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November 13

Ezekiel 17:1-24
1. Then this message came to me from the LORD:
2. "Son of man, tell this story to the people of Israel.
3. Give them this message from the Sovereign LORD: A great eagle with broad wings full of many-colored feathers came to Lebanon. He took hold of the highest branch of a cedar tree
4. and plucked off its topmost shoot. Then he carried it away to a city filled with merchants, where he planted it.
5. "Then he planted one of its seedlings in fertile ground beside a broad river, where it would grow as quickly as a willow tree.
6. It took root there and grew into a low, spreading vine. Its branches turned up toward the eagle, and its roots grew down beneath it. It soon produced strong branches and luxuriant leaves.
7. But then another great eagle with broad wings and full plumage came along. So the vine sent its roots and branches out toward him for water.
8. The vine did this even though it was already planted in good soil and had plenty of water so it could grow into a splendid vine and produce rich leaves and luscious fruit.
9. "So now the Sovereign LORD asks: Should I let this vine grow and prosper? No! I will pull it out, roots and all! I will cut off its fruit and let its leaves wither and die. I will pull it out easily enough--it won't take a strong arm or a large army to do it.
10. Then when the vine is transplanted, will it thrive? No, it will wither away completely when the east wind blows against it. It will die in the same good soil where it had grown so well."
11. Then this message came to me from the LORD:
12. "Say to these rebels of Israel: Don't you understand the meaning of this riddle of the eagles? I will tell you, says the Sovereign LORD. The king of Babylon came to Jerusalem, took away her king and princes, and brought them to Babylon.
13. He made a treaty with a member of the royal family and made him take an oath of loyalty. He also exiled Israel's most influential leaders,
14. so Israel would not become strong again and revolt. Only by keeping her treaty with Babylon could Israel maintain her national identity.
15. "Nevertheless, this man of Israel's royal family rebelled against Babylon, sending ambassadors to Egypt to request a great army and many horses. Can Israel break her sworn treaties like that and get away with it?
16. No! For as surely as I live, says the Sovereign LORD, the king of Israel will die in Babylon, the land of the king who put him in power and whose treaty he despised and broke.
17. Pharaoh and all his mighty army will fail to help Israel when the king of Babylon lays siege to Jerusalem again and destroys the lives of many.
18. For the king of Israel broke his treaty after swearing to obey; therefore, he will not escape.
19. "So this is what the Sovereign LORD says: As surely as I live, I will punish him for breaking my covenant and despising the solemn oath he made in my name.
20. I will throw my net over him and capture him in my snare. I will bring him to Babylon and deal with him there for this treason against me.
21. And all the best warriors of Israel will be killed in battle, and those remaining in the city will be scattered to the four winds. Then you will know that I, the LORD, have spoken these words.
22. "And the Sovereign LORD says: I will take a tender shoot from the top of a tall cedar, and I will plant it on the top of Israel's highest mountain.
23. It will become a noble cedar, sending forth its branches and producing seed. Birds of every sort will nest in it, finding shelter beneath its branches.
24. And all the trees will know that it is I, the LORD, who cuts down the tall tree and helps the short tree to grow tall. It is I who makes the green tree wither and gives new life to the dead tree. I, the LORD, have spoken! I will do what I have said."

Ezekiel 18:1-32
1. Then another message came to me from the LORD:
2. "Why do you quote this proverb in the land of Israel: `The parents have eaten sour grapes, but their children's mouths pucker at the taste'?
3. As surely as I live, says the Sovereign LORD, you will not say this proverb anymore in Israel.
4. For all people are mine to judge--both parents and children alike. And this is my rule: The person who sins will be the one who dies.
5. "Suppose a certain man is just and does what is lawful and right,
6. and he has not feasted in the mountains before Israel's idols or worshiped them. And suppose he does not commit adultery or have intercourse with a woman during her menstrual period.
7. Suppose he is a merciful creditor, not keeping the items given in pledge by poor debtors, and does not rob the poor but instead gives food to the hungry and provides clothes for people in need.
8. And suppose he grants loans without interest, stays away from injustice, is honest and fair when judging others,
9. and faithfully obeys my laws and regulations. Anyone who does these things is just and will surely live, says the Sovereign LORD.
10. "But suppose that man has a son who grows up to be a robber or murderer and refuses to do what is right.
11. And suppose that son does all the evil things his father would never do--worships idols on the mountains, commits adultery,
12. oppresses the poor and helpless, steals from debtors by refusing to let them redeem what they have given in pledge, worships idols and takes part in loathsome practices,
13. and lends money at interest. Should such a sinful person live? No! He must die and must take full blame.
14. "But suppose that sinful son, in turn, has a son who sees his father's wickedness but decides against that kind of life.
15. Suppose this son refuses to worship idols on the mountains, does not commit adultery,
16. and does not exploit the poor, but instead is fair to debtors and does not rob them. And suppose this son feeds the hungry, provides clothes for the needy,
17. helps the poor, does not lend money at interest, and obeys all my regulations and laws. Such a person will not die because of his father's sins; he will surely live.
18. But the father will die for the many sins he committed--for being cruel and robbing close relatives, doing what was clearly wrong among his people.
19. " `What?' you ask. `Doesn't the child pay for the parent's sins?' No! For if the child does what is right and keeps my laws, that child will surely live.
20. The one who sins is the one who dies. The child will not be punished for the parent's sins, and the parent will not be punished for the child's sins. Righteous people will be rewarded for their own goodness, and wicked people will be punished for their own wickedness.
21. But if wicked people turn away from all their sins and begin to obey my laws and do what is just and right, they will surely live and not die.
22. All their past sins will be forgotten, and they will live because of the righteous things they have done.
23. "Do you think, asks the Sovereign LORD, that I like to see wicked people die? Of course not! I only want them to turn from their wicked ways and live.
24. However, if righteous people turn to sinful ways and start acting like other sinners, should they be allowed to live? No, of course not! All their previous goodness will be forgotten, and they will die for their sins.
25. "Yet you say, `The Lord isn't being just!' Listen to me, O people of Israel. Am I the one who is unjust, or is it you?
26. When righteous people turn from being good and start doing sinful things, they will die for it. Yes, they will die because of their sinful deeds.
27. And if wicked people turn away from their wickedness, obey the law, and do what is just and right, they will save their lives.
28. They will live, because after thinking it over, they decided to turn from their sins. Such people will not die.
29. And yet the people of Israel keep saying, `The Lord is unjust!' O people of Israel, it is you who are unjust, not I.
30. "Therefore, I will judge each of you, O people of Israel, according to your actions, says the Sovereign LORD. Turn from your sins! Don't let them destroy you!
31. Put all your rebellion behind you, and get for yourselves a new heart and a new spirit. For why should you die, O people of Israel?
32. I don't want you to die, says the Sovereign LORD. Turn back and live!

