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Ezekiel 44:1-45:12 ~ 1 Peter 1:1-12
Psalm 119:17-32 ~ Proverbs 28:8-10
Old Testament - In Ezekiel chapters 44 & 45 today we see the priesthood restored to Israel. It's interesting that the Levites are taken down a notch in how they can serve in the temple and the Zadokites are elevated. Zadok was a priest during the time of David & Solomon and a descendent of Eleazar and ultimately Aaron. Chapter 44, verse 28 jumped out at me today - "As to property, the priests will not have any, for I alone am their inheritance." I like that. God alone is the priests' inheritance. What is our inheritance? Is it property? Is it things of this earth? Or could our inheritance be God as well?
New Testament - Today we start the first letter of Peter. This letter was written by the Apostle Peter during the 60's A.D. Peter was martyred during the Roman emperor Nero's reign in 67/68 A.D. A good overview of First Peter is online here.
1 Peter 4-6 are great verses - "For God has reserved a priceless inheritance for his children. It is kept in heaven for you, pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay. And God, in his mighty power, will protect you until you receive this salvation, because you are trusting him. It will be revealed on the last day for all to see. So be truly glad! There is wonderful joy ahead, even though it is necessary for you to endure many trials for a while." Are we truly glad about this priceless inheritance? Do we believe there is a priceless inheritance for us in heaven? Do we understand that we may have to endure many trials in this life before receiving this inheritance? Will you endure the many trials that will come your way, knowing that God's inheritance is awaiting you through your faith in Christ?
Verse 8 is a beautiful thought about Jesus and our relationship with him - "You love him even though you have never seen him." Even though you have never seen him, do you love him?
Psalms - Psalm 119 continues our Thanksgiving Psalm, reflecting on God's Word, the Bible. It is very fitting that we are reading this psalm during Thanksgiving week! Verse 29 jumps out today - "Keep me from lying to myself; give me the privilege of knowing your law." Is it possible that we lie to ourselves? About how we are living our lives? Can God keep us from lying to ourselves? Do you believe that God can open our eyes to his truth?
Proverbs - Proverb 28:9 makes me simply say ouch... Quite the opposite of James telling us the prayers of a righteous person are powerful...
What verses or insights jumped out for you in today's readings? Please post up in the Comments section below!