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Daily Devotional

by Larry Stockstill

God always starts His process of purifying in His own house. In the New Testament, Peter echoed that thought, saying that judgment must "begin first among God's own children" (1 Peter 4:17). What a sober realization that judgment begins first among God's people!

Ezekiel 9 speaks of a man dressed in linen who was carrying a writer's case. The man was instructed to walk through the city of Jerusalem and put a mark on the forehead of every person who had wept and sighed because of the sins they saw taking place around them (v. 4). Apparently, there were those who grieved deeply for the sins of their society.

The average person today has no concern for the gross immorality and debauchery existing in our society. Such an individual thinks homosexuality is "gay," abortion is "necessary," and drunkenness and adultery are "acceptable." For God's saints, however, these things should be repulsive and deeply grievous.

God marked Noah as righteous in his generation and spared only his family from the flood that enveloped the earth. Even now God is "marking the foreheads" of those whose lives are pure and who closely follow His commands.

Remember: This process begins in the sanctuary, so check your "mark" today.

Ezekiel 7:1-9:11

The End Has Come

The word of the Lord came to me:“Son of man, this is what the Sovereign Lord says to the land of Israel:

“‘The end!Am 8:2, 10 The end has come

upon the four cornersRev 7:1; 20:8 of the land!

The end is now upon you,

and I will unleash my anger against you.

I will judge you according to your conductEze 18:30

and repay you for all your detestable practices.S Ge 6:13

I will not look on you with pity;S Jer 13:14; S Eze 5:11

I will not spare you.

I will surely repay you for your conduct

and for the detestable practices among you.

“‘Then you will know that I am the Lord.’S Eze 5:11; 23:49

“This is what the Sovereign Lord says:

“‘Disaster!S 2Ki 21:12 Unheard-ofMost Hebrew manuscripts; some Hebrew manuscripts and Syriac Disaster after disaster!

See, it comes!

The endEze 39:8 has come!

The end has come!

It has roused itself against you.

See, it comes!

Doom has come upon you,

upon you who dwell in the land.

The time has come! The dayS Job 18:20; S Isa 2:12; Am 5:18-20 is near!Eze 12:23; 30:3; Zep 1:14; Mal 3:2

There is panic, not joy, on the mountains.

I am about to pour out my wrathIsa 42:25; Eze 9:8; 14:19; 22:22; Hos 5:10; Na 1:6 on you

and spend my anger against you.

I will judge you according to your conduct

and repay you for all your detestable practices.Eze 20:8, 21; 36:19

I will not look on you with pity;

I will not spare you.S Jer 21:7; S Eze 5:11

I will repay you for your conduct

and for the detestable practices among you.Eze 22:31

“‘Then you will know that it is I the Lord who strikes you.Dt 32:35; S Ps 39:10; S Isa 9:13

10 “‘See, the day!

See, it comes!

Doom has burst forth,

the rodPs 89:32; Isa 10:5 has budded,

arrogance has blossomed!

11 ViolenceS Ps 55:9; S Isa 58:4 has arisen,Or The violent one has become

a rod to punish the wicked.

None of the people will be left,

none of that crowd—

none of their wealth,

nothing of value.Jer 16:6; Zep 1:18

12 The time has come!

The day has arrived!

Let not the buyerS Isa 24:2 rejoice

nor the seller grieve,

for my wrath is on the whole crowd.ver 7; Isa 5:13-14; Eze 30:3

13 The seller will not recover

the property that was sold—

as long as both buyer and seller live.

For the vision concerning the whole crowd

will not be reversed.

Because of their sins, not one of them

will preserve their life.Lev 25:24-28

14 “‘They have blown the trumpet,S Job 39:24

they have made all things ready,

but no one will go into battle,

for my wrathJer 25:38 is on the whole crowd.

15 Outside is the sword;

inside are plague and famine.

Those in the country

will die by the sword;

those in the city

will be devoured by famine and plague.S Dt 32:25; Jer 14:18; S La 1:20; S Eze 5:12; 33:27

16 The fugitivesS Isa 10:20; S Jer 41:16; 42:17 who escape

will flee to the mountains.

Like dovesS Ge 8:8; S Isa 59:11 of the valleys,

they will all moan,

each for their own sins.S Ezr 9:15; Jer 9:19; S Eze 6:8

17 Every hand will go limp;S 2Ki 19:26; S Jer 47:3; Eze 21:7; 22:14

every leg will be wet with urine.Da 5:6

18 They will put on sackclothS Jer 4:8; 48:37; 49:3

and be clothed with terror.S Ps 55:5

Every face will be covered with shame,

and every head will be shaved.S Isa 15:2-3; Eze 27:31; Am 8:10

19 “‘They will throw their silver into the streets,S La 4:1

and their gold will be treated as a thing unclean.

