Week 43, Day 4 in the LEB

Oct 26, 2023

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The reading for today is Ezekiel 10-12; Psalm 83; John 4.

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

Ezekiel 10

And I looked, and look! On the expanse that was above the head of the cherubim something like a stone of sapphire, and like the appearance of the shape of a throne it appeared above them. And he spoke to the man clothed in linen and said, "Go in among the wheel area under the cherubim and fill the hollow of your hands with coals of fire from among the cherubim, and toss them on the city." And he went right before my eyes. Now the cherubim were standing on the south of the temple when the man went, and the cloud filled the inner courtyard. And the glory of Yahweh rose up from on the cherub toward the threshold of the house, and the house was filled with the cloud, and the courtyard was filled with the brightness of the glory of Yahweh. And the sound of the wings of the cherubim was heard as far as the outer courtyard; it was like the voice of God Shaddai when he speaks.

And then at his command to the man clothed in linen, saying, "Take fire from among the wheel area from among the cherubim," he went and stood beside the wheel. Then the cherub stretched out his hand from among the cherubim toward the fire that was among the cherubim, and he lifted up and gave it into the hollow of the hand of the man clothed with linen, and he took it, and he went out.

And there appeared for the cherubim the form of a human hand under their wings. And I saw, and look, four wheels beside the cherubim, one wheel beside each cherub, and the appearance of the wheels was like the outward appearance of turquoise stone. Their appearance was the same for each of the four of them, as if the wheel was in the midst of a wheel. When they went to the four of their directions that they went, they did not change direction when they went, for the place to which the head turned, they went behind him; they did not change direction at their going. And their whole body, and their rims, and their spokes, and their wings, and the wheels were full of eyes all around—the wheels for the four of them. Concerning the wheels, he was calling them "the wheelwork" in my hearing. And each one had four faces; the face of the one was the face of a cherub, and the face of the second was the face of a human, and the face of the third was the face of a lion, and the fourth was the face of an eagle.

And the cherubim rose; that is, the living creatures that I saw at the Kebar River. And when the cherubim went, the wheels beside them went; and when the cherubim lifted their wings to rise up from the earth, the wheels also did not turn aside from beside them. When they stood, they stood, and at their rising, they rose with them, for the spirit of the living creatures was in them. And the glory of Yahweh went out from the threshold of the temple, and it stood above the cherubim. And the cherubim lifted up their wings, and they rose from the earth before my eyes. At their going out, the wheels were beside them. And he stood at the doorway of the eastern gate of the temple of Yahweh, and the glory of the God of Israel was over them.

This was the living creature that I saw under the God of Israel at the Kebar River, and I knew that they were cherubim. Each one had four faces, and there were four wings for each, and the likeness of human hands was under their wings. And the likeness of their faces, they were the faces that I saw at the Kebar River; thus was their appearance, and they each went straight ahead.

Ezekiel 11

And the Spirit lifted me up, and it brought me to the eastern gate, the one facing east, of the temple of Yahweh. And look, there were twenty-five men in the doorway of the gate, and I saw Jaazaniah the son of Azzur in the midst of them, and Pelatiah the son of Benaiah, the commanders of the people. And he said to me, "Son of man, these are the men who devise mischief, and who are offering bad counsel in this city, who are saying, "The building of houses is not near; the city is the pot, and we are the flesh. Therefore prophesy against them! Prophesy, son of man!"

And the Spirit of Yahweh fell on me, and he said to me, "Say, ‘thus says Yahweh: "This is what you think, house of Israel, and I myself know them, the thoughts of your spirit. You made your slain ones numerous in this city, and you have filled its streets with slain ones."’ Therefore thus says the Lord Yahweh: "Your slain ones whom you put in its midst, they are the flesh, and it is the pot, and I will bring you out from its midst. The sword you have feared, and the sword I will bring against you!" declares the Lord Yahweh. "And I will bring you out from its midst, and I will give you into the hand of strangers, and I will execute judgments against you. By the sword you will fall at the border of Israel; I will judge you, and you will know that I am Yahweh. It will not be as a pot to you, and so you would be in the midst of it as flesh, for at the border of Israel I will judge you. And you will know that I am Yahweh, whose rules you did not follow, and whose regulations you did not do, but according to the regulations of the nations that are around you, you acted."’

And it happened that as I was prophesying, Pelatiahu the son of Benaiahu died! And I fell on my face, and I cried with a loud voice, and I said, "Ah, Lord Yahweh, you are making a complete destruction of the remnant of Israel!" And the word of Yahweh came to me, saying, "Son of man, your brothers, your brothers, the men of your redemption, and all of the house of Israel, all of it, who said concerning the inhabitants of Jerusalem, ‘They are far from Yahweh, therefore to us this land was given as a possession.’ Therefore say, ‘Thus says the Lord Yahweh: "Though I have removed them far away among the nations and though I have scattered them among the countries, yet I was a sanctuary to them for a little while in the countries to which they have gone.’" Therefore say, ‘Thus says the Lord Yahweh: "And I will assemble you from the peoples, and I will gather you from the countries to which you were scattered among them, and I will give the land of Israel to you. And when they come there, then they will remove all of its vile idols and all of its detestable things from it. And I will give to them one heart, and a new spirit I will give in their inner parts. And I will remove their heart of stone from their body, and I will give to them a heart of flesh, so that they may walk in my statutes, and they will keep my regulations, and they will do them, and they will be to me a people, and I myself will be to them as God. But to the heart of their abominations and the detestable things their heart is going. I will bring their way on their head," declares the Lord Yahweh.’"

