Daily reading

Today’s reading is: Jer. 27-28; 51:59-64; Ezek. 3:16-4:17


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Jeremiah Chapter Twenty-Seven

  1. Chapter 27 occurs at the beginning of the reign of Zedekiah (Jer. 27:1).  There is a manuscript discrepancy at this point, with some Hebrew texts indicating Jehoiakim as the king here.
  2. Jeremiah was instructed to place himself in bonds and yokes, and deliver a message to the five gentile nations that have sent messengers to Zedekiah (Jer. 27:1-11).  This message focused on the role of Nebuchadnezzar as the servant of the Lord (Jer. 27:6).
  3. Jeremiah also spoke to the King and priests of Judah, warning them to disregard the false message of the false prophets (Jer. 27:12-22).

Jeremiah Chapter Twenty-Eight

  1. Chapter 28 focuses on a conflict between Jeremiah, and a false prophet named Hananiah.
    1. חֲנַנְיָה chananyāh #2608: God has favored.
    2. At least 11 OT characters with this name, including Daniel’s friend who becomes known as Shadrack (Dan. 1:7).
    3. As a son of Azzur, Hananiah is likely a brother of Jaazaniah (Ezek. 11:1).
  2. Hananiah declared a “Thus says the Lord” message, and predicts an end to King Jehoiachin’s exile within two years (Jer. 28:1-4,10,11).
  3. Jeremiah gives a hearty “amen” to Hananiah’s message, and yet reminds all the people listening that a prophet of peace must have his words fulfilled in order to be identified as a true prophet of the Lord (Jer. 28:5-9).
  4. The Lord gave Jeremiah a personal rebuke for Hananiah, followed by Hananiah’s Sin Unto Death shortly thereafter (Jer. 28:12-17).

Jeremiah Chapter Fifty-One

(Outline continues from Day 231)

  1. The chapter closes with the setting for the preaching of Jeremiah 50 &51: in Babylon itself, by the Euphrates (Jer. 51:59-64).
    1. Zedekiah was summoned to Babylon (Jer. 51:59), to worship Nebuchadnezzar’s golden statue (Dan. 3:2-3).
    2. Baruch’s brother Seraiah is tasked with a mission of his own during that trip (Jer. 51:59-61).
  2. Jer. 51:64 is likely the conclusion to Jeremiah, by his own pen, with chapter 52 being added by Baruch.

Ezekiel Chapter Three

(Outline continues from yesterday)

  1. Ezekiel is warned about the accountability of a watchman (Ezek. 3:16-21).
    1. The watchman must deliver the message of warning or else the blood of the wicked will be accounted to him (Ezek. 3:18,20).
    2. The watchman who faithfully delivers the warning has washed his hands of all blood, and the wicked audience will bear the full accountability (Ezek. 3:19 cf. Mt. 27:24; Acts 20:26-27; 1st Tim. 5:22).
  2. Ezekiel is spiritually bound and gagged by the Lord (Ezek. 3:22-27 cf. Lk. 1:20-22,62-64ff.).
    1. His spiritual bonds will not allow him any freedom of movement apart from where the Lord wants him to go.
    2. His spiritual gag will not allow him any freedom of speech apart from what the Lord wants him to say.

Ezekiel Chapter Four

  1. Ezekiel is instructed to silently pantomime the siege of Jerusalem for the exiles in Babylonia to observe (Ezek. 4:1-3).
  2. Ezekiel is also instructed to bear the iniquity of Israel & Judah through a period of suffering and shame (Ezek. 4:4-17).
    1. He paints a living picture of Christ, Who bore all our iniquities (Isa. 53:11-12).
    2. He endured ritual defilement according to the will of God.
  3. This drama will take over a year to fully communicate (Ezek. 4:5-6).
  4. The physical hardship Ezekiel endured was designed to teach a spiritual lesson to the exiles (Ezek. 4:17).