Monday, March 10, 2008

Day 69/70: 2 Kings 6-10, Ez 31-36, 1 Tim 4-6

Today's reading highlights:
  • This part of 2 Kings is memorable because it continues the repetition of bad kings that descended from Solomon's reign and because it contains the death of Jezebel, the most ruthless of women in the Bible. The biggest reminder to me: everyone dies and meets their Maker. Regardless of who we are in this life, we are all equal at the end of life.
  • Several key ideas in Ezekiel that continue here - one, that God works for the glory of His own name among the nations, and that despite our foolishness, God will bring Himself glory from all corners of the earth - two, that the prophet of God has a specific role before the Lord to be the watchman on the wall, declaring God's message to the people regardless of their response - three, that God will hold his leaders responsible for the direction they lead His people. wow - that'll preach.
  • Money quote of the day: "My people come to you, as they usually do, and sit before you to listen to your words, but they do not put them into practice. With their mouths they express devotion, but their hearts are greedy for unjust gain. Indeed, to them you are nothing more than one who sings love songs with a beautiful voice and plays an instrument well, for they hear your words but do not put them into practice." Ez 33:31-32
  • The end of 1 Timothy is so practical in my day-to-day life. I really need to spend more time in 1 & 2 Timothy because here Paul is talking to his young brother in the ministry and giving him words of wisdom on how to do it right. Always important for me: 1 Tim 4:12 - not letting anyone look down on my youth, but setting an example in all I do - tough challenge.

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