Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Daily Scripture & Questions
Ezekiel 24-27 God reveals to Ezekiel, who is in exile already, that back home (about 900 miles away) Jerusalem had been besieged.  Ezekiel then embodied a couple of oracles in how he handled his wife's sudden death and his being mute until a fugitive comes and reports what has happened from Jerusalem.   The nations are judged by how they treated God's people in their time of need.  Remember Jesus said that what we do to the least of one of these my brothers, you do to Jesus.  This is not talking about how we treat all people, but specifically how we treat the followers of Jesus.  The nation Tyre receives an extended critique from Ezekiel because they had the economic power to help but they didn't.

Family Devotions-Scripture & Questions
Read Ezekiel 24:15-24. What did Ezekiel think about his wife? Why did God have him not grieve at all for her when she suddenly died? Have you ever known someone whose spirit was broken by bad news?

Biblical Prayer Focus
Psalm 5:11-12
 "But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them ever sing for joy, and spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may exult in you. For you bless the righteous, O LORD; you cover him with favor as with a shield."

When Jesus prayed His high priestly prayer in John 17, a key component was protection from the evil one. Pray that God would be the refuge and protector, the shield-bearer for those He lays on your heart.
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