OYB November 11

Filed in ReligionTags: Christianity, Devotions, One Year Bible

Posted December 16, 2006; back-dated.

Today´s reading:
OT: Ezekiel 23
NT: Hebrews 10:18-39
Ps: Psalm 109
Pr: Proverbs 27:13

Today´s notable verses:

The older was named Oholah, and her sister was Oholibah. They were mine and gave birth to sons and daughters. Oholah is Samaria, and Oholibah is Jerusalem.

Ezekiel 23:4 (NIV)

A brief explanation, based on even more brief research, of the prophecy of the adulterous sisters, Oholah and Oholibah, in Ezekiel chapter 23: Oholah is a proper feminine Hebrew name that means "her own tent"; Oholibah is a proper feminine Hebrew name that means "woman of the tent" or "the tent is in her". At this point in the history of Israel, the nation is divided between the southern kingdom of Judea and the northern kingdom of Israel. Jerusalem, the original capital of the nation of Israel, is within the southern kingdom. The city of Samaria is established as the capital of the northern kingdom. I believe the root, tent, refers to the place or object of worship: tent - tabernacle - temple. God's chosen place of worship for His people - the Temple - was in Jerusalem; thus both the rightful place and object (since God inhabited the Temple) of worship were found within Jerusalem. The Israelites of the northern kingdom were God's people, thus they were people of the "tent" - that is, people of the Temple, or people who worshiped the God who inhabited the Temple in Jerusalem. Thus, the allegorical prostitution of both Oholah and Oholibah refers to the worship of other gods by the northern and southern kingdoms of Israel, as explained in the subsequent verses. For further research, see the Jewish Encyclopedia.

24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. 25 Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

Hebrews 10:24-25 (NIV)

It is important to remember that, while our faith and our relationship with God are intimate and very personal, the Christian life and Christian walk were never intended to be solitary. God created us in His image; part of that likeness includes our relational and communal character. God intended humanity to be in relationship with Him and with each other.

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