Then the cherubim lifted up their wings, and their wheels were beside them, and the glory of the God of Israel was over them. And the glory of Yahweh went up from the midst of the city, and it stood still on the mountain that is to the east of the city. And the Spirit lifted me up, and it brought me to Chaldea, to the exiles, in the vision by the spirit of God; and the vision that I had seen left me. And I spoke to the exiles all of the words of Yahweh that he had shown me.

Ezekiel 12

And the word of Yahweh came to me, saying, "Son of man, you are dwelling in the midst of the house of rebellion who has eyes to see and they do not see; they have ears to hear, and they do not hear, for they are a house of rebellion. And you, son of man, prepare for yourself the baggage of an exile, and go into exile by day before their eyes. And you must go into exile from your place to another place before their eyes; perhaps they will see that they are a house of rebellion. And you must bring out your baggage like the baggage of an exile by day before their eyes, and you must go out in the evening before their eyes like those who go into exile. Before their eyes dig through for yourself, through the wall, and you must bring the baggage out through it. Before their eyes, on your shoulder, you must lift up the baggage in the dusk, and your face you must cover, so that you may not see the land, for I make you as a sign to the house of Israel." And I did just as I was commanded; my baggage, like the baggage of an exile, I brought out by day, and in the evening I dug through for myself into the wall with my hand in the dusk; I brought the baggage on my shoulder; I carried it before their eyes. And the word of Yahweh came to me in the morning, saying, "Son of man, did not they, the house of Israel, the house of rebellion, say to you, ‘What are you doing?’ Say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord Yahweh: "This oracle is about the prince in Jerusalem and the entire house of Israel who are among them."’ Say, ‘I am your sign, and just as I did, so will it be done to them in the exile; into captivity they will go.’ And the prince who is in the midst of them, on his shoulder he will carry the baggage in the dusk, and he will go out; the wall will be dug through to bring him through it; and he will cover his face so that he will not see the land with his eye. And I will spread out my net on him, and he will be captured in my hunting snare, and I will bring him to Babylon, the land of the Chaldeans, but he will not see it, and there he will die. And all who are around him, his help and all of his troops I will scatter in every direction, and I will draw the sword behind them. And they will know that I am Yahweh when I scatter them among the nations and I scatter them in the countries. But I will spare from them a few men from the sword, from the famine and from the plague, so that they may tell of all their abominations among the nations to which they will go, and they will know that I am Yahweh."

And the word of Yahweh came to me, saying, "Son of man, you must eat your food with trembling, and your water with shuddering, and with anxiety you must drink. And you must say to the people of the land, ‘Thus says the Lord Yahweh to the inhabitants of Jerusalem about the land of Israel: "They will eat their food with anxiety and their water they will drink with horror, because their land will be desolate from its fullness because of all the violence of those who are dwelling in it. And the inhabited cites will be desolate, and the land will be a desolation, and you will know that I am Yahweh."’"

And the word of Yahweh came to me, saying, "Son of man, what is this proverb you people have about the land of Israel, saying, ‘The days are prolonged, and every vision has come to nothing.’ Therefore say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord Yahweh: "I will put an end to this proverb, and they will not quote it as a proverb again in Israel."’ But say to them, ‘The days are near, and also the word of every vision.’ For there will not be any longer any false vision or flattering divination in the midst of the house of Israel. For I, Yahweh, I will speak what I will speak as a word, and it will be done. It will not prolong itself any longer, for in your days, house of rebellion, I will speak a word and I will fulfill it!" declares the Lord Yahweh. And the word of Yahweh came to me, saying, "Son of man, look! The house of Israel is saying, ‘The vision that he is seeing is for many days from now, and for distant times he is prophesying.’ Therefore say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord Yahweh: "None of my words will be prolonged any longer that I speak as a word, and it will be fulfilled!"’" declares the Lord Yahweh.

Psalm 83

A song. A psalm of Asaph.

