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November 14

Ezekiel 19:1-14
1. "Sing a song of sadness about Israel's princes.
2. Say to Israel, " 'You were like a mother lion to your princes. She lay down among the young lions. She brought up her cubs.
3. One of them was Jehoahaz. He became a strong lion. He learned to tear apart what he caught. And he ate men up.
4. The nations heard about him. They trapped him in their pit. They put hooks in his face. And they led him away to Egypt.
5. " 'The mother lion looked and waited. But all of her hope was gone. So she got another one of her cubs. She made him into a strong lion.
6. He prowled with the lions. He became very strong. He learned to tear apart what he caught. And he ate men up.
7. He broke down their forts. He completely destroyed their towns. The land and all those who were in it were terrified when he roared.
8. Then nations came against him. They came from all around him. They spread out their net to catch him. He was trapped in their pit.
9. They used hooks to pull him into a cage. They brought him to the king of Babylonia. They put him in prison. So his roar was not heard anymore on the mountains of Israel.
10. " 'Israel, you were like a vine in a vineyard. It was planted near water. It had a lot of fruit and many branches. There was plenty of water.
11. Its branches were strong. Each was good enough to be made into a ruler's rod. The vine grew high above all of the leaves. It stood out because it was so tall and had so many branches.
12. But Nebuchadnezzar became angry. He pulled it up by its roots. He threw it to the ground. The east wind dried it up. Its fruit was stripped off. Its strong branches dried up. And fire destroyed them.
13. Now it is planted in the Babylonian desert. It is in a dry and thirsty land.
14. One of its main branches was Zedekiah. Fire spread from it and burned up its fruit. None of its branches is good enough to be made into a ruler's rod.'"That is a song of sadness. And that is how it should be used."

