Week 43, Day 5 in the LEB

Oct 26, 2017

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The reading for today is Ezekiel 13-15; Psalm 136; John 5.

Scripture quotations are from the Lexham English Bible. Copyright 2012 Logos Bible Software. Lexham is a registered trademark of Logos Bible Software.

Ezekiel 13

And the word of Yahweh came to me, saying, "Son of man, prophesy to the prophets of Israel who are prophesying, and you must say to those who are prophets out of their own imagination, ‘Hear the word of Yahweh!’ Thus says the Lord Yahweh: ‘Alas, for the foolish prophets who are going after their own spirit, and they did not see anything! Your prophets have been like foxes among ruins. You did not go up into the breaches and repair a wall for the house of Israel to stand firm in the battle on the day of Yahweh. They saw falseness and a lying divination, the ones saying, ‘Declaration of Yahweh!’ and Yahweh did not send them, and they wait for the confirmation of their word. Have you not seen a false vision and spoken a lying divination, and you said, ‘Declaration of Yahweh!’ but I myself did not speak. Therefore thus says the Lord Yahweh: ‘Because of your speaking falseness and because you envisioned a lie, therefore, look! I am against you!" declares the Lord Yahweh. "And it will be my hand against the prophets who are seeing falseness and who are practicing lying divination. They will not be in the council of my people, and they will not be written down in the record book of the house of Israel, and into the land of Israel they will not come, and then you will know that I am the Lord Yahweh. Because, yes, because they led my people astray, saying ‘Peace!’ And there is not peace. And when anyone builds a flimsy wall, look, they coat it with whitewash. Say to those covering it with whitewash that it will fall; there will be a torrent of rain, and I will give stones of hail; they will fall! And a windstorm will burst forth! And look! When the wall falls, will it not be said to you, ‘Where is the whitewash with which you covered it?’ Therefore thus says the Lord Yahweh: ‘And so I will let burst forth a windstorm in my rage, and there will be a torrent of rain in my anger, and hailstones in my rage for complete destruction. And I will break down the wall that you covered with whitewash, and I will knock it to the ground, and its foundation will be revealed, and it will fall, and you will come to an end in the midst of it, and you will know that I am Yahweh! And I will fully vent my rage against the wall and against those covering it with whitewash, and I will say to you, "The wall is no more, and the people covering it are no more, that is, the prophets of Israel, the ones prophesying concerning Jerusalem and the ones seeing visions of peace, and there is not peace!’" " declares the Lord Yahweh.

"And you, son of man, place your face toward the daughters of your people who prophesy from their imagination, and prophesy against them! And you must say, ‘Thus says the Lord Yahweh: "Woe to those who sew magic charm bands on all the wrists of the hands of my people and those who make the veils that are on the head of people of every height, to ensnare people’s lives! Will you ensnare the lives of my people and keep yourselves alive? And you defiled me among my people for a handful of barley and for morsels of bread to kill persons who should not die and to keep alive persons who should not live by means of your lies to my people who are listening to your lies."’ Therefore thus says the Lord Yahweh: ‘Look! I am against your magic charm bands with which you are ensnaring persons as birds; I will tear them from your arms, and I will release the persons that you are ensnaring, treating persons as birds. And I will tear off your veils, and I will deliver my people from your hand, and they will not any longer be in your hand as prey, and you will know that I am Yahweh. Because you disheartened the heart of the righteous by deception, and I have not caused him pain, and strengthened the hands of the wicked so that he did not turn from his wicked way to save his life. Therefore falseness you will not see, and divination you will not practice any longer, and I will rescue my people from your hand, and you will know that I am Yahweh!’"

Ezekiel 14

And men from the elders of Israel came to me, and they sat before me. And the word of Yahweh came to me, saying, "Son of man, these men took up their idols into their heart and they placed before themselves a stumbling block of their guilt. Should I really let myself be consulted by them? Therefore speak with them, and you must say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord Yahweh: "Every person from the house of Israel who brings up his idols into his heart and places before himself a stumbling block of his guilt and yet he comes to the prophet, I Yahweh, I will respond to him through this act with respect to the multitude of his idols, so that I may take hold of the house of Israel by their heart, those who are estranged from me, all of them, through their idols.’ Therefore say to the house of Israel, ‘Thus says the Lord Yahweh: "Return, and turn away from your idols and from all of your detestable things! Turn away your faces!"’ For each person from the house of Israel, and from the alien who dwells as an alien in Israel, who separates himself from following me and brings up his idols into his heart and places before himself a stumbling block of his guilt, and yet he comes to the prophet to consult him concerning me, I Yahweh will answer him myself. And I will set my face against that person, and I will make him to be a sign and make him into the subject of proverbs; and I will cut him off from the midst of my people, and you will know I am Yahweh. And the prophet, if he is deceived and he speaks a word, I Yahweh, I have deceived that prophet, and I will stretch out my hand against him, and I will destroy him from the midst of my people Israel. And they will bear their guilt, like the guilt of the inquirer so the guilt of the prophet will be, so that the house of Israel will not go astray again from me, and they will not make themselves unclean again with all of their transgressions, and they will be for me a people, and I will be for them as God," declares the Lord Yahweh.