Psalms 124:1-8
1. If the LORD had not been on our side--let Israel now say--
2. if the LORD had not been on our side when people rose up against us,
3. they would have swallowed us alive because of their burning anger against us.
4. The waters would have engulfed us; a torrent would have overwhelmed us.
5. Yes, the raging waters of their fury would have overwhelmed our very lives.
6. Blessed be the LORD, who did not let their teeth tear us apart!
7. We escaped like a bird from a hunter's trap. The trap is broken, and we are free!
8. Our help is from the LORD, who made the heavens and the earth.

Proverbs 28:21-21
21. Showing partiality is never good, yet some will do wrong for something as small as a piece of bread.

Hebrews 9:1-28
1. Now in that first covenant between God and Israel, there were regulations for worship and a sacred tent here on earth.
2. There were two rooms in this tent. In the first room were a lampstand, a table, and loaves of holy bread on the table. This was called the Holy Place.
3. Then there was a curtain, and behind the curtain was the second room called the Most Holy Place.
4. In that room were a gold incense altar and a wooden chest called the Ark of the Covenant, which was covered with gold on all sides. Inside the Ark were a gold jar containing some manna, Aaron's staff that sprouted leaves, and the stone tablets of the covenant with the Ten Commandments written on them.
5. The glorious cherubim were above the Ark. Their wings were stretched out over the Ark's cover, the place of atonement. But we cannot explain all of these things now.
6. When these things were all in place, the priests went in and out of the first room regularly as they performed their religious duties.
7. But only the high priest goes into the Most Holy Place, and only once a year, and always with blood, which he offers to God to cover his own sins and the sins the people have committed in ignorance.
8. By these regulations the Holy Spirit revealed that the Most Holy Place was not open to the people as long as the first room and the entire system it represents were still in use.
9. This is an illustration pointing to the present time. For the gifts and sacrifices that the priests offer are not able to cleanse the consciences of the people who bring them.
10. For that old system deals only with food and drink and ritual washing--external regulations that are in effect only until their limitations can be corrected.
11. So Christ has now become the High Priest over all the good things that have come. He has entered that great, perfect sanctuary in heaven, not made by human hands and not part of this created world.
12. Once for all time he took blood into that Most Holy Place, but not the blood of goats and calves. He took his own blood, and with it he secured our salvation forever.
13. Under the old system, the blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a young cow could cleanse people's bodies from ritual defilement.
14. Just think how much more the blood of Christ will purify our hearts from deeds that lead to death so that we can worship the living God. For by the power of the eternal Spirit, Christ offered himself to God as a perfect sacrifice for our sins.
15. That is why he is the one who mediates the new covenant between God and people, so that all who are invited can receive the eternal inheritance God has promised them. For Christ died to set them free from the penalty of the sins they had committed under that first covenant.
16. Now when someone dies and leaves a will, no one gets anything until it is proved that the person who wrote the will is dead.
17. The will goes into effect only after the death of the person who wrote it. While the person is still alive, no one can use the will to get any of the things promised to them.
18. That is why blood was required under the first covenant as a proof of death.
19. For after Moses had given the people all of God's laws, he took the blood of calves and goats, along with water, and sprinkled both the book of God's laws and all the people, using branches of hyssop bushes and scarlet wool.
20. Then he said, "This blood confirms the covenant God has made with you."
21. And in the same way, he sprinkled blood on the sacred tent and on everything used for worship.
22. In fact, we can say that according to the law of Moses, nearly everything was purified by sprinkling with blood. Without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness of sins.
23. That is why the earthly tent and everything in it--which were copies of things in heaven--had to be purified by the blood of animals. But the real things in heaven had to be purified with far better sacrifices than the blood of animals.
24. For Christ has entered into heaven itself to appear now before God as our Advocate. He did not go into the earthly place of worship, for that was merely a copy of the real Temple in heaven.
25. Nor did he enter heaven to offer himself again and again, like the earthly high priest who enters the Most Holy Place year after year to offer the blood of an animal.
26. If that had been necessary, he would have had to die again and again, ever since the world began. But no! He came once for all time, at the end of the age, to remove the power of sin forever by his sacrificial death for us.
27. And just as it is destined that each person dies only once and after that comes judgment,
28. so also Christ died only once as a sacrifice to take away the sins of many people. He will come again but not to deal with our sins again. This time he will bring salvation to all those who are eagerly waiting for him.