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Daily Reflections September 1, 2017

September 01, 2017 By: FBC Staff

Ezekiel 4  The fourth chapter of Ezekiel is an awkward read. In the first section, it is hard not to visualize something like a child playing with Legos. Ezekiel takes a block, paints on it, sets up rams, and acts like he is besieging it. Although it seems silly, it is a command from God which gives it significance. God is giving a visible symbol to illustrate what he has said concerning Jerusalem. God provides a sign that looks foolish but holds...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections August 30, 2017

August 30, 2017 By: FBC Staff

Ezekiel 2 Ezekiel is yet another prophet sent to speak on behalf of God to Israel in their rebellion. There are some universal principles within these ten verses that we must see before moving on. The first is this: God’s holiness must humble us.  The first chapter describes the strange and wonderful images that Ezekiel witnessed. He saw winged beasts, strange, spirit-filled wheels and a man who had the appearance of flames sitting on a throne. He saw a glimpse of the mystery, the glory...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections August 25, 2017

August 25, 2017 By: FBC Staff

Lamentations 2 Jeremiah, author of Lamentations, weeps over the siege of Jerusalem. The book of Lamentations communicates his heartfelt sorrow and profound understanding of suffering. While the book of Job deals primarily with personal suffering, the book of Lamentations deals primarily with corporate suffering. In the past, this has brought believers comfort and continues to do so today.  Poetically, the second chapter of Lamentations shares with us some helpful reminders about...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections August 23, 2017

August 23, 2017 By: FBC Staff

Jeremiah 52 The writings of the Prophets are so incredibly helpful. They teach us about what happened historically, but they also provide the backdrop that explains why history unfolded as it did.  This text in Jeremiah 52 recounts a historical narrative of what took place when Babylon overthrew Jerusalem. This story is one of the darkest moments in Israel’s history; their city is surrounded by the Babylonian army. In siege warfare, the opposing army would encamp around the city’s walls...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections August 18, 2017

August 18, 2017 By: FBC Staff

Jeremiah 47 Jeremiah 47 continues the oracles against the nations. The purpose of these oracles is to establish God as the Lord over all nations of the world. He is the God of Israel but all kingdoms rise and fall by the hand of God. Here, the Philistines are in view. Although they are mentioned in a few stories in the Old Testament, many remembering them from the popular story of David and Goliath, and giving us the current name Palestine, the Philistines eventually disappeared from biblical...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections August 16, 2017

August 16, 2017 By: FBC Staff

Psalm 20-21 In popular music there are love songs, anthems, and ballads. The ancient Hebrew people used different types of psalms in their worship including royal psalms, laments, and thanksgiving psalms.  Today we are looking at two Royal Psalms; a Royal Psalm is about the Davidic monarchy. Beyond the rule of the earthly king, these also have messianic overtones; that is to say they speak of the eternal reign of Jesus Christ. These two Psalms form a pair - they reflect two sides of a...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections August 11, 2017

August 11, 2017 By: FBC Staff

Jeremiah 39 Jerusalem finally fell to the Babylonians after one and a half years of siege. The city was burned, the walls were torn down, and the leaders were deported to Babylon. 2 Kings 25 gives the detailed narrative of the account that Jeremiah is relating here. The day had come when the prophecies of Jeremiah, since the first chapter till now, concerning Jerusalem came true. Although God used Jeremiah to relentlessly warn the people, they refused to listen. So, God fulfilled what he...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections August 9, 2017

August 09, 2017 By: FBC Staff

Psalm 10 Psalm 10 is a lament that also affirms great confidence in God’s judgments. It can be broken down into the following 4 divisions:  1.  The Great Questions (10:1) The heavily burdened Psalmist presents his complaint to the Lord:  Why, O Lord, do you stand far away? Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble? (Psalm 10:1 ESV) Humanity has long been disturbed by the problem of evil. Instinctively we know that this world is not as it should be. We...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections August 4, 2017

August 04, 2017 By: FBC Staff

Psalm 1 Psalm one opens with the words, “blessed is the man.” These words should immediately grab the reader’s attention. The Psalmist is about to describe the person whom we should all desire to be, so we will want to pay close attention to the description that follows. The description begins with the negative in verse 1. We are told three things that the blessed person does not do. 1. The blessed person does not walk in the counsel of the wicked. 2. The blessed person does not stand in the...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections August 2, 2017

August 02, 2017 By: FBC Staff

Mark 15 The words of the prophet hang over Mark 15 - the darkest day of human history. On that Good Friday, the sin of men and wrath of God were laid upon the sinless Son of God. For our sake he became sin that we might become the righteousness of God. The Son of God gave his life as a ransom for many. Though Jesus could have called more than 72,000 angels to his defense, he endured the cross, resolved to fully drink the cup of the wrath of God. This was the price of our redemption. Isaiah saw...Continue Reading