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November 14


Ezekiel 19:1-14
1. "Sing this funeral song for the princes of Israel:
2. `What is your mother? A lioness among lions! She lay down among the young lions and reared her cubs.
3. She raised one of her cubs to become a strong young lion. He learned to catch and devour prey, and he became a man-eater.
4. Then the nations heard about him, and he was trapped in their pit. They led him away in chains to the land of Egypt.
5. `When the mother lion saw that all her hopes for him were gone, she took another of her cubs and taught him to be a strong lion.
6. He prowled among the other lions and became a leader among them. He learned to catch and devour prey, and he, too, became a man-eater.
7. He demolished fortresses in nearby nations and destroyed their towns and cities. Their farms were desolated, and their crops were destroyed. Everyone in the land trembled in fear when they heard him roar.
8. Then the armies of the nations attacked him, surrounding him from every direction. They spread out their nets for him and captured him in their pit.
9. With hooks, they dragged him into a cage and brought him before the king of Babylon. They held him in captivity, so his voice could never again be heard on the mountains of Israel.
10. `Your mother was like a vine planted by the water's edge. It had lush, green foliage because of the abundant water.
11. Its branches became very strong, strong enough to be a ruler's scepter. It soon became very tall, towering above all the others. It stood out because of its height and because of its many lush branches.
12. But the vine was uprooted in fury and thrown down to the ground. The desert wind dried up its fruit and tore off its branches. Its stem was destroyed by fire.
13. Now the vine is growing in the wilderness, where the ground is hard and dry.
14. A fire has come from its branches and devoured its fruit. None of the remaining limbs is strong enough to be a ruler's scepter.' This is a funeral song, and it is now time for the funeral."

Ezekiel 20:1-49
1. On August 14, during the seventh year of King Jehoiachin's captivity, some of the leaders of Israel came to request a message from the LORD. They sat down in front of me to wait for his reply.
2. Then this message came to me from the LORD:
3. "Son of man, give the leaders of Israel this message from the Sovereign LORD: How dare you come to ask for my help? As surely as I live, I will tell you nothing. This is the word of the Sovereign LORD!
4. "Son of man, bring judgment against them and condemn them. Make them realize how loathsome the actions of their ancestors really were.
5. Give them this message from the Sovereign LORD: When I chose Israel and revealed myself to her in Egypt, I swore that I, the LORD, would be her God.
6. I promised that I would bring her and her descendants out of Egypt to a land I had discovered and explored for them--a good land, a land flowing with milk and honey, the best of all lands anywhere.
7. Then I said to them, `Each of you, get rid of your idols. Do not defile yourselves with the Egyptian gods, for I am the LORD your God.'
8. "But they rebelled against me and would not listen. They did not get rid of their idols or forsake the gods of Egypt. Then I threatened to pour out my fury on them to satisfy my anger while they were still in Egypt.
9. But I didn't do it, for I acted to protect the honor of my name. That way the surrounding nations wouldn't be able to laugh at Israel's God, who had promised to deliver his people.
10. So I brought my people out of Egypt and led them into the wilderness.
11. There I gave them my laws so they could live by keeping them. Yes, all those who keep them will live!
12. And I gave them my Sabbath days of rest as a sign between them and me. It was to remind them that I, the LORD, had set them apart to be holy, making them my special people.
13. "But the people of Israel rebelled against me, and they refused to obey my laws there in the wilderness. They wouldn't obey my instructions even though obedience would have given them life. And they also violated my Sabbath days. So I threatened to pour out my fury on them, and I made plans to utterly consume them in the desert.
14. But again I held back in order to protect the honor of my name. That way the nations who saw me lead my people out of Egypt wouldn't be able to claim I destroyed them because I couldn't take care of them.
15. But I swore to them in the wilderness that I would not bring them into the land I had given them, a land flowing with milk and honey, the most beautiful place on earth.
16. I told them this because they had rejected my laws, ignored my will for them, and violated my Sabbath days. Their hearts were given to their idols.
17. Nevertheless, I pitied them and held back from destroying them in the wilderness.
18. "Then I warned their children and told them not to follow in their parents' footsteps, defiling themselves with their idols.
19. `I am the LORD your God,' I told them. `Follow my laws, pay attention to my instructions,
20. and keep my Sabbath days holy, for they are a sign to remind you that I am the LORD your God.'
21. "But their children, too, rebelled against me. They refused to keep my laws and follow my instructions, even though obeying them would have given them life. And they also violated my Sabbath days. So again I threatened to pour out my fury on them in the wilderness.
22. Nevertheless, I withdrew my judgment against them to protect the honor of my name among the nations who had seen my power in bringing them out of Egypt.
23. But I took a solemn oath against them while they were in the wilderness. I vowed I would scatter them among all the nations
24. because they did not obey my laws. They scorned my instructions by violating my Sabbath days and longing for the idols of their ancestors.
25. I gave them over to worthless customs and laws that would not lead to life.
26. I let them pollute themselves with the very gifts I had given them, and I allowed them to give their firstborn children as offerings to their gods--so I might devastate them and show them that I alone am the LORD.
27. "Therefore, son of man, give the people of Israel this message from the Sovereign LORD: Your ancestors continued to blaspheme and betray me,
28. for when I brought them into the land I had promised them, they offered sacrifices and incense on every high hill and under every green tree they saw! They roused my fury as they offered up sacrifices to their gods. They brought their perfumes and incense and poured out their drink offerings to them!
29. I said to them, `What is this high place where you are going?' (This idol shrine has been called Bamah--`high place'--ever since.)
30. "Therefore, give the people of Israel this message from the Sovereign LORD: Do you plan to pollute yourselves just as your ancestors did? Do you intend to keep prostituting yourselves by worshiping detestable idols?
31. For when you offer gifts to them and give your little children to be burned as sacrifices, you continue to pollute yourselves to this day. Should I listen to you or help you, O people of Israel? As surely as I live, says the Sovereign LORD, I will not give you a message even though you have come to me requesting one.
32. "You say, `We want to be like the nations all around us, who serve idols of wood and stone.' But what you have in mind will never happen.
33. As surely as I live, says the Sovereign LORD, I will rule you with an iron fist in great anger and with awesome power.
34. With might and fury I will bring you out from the lands where you are scattered.
35. I will bring you into the wilderness of the nations, and there I will judge you face to face.
36. I will judge you there just as I did your ancestors in the wilderness after bringing them out of Egypt, says the Sovereign LORD.
37. I will count you carefully and hold you to the terms of the covenant.
38. I will purge you of all those who rebel and sin against me. I will bring them out of the countries where they are in exile, but they will never enter the land of Israel. And when that happens, you will know that I am the LORD.
39. "As for you, O people of Israel, this is what the Sovereign LORD says: If you insist, go right ahead and worship your idols, but then don't turn around and bring gifts to me. Such desecration of my holy name must stop!
40. For on my holy mountain, says the Sovereign LORD, the people of Israel will someday worship me, and I will accept them. There I will require that you bring me all your offerings and choice gifts and sacrifices.
41. When I bring you home from exile, you will be as pleasing to me as an offering of perfumed incense. And I will display my holiness in you as all the nations watch.
42. Then when I have brought you home to the land I promised your ancestors, you will know that I am the LORD.
43. You will look back at all your sins and hate yourselves because of the evil you have done.
44. You will know that I am the LORD, O people of Israel, when I have honored my name by treating you mercifully in spite of your wickedness, says the Sovereign LORD."
45. Then this message came to me from the LORD:
46. "Son of man, look toward the south and speak out against it; prophesy against the fields of the Negev.
47. Give the southern wilderness this message from the Sovereign LORD: Hear the word of the LORD! I will set you on fire, O forest, and every tree will be burned--green and dry trees alike. The terrible flames will not be quenched; they will scorch everything from south to north.
48. And all the world will see that I, the LORD, have set this fire. It will not be put out."
49. Then I said, "O Sovereign LORD, they are saying of me, `He only talks in riddles!'"

