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Ezekiel 10-11:25


I find the following passages from the eleventh chapter very intriguing:

2 Then the Spirit said to me, "Son of man, these are the men who are responsible for the wicked counsel being given in this city. 3 They say to the people, `Is it not a good time to build houses? Our city is like an iron pot. Inside it we will be like meat--safe from all harm.' 4 Therefore, son of man, prophesy against them loudly and clearly."

5 Then the Spirit of the LORD came upon me, and he told me to say, "This is what the LORD says to the people of Israel: Is that what you are saying? Yes, I know it is, for I know every thought that comes into your minds. 6You have murdered endlessly and filled your streets with the dead.

7"Therefore, this is what the Sovereign LORD says: This city is an iron pot, but the victims of your injustice are the pieces of meat. And you are not safe, for I will soon drag you from the city.

This speaks to me of “wrongly” discerning the times that one is in and totally misjudging the intent and purpose of a situation one finds themselves in. That is dangerous business. Leadership saw Jerusalem as their protection, their “iron” pot that would keep out intruders; however God said the pot was a tomb for all the people the leaders had torn asunder and murdered, how interesting. Does anyone think that this very same thing can or cannot happen today?


Hebrews 6:1-20

Someone once brought up something very important about the following verse:

1 So let us stop going over the basics of Christianity again and again. Let us go on instead and become mature in our understanding. Surely we don't need to start all over again with the importance of turning away from evil deeds and placing our faith in God.

They state: “NOTE: I am uncertain how to understand this. Pray I get wisdom on this.”

I believe “leaving the basics” may be akin to what happens when our school age children advance through higher and higher grade levels. They have the same subjects over and over again but the Math that is taught in first grade is not the math that one learns in Engineering School. One and one is still two; however, that foundation, the principals and the “laws” that govern Math use the simple equation of 1+1=2 as a foundation that governs all the other types of mathematical formulas; however, once you go on to higher Math that elementary problem is never seen again.

I don’t know if this is a true but it is humorous and it does cause one to think. The reason that the chairs are so small in kindergarten and first grade is because they don’t want children becoming so comfortable sitting in them that they decide to stay there and not move on. You know in the lower grades there is “snack” time and you get to finger paint almost daily. I wonder how much of that analogy can be applied to Christians.

I’ve also heard my pastor state this: “Maturation doesn’t come by way of age it comes by choice. We choose to grow up. When I was a child, I thought like a child …but when I became a man I put away childish things,” with emphasis on the personal pronoun, “I”


Psalm 105:16-36


I find the 16th and 17th verses of Psalms 105 expanding my knowledge and understanding of how God operates.

Before Joseph was ever sent to Egypt God had famine in mind for that country. Before the famine ever came at it’s appointed time, God had already sent his solution. Whose solution have you been called to be for the famine in someone else’s’ life? We have been created and sent to be problem solvers for the world’s problems even before they know they have a problem.


Proverbs 27:1-2

There are practices and books that tell people how to get ahead in life by “blowing” one’s own horn, so to speak. However, God’s Business Practices are not man’s. Or, is God really telling us, “Don’t tell me how good you are, show me.” Actions have always spoken louder than our words.

Grace and peace,
Ramona

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