Their silver and gold

will not be able to deliver them

in the day of the Lord’s wrath.Isa 42:25; Eze 13:5; 30:3; Joel 1:15; 2:1; Zep 1:7, 18; 2:2

It will not satisfyIsa 55:2 their hunger

or fill their stomachs,

for it has caused them to stumbleEze 3:20; 14:3; Hos 4:5 into sin.S Pr 11:4

20 They took pride in their beautiful jewelry

and used it to makeS Jer 10:3 their detestable idols.

They made it into vile images;S Eze 5:11

therefore I will make it a thing unclean for them.S Isa 2:20; 30:22; Eze 16:17

21 I will give their wealth as plunderS Nu 14:3 to foreigners

and as loot to the wicked of the earth,

who will defile it.S 2Ki 24:13

22 I will turn my faceS Jer 2:27; Eze 39:23-24 away from the people,

and robbers will desecrate the place I treasure.

They will enter it

and will defile it.Ps 74:7-8; Jer 19:13; S La 2:7

23 “‘Prepare chains!

For the land is full of bloodshed,S 2Ki 21:16; S Isa 1:15; S Eze 22:9

and the city is full of violence.S Ge 6:11; Eze 11:6

24 I will bring the most wicked of nations

to take possession of their houses.

I will put an end to the pride of the mighty,

and their sanctuariesLa 2:7; Eze 24:21 will be desecrated.2Ch 7:20; Eze 28:7

25 When terror comes,

they will seek peace in vain.Jer 6:14; S 8:11; Eze 13:10, 16

26 Calamity upon calamityS Dt 29:21; S 31:17 will come,

and rumor upon rumor.

They will go searching for a vision from the prophet,S 1Sa 3:1

priestly instruction in the law will cease,

the counsel of the elders will come to an end.Isa 47:11; S Jer 18:18; Eze 20:1-3; Am 8:11; Mic 3:6

27 The king will mourn,

the prince will be clothed with despair,S Ps 109:19; Eze 26:16

and the hands of the people of the land will tremble.

I will deal with them according to their conduct,S Isa 3:11; Eze 18:20

and by their own standards I will judge them.

“‘Then they will know that I am the Lord.S ver 4’”

Idolatry in the Temple

In the sixth year, in the sixth month on the fifth day, while I was sitting in my house and the eldersS 2Ki 6:32; Eze 14:1 of Judah were sitting beforeEze 33:31 me, the hand of the Sovereign Lord came on me there.Eze 1:1-3; 24:1; 40:1I looked, and I saw a figure like that of a man.Or saw a fiery figure From what appeared to be his waist down he was like fire, and from there up his appearance was as bright as glowing metal.Eze 1:4, 26-27He stretched out what looked like a handS Eze 2:9 and took me by the hair of my head. The Spirit lifted me upS Eze 3:12; 11:1 between earth and heaven and in visionsS Ex 24:10 of God he took me to Jerusalem, to the entrance of the north gate of the inner court,ver 16 where the idol that provokes to jealousyver 5; Ex 20:5; Dt 32:16 stood.And there before me was the gloryS Ex 24:16 of the God of Israel, as in the vision I had seen in the plain.Eze 3:22

Then he said to me, “Son of man, look toward the north.” So I looked, and in the entrance north of the gate of the altar I saw this idolPs 78:58; S Jer 4:1; 32:34 of jealousy.

And he said to me, “Son of man, do you see what they are doing—the utterly detestablePs 78:60; S Eze 5:11 things the Israelites are doing here, things that will drive me far from my sanctuary?Hos 5:6 But you will see things that are even more detestable.”

Then he brought me to the entrance to the court. I looked, and I saw a hole in the wall.He said to me, “Son of man, now dig into the wall.” So I dug into the wall and saw a doorway there.

And he said to me, “Go in and see the wicked and detestable things they are doing here.”10 So I went in and looked, and I saw portrayed all over the wallsS Jdg 17:4-5; Eze 23:14 all kinds of crawling things and uncleanJer 44:4 animals and all the idols of Israel.Ex 20:4; Dt 4:15-18; S Jer 16:18; Eze 11:1211 In front of them stood seventy eldersS Ex 3:16 of Israel, and Jaazaniah son of Shaphan was standing among them. Each had a censerS Lev 10:1; Nu 16:17 in his hand, and a fragrant cloud of incenseNu 16:35; S Jer 44:5 was rising.Eze 11:1-2

12 He said to me, “Son of man, have you seen what the elders of Israel are doing in the darkness,S Job 22:13 each at the shrine of his own idol? They say, ‘The Lord does not seeS 2Ki 21:16; Ps 10:11; S Isa 29:15; Eze 9:9; Zep 1:12 us; the Lord has forsaken the land.’”13 Again, he said, “You will see them doing things that are even more detestable.”

