Daily Devotional

by Larry Stockstill

Faith and patience are two wings of the same bird. You may not always experience instant results from your faith; in fact, more often than not, you must wait for the results. But with consistent faith and patience, you can obtain the results you need.

Abraham is a prime example of patient waiting. "Then Abraham waited patiently, and he received what God had promised" (Hebrews 6:15). First he had to wait, and then he received the promise. In the same way, it should not really matter to us when the Lord performs His Word. His timetable is perfect, and He is never late. What should matter is that we learn to relax in His promise and hold on to our confidence, which is like a "strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls" (v. 19).

Joseph's life also illustrates the successful blend of faith with patience. The dreams and visions of his childhood seemed to be hidden forever as he languished in an Egyptian prison. The Word of God records, "There in prison, they bruised his feet with fetters and placed his neck in an iron collar. Until the time came to fulfill his word, the Lord tested Joseph's character" (Psalm 105:18-19).

You must understand that the Word of God is testing your faith until it has passed the true test of its worth. Faith is patience in waiting on the promises. Therefore, time must pass to prove that your faith is patient.

Be encouraged today. Your patience for the promise will produce!

Ezekiel 10:1-11:25

God’s Glory Departs From the Temple

10 I looked, and I saw the likeness of a throneS Rev 4:2 of lapis lazuliS Ex 24:10 above the vaultEze 1:22 that was over the heads of the cherubim.S Ge 3:24The Lord said to the man clothed in linen,S Eze 9:2 “Go in among the wheelsS Eze 1:15 beneath the cherubim. FillRev 8:5 your hands with burning coalsS 2Sa 22:9 from among the cherubim and scatter them over the city.” And as I watched, he went in.

Now the cherubim were standing on the south side of the temple when the man went in, and a cloud filled the inner court.Then the glory of the LordS Ex 24:16; Eze 9:3; 44:4 rose from above the cherubim and moved to the threshold of the temple. The cloud filled the temple, and the court was full of the radiance of the glory of the Lord.The sound of the wings of the cherubim could be heard as far away as the outer court, like the voiceS Job 40:9 of God AlmightyHebrew El-Shaddai when he speaks.S Eze 3:13

When the Lord commanded the man in linen, “Take fire from among the wheels,Da 7:9 from among the cherubim,” the man went in and stood beside a wheel.Then one of the cherubim reached out his hand to the fireS Eze 5:4 that was among them. He took up some of it and put it into the hands of the man in linen, who took it and went out.(Under the wings of the cherubim could be seen what looked like human hands.)Eze 1:8

I looked, and I saw beside the cherubim four wheels, one beside each of the cherubim; the wheels sparkled like topaz.S Ex 28:20; Rev 21:2010 As for their appearance, the four of them looked alike; each was like a wheel intersecting a wheel.11 As they moved, they would go in any one of the four directions the cherubim faced; the wheels did not turn aboutOr aside as the cherubim went. The cherubim went in whatever direction the head faced, without turning as they went.12 Their entire bodies, including their backs, their hands and their wings, were completely full of eyes,Rev 4:6-8 as were their four wheels.Eze 1:15-2113 I heard the wheels being called “the whirling wheels.”14 Each of the cherubim1Ki 7:36 had four faces:Eze 1:6 One face was that of a cherub, the second the face of a human being, the third the face of a lion,1Ki 7:29 and the fourth the face of an eagle.Eze 1:10; 41:19; Rev 4:7

15 Then the cherubim rose upward. These were the living creaturesS Isa 6:2 I had seen by the Kebar River.S Ps 137:116 When the cherubim moved, the wheels beside them moved; and when the cherubim spread their wings to rise from the ground, the wheels did not leave their side.17 When the cherubim stood still, they also stood still; and when the cherubim rose, they rose with them, because the spirit of the living creatures was in them.S Eze 3:13

18 Then the gloryS 1Sa 4:21 of the Lord departed from over the threshold of the temple and stopped above the cherubim.S Ps 18:1019 While I watched, the cherubim spread their wings and rose from the ground, and as they went, the wheels went with them.Eze 11:1, 22 They stopped at the entrance of the east gate of the Lord’s house, and the gloryEze 43:4 of the God of Israel was above them.

20 These were the living creatures I had seen beneath the God of Israel by the Kebar River,Eze 1:1 and I realized that they were cherubim.21 Each had four facesEze 41:18 and four wings,Eze 1:6 and under their wings was what looked like human hands.22 Their faces had the same appearance as those I had seen by the Kebar River.Eze 1:1 Each one went straight ahead.

