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September 5, 2017 Bible Study — No Amount of Wealth, Power, Or Even Wisdom Will Allow You To Escape the Consequences of Sin

I am using the daily Bible reading schedule from “The Bible.net” for my daily Bible reading.

Today, I am reading and commenting on Ezekiel 27-28.

    In today’s passage Ezekiel speaks of Tyre’s coming destruction. He speaks of how Tyre rose to great wealth through doing what was right. That wealth led to power, with people from all over the world coming to Tyre to make their fortune and to defend the nation. However, once Tyre became wealthy and powerful, the people of Tyre became enamored of splendor and luxuries. They thought they had risen above being held accountable for their actions and began to use their wealth and power to accumulate more wealth and power. They stopped relying on fair trades to gather wealth and began taking advantage of others. Other nations no longer felt like they got as good as they got in trade with Tyre. So, when Tyre was threatened they did not come to Tyre’s defense. Tyre paid the price for thinking they were smarter and wiser than everyone else (even than God). What happened to Tyre can happen to the United States. If the people of the United States oppress others they will eventually face the destruction which every other nation which has done that has experienced. No amount of wealth or power, or even wisdom and knowledge, will save them from that end.

September 5, 2016 Bible Study — Lessons From Tyre

I am using the daily Bible reading schedule from “The Bible.net” for my daily Bible reading.

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Today, I am reading and commenting on Ezekiel 27-28.

    Ezekiel’s prophecy against Tyre is a warning to many peoples and nations. God set Tyre up in a great location and gave it great wisdom. However, the people of Tyre became arrogant and thought that they were gods. They did not believe that they were bound by any moral code. Many nations are set up by God in places which will allow them to flourish. The same is true of individuals. However, in either case, if they begin to believe that their success is purely a product of their own actions and that therefore they do not need to be accountable to anyone for their actions, not even God, He will bring them down. The seeds of their destruction will grow from within them. When we believe that all violence on our behalf is justified, we are kindling the fire which will consume us. When we allow our love of splendor and comfort to override our moral sense, the wisdom that helped us succeed will become corrupted, turning it to foolishness. No matter how wealthy, strong, and secure our position may be, if we do not put our faith in God and listen to His commands, disaster will come upon us unexpectedly.

November 13, 2015 Bible Study — It Was By Faith That…

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Proverbs 27:15-16

    The NIV translation of this proverb struck me differently than I have read this proverb in the past. In the past, I have always viewed this proverb as saying that if your wife is quarrelsome she will annoy you continuously. Today as I read it, it occurred to me that a quarrelsome wife will get you into conflicts you might otherwise have avoided. Whichever way you read this, this is about relationships. A quarrelsome husband can be a similar problem.
    There are two lessons here. First, don’t be the sort of person who never lets a disagreement go, who pushes it until the other person proves you wrong or acknowledges you are right. Second, if you are dating that sort of person, break it off and move on. You do not want to be in a marriage with someone who will keep every disagreement alive forever.

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Psalm 111

    I will praise the Lord every day, but especially on those days when I can meet together with those who serve Him. I will thank Him for that opportunity. Yes, I will praise Him because fear of the Lord is where one starts to find wisdom. Following God’s commands will teach us ever more wisdom.

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Hebrews 11:17-31

    The writer continues his exposition about what our ancestors in faith did in response to their faith. They did things which seemed counter intuitive. They took risks, they were willing to suffer. They trusted God to make it all work out. We are also called to act as a result of our faith. Let us trust God and do what he calls us to do, never fearing what the future will hold.

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Ezekiel 27-28

    In his prophesies against the nations surrounding Israel, Ezekiel singles out Tyre and Sidon. Those two city-states were confident in their mercantile power. The people and leaders of Tyre especially considered themselves impregnable. They were sure that no one could overcome their defenses. They had hired mercenaries from every land to provide defense and had trade relations with every nation. They were confident that no one could afford to make war against them, but, even if they did, the people of Tyre were confident that their defenses would hold. They did not need God because they were themselves gods. It was their pride which brought about their ruin. They felt they could cheat and steal, murder and oppress. No one could do anything to make them pay for their misdeeds. The result was that God brought destruction upon them.