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Trip 719:  Book of Consolation

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1095 Devotional “Trips”!

Rix W. Tillman, D. Min.

Reading assignment:  __Jeremiah 30

Focal verse(s):  Jeremiah 30:3:  “The days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will bring My people Israel and Judah back from captivity and restore them to the land I gave their forefathers to possess, says the Lord.

The Lord instructed Jeremiah to write down God’s promises of comfort in future days so that the exiles could read them after the fall of Jerusalem.  Before Israel and Judah would be returned to the land there would be a time of calamity for the nation, but the Lord would ultimately restore the people.  God would completely wipe out the nations which had punished Israel and Judah.  He would not completely destroy His chosen people, instead healing their wounds and rebuilding them physically as a nation, including the rebuilding of Jerusalem.  If you’re God’s child, you can rest assured that no matter how bleak your present situation may appear, God is on the throne and will be with His children through all trials and tribulations, eventually giving us the total victory over Satan and the world.  We need to remain faithful to Christ through all hardships and trials because we know the end result of our fight for righteousness is victory in Jesus!  A devoted young missionary in Central America said, “The work is hard…I go about on fishing boats through the day.  At night I sleep on piles of hides on the decks.  The people do not seem much interested in the Gospel message I bring.  Sometimes the adversary tempts me to discouragement in the face of seeming lack of success.  But I take courage and press on anew as I remember that God does not hold me responsible for success but for faithfulness.” *

* Walter B. Knight, “Knight’s Master Book of New illustrations”, (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Eerdmans Publishing Co.), page 196.

 
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Posted by on September 4, 2015 in Bible Devotional, Chronological Bible

 

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Trip 718: Death of Ezekiel’s Wife (588 B.C.); Ministry of Jeremiah during the Siege of Jerusalem (588-587 B.C.); Zedekiah’s Inquiry Concerning Babylon (588 B.C.)

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THE TIME SEQUENCE BIBLE

1095 Devotional “Trips”!

Rix W. Tillman, D. Min.

Reading assignment:  __Ezekiel 24:15-27     __Jeremiah 21:1-14     __Jeremiah 34:1-7

Focal verse(s):  Ezekiel 24:16:  “Son of man, with one blow I am about to take away from you the delight of your eyes.  Yet do not lament or weep or shed any tears.

To graphically illustrate to the exiles the terrible tragedy the citizens of Jerusalem and Judah would go through during God’s judgment, God told Ezekiel that his dear wife was going to die and he would not be allowed to show any outer signs of grief or mourning.  The tragedy of Jerusalem’s destruction would be so awesome that outer display of grief would be inadequate.  When Jerusalem was finally destroyed, then Ezekiel would express his grief and explain his previous actions.  Meanwhile, back in Jerusalem the prophet Jeremiah was asked by King Zedekiah to ask the Lord about the attacking Babylonians, hoping God would deliver them.  Jeremiah returned to the king with the unpleasant message that they would be destroyed by the Babylonian army and anyone remaining in the city would die.  But Zedekiah was totally confident Jerusalem was a secure and safe fortress and ignored the prophet’s warning.  Jeremiah came back to Zedekiah (in the 34th chapter) and told him he would be captured and personally judged by Nebuchadnezzar for his rebellion.  The good news: He would not be executed but instead die a peaceful death in captivity.  Jeremiah gave Zedekiah this message as the Babylonian army was relentlessly attacking Jerusalem.  All of Jeremiah’s prophecies came true to the letter because they were straight from God, just as every word of unfulfilled prophecy in the Bible will come to pass!

 
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Posted by on September 3, 2015 in Bible Devotional, Chronological Bible

 

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Trip 717:  Rebellion of Zedekiah against Nebuchadnezzar (590-589 B.C.); Beginning of Nebuchadnezzar’s Siege against Jerusalem (January 15, 588 B.C.); Ezekiel’s Parable of the Boiling Caldron (January 15, 588 B.C.)

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THE TIME SEQUENCE BIBLE

1095 Devotional “Trips”!

Rix W. Tillman, D. Min.