And the word of Yahweh came to me, saying, "Son of man, when a land sins against me by acting very unfaithfully, then I will stretch out my hand against it, and I will break for it the supply of food, and I will send against it famine, and I will cut it off, both human and animal. And if even the three of these men were in the midst of it—Noah, Daniel, and Job—they, through their righteousness, would save only themselves!" declares the Lord Yahweh. "If a fierce animal I should let cross through the land, and it should make it childless and it will be a desolation, so that there will not be one crossing over the land due to the presence of the animal, even if these three men were in the midst of it, as surely as I live," declares the Lord Yahweh, "surely they will not save sons and daughters; they themselves alone, they will be saved, but the land will be a desolation. Or, if I bring a sword over that land, and I say, ‘Sword, let it cross over into the land!’ And I will cut off from it both human and animal. And if these three men were in the midst of it, as surely as I live," declares the Lord Yahweh, "they will not save sons and daughters, but they alone will be saved. And if I were to send a plague to that land, and I pour out my rage on it with blood to cut it off, both human and animal, and if Noah, Daniel, and Job were in the midst of her, as surely as I live," declares the Lord Yahweh, "surely not a son, surely not a daughter will they save by their righteousness; they would save themselves." For thus says the Lord Yahweh: "How much more when I send my four punishments—the evil sword, and famine, and a fierce animal, and a plague—to Jerusalem to cut it off, both human and animal! But look! A remnant will be left over in it, sons and daughters who will be brought out. Look! They are coming out to you, and you will see their way, and with their deeds you will be consoled with respect to the evil that I brought over Jerusalem, all of it that I brought over it. And they will console you when you see their way and their deeds, and you will know that not for nothing I did all that I did in it," declares the Lord Yahweh.

Ezekiel 15

And the word of Yahweh came to me, saying, "Son of man, how will the wood of the vine be better than any of the wood of the branch which is among the trees of the forest? Can wood be taken from it to make anything, or can they take a tent peg from it to hang on it any object? Look! It is given to the fire as fuel. The fire will consume two of its ends, and its middle will be charred. Is it useful for anything? Look! When it is in perfect condition, it will not be used for anything, how much less when the fire has consumed it and it is charred; and then can it be used again for anything? Therefore thus says the Lord Yahweh: Just like the wood of the vine among the trees of the forest which I gave to the fire for fuel, so I have given the inhabitants of Jerusalem. And I will set my face against them. From the fire they mayescape, but the fire will yet consume them, and they will know that I am Yahweh when I set my face against them. And I will make the land a desolation because they acted very unfaithfully!" declares the Lord Yahweh.

Psalm 136

Give thanks to Yahweh, for he is good,
for his loyal love endures forever.
Give thanks to the God of gods,
for his loyal love endures forever.
Give thanks to the Lord of lords,
for his loyal love endures forever.
To him who alone does great wonders,
for his loyal love endures forever.
To him who made the heavens with skill,
for his loyal love endures forever.
To him who spread out the earth above the waters,
for his loyal love endures forever.
To him who made the great lights,
for his loyal love endures forever.
The sun to rule the day,
for his loyal love endures forever.
The moon and stars to rule the night,
for his loyal love endures forever.
To him who struck Egypt through their firstborn,
for his loyal love endures forever.
And he brought Israel out from among them,
for his loyal love endures forever.
With a strong hand and an outstretched arm,
for his loyal love endures forever.
To him who divided the Red Sea in two,
for his loyal love endures forever.
And he let Israel cross over through the midst of it,
for his loyal love endures forever.
But he tossed Pharaoh and his army into the Red Sea,
for his loyal love endures forever.
To him who led his people through the wilderness,
for his loyal love endures forever.
To him who struck great kings,
for his loyal love endures forever.
And he killed mighty kings,
for his loyal love endures forever.
Sihon the king of the Amorites,
for his loyal love endures forever.
And Og the king of Bashan,
for his loyal love endures forever.
And he gave their land as an inheritance,
for his loyal love endures forever.
An inheritance to Israel his servant,
for his loyal love endures forever.
Who remembered us in our low estate,
for his loyal love endures forever.
And he rescued us from our enemies,
for his loyal love endures forever.
The one who gives food to all flesh,
for his loyal love endures forever.
Give thanks to the God of heaven,
for his loyal love endures forever.