14 Then he brought me to the entrance of the north gate of the house of the Lord, and I saw women sitting there, mourning the god Tammuz.Eze 11:1215 He said to me, “Do you see this, son of man? You will see things that are even more detestable than this.”

16 He then brought me into the inner courtver 3 of the house of the Lord, and there at the entrance to the temple, between the portico and the altar,Joel 2:17 were about twenty-five men. With their backs toward the temple of the Lord and their faces toward the east, they were bowing down to the sunS Ge 1:16 in the east.Dt 4:19; S 17:3; S Job 31:28; S Jer 2:27; Eze 9:6; 11:1, 12; 40:6; 43:1

17 He said to me, “Have you seen this, son of man? Is it a trivial matter for the people of Judah to do the detestable thingsEze 16:2 they are doing here? Must they also fill the land with violenceS Ge 6:11 and continually arouse my anger?S Nu 11:33; S 1Ki 14:9; Eze 16:26 Look at them putting the branch to their nose!18 Therefore I will deal with them in anger;S Jer 44:6 I will not look on them with pityS Jer 13:14; S Eze 5:11; 9:10; 24:14 or spare them. Although they shout in my ears, I will not listenS 1Sa 8:18; S Isa 58:4; S Jer 11:11 to them.”

Judgment on the Idolaters

Then I heard him call out in a loud voice, “Bring near those who are appointed to execute judgment on the city, each with a weapon in his hand.”And I saw six men coming from the direction of the upper gate, which faces north, each with a deadly weapon in his hand. With them was a man clothed in linenS Lev 16:4; Eze 10:2; Da 10:5; 12:6; Rev 15:6 who had a writing kit at his side. They came in and stood beside the bronze altar.

Now the gloryS 1Sa 4:21; Eze 10:4 of the God of Israel went up from above the cherubim,Eze 11:22 where it had been, and moved to the threshold of the temple. Then the Lord called to the man clothed in linen who had the writing kit at his sideand said to him, “Go throughout the city of JerusalemJer 25:29 and put a markS Ge 4:15; Ex 12:7; 2Co 1:22; S Rev 7:3 on the foreheads of those who grieve and lamentPs 119:136; Jer 7:29; 13:17; Eze 21:6; Am 6:6 over all the detestable things that are done in it.Ps 119:53

As I listened, he said to the others, “Follow him through the city and kill, without showing pityS Jer 13:14; S Eze 5:11 or compassion.S Ex 32:27; Isa 13:18SlaughterJer 7:32 the old men, the young men and women, the mothers and children,S Jer 16:6 but do not touch anyone who has the mark.S Ge 4:15; S Ex 12:7 Begin at my sanctuary.” So they began with the old menEze 8:11-13, 16 who were in front of the temple.S 2Ch 36:17; Jer 25:29; S Eze 6:4; 1Pe 4:17

Then he said to them, “Defile the temple and fill the courts with the slain.Eze 6:7 Go!” So they went out and began killing throughout the city.While they were killing and I was left alone, I fell facedown,S Jos 7:6 crying out, “Alas, Sovereign Lord!S Eze 4:14 Are you going to destroy the entire remnant of Israel in this outpouring of your wrathS Eze 7:8 on Jerusalem?Eze 11:13; Am 7:1-6

He answered me, “The sin of the people of Israel and Judah is exceedingly great; the land is full of bloodshed and the city is full of injustice.S Ps 58:2; Jer 12:1; Eze 22:29; Hab 1:4 They say, ‘The Lord has forsaken the land; the Lord does not see.’S Job 22:13; S Eze 8:12; 14:2310 So I will not look on them with pityS Jer 13:14; S Eze 8:18 or spare them, but I will bring down on their own heads what they have done.S Isa 22:5; S 65:6; Eze 11:21; 23:49

11 Then the man in linen with the writing kit at his side brought back word, saying, “I have done as you commanded.”

The Coming of the End

Then this message came to me from the Lord:“Son of man, this is what the Sovereign Lord says to Israel:

“The end is here!

Wherever you look—

east, west, north, or south—

your land is finished.

No hope remains,

for I will unleash my anger against you.

I will call you to account

for all your detestable sins.

I will turn my eyes away and show no pity.

I will repay you for all your detestable sins.

Then you will know that I am the Lord.

“This is what the Sovereign Lord says:

Disaster after disaster

is coming your way!

The end has come.

It has finally arrived.

Your final doom is waiting!

O people of Israel, the day of your destruction is dawning.

The time has come; the day of trouble is near.