God’s Sure Judgment on Jerusalem

11 Then the Spirit lifted me up and brought me to the gate of the house of the Lord that faces east. There at the entrance of the gate were twenty-five men, and I saw among them Jaazaniah son of Azzur and Pelatiahver 13 son of Benaiah, leadersJer 5:5 of the people.S Eze 8:16; S 10:19; 43:4-5The Lord said to me, “Son of man, these are the men who are plotting evilS Isa 29:20; Na 1:11 and giving wicked advice in this city.Eze 8:11They say, ‘Haven’t our houses been recently rebuilt? This city is a pot,Jer 1:13; Eze 24:3 and we are the meat in it.’ver 7, 11; Eze 12:22, 27; Mic 3:3Therefore prophesyS Eze 3:4, 17 against them; prophesy, son of man.”

Then the Spirit of the Lord came on me, and he told me to say: “This is what the Lord says: That is what you are saying, you leaders in Israel, but I know what is going through your mind.S Ps 26:2; S Jer 17:10You have killed many people in this city and filled its streets with the dead.S Eze 7:23; 22:6

“Therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord says: The bodies you have thrown there are the meat and this city is the pot,Jer 1:13 but I will drive you out of it.ver 3; Eze 24:3-13; Mic 3:2-3You fear the sword,S Lev 26:25; S Jer 42:16 and the sword is what I will bring against you, declares the Sovereign Lord.S Pr 10:24; Isa 66:4I will drive you out of the city and deliver you into the handsPs 106:41 of foreigners and inflict punishment on you.Dt 28:36; S Eze 5:810 You will fall by the sword, and I will execute judgment on you at the borders of Israel.2Ki 14:25 Then you will know that I am the Lord.11 This city will not be a potver 3; Eze 24:6 for you, nor will you be the meat in it; I will execute judgment on you at the borders of Israel.12 And you will know that I am the Lord,S Eze 6:7 for you have not followed my decreesS Lev 18:4; Eze 18:9 or kept my laws but have conformed to the standards of the nations around you.Eze 8:10

13 Now as I was prophesying, Pelatiahver 1 son of Benaiah died. Then I fell facedown and cried out in a loud voice, “Alas, Sovereign Lord! Will you completely destroy the remnant of Israel?S Eze 9:8; Am 7:2

The Promise of Israel’s Return

14 The word of the Lord came to me:15 “Son of man, the people of Jerusalem have said of your fellow exiles and all the other Israelites, ‘They are far away from the Lord; this land was given to us as our possession.’Eze 33:24

16 “Therefore say: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Although I sent them far away among the nations and scattered them among the countries, yet for a little while I have been a sanctuaryPs 31:20; 90:1; 91:9; S Isa 4:6 for them in the countries where they have gone.’

17 “Therefore say: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I will gather you from the nations and bring you back from the countries where you have been scattered, and I will give you back the land of Israel again.’S Ne 1:9; S Jer 3:18; 24:5-6; S 31:16; Eze 20:41; 28:25; 34:13; 36:28

18 “They will return to it and remove all its vile imagesS Eze 5:11 and detestable idols.Eze 37:2319 I will give them an undivided heartS 2Ch 30:12; S Ps 86:11 and put a new spirit in them; I will remove from them their heart of stoneZec 7:12; Ro 2:5 and give them a heart of flesh.Eze 18:31; S 2Co 3:320 Then they will follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.S Ps 1:2 They will be my people,S Jer 11:4; 32:38 and I will be their God.S Ex 6:7; Eze 14:11; 34:30; 36:26-28; Hos 1:9; Zec 8:8; Heb 8:1021 But as for those whose hearts are devoted to their vile images and detestable idols,Jer 16:18 I will bring down on their own heads what they have done, declares the Sovereign Lord.Jer 16:11; S Eze 9:10; 16:43

22 Then the cherubim, with the wheels beside them, spread their wings, and the gloryS Ex 24:16 of the God of Israel was above them.Eze 9:3; S 10:1923 The gloryEze 1:28; S 10:4 of the Lord went up from within the city and stopped above the mountainZec 14:4 east of it.24 The SpiritEze 37:1; 43:5 lifted me up and brought me to the exiles in BabyloniaOr Chaldea in the vision2Co 12:2-4 given by the Spirit of God.

Then the vision I had seen went up from me,25 and I told the exiles everything the Lord had shown me.S Eze 3:4, 11

The Lord’s Glory Leaves the Temple

10 In my vision I saw what appeared to be a throne of blue lapis lazuli above the crystal surface over the heads of the cherubim.Then the Lord spoke to the man in linen clothing and said, “Go between the whirling wheels beneath the cherubim, and take a handful of burning coals and scatter them over the city.” He did this as I watched.

