the filth off...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections September 8, 2017

September 08, 2017 By: FBC Staff

Ezekiel 11 God reveals that the judgment of Jerusalem would be the cause of perverse leaders. He knew both what the leaders were saying and what they were thinking. Although they thought the city’s fortification and army would be able to save them from the wrath of God, the city would actually be their place of execution. These leaders would see that when they try and rule like other nations, outside of the blessing of God, they lead people into destruction. They would reap the consequence of...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections September 6, 2017

September 06, 2017 By: FBC Staff

Ezekiel 9 “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.” (Hebrews 10:31 ESV) Today’s text in Ezekiel sheds light on the weightiness of Hebrews 10:31. Have we lost sight of the awful holiness of God? There are popular Christian scholars writing books about the “death of the warrior God” with much fanfare and acclaim. Our generation desperately wants to believe that God is somehow misrepresented in texts like Ezekiel 9. We fear a God who would punish the...Continue Reading