Reading assignment:  __2 Chronicles 36:12-17     __2 Kings 25:1     __Jeremiah 39:1 __Jeremiah 52:4     __Ezekiel 24:1-14

Focal verse(s):  Ezekiel 24:2:  “Son of man, record this date, this very date, because the king of Babylon has laid siege to Jerusalem this very day.”

Zedekiah was Judah’s last king during Old Testament times.  He reigned for 11 years and was an evil and corrupt monarch.  In 588 B.C. he made a fatal mistake by rebelling against Nebuchadnezzar, who had placed him on the throne after conquering Judah.  Despite God’s continued warnings to Zedekiah through prophets like Jeremiah, he refused to turn to God, so the Lord sent Nebuchadnezzar to carry out His punishment upon Jerusalem and Zedekiah.  Nebuchadnezzar’s army marched against Jerusalem and besieged it.  The siege was temporarily stopped when Judah’s ally Egypt attacked Nebuchadnezzar but the Babylonians easily defeated the Egyptian army.  The last of Ezekiel’s prophecies of judgment against Jerusalem was a parable concerning a pot of boiling water and meat.  Jerusalem was the pot and the people were the meat.  The people thought they were protected because they were in the safety of the pot (Jerusalem), but because the pot was rusty (Jerusalem’s corruption), the meal was ruined so the contents were emptied.  The meat (Judeans) would be cooked “well done”, meaning that the people would be slaughtered and the empty rusty pot was to be set on hot coals to burn away the rust, showing Jerusalem’s destruction.  The time had finally come for God’s judgment!  Every person who sins against God will one day stand before the throne of judgment…that fact is as certain as Jerusalem was judged for her sins!  This certainty of judgment should make every born-again believer motivated to “go tell” the mystery of the Gospel to every living person in order to help them avoid such a terrible fate!

 
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Posted by on September 2, 2015 in Bible Devotional, Chronological Bible

 

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Trip 716:  Allegory of the Two Sisters—Part 2

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1095 Devotional “Trips”!

Rix W. Tillman, D. Min.

Reading assignment: Ezekiel 23:22-49

Focal verse(s):  Ezekiel 23:22:  “Therefore, O Oholibah, thus says the Lord GOD, ‘Behold I will arouse your lovers against you, from whom you were alienated, and I will bring them against you from every side

In continuing the parable of the 2 adulterous sisters, Ezekiel pronounced 4 revelations from God concerning the punishment of the sisters.  God would cause Jerusalem’s “lovers” to turn against her, and the Babylonians would attack, mutilating the citizens (mutilation was a common punishment for adultery in those days and still is today among Muslims), burning some, and taking others into exile.  The second revelation or oracle was similar to the first, but the third was a poem describing the fact that Jerusalem would have to take part in Samaria’s punishment (“drink from your sister’s cup”) because she was a partner in sin with Samaria.  The fourth revelation described the reason Jerusalem had to be punished because she had turned away from God and “stabbed Him in the back”.  In concluding this section, Ezekiel reminded the people about the history of Jerusalem and Samaria’s sin against God, stating that their punishment would be the same because they both had committed basically the same sins (idolatry and covenants with pagan foreign countries).  We cannot be both children of God and children of the world, for the Bible is very clear that as Christians we must separate ourselves from the corruption of a pagan culture, and Israel and Judah both failed to do so.

 
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Posted by on September 1, 2015 in Bible Devotional, Chronological Bible

 

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Trip 715:  Allegory of the Two Sisters—Part 1 (591/590 B.C.)

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1095 Devotional “Trips”!

Rix W. Tillman, D. Min.

Reading assignment:  __Ezekiel 23:1-21

Focal verse(s):  Ezekiel 23:2:  “Son of man, there were two women, the daughters of one mother; and they played the harlot in Egypt.  They played the harlot in their youth; there their breasts were pressed and there their virgin bosom was handled.