Psalms 125:1-5
1. Those who trust in the LORD are as secure as Mount Zion; they will not be defeated but will endure forever.
2. Just as the mountains surround and protect Jerusalem, so the LORD surrounds and protects his people, both now and forever.
3. The wicked will not rule the godly, for then the godly might be forced to do wrong.
4. O LORD, do good to those who are good, whose hearts are in tune with you.
5. But banish those who turn to crooked ways, O LORD. Take them away with those who do evil. And let Israel have quietness and peace.

Proverbs 28:22-22
22. A greedy person tries to get rich quick, but it only leads to poverty.

Hebrews 10:1-18
1. The old system in the law of Moses was only a shadow of the things to come, not the reality of the good things Christ has done for us. The sacrifices under the old system were repeated again and again, year after year, but they were never able to provide perfect cleansing for those who came to worship.
2. If they could have provided perfect cleansing, the sacrifices would have stopped, for the worshipers would have been purified once for all time, and their feelings of guilt would have disappeared.
3. But just the opposite happened. Those yearly sacrifices reminded them of their sins year after year.
4. For it is not possible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.
5. That is why Christ, when he came into the world, said, "You did not want animal sacrifices and grain offerings. But you have given me a body so that I may obey you.
6. No, you were not pleased with animals burned on the altar or with other offerings for sin.
7. Then I said, 'Look, I have come to do your will, O God--just as it is written about me in the Scriptures.'"
8. Christ said, "You did not want animal sacrifices or grain offerings or animals burned on the altar or other offerings for sin, nor were you pleased with them" (though they are required by the law of Moses).
9. Then he added, "Look, I have come to do your will." He cancels the first covenant in order to establish the second.
10. And what God wants is for us to be made holy by the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all time.
11. Under the old covenant, the priest stands before the altar day after day, offering sacrifices that can never take away sins.
12. But our High Priest offered himself to God as one sacrifice for sins, good for all time. Then he sat down at the place of highest honor at God's right hand.
13. There he waits until his enemies are humbled as a footstool under his feet.
14. For by that one offering he perfected forever all those whom he is making holy.
15. And the Holy Spirit also testifies that this is so. First he says,
16. "This is the new covenant I will make with my people on that day, says the Lord: I will put my laws in their hearts so they will understand them, and I will write them on their minds so they will obey them."
17. Then he adds, "I will never again remember their sins and lawless deeds."
18. Now when sins have been forgiven, there is no need to offer any more sacrifices.