OYB November 16

Filed in ReligionTags: Christianity, Devotions, One Year Bible

Posted December 16, 2006; back-dated.

Today´s reading:
OT: Ezekiel 33-34
NT: Hebrews 13
Ps: Psalm 115
Pr: Proverbs 27:21-22

Today´s notable verses:

Say to them, 'As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign LORD, I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn from their ways and live. Turn! Turn from your evil ways! Why will you die, O house of Israel?'

Ezekiel 33:11 (NIV)

What was true then is still true today: God takes no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather takes pleasure in repentance that leads to life. His exhortation still applies: Turn! Turn from evil, and live!

For this is what the Sovereign LORD says: I myself will search for my sheep and look after them.

Ezekiel 34:11 (NIV)

God promised that He Himself would search for His sheep and look after them - and so He did: Jesus Christ came to earth as our Perfect Shepherd. He sought out the lost, healed the sick, and strengthened the weak.

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

Hebrews 13:8 (NIV)

This truth is one of the greatest and most reassuring of all truths in Scripture! Our God does not change. His Word does not change. His promises do not change. His principles do not change. We can trust what we read in the Bible to be true, and the outcomes of applying biblical principles will not change. It is the immutability of our God and His Word that enables Christians to live life victoriously.

15 Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that confess his name. 16 And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.

Hebrews 13:15-16 (NIV)

Jesus Christ's atoning sacrifice on the cross did not abolish the system of sacrifices; rather, it completed and perfected that system. He became the ultimate, complete atoning sacrifice for sin, allowing us to transcend the need for atonement for sin to pursue a higher sacrifice: the sacrifice of self in praise to God and service to others, emulating our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

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