Tuesday, October 8, 2013

The Bible Challenge: Day 281

The scriptures read are Ezekiel 23-24, Psalm 80 and Revelation 3.

Ezekiel 23. A fairly transparent allegory about Samaria and Jerusalem. They are depicted as 2 promiscuous women who sleep with the rulers of Assyria and Babylon, not to mention other gods. "Oholah" means "tent" possibly referring to the tabernacle where God dwelt as the Israelites left Egypt for the Promised Land. "Oholibah" means "my tent is in her" referring to the temple in Jerusalem.

Ezekiel 24. Jerusalem is compared to a stew. It should be good but murder has spoiled it.
God tells Ezekiel to not react when his wife dies. That is how his fellow exiles are to act when their beloved Jerusalem falls.

Psalm 80. Driving piano work and a melody that gets stuck in your head makes this version one to enjoy.

Revelation 3. Sardis. The church is skating on its early achievements and reputation. Spiritually it is dead. But if they hear and repent, then it was worth it. God is ever ready to forgive.

Philadelphia. This church had suffered and God will be with them during the time of trial.

Laodicea. A rich and lukewarm church, which doesn't realize its stagnation and spiritual poverty. But Jesus is knocking at the door, waiting to come in and begin fixing and cleaning us up.

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