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Before you comment or read what I have posted, read today’s passages for yourself and complete your own S.O.A.P. exercise… (If you read mine first, it may taint what you think.)
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Click here for today’s reading: Ezekiel 4, 5, 6, 7; Revelation 3
Here is my SOAP for today, Wednesday, August 29, 2018
Ezekiel 4:15 “’Very well,’ he [God] said, ‘I will let you bake your bread over cow dung instead of human excrement.’” Lol nice to know God is… reasonable…
Ezekiel 5:10 “Therefore in your midst parents will eat their children, and children will eat their parents.” [That’s crazy! What is WRONG with people??]
15b “I the Lord have spoken. 16 When I shoot at you with my deadly and destructive arrows of famine, I will shoot to destroy you. I will bring more and more famine upon you and cut off your supply of food. 17 I will send famine and wild beasts against you, and they will leave you childless. Plague and bloodshed will sweep through you, and I will bring the sword against you. I the Lord have spoken.”
Ezekiel 6:12 “So will I pour out my wrath on them. 13 And they will know that I am the Lord, when their people lie slain among their idols around their altars, on every high hill and on all the mountaintops, under every spreading tree and every leafy oak—places where they offered fragrant incense to all their idols.”
Ezekiel 7:1 “The word of the Lord came to me: 2 “Son of man, this is what the Sovereign Lord says to the land of Israel: “‘The end! The end has come upon the four corners of the land! 3 The end is now upon you, and I will unleash my anger against you.”
Revelation 3 (This is a perfect example of how chapter breaks can sometimes get in the way. There was really no need to split up chapters 2 and 3, since the flow was about letters to the seven churches. IMO that should have all been chapter 2. Oh, well… lol)
The Lord continues His letters to the churches in Asia, with this chapter containing those written to Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea.
1-6 The church in Sardis is rebuked for having a name that they are alive, when in reality they are dead. With their works not perfected before God, they are exhorted to be watchful and to strengthen the things which remain. They are also told to remember how they had received and heard in the past, to hold fast and repent. Otherwise, the Lord will come upon them as a thief in the night. Notice is taken, however, of a few in Sardis who had not defiled their garments and are still worthy, who are promised to walk with the Lord in white.
7-13 The church in Philadelphia is promised an open door that none can shut because they had kept the Lord’s word and not denied His name. Their enemies, those who claim to be Jews but are not, will be made to worship before them, and the church will be kept from the trial that was about to test those on the earth. With an announcement of His quick coming, they are exhorted to hold fast what they have that none take their crown.
14-22 The church of Laodicea is then described as lukewarm, for which the Lord threatens to spit them out of His mouth. While claiming to be rich, they are blind to their true condition. Therefore the Lord counsels them to buy from Him those things they truly need. His strong words are indicative of His love for them, and the fact that He stands ready to re-enter their hearts if they will open to Him.
As before, each letter ends with wonderful promises to those who overcome. In most cases, the manner in which the promises are to be fulfilled is illustrated in the visions to come.
Revelation 3:21 “To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat down with my Father on his throne.”
Excerpts used with permission from Mark A. Copeland’s study of the Book of Revelation.
Ezekiel is just as hard to read as Jeremiah, although I find it more interesting… his imagry is intense!
20 “Here I am! [Behold!] I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.”
That’s great application right there… If you hear his voice, answer. Invite him in to share a meal with you… That’s relationship. Remember, Jesus cooked breakfast for the disciples on the beach, after they had fished all night and caught nothing. At his “command” they let down their nets on more time and caught a ton of fish… then they knew it was Jesus. And they hung out together! On the beach! AFTER Jesus had raised from the dead! WOW!
Lord, I open the door of my heart to you! Come in!