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November 17 (Day 320) - Graces and Judgements

Updated: Jan 3

In Proverbs 27-28, we read several truths that are verifiable by our observations from history. “Riches do not endure forever, and a crown is not secure …” (27:24). Leaders who ignore or take for granted “the condition of their flocks” (verse 23), are likely to lose the crown. Countless historical examples support the veracity of these Proverbs which are further expanded and clarified in chapter 28.

In Hebrews 13, we come to the end of this wonderful book. The writer exhorts us to practice at least ten Christian graces - to love one another, to show hospitality, to remember those in prison and those who are mistreated, to honor the institution of marriage, to avoid the love of money and be content, to remember our leaders, to reject strange (i.e., unbiblical) teachings, to bear the disgrace that Jesus bore, to offer sacrifices of praise to God, and to pray for each other. Like the Ten Commandments in the Old Testament, these graces can be summed up in Christ’s commands for us to love God with all our hearts and to love our neighbor as ourselves (cf., Matthew 22:36-40; Mark 12:28-31; Luke 10:27).

In Ezekiel 30-31, we see God’s judgment on Egypt and her allies. God says, “By the hand of Nebuchadnezzar,” they will be “laid waste” (Ezekiel 30:12). Again, we see the same sin in Egypt - pride (30:18). In chapter 31, Ezekiel prophesies that Pharaoh will be cut down like a cedar tree. These are classic examples of the truths we saw in Proverbs 27-28. In God’s universe, security can be found only in God Himself.

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