Shouts of anguish will be heard on the mountains,

not shouts of joy.

Soon I will pour out my fury on you

and unleash my anger against you.

I will call you to account

for all your detestable sins.

I will turn my eyes away and show no pity.

I will repay you for all your detestable sins.

Then you will know that it is I, the Lord,

who is striking the blow.

10 “The day of judgment is here;

your destruction awaits!

The people’s wickedness and pride

have blossomed to full flower.

11 Their violence has grown into a rod

that will beat them for their wickedness.

None of these proud and wicked people will survive.

All their wealth and prestige will be swept away.

12 Yes, the time has come;

the day is here!

Buyers should not rejoice over bargains,

nor sellers grieve over losses,

for all of them will fall

under my terrible anger.

13 Even if the merchants survive,

they will never return to their business.

For what God has said applies to everyone—

it will not be changed!

Not one person whose life is twisted by sin

will ever recover.

The Desolation of Israel

14 “The trumpet calls Israel’s army to mobilize,

but no one listens,

for my fury is against them all.

15 There is war outside the city

and disease and famine within.

Those outside the city walls

will be killed by enemy swords.

Those inside the city

will die of famine and disease.

16 The survivors who escape to the mountains

will moan like doves, weeping for their sins.

17 Their hands will hang limp,

their knees will be weak as water.

18 They will dress themselves in burlap;

horror and shame will cover them.

They will shave their heads

in sorrow and remorse.

19 “They will throw their money in the streets,

tossing it out like worthless trash.

Their silver and gold won’t save them

on that day of the Lord’s anger.

It will neither satisfy nor feed them,

for their greed can only trip them up.

20 They were proud of their beautiful jewelry

and used it to make detestable idols and vile images.

Therefore, I will make all their wealth

disgusting to them.

21 I will give it as plunder to foreigners,

to the most wicked of nations,

and they will defile it.

22 I will turn my eyes from them

as these robbers invade and defile my treasured land.

23 “Prepare chains for my people,

for the land is bloodied by terrible crimes.

Jerusalem is filled with violence.

24 I will bring the most ruthless of nations

to occupy their homes.

I will break down their proud fortresses

and defile their sanctuaries.

25 Terror and trembling will overcome my people.

They will look for peace but not find it.

26 Calamity will follow calamity;

rumor will follow rumor.

They will look in vain

for a vision from the prophets.

They will receive no teaching from the priests

and no counsel from the leaders.

27 The king and the prince will stand helpless,

weeping in despair,

and the people’s hands

will tremble with fear.

I will bring on them

the evil they have done to others,

and they will receive the punishment

they so richly deserve.

Then they will know that I am the Lord.”

Idolatry in the Temple

Then on September 17,Hebrew on the fifth [day] of the sixth month, of the ancient Hebrew lunar calendar. This event occurred on September 17, 592 B.c.; also see note on 1:1. during the sixth year of King Jehoiachin’s captivity, while the leaders of Judah were in my home, the Sovereign Lord took hold of me.I saw a figure that appeared to be a man.As in Greek version; Hebrew reads appeared to be fire. From what appeared to be his waist down, he looked like a burning flame. From the waist up he looked like gleaming amber.Or like burnished metal.He reached out what seemed to be a hand and took me by the hair. Then the Spirit lifted me up into the sky and transported me to Jerusalem in a vision from God. I was taken to the north gate of the inner courtyard of the Temple, where there is a large idol that has made the Lord very jealous.Suddenly, the glory of the God of Israel was there, just as I had seen it before in the valley.

Then the Lord said to me, “Son of man, look toward the north.” So I looked, and there to the north, beside the entrance to the gate near the altar, stood the idol that had made the Lord so jealous.

“Son of man,” he said, “do you see what they are doing? Do you see the detestable sins the people of Israel are committing to drive me from my Temple? But come, and you will see even more detestable sins than these!”Then he brought me to the door of the Temple courtyard, where I could see a hole in the wall.He said to me, “Now, son of man, dig into the wall.” So I dug into the wall and found a hidden doorway.

“Go in,” he said, “and see the wicked and detestable sins they are committing in there!”10 So I went in and saw the walls covered with engravings of all kinds of crawling animals and detestable creatures. I also saw the various idolsThe Hebrew term (literally round things) probably alludes to dung. worshiped by the people of Israel.11 Seventy leaders of Israel were standing there with Jaazaniah son of Shaphan in the center. Each of them held an incense burner, from which a cloud of incense rose above their heads.

12 Then the Lord said to me, “Son of man, have you seen what the leaders of Israel are doing with their idols in dark rooms? They are saying, ‘The Lord doesn’t see us; he has deserted our land!’”13 Then the Lord added, “Come, and I will show you even more detestable sins than these!”