The cherubim were standing at the south end of the Temple when the man went in, and the cloud of glory filled the inner courtyard.Then the glory of the Lord rose up from above the cherubim and went over to the entrance of the Temple. The Temple was filled with this cloud of glory, and the courtyard glowed brightly with the glory of the Lord.The moving wings of the cherubim sounded like the voice of God AlmightyHebrew El-Shaddai. and could be heard even in the outer courtyard.

The Lord said to the man in linen clothing, “Go between the cherubim and take some burning coals from between the wheels.” So the man went in and stood beside one of the wheels.Then one of the cherubim reached out his hand and took some live coals from the fire burning among them. He put the coals into the hands of the man in linen clothing, and the man took them and went out.(All the cherubim had what looked like human hands under their wings.)

I looked, and each of the four cherubim had a wheel beside him, and the wheels sparkled like beryl.10 All four wheels looked alike and were made the same; each wheel had a second wheel turning crosswise within it.11 The cherubim could move in any of the four directions they faced, without turning as they moved. They went straight in the direction they faced, never turning aside.12 Both the cherubim and the wheels were covered with eyes. The cherubim had eyes all over their bodies, including their hands, their backs, and their wings.13 I heard someone refer to the wheels as “the whirling wheels.”14 Each of the four cherubim had four faces: the first was the face of an ox,Hebrew the face of a cherub; compare 1:10. the second was a human face, the third was the face of a lion, and the fourth was the face of an eagle.

15 Then the cherubim rose upward. These were the same living beings I had seen beside the Kebar River.16 When the cherubim moved, the wheels moved with them. When they lifted their wings to fly, the wheels stayed beside them.17 When the cherubim stopped, the wheels stopped. When they flew upward, the wheels rose up, for the spirit of the living beings was in the wheels.

18 Then the glory of the Lord moved out from the entrance of the Temple and hovered above the cherubim.19 And as I watched, the cherubim flew with their wheels to the east gate of the Lord’s Temple. And the glory of the God of Israel hovered above them.

20 These were the same living beings I had seen beneath the God of Israel when I was by the Kebar River. I knew they were cherubim,21 for each had four faces and four wings and what looked like human hands under their wings.22 And their faces were just like the faces of the beings I had seen at the Kebar, and they traveled straight ahead, just as the others had.

Judgment on Israel’s Leaders

11 Then the Spirit lifted me and brought me to the east gateway of the Lord’s Temple, where I saw twenty-five prominent men of the city. Among them were Jaazaniah son of Azzur and Pelatiah son of Benaiah, who were leaders among the people.

The Spirit said to me, “Son of man, these are the men who are planning evil and giving wicked counsel in this city.They say to the people, ‘Is it not a good time to build houses? This city is like an iron pot. We are safe inside it like meat in a pot.Hebrew This city is the pot, and we are the meat.Therefore, son of man, prophesy against them loudly and clearly.”

Then the Spirit of the Lord came upon me, and he told me to say, “This is what the Lord says to the people of Israel: I know what you are saying, for I know every thought that comes into your minds.You have murdered many in this city and filled its streets with the dead.

“Therefore, this is what the Sovereign Lord says: This city is an iron pot all right, but the pieces of meat are the victims of your injustice. As for you, I will soon drag you from this pot.I will bring on you the sword of war you so greatly fear, says the Sovereign Lord.I will drive you out of Jerusalem and hand you over to foreigners, who will carry out my judgments against you.10 You will be slaughtered all the way to the borders of Israel. I will execute judgment on you, and you will know that I am the Lord.11 No, this city will not be an iron pot for you, and you will not be like meat safe inside it. I will judge you even to the borders of Israel,12 and you will know that I am the Lord. For you have refused to obey my decrees and regulations; instead, you have copied the standards of the nations around you.”

13 While I was still prophesying, Pelatiah son of Benaiah suddenly died. Then I fell face down on the ground and cried out, “O Sovereign Lord, are you going to kill everyone in Israel?”

Hope for Exiled Israel

14 Then this message came to me from the Lord:15 “Son of man, the people still left in Jerusalem are talking about you and your relatives and all the people of Israel who are in exile. They are saying, ‘Those people are far away from the Lord, so now he has given their land to us!’

16 “Therefore, tell the exiles, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Although I have scattered you in the countries of the world, I will be a sanctuary to you during your time in exile.17 I, the Sovereign Lord, will gather you back from the nations where you have been scattered, and I will give you the land of Israel once again.’

18 “When the people return to their homeland, they will remove every trace of their vile images and detestable idols.19 And I will give them singleness of heart and put a new spirit within them. I will take away their stony, stubborn heart and give them a tender, responsive heart,Hebrew a heart of flesh.20 so they will obey my decrees and regulations. Then they will truly be my people, and I will be their God.21 But as for those who long for vile images and detestable idols, I will repay them fully for their sins. I, the Sovereign Lord, have spoken!”