O God, do not rest silently.
Do not keep silent or be still, O God.
For look, your enemies roar,
and those who hate you have lifted their head.
They devise cunning schemes against your people,
and consult together against your protected ones.
They say, "Come, let us annihilate them from being a nation,
so that the name of Israel will be remembered no more."
For they have consulted together with a unified purpose.
They have made a covenant against you:
the tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites,
Moab and the Hagrites,
Gebal and Ammon and Amalek,
Philistia, with the inhabitants of Tyre.
Assyria also has joined with them.
They provide help to the children of Lot. Selah
Do to them as you did with Midian,
as with Sisera, as with Jabin at the wadi of Kishon.
They were destroyed at En-dor;
they became dung for the ground.
Make their leaders like Oreb and Zeeb,
and all their chiefs like Zebah and Zalmunna,
who said, "Let us take as our possession
the pastures of God."
O my God, make them like the tumbleweed,
like the chaff before wind.
As fire burns a forest,
and as a flame sets afire mountains,
so pursue them with your tempest
and terrify them with your storm.
Fill their faces with shame,
that they may seek your name, O Yahweh.
Let them be ashamed and terrified forever,
and let them be humiliated and perish
that they may know that you,
whose name is Yahweh, you alone,
are the Most High over the whole earth.

John 4

Now when Jesus knew that the Pharisees had heard that Jesus was making and baptizing more disciples than John (although Jesus himself was not baptizing, but his disciples), he left Judea and departed again for Galilee. And it was necessary for him to go through Samaria.

Now he came to a town of Samaria called Sychar, near the piece of land that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. And Jacob’s well was there, so Jesus, because he had become tired from the journey, simply sat down at the well. It was about the sixth hour.

A woman of Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, "Give me water to drink." (For his disciples had gone away into the town so that they could buy food.) So the Samaritan woman said to him, "How do you, being a Jew, ask from me water to drink, since I am a Samaritan woman?" (For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.)

Jesus answered and said to her, "If you had known the gift of God and who it is who says to you, ‘Give me water to drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water." The woman said to him, "Sir, you have no bucket and the well is deep! From where then do you get this living water? You are not greater than our father Jacob, are you, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, and his sons and his livestock?"

Jesus answered and said to her, "Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again. But whoever drinks of this water which I will give to him will never be thirsty for eternity, but the water which I will give to him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life." The woman said to him, "Sir, give me this water, so that I will not be thirsty or come here to draw water!" He said to her, "Go, call your husband and come here." The woman answered and said to him, "I do not have a husband." Jesus said to her, "You have said rightly, ‘I do not have a husband,’ for you have had five husbands, and the one whom you have now is not your husband; this you have said truthfully!"

The woman said to him, "Sir, I see that you are a prophet. Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, and you people say that in Jerusalem is the place where it is necessary to worship." Jesus said to her, "Believe me, woman, that an hour is coming when neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father. You worship what you do not know. We worship what we know, because salvation is from the Jews. But an hour is coming—and now is here—when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for indeed the Father seeks such people to be his worshipers. God is spirit, and the ones who worship him must worship in spirit and truth." The woman said to him, "I know that Messiah is coming" (the one called Christ); "whenever that one comes, he will proclaim all things to us." Jesus said to her, "I, the one speaking to you, am he.

And at this point his disciples came, and they were astonished that he was speaking with a woman. However, no one said, "What do you seek?" or "Why are you speaking with her?" So the woman left her water jar and went away into the town and said to the people, "Come, see a man who told me everything I have ever done! Perhaps this one is the Christ?" They went out from the town and were coming to him.

In the meanwhile the disciples were asking him, saying, "Rabbi, eat something!" But he said to them, "I have food to eat that you do not know about." So the disciples began to say to one another, "No one brought him anything to eat, did they?" Jesus said to them, "My food is that I do the will of the one who sent me and complete his work. Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months and the harvest comes’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, that they are white for harvest already. The one who reaps receives wages and gathers fruit for eternal life, in order that the one who sows and the one who reaps can rejoice together. For in this instance the saying is true, ‘It is one who sows and another who reaps.’ I sent you to reap what you did not work for; others have worked, and you have entered into their work."

Now from that town many of the Samaritans believed in him because of the word of the woman who testified, "He told me everything that I have done." So when the Samaritans came to him, they began asking him to stay with them. And he stayed there two days. And many more believed because of his word, And they were saying to the woman, "No longer because of what you said do we believe, for we ourselves have heard, and we know that this one is truly the Savior of the world!"

And after the two days he departed from there into Galilee. For Jesus himself testified that a prophet has no honor in his own homeland. So when he came to Galilee, the Galileans welcomed him, because they had seen all the things he had done in Jerusalem at the feast (for they themselves had also come to the feast).

Now he came again to Cana in Galilee, where he had made the water wine. And there was at Capernaum a certain royal official whose son was sick. This man, when he heard that Jesus had come from Judea into Galilee, went to him and asked that he come down and heal his son, for he was about to die. So Jesus said to him, "Unless you people see signs and wonders, you will never believe!" The royal official said to him, "Sir, come down before my child dies!" Jesus said to him, "Go, your son will live." The man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him, and he departed.

Now as he was going down, his slaves met him, saying that his child was alive. So he inquired from them the hour at which he had gotten better. Then they said to him, "Yesterday at the seventh hour the fever left him." So the father knew that it was that same hour at which Jesus said to him, "Your son will live," and he himself believed, and his whole household. Now this is again a second sign Jesus performed when he came from Judea into Galilee.