14 He brought me to the north gate of the Lord’s Temple, and some women were sitting there, weeping for the god Tammuz.15 “Have you seen this?” he asked. “But I will show you even more detestable sins than these!”

16 Then he brought me into the inner courtyard of the Lord’s Temple. At the entrance to the sanctuary, between the entry room and the bronze altar, there were about twenty-five men with their backs to the sanctuary of the Lord. They were facing east, bowing low to the ground, worshiping the sun!

17 “Have you seen this, son of man?” he asked. “Is it nothing to the people of Judah that they commit these detestable sins, leading the whole nation into violence, thumbing their noses at me, and provoking my anger?18 Therefore, I will respond in fury. I will neither pity nor spare them. And though they cry for mercy, I will not listen.”

The Slaughter of Idolaters

Then the Lord thundered, “Bring on the men appointed to punish the city! Tell them to bring their weapons with them!”Six men soon appeared from the upper gate that faces north, each carrying a deadly weapon in his hand. With them was a man dressed in linen, who carried a writer’s case at his side. They all went into the Temple courtyard and stood beside the bronze altar.

Then the glory of the God of Israel rose up from between the cherubim, where it had rested, and moved to the entrance of the Temple. And the Lord called to the man dressed in linen who was carrying the writer’s case.He said to him, “Walk through the streets of Jerusalem and put a mark on the foreheads of all who weep and sigh because of the detestable sins being committed in their city.”

Then I heard the Lord say to the other men, “Follow him through the city and kill everyone whose forehead is not marked. Show no mercy; have no pity!Kill them all—old and young, girls and women and little children. But do not touch anyone with the mark. Begin right here at the Temple.” So they began by killing the seventy leaders.

“Defile the Temple!” the Lord commanded. “Fill its courtyards with corpses. Go!” So they went and began killing throughout the city.

While they were out killing, I was all alone. I fell face down on the ground and cried out, “O Sovereign Lord! Will your fury against Jerusalem wipe out everyone left in Israel?”

Then he said to me, “The sins of the people of Israel and Judah are very, very great. The entire land is full of murder; the city is filled with injustice. They are saying, ‘The Lord doesn’t see it! The Lord has abandoned the land!’10 So I will not spare them or have any pity on them. I will fully repay them for all they have done.”

11 Then the man in linen clothing, who carried the writer’s case, reported back and said, “I have done as you commanded.”

Moreover the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,

Also, thou son of man, thus saith the Lord God unto the land of Israel; An end, the end is come upon the four corners of the land.

Now is the end come upon thee, and I will send mine anger upon thee, and will judge thee according to thy ways, and will recompense upon thee all thine abominations.

And mine eye shall not spare thee, neither will I have pity: but I will recompense thy ways upon thee, and thine abominations shall be in the midst of thee: and ye shall know that I am the Lord.

Thus saith the Lord God; An evil, an only evil, behold, is come.

An end is come, the end is come: it watcheth for thee; behold, it is come.

The morning is come unto thee, O thou that dwellest in the land: the time is come, the day of trouble is near, and not the sounding again of the mountains.

Now will I shortly pour out my fury upon thee, and accomplish mine anger upon thee: and I will judge thee according to thy ways, and will recompense thee for all thine abominations.

And mine eye shall not spare, neither will I have pity: I will recompense thee according to thy ways and thine abominations that are in the midst of thee; and ye shall know that I am the Lord that smiteth.

10 Behold the day, behold, it is come: the morning is gone forth; the rod hath blossomed, pride hath budded.

11 Violence is risen up into a rod of wickedness: none of them shall remain, nor of their multitude, nor of any of their's: neither shall there be wailing for them.

12 The time is come, the day draweth near: let not the buyer rejoice, nor the seller mourn: for wrath is upon all the multitude thereof.

13 For the seller shall not return to that which is sold, although they were yet alive: for the vision is touching the whole multitude thereof, which shall not return; neither shall any strengthen himself in the iniquity of his life.

14 They have blown the trumpet, even to make all ready; but none goeth to the battle: for my wrath is upon all the multitude thereof.

15 The sword is without, and the pestilence and the famine within: he that is in the field shall die with the sword; and he that is in the city, famine and pestilence shall devour him.

16 But they that escape of them shall escape, and shall be on the mountains like doves of the valleys, all of them mourning, every one for his iniquity.

17 All hands shall be feeble, and all knees shall be weak as water.

18 They shall also gird themselves with sackcloth, and horror shall cover them; and shame shall be upon all faces, and baldness upon all their heads.