To further emphasize the unfaithfulness of Judah, Ezekiel told a parable about two sisters, named Oholah and Oholibah, who both became prostitutes in Egypt from the days of their youth. The older sister, Oholah, represented Samaria, and the younger sister Oholibah stood for Jerusalem.  Oholah affiliated with the Assyrians and lusted after them, so God gave her over to her “lover” Assyria.  The younger sister should have learned a lesson from her older sister’s fate, but she also lusted after the Assyrians and prostituted herself even more than her sister by also turning to Babylon, who totally defiled her.  Oholibah (Jerusalem) found that the Babylonians were brutal and she turned away from them in repulsion.  The Babylonians were even more brutal to Jerusalem than the Egyptians had been.  Now because of her unfaithfulness, the younger sister (Jerusalem) would lose the only true protection she ever had in the Lord.  How foolish we sometimes are to turn away from God when He offers us so much care and protection!  Praise the Lord that He watches over us and as a “P.S. saying “thank you” to God, our lives should be dedicated to serving Him!

 
 

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Trip 714:  Allegory of the Smelting Furnace (591/590 B.C.); Allegory of the Polluted Land (591/590 B.C.)

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1095 Devotional “Trips”!

Rix W. Tillman, D. Min.

Reading assignment:  __Ezekiel 22

Focal verse(s):  Ezekiel 22:2: “Son of man, will you judge her?  Will you judge this city of bloodshed?  Then confront her with all her detestable practices.”

God gave Ezekiel the assignment to be his “prosecuting attorney” and to present the evidence against Judah to the people.  Two of the charges against Judah were: (1) The nation worshipped idols and was guilty of extreme violence, both strictly forbidden by Mosaic law; (2) The committing of sins which broke the Ten Commandments, such as immorality, social wrongs, greed, and the people had turned away from God. (Sounds like modern day America!)  Using the picture of a hot smelting furnace, Ezekiel said God’s judgment would be as hot as a furnace and melt those who were wicked.  Just as a refining fire causes the dross or impure metal to rise to the top so it can be skimmed off, Israel had become “dross” or worthless to God because of her sin.  This concept is mentioned in the Christmas portion of Handel’s musical masterpiece, “The Messiah” in a baritone solo entitled “Like a Refiner’s Fire“.  Possibly our greatest accountability before God in the day of judgment will be for the sins of omission, those things that we should have done and did not; the little acts of kindness we could have shown, and did not.  In Christ’s judgment of the nations, it was not so much what they had done, but what they had not done: “For I was hungry and you gave me no meat; I was thirsty and you gave me no drink!”  They took no strangers in; they visited no prisoners. They had lived in calloused indifference to the human need and suffering all about them.  *

* Walter B. Knight, “Knight’s Master Book of New illustrations”, (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Eerdmans Publishing Co.), p. 350.

 
 

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Trip 713:  Imagery of the Devouring Sword (591/590 B.C.)

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THE TIME SEQUENCE BIBLE

1095 Devotional “Trips”!

Rix W. Tillman, D. Min.

Reading assignment:  __Ezekiel 21

Focal verse(s):  Ezekiel 21:24:  “Therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord says: ‘Because you people have brought to mind your guilt by your open rebellion, revealing your sins in all that you do – because you have done this, you will be taken captive.”’

Since the people seemed to be confused by Ezekiel’s teaching of God’s coming judgment by fire, Ezekiel expanded his parable in chapter 21 by giving 4 messages about the sword. First was the image of the sword drawn, secondly the sword sharpened, thirdly the sword pointed at Jerusalem, and lastly the sword aimed at Ammon.  Ezekiel made it clear that there would be no true king of Israel until the Messiah came.  The Word of God is often referred to in the New Testament as the “sword of the Spirit” because it is “living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and spirit, of joints and marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12).  However, in this case the sword referred to is literally the wrath of God’s judgment upon Judah for her sins.  Spend some time in prayer asking God to have mercy on our sinful nation and that we might become humble and contrite before Him, turning back to Him, praying and seeking His face!

 
 

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