Ezekiel 20:1-49
1. It was the seventh year since King Jehoiachin had been brought to Babylon as a prisoner. On the tenth day of the fifth month, some of the elders of Israel came to ask the Lord for advice. They sat down with me.
2. Then a message came to me from the Lord. He said,
3. "Son of man, speak to the elders of Israel. Tell them, 'The Lord and King says, "Have you come to ask me for advice? I will not let you do that," announces the Lord and King. "And that is just as sure as I am alive." '
4. "Are you going to judge them, son of man? Will you judge them? Tell them the evil things their people did long ago. I hate those things.
5. Tell them, 'The Lord and King says, "I chose Israel. On that day I raised my hand and took an oath. I made a promise to the members of Jacob's family line. I made myself known to them in Egypt. I raised my hand and told them, 'I am the Lord your God.'
6. " ' "On that day I promised I would bring them out of Egypt. I told them I would take them to a land I had found for them. It had plenty of milk and honey. It was the most beautiful land of all.
7. I said to them, 'Each of you must get rid of the statues of the evil gods you worship. Do not pollute yourselves by worshiping the gods of Egypt. I am the Lord your God.'
8. " ' "But they refused to obey me. They would not listen to me. They did not get rid of the evil gods they worshiped. And they did not turn away from Egypt's gods. So I said I would pour out all of my burning anger on them in Egypt.
9. " ' "But I wanted my name to be honored. I kept it from being treated as if it were not holy. I did not want that to happen in front of the nations my people lived among. I had made myself known to Israel in the sight of those nations. I had brought my people out of Egypt.
10. " ' "So I led them out of Egypt. I brought them into the Desert of Sinai.
11. I gave them my rules. I made my laws known to them. The one who obeys them will live by them.
12. I also told them to observe my Sabbath days. That is the sign of the covenant I made with them. I wanted them to know that I made them holy. I am the Lord.
13. " ' "But the people of Israel refused to obey me in the desert. They did not follow my rules. They turned their backs on my laws. The one who obeys them will live by them. They totally misused my Sabbath days. So I said I would pour out my burning anger on them. I would destroy them in the desert.
14. " ' "But I wanted my name to be honored. I kept it from being treated as if it were not holy. I did not want that to happen in front of the nations. They had seen me bring Israel out of Egypt.
15. " ' "I also raised my hand and took an oath in the desert. I told my people I would not bring them into the land I had given them. It had plenty of milk and honey. It was the most beautiful land of all.
16. But they turned their backs on my laws. They did not follow my rules. They misused my Sabbaths. Their hearts were committed to worshiping the statues of their gods.
17. " ' "Then I felt sorry for them. So I did not destroy them. I did not put an end to them in the desert.
18. I spoke to their children there. I said, 'Do not follow the rules your parents gave you. Do not obey their laws. Do not pollute yourselves by worshiping their gods.
19. I am the Lord your God. So follow my rules. Be careful to obey my laws.
20. Keep my Sabbath days holy. That is the sign of the covenant I made with you. You will know that I am the Lord your God.'
21. " ' "But their children refused to obey me. They did not follow my rules. They were not careful to keep my laws. The one who obeys them will live by them. They misused my Sabbaths. So I said I would pour out all of my burning anger on them in the desert.
22. " ' "But I kept myself from punishing them at that time. I wanted my name to be honored. So I kept it from being treated as if it were not holy. I did not want that to happen in front of the nations. They had seen me bring Israel out of Egypt.
23. " ' "I also raised my hand and took an oath in the desert. I told my people I would scatter them among the nations. I would send them to other countries.
24. They had not obeyed my laws. They had turned their backs on my rules. They had misused my Sabbaths. Their eyes longed to see the statues of their parents' gods.
25. " ' "I even let them follow rules that were not good. I let them have laws they could not live by.
26. I let them become polluted by offering sacrifices to other gods. They even sacrificed the first male child who was born in each family. I wanted to fill them with horror. Then they would know that I am the Lord." '
27. "Son of man, speak to the people of Israel. Tell them, 'The Lord and King says, "Your people spoke evil things against me long ago. They deserted me.
28. But I brought them into the land. I had taken an oath and promised to give the land to them. Then they offered sacrifices that made me very angry. They did it on every high hill and under every green tree. There they brought their sweet-smelling incense. And there they poured out their drink offerings.
29. Then I said to them, 'What? You are going to a high place?' " ' " That high place is called Bamah to this very day.
30. The Lord said to me, "Speak to the people of Israel. Tell them, 'The Lord and King says, "Are you going to pollute yourselves the way your people did? Do you long to see the statues of their evil gods?
31. You pollute yourselves by offering sacrifices to other gods. You even sacrifice your children in the fire. You continue to do those things to this very day. People of Israel, should I let you ask me for advice? I will not let you do that," announces the Lord and King. "And that is just as sure as I am alive.
32. " ' "You say, 'We want to be like the other nations. We want to be like all of the other people in the world. They serve gods that are made out of wood and stone.' But what you have in mind will never happen.
33. I will rule over you by reaching out my mighty hand and powerful arm. I will pour my burning anger out on you," announces the Lord and King. "And that is just as sure as I am alive.
34. " ' "I will bring you back from the nations. I will gather you together from the countries where you have been scattered. I will reach out my mighty hand and powerful arm. I will pour my burning anger out on you.
35. I will send you among the nations. There I will judge you face to face. It will be as if I were judging you in the desert again.
36. Long ago, I judged your people in the desert of Egypt. In the same way, I will judge you," announces the Lord and King.
37. " ' "I will take note of you as you pass under my shepherd's rod. I will separate those who obey me from those who do not. And I will give the blessings of the new covenant to those of you who obey me.
38. I will get rid of those among you who turn against me and refuse to obey me. I will bring them out of the land where they are living. But they will not enter the land of Israel. Then you will know that I am the Lord.
39. " ' "People of Israel, the Lord and King says, 'Go, every one of you! Serve your gods. But later you will listen to me. You will no longer treat my name as if it were not holy. You will not offer sacrifices to other gods anymore.
40. " ' " 'People of Israel, you will serve me,' announces the Lord and King. 'You will serve me on my high and holy mountain in Jerusalem. There I will accept you. I will require your offerings and your finest gifts. I want you to bring them along with all of your other holy sacrifices.
41. I will bring you back from the nations. I will gather you together from the countries where you have been scattered. Then I will accept you as if you were sweet-smelling incense. I will show that I am holy among you. The nations will see it.
42. " ' " 'I will bring you into the land of Israel. Then you will know that I am the Lord. Long ago I raised my hand and took an oath. I promised to give that land to your people.
43. There you will remember your conduct. You will think about everything you did that polluted you. And you will hate yourselves because of all of the evil things you have done.
44. " ' " 'People of Israel, I will deal with you for the honor of my name. I will not deal with you based on your evil conduct and sinful practices. Then you will know that I am the Lord,' announces the Lord and King." ' "
45. A message came to me from the Lord. He said,
46. "Son of man, turn your attention to Judah in the south. Preach against it. Prophesy against its forests.
47. Tell them, 'Listen to the Lord's message. The Lord and King says, "I am about to set you on fire. The fire will destroy all of your trees. It will burn up green trees and dry trees alike. The blazing flame will not be put out. The faces of everyone from south to north will be burned by it.
48. Everyone will see that I started the fire. It will not be put out. I am the Lord." ' "
49. Then I said, "Lord and King, people are talking about me. They are saying, 'Isn't he just telling stories?' "