19 They shall cast their silver in the streets, and their gold shall be removed: their silver and their gold shall not be able to deliver them in the day of the wrath of the Lord: they shall not satisfy their souls, neither fill their bowels: because it is the stumblingblock of their iniquity.

20 As for the beauty of his ornament, he set it in majesty: but they made the images of their abominations and of their detestable things therein: therefore have I set it far from them.

21 And I will give it into the hands of the strangers for a prey, and to the wicked of the earth for a spoil; and they shall pollute it.

22 My face will I turn also from them, and they shall pollute my secret place: for the robbers shall enter into it, and defile it.

23 Make a chain: for the land is full of bloody crimes, and the city is full of violence.

24 Wherefore I will bring the worst of the heathen, and they shall possess their houses: I will also make the pomp of the strong to cease; and their holy places shall be defiled.

25 Destruction cometh; and they shall seek peace, and there shall be none.

26 Mischief shall come upon mischief, and rumour shall be upon rumour; then shall they seek a vision of the prophet; but the law shall perish from the priest, and counsel from the ancients.

27 The king shall mourn, and the prince shall be clothed with desolation, and the hands of the people of the land shall be troubled: I will do unto them after their way, and according to their deserts will I judge them; and they shall know that I am the Lord.

And it came to pass in the sixth year, in the sixth month, in the fifth day of the month, as I sat in mine house, and the elders of Judah sat before me, that the hand of the Lord God fell there upon me.

Then I beheld, and lo a likeness as the appearance of fire: from the appearance of his loins even downward, fire; and from his loins even upward, as the appearance of brightness, as the colour of amber.

And he put forth the form of an hand, and took me by a lock of mine head; and the spirit lifted me up between the earth and the heaven, and brought me in the visions of God to Jerusalem, to the door of the inner gate that looketh toward the north; where was the seat of the image of jealousy, which provoketh to jealousy.

And, behold, the glory of the God of Israel was there, according to the vision that I saw in the plain.

Then said he unto me, Son of man, lift up thine eyes now the way toward the north. So I lifted up mine eyes the way toward the north, and behold northward at the gate of the altar this image of jealousy in the entry.

He said furthermore unto me, Son of man, seest thou what they do? even the great abominations that the house of Israel committeth here, that I should go far off from my sanctuary? but turn thee yet again, and thou shalt see greater abominations.

And he brought me to the door of the court; and when I looked, behold a hole in the wall.

Then said he unto me, Son of man, dig now in the wall: and when I had digged in the wall, behold a door.

And he said unto me, Go in, and behold the wicked abominations that they do here.

10 So I went in and saw; and behold every form of creeping things, and abominable beasts, and all the idols of the house of Israel, pourtrayed upon the wall round about.

11 And there stood before them seventy men of the ancients of the house of Israel, and in the midst of them stood Jaazaniah the son of Shaphan, with every man his censer in his hand; and a thick cloud of incense went up.

12 Then said he unto me, Son of man, hast thou seen what the ancients of the house of Israel do in the dark, every man in the chambers of his imagery? for they say, the Lord seeth us not; the Lord hath forsaken the earth.

13 He said also unto me, Turn thee yet again, and thou shalt see greater abominations that they do.

14 Then he brought me to the door of the gate of the Lord's house which was toward the north; and, behold, there sat women weeping for Tammuz.

15 Then said he unto me, Hast thou seen this, O son of man? turn thee yet again, and thou shalt see greater abominations than these.

16 And he brought me into the inner court of the Lord's house, and, behold, at the door of the temple of the Lord, between the porch and the altar, were about five and twenty men, with their backs toward the temple of the Lord, and their faces toward the east; and they worshipped the sun toward the east.

17 Then he said unto me, Hast thou seen this, O son of man? Is it a light thing to the house of Judah that they commit the abominations which they commit here? for they have filled the land with violence, and have returned to provoke me to anger: and, lo, they put the branch to their nose.

18 Therefore will I also deal in fury: mine eye shall not spare, neither will I have pity: and though they cry in mine ears with a loud voice, yet will I not hear them.

He cried also in mine ears with a loud voice, saying, Cause them that have charge over the city to draw near, even every man with his destroying weapon in his hand.

And, behold, six men came from the way of the higher gate, which lieth toward the north, and every man a slaughter weapon in his hand; and one man among them was clothed with linen, with a writer's inkhorn by his side: and they went in, and stood beside the brasen altar.

And the glory of the God of Israel was gone up from the cherub, whereupon he was, to the threshold of the house. And he called to the man clothed with linen, which had the writer's inkhorn by his side;

And the Lord said unto him, Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof.

And to the others he said in mine hearing, Go ye after him through the city, and smite: let not your eye spare, neither have ye pity:

Slay utterly old and young, both maids, and little children, and women: but come not near any man upon whom is the mark; and begin at my sanctuary. Then they began at the ancient men which were before the house.

