Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Day 70/90: 2 Kings 11-15, Ez 37-42, 2 Tim 1-2

Today's reading highlights:
  • It is interesting in the narrative of these kings that there are so many who do "evil in the sight of the Lord," but it is also fascinating that even those who did what was "right in the sight of the Lord" did not tear down the high places where the other gods were worshiped. In other words, they had the courage to follow after God but not to lead their people to follow their example. This begs the question - am I taking people where I'm going?
  • Ezekiel 37 is one of those prophetic passages that makes you excited to study the prophets - the valley of dry bones. God promises in vivid detail how He is going to restore the health of His people - giving them life instead of death, bringing them back to their land, and restoring their relationship with Him. It is a great prophecy of hope and restoration.
  • Ezekiel 40-42 contain directions for the rebuilding of the temple. There is much debate about how to interpret this passage - will Israel one day in the future build this temple or is God just giving them another object lesson on His faithfulness, saying that His Spirit will one day dwell again with His people? There is not consensus, but the point is the same either way - God is faithful to His people and faithful to His promises.
  • Again, so much to live out 2 Timothy from the teachings of Paul - especially challenged to not have anything to do with foolish or stupid arguments, but to be kind to everyone. Preach it, Paul.

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