Psalms 125:1-5
1. A song for those who go up to Jerusalem to worship the Lord. Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion. They will always be secure. They will last forever.
2. Like the mountains around Jerusalem, the Lord is all around his people both now and forever.
3. Evil people will not always rule the land the Lord gave to those who do right. If they did, those who do right might do what is evil.
4. Lord, do good to those who are good. Do good to those whose hearts are honest.
5. But what about those who have taken paths that are crooked? The Lord will drive them out, along with those who do what is evil. May Israel enjoy peace.

Proverbs 28:22-22
22. A man who won't share what he has wants to get rich. He doesn't know he is going to be poor.

Hebrews 10:1-18
1. The law is only a shadow of the good things that are coming. It is not the real things themselves. The same sacrifices have to be offered over and over again. They must be offered year after year. That's why the law can never make perfect those who come near to worship.
2. If it could, wouldn't the sacrifices have stopped being offered? The worshipers would have been made clean once and for all time. They would not have felt guilty for their sins anymore.
3. But those offerings remind people of their sins every year.
4. It isn't possible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.
5. So when Christ came into the world, he said, "You didn't want sacrifices and offerings. Instead, you prepared a body for me.
6. You weren't pleased with burnt offerings and sin offerings.
7. Then I said, 'Here I am. It is written about me in the scroll. God, I have come to do what you want.' " --(Psalm 40:6-8)
8. First Christ said, "You didn't want sacrifices and offerings. You didn't want burnt offerings and sin offerings. You weren't pleased with them." He said that even though the law required people to bring them.
9. Then he said, "Here I am. I have come to do what you want." He did away with the first. He did it to put the second in place.
10. We have been made holy by what God wanted. We have been made holy because Jesus Christ offered his body once and for all time.
11. Day after day every priest stands and does his special duties. He offers the same sacrifices again and again. But they can never take away sins.
12. Jesus our priest offered one sacrifice for sins for all time. Then he sat down at the right hand of God.
13. Since that time, he waits for his enemies to be put under his control.
14. By that one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.
15. The Holy Spirit also gives witness to us about this. First he says,
16. "This is the covenant I will make with them after that time, says the Lord. I will put my laws in their hearts. I will write my laws on their minds." --(Jeremiah 31:33)
17. Then he adds, "I will not remember their sins anymore. I will not remember the evil things they have done." --(Jeremiah 31:34)
18. Where those have been forgiven, there is no longer any offering for sin.