And he said unto them, Defile the house, and fill the courts with the slain: go ye forth. And they went forth, and slew in the city.

And it came to pass, while they were slaying them, and I was left, that I fell upon my face, and cried, and said, Ah Lord God! wilt thou destroy all the residue of Israel in thy pouring out of thy fury upon Jerusalem?

Then said he unto me, The iniquity of the house of Israel and Judah is exceeding great, and the land is full of blood, and the city full of perverseness: for they say, The Lord hath forsaken the earth, and the Lord seeth not.

10 And as for me also, mine eye shall not spare, neither will I have pity, but I will recompense their way upon their head.

11 And, behold, the man clothed with linen, which had the inkhorn by his side, reported the matter, saying, I have done as thou hast commanded me.

Hebrews 5:1-14

Every high priest is selected from among the people and is appointed to represent the people in matters related to God,Heb 2:17 to offer gifts and sacrificesHeb 8:3; 9:9 for sins.Heb 7:27He is able to deal gently with those who are ignorant and are going astray,Isa 29:24; Heb 2:18; 4:15 since he himself is subject to weakness.Heb 7:28This is why he has to offer sacrifices for his own sins, as well as for the sins of the people.Lev 9:7; 16:6; Heb 7:27; 9:7And no one takes this honor on himself, but he receives it when called by God, just as Aaron was.Ex 28:1; Nu 14:40; 18:7

In the same way, Christ did not take on himself the gloryJn 8:54 of becoming a high priest.S Heb 2:17 But God saidS Heb 1:1 to him,

“You are my Son;

today I have become your Father.”Psalm 2:7Ps 2:7; S Mt 3:17

And he says in another place,

“You are a priest forever,

in the order of Melchizedek.ver 10; Ge 14:18; Heb 6:20; 7:1-22Psalm 110:4Ps 110:4; Heb 7:17, 21

During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitionsLk 22:41-44 with fervent cries and tearsMt 27:46, 50; Lk 23:46 to the one who could save him from death, and he was heardPs 22:24 because of his reverent submission.Mk 14:36SonS Heb 1:2 though he was, he learned obedience from what he sufferedS Php 2:8and, once made perfect,S Heb 2:10 he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him10 and was designated by God to be high priestver 5; S Heb 2:17 in the order of Melchizedek.S ver 6

Warning Against Falling Away6:4-6Ref — Heb 10:26-31

11 We have much to say about this, but it is hard to make it clear to you because you no longer try to understand.12 In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truthsHeb 6:1 of God’s word all over again. You need milk, not solid food!1Co 3:2; 1Pe 2:213 Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant,S 1Co 14:20 is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness.14 But solid food is for the mature,S 1Co 2:6 who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.Isa 7:15

Every high priest is a man chosen to represent other people in their dealings with God. He presents their gifts to God and offers sacrifices for their sins.And he is able to deal gently with ignorant and wayward people because he himself is subject to the same weaknesses.That is why he must offer sacrifices for his own sins as well as theirs.

And no one can become a high priest simply because he wants such an honor. He must be called by God for this work, just as Aaron was.That is why Christ did not honor himself by assuming he could become High Priest. No, he was chosen by God, who said to him,

“You are my Son.

Today I have become your Father.Or Today I reveal you as my Son. Ps 2:7.

And in another passage God said to him,

“You are a priest forever in the order of Melchizedek.”Ps 110:4.

While Jesus was here on earth, he offered prayers and pleadings, with a loud cry and tears, to the one who could rescue him from death. And God heard his prayers because of his deep reverence for God.Even though Jesus was God’s Son, he learned obedience from the things he suffered.In this way, God qualified him as a perfect High Priest, and he became the source of eternal salvation for all those who obey him.10 And God designated him to be a High Priest in the order of Melchizedek.

A Call to Spiritual Growth

11 There is much more we would like to say about this, but it is difficult to explain, especially since you are spiritually dull and don’t seem to listen.12 You have been believers so long now that you ought to be teaching others. Instead, you need someone to teach you again the basic things about God’s word.Or about the oracles of God. You are like babies who need milk and cannot eat solid food.13 For someone who lives on milk is still an infant and doesn’t know how to do what is right.14 Solid food is for those who are mature, who through training have the skill to recognize the difference between right and wrong.

For every high priest taken from among men is ordained for men in things pertaining to God, that he may offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins:

Who can have compassion on the ignorant, and on them that are out of the way; for that he himself also is compassed with infirmity.

And by reason hereof he ought, as for the people, so also for himself, to offer for sins.

And no man taketh this honour unto himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron.

