Gems 2015 — November 29 Scripture Selection: Ezekiel 31-32

Guest post by Jeanette Andrade

November 29 Scripture Selection: Ezekiel 31-32

Food for Thought: Ez. 32:22-30

There is one thing common in this passage regarding Assyria (found in modern-day Iraq, Turkey, and Egypt), Elam (in southern Iran), Meshech and Tubal (believed by many scholars to be in Asia Minor, Turkey), Edom (Southern Jordan), and the Sindonians (Phoenicians of Lebanon, located between Tyre and Beirut): As examples of the depths to which mankind can sink, God holds them responsible for the terror they caused “in the land of the living.” As Romans 3:13-18 puts it, “’Their throat is an open tomb; with their tongues they have practiced deceit’; ‘The poison of asps is under their lips’; ‘Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness.’ ‘Their feet are swift to shed blood; Destruction and misery are in their ways; and the way of peace they have not known.’ ‘There is no fear of God before their eyes.’”

Their fate is entirely contrary to that of the peace-makers. Jesus says in Matthew 5:9, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.” He adds in Matthew 5:43-45, “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven…” The apostle Paul adds in Romans 12:18, “If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men.”

The ones who seek to do this are truly sons and daughters of God, having His nature of love within them and His Spirit to give them the strength and ability to do so. God’s sons and daughters cannot hate (a word directly associated with murder) and are corrected of any ill feelings in the spirit, always headed toward peace, living the life of Jesus—a stark contrast to the way of the ones described in Romans 3 who live in darkness. (See Col. 3:13; I John 2:9, 3:15, 4:20.)

Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):

Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):

Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):

Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):

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