John 5

After these things there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now there is in Jerusalem near the Sheep Gate a pool called in Aramaic Bethzatha, which has five porticoes. In these were lying a large number of those who were sick, blind, lame, paralyzed. And a certain man was there who had been thirty-eight years in his sickness. Jesus, when he saw this one lying there and knew that he had been sick a long time already, said to him, "Do you want to become well?" The one who was sick answered him, "Sir, I do not have anyone that, whenever the water is stirred up, could put me into the pool. But while I am coming, another goes down before me." Jesus said to him, "Get up! Pick up your mat and walk!" And immediately the man became well and picked up his mat and began to walk. (Now it was the Sabbath on that day.)

So the Jews were saying to the one who had been healed, "It is the Sabbath, and it is not permitted for you to pick up the mat!" But he answered them, "The one who made me well—that one said to me, ‘Pick up your mat and walk!’" So they asked him, "Who is the man who said to you, ‘Pick up your mat and walk?’" But the one who was healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had withdrawn while a crowd was in the place.

After these things Jesus found him at the temple and said to him, "Look, you have become well! Sin no longer, lest something worse happen to you." The man went and reported to the Jews that Jesus was the one who made him well. And on account of this the Jews began to persecute Jesus, because he was doing these things on the Sabbath. But he answered them, "My Father is working until now, and I am working." So on account of this the Jews were seeking even more to kill him, because he not only was breaking the Sabbath, but also was calling God his own Father, thus making himself equal with God.

So Jesus answered and said to them, "Truly, truly I say to you, the Son can do nothing from himself except what he sees the Father doing. For whatever that one does, these things also the Son does likewise. For the Father loves the Son and shows him everything that he himself is doing. And greater works than these he will show him, so that you will be astonished. For just as the Father raises the dead and makes them alive, thus also the Son makes alive whomever he wishes. For the Father does not judge anyone, but he has given all judgment to the Son, in order that all people will honor the Son, just as they honor the Father. The one who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent him. Truly, truly I say to you that the one who hears my word and who believes the one who sent me has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life.

"Truly, truly I say to you, that an hour is coming—and now is here—when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and the ones who hear will live. For just as the Father has life in himself, thus also he has granted to the Son to have life in himself. And he has granted him authority to carry out judgment, because he is the Son of Man.

"Do not be astonished at this, because an hour is coming in which all those in the tombs will hear his voice and they will come out—those who have done good things to a resurrection of life, but those who have practiced evil things to a resurrection of judgment. I am able to do nothing from myself. Just as I hear, I judge, and my judgment is just, because I do not seek my own will, but the will of the one who sent me.

"If I testify about myself, my testimony is not true. There is another who testifies about me, and I know that the testimony which he testifies about me is true. You have sent to John and he has testified to the truth. (And I do not receive testimony from people, but I say these things in order that you may be saved.) That one was the lamp which was burning and shining, and you wanted to rejoice for an hour in his light.

"But I have a testimony greater than John’s, for the works which the Father has given to me that I should complete them—the very works which I am doing—these testify about me, that the Father has sent me. And the Father who sent me, that one has testified about me. You have neither heard his voice at any time nor seen his form. And you do not have his word residing in yourselves, because the one whom that one sent, in this one you do not believe. You search the scriptures because you think that you have eternal life in them, and it is these that testify about me. And you are not willing to come to me so that you may have life.

"I do not accept glory from people, but I know you, that you do not have the love of God in yourselves. I have come in my Father’s name, and you do not accept me. If another should come in his own name, you would accept that one! How are you able to believe, if you accept glory from one another, and do not seek the glory which is from the only God? Do not think that I will accuse you before the Father! The one who accuses you is Moses, in whom you have put your hope! For if you had believed Moses, you would believe me, for that one wrote about me. But if you do not believe that one’s writings, how will you believe my words?"