So also Christ glorified not himself to be made an high priest; but he that said unto him, Thou art my Son, to day have I begotten thee.

As he saith also in another place, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.

Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared;

Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered;

And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;

10 Called of God an high priest after the order of Melchisedec.

11 Of whom we have many things to say, and hard to be uttered, seeing ye are dull of hearing.

12 For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.

13 For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.

14 But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

Psalm 105:1-15

Psalm 105105:1-15pp — 1Ch 16:8-22

Give praise to the Lord,S 1Ch 16:34 proclaim his name;Ps 80:18; 99:6; 116:13; Joel 2:32; Ac 2:21

make known among the nations what he has done.

Sing to him,Ps 30:4; 33:3; 96:1 sing praise to him;Ps 7:17; 18:49; 27:6; 59:17; 71:22; 146:2

tell of all his wonderful acts.S Ps 75:1

Glory in his holy name;S Ps 89:16

let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.

Look to the Lord and his strength;

seek his faceS Ps 24:6 always.

Remember the wondersS Ps 40:5 he has done,

his miracles, and the judgments he pronounced,S Dt 7:18

you his servants, the descendants of Abraham,ver 42

his chosenS Dt 10:15; Ps 106:5 ones, the children of Jacob.

He is the Lord our God;

his judgments are in all the earth.

He remembers his covenantS Ge 9:15; Ps 106:45; 111:5; Eze 16:60; S Lk 1:72 forever,

the promise he made, for a thousand generations,

the covenant he made with Abraham,Ge 12:7; S 15:18; S 22:16-18; Lk 1:73; Gal 3:15-18

the oath he swore to Isaac.

10 He confirmed itGe 28:13-15 to Jacob as a decree,

to Israel as an everlasting covenant:Isa 55:3

11 “To you I will give the land of CanaanS Ge 12:7

as the portion you will inherit.”S Nu 34:2

12 When they were but few in number,Dt 7:7

few indeed, and strangers in it,Ge 23:4; Heb 11:9

13 they wandered from nation to nation,Ge 15:13-16; Nu 32:13; 33:3-49

from one kingdom to another.

14 He allowed no one to oppressGe 35:5 them;

for their sake he rebuked kings:Ge 12:17-20; S 20:3; S Ps 9:5

15 “Do not touchS Ge 26:11; S 1Sa 12:3 my anointed ones;

do my prophetsS Ge 20:7 no harm.”

Psalm 105

Give thanks to the Lord and proclaim his greatness.

Let the whole world know what he has done.

Sing to him; yes, sing his praises.

Tell everyone about his wonderful deeds.

Exult in his holy name;

rejoice, you who worship the Lord.

Search for the Lord and for his strength;

continually seek him.

Remember the wonders he has performed,

his miracles, and the rulings he has given,

you children of his servant Abraham,

you descendants of Jacob, his chosen ones.

He is the Lord our God.

His justice is seen throughout the land.

He always stands by his covenant—

the commitment he made to a thousand generations.

This is the covenant he made with Abraham

and the oath he swore to Isaac.

10 He confirmed it to Jacob as a decree,

and to the people of Israel as a never-ending covenant:

11 “I will give you the land of Canaan

as your special possession.”

12 He said this when they were few in number,

a tiny group of strangers in Canaan.

13 They wandered from nation to nation,

from one kingdom to another.

14 Yet he did not let anyone oppress them.

He warned kings on their behalf:

15 “Do not touch my chosen people,

and do not hurt my prophets.”

105 O give thanks unto the Lord; call upon his name: make known his deeds among the people.

Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him: talk ye of all his wondrous works.

Glory ye in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the Lord.

Seek the Lord, and his strength: seek his face evermore.

Remember his marvellous works that he hath done; his wonders, and the judgments of his mouth;

O ye seed of Abraham his servant, ye children of Jacob his chosen.

He is the Lord our God: his judgments are in all the earth.

He hath remembered his covenant for ever, the word which he commanded to a thousand generations.

Which covenant he made with Abraham, and his oath unto Isaac;

10 And confirmed the same unto Jacob for a law, and to Israel for an everlasting covenant:

11 Saying, Unto thee will I give the land of Canaan, the lot of your inheritance:

12 When they were but a few men in number; yea, very few, and strangers in it.

13 When they went from one nation to another, from one kingdom to another people;

14 He suffered no man to do them wrong: yea, he reproved kings for their sakes;

15 Saying, Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm.

Proverbs 26:28

28 A lying tongue hates those it hurts,

and a flattering mouthS Ps 12:3; Pr 29:5 works ruin.

28 A lying tongue hates its victims,

and flattering words cause ruin.

28 A lying tongue hateth those that are afflicted by it; and a flattering mouth worketh ruin.

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