The Lord’s Glory Leaves Jerusalem

22 Then the cherubim lifted their wings and rose into the air with their wheels beside them, and the glory of the God of Israel hovered above them.23 Then the glory of the Lord went up from the city and stopped above the mountain to the east.

24 Afterward the Spirit of God carried me back again to Babylonia,Or Chaldea. to the people in exile there. And so ended the vision of my visit to Jerusalem.25 And I told the exiles everything the Lord had shown me.

10 Then I looked, and, behold, in the firmament that was above the head of the cherubims there appeared over them as it were a sapphire stone, as the appearance of the likeness of a throne.

And he spake unto the man clothed with linen, and said, Go in between the wheels, even under the cherub, and fill thine hand with coals of fire from between the cherubims, and scatter them over the city. And he went in in my sight.

Now the cherubims stood on the right side of the house, when the man went in; and the cloud filled the inner court.

Then the glory of the Lord went up from the cherub, and stood over the threshold of the house; and the house was filled with the cloud, and the court was full of the brightness of the Lord's glory.

And the sound of the cherubims' wings was heard even to the outer court, as the voice of the Almighty God when he speaketh.

And it came to pass, that when he had commanded the man clothed with linen, saying, Take fire from between the wheels, from between the cherubims; then he went in, and stood beside the wheels.

And one cherub stretched forth his hand from between the cherubims unto the fire that was between the cherubims, and took thereof, and put it into the hands of him that was clothed with linen: who took it, and went out.

And there appeared in the cherubims the form of a man's hand under their wings.

And when I looked, behold the four wheels by the cherubims, one wheel by one cherub, and another wheel by another cherub: and the appearance of the wheels was as the colour of a beryl stone.

10 And as for their appearances, they four had one likeness, as if a wheel had been in the midst of a wheel.

11 When they went, they went upon their four sides; they turned not as they went, but to the place whither the head looked they followed it; they turned not as they went.

12 And their whole body, and their backs, and their hands, and their wings, and the wheels, were full of eyes round about, even the wheels that they four had.

13 As for the wheels, it was cried unto them in my hearing, O wheel.

14 And every one had four faces: the first face was the face of a cherub, and the second face was the face of a man, and the third the face of a lion, and the fourth the face of an eagle.

15 And the cherubims were lifted up. This is the living creature that I saw by the river of Chebar.

16 And when the cherubims went, the wheels went by them: and when the cherubims lifted up their wings to mount up from the earth, the same wheels also turned not from beside them.

17 When they stood, these stood; and when they were lifted up, these lifted up themselves also: for the spirit of the living creature was in them.

18 Then the glory of the Lord departed from off the threshold of the house, and stood over the cherubims.

19 And the cherubims lifted up their wings, and mounted up from the earth in my sight: when they went out, the wheels also were beside them, and every one stood at the door of the east gate of the Lord's house; and the glory of the God of Israel was over them above.

20 This is the living creature that I saw under the God of Israel by the river of Chebar; and I knew that they were the cherubims.

21 Every one had four faces apiece, and every one four wings; and the likeness of the hands of a man was under their wings.

22 And the likeness of their faces was the same faces which I saw by the river of Chebar, their appearances and themselves: they went every one straight forward.

11 Moreover the spirit lifted me up, and brought me unto the east gate of the Lord's house, which looketh eastward: and behold at the door of the gate five and twenty men; among whom I saw Jaazaniah the son of Azur, and Pelatiah the son of Benaiah, princes of the people.

Then said he unto me, Son of man, these are the men that devise mischief, and give wicked counsel in this city:

Which say, It is not near; let us build houses: this city is the caldron, and we be the flesh.

Therefore prophesy against them, prophesy, O son of man.

And the Spirit of the Lord fell upon me, and said unto me, Speak; Thus saith the Lord; Thus have ye said, O house of Israel: for I know the things that come into your mind, every one of them.

Ye have multiplied your slain in this city, and ye have filled the streets thereof with the slain.

Therefore thus saith the Lord God; Your slain whom ye have laid in the midst of it, they are the flesh, and this city is the caldron: but I will bring you forth out of the midst of it.

Ye have feared the sword; and I will bring a sword upon you, saith the Lord God.

And I will bring you out of the midst thereof, and deliver you into the hands of strangers, and will execute judgments among you.

10 Ye shall fall by the sword; I will judge you in the border of Israel; and ye shall know that I am the Lord.

11 This city shall not be your caldron, neither shall ye be the flesh in the midst thereof; but I will judge you in the border of Israel:

12 And ye shall know that I am the Lord: for ye have not walked in my statutes, neither executed my judgments, but have done after the manners of the heathen that are round about you.

13 And it came to pass, when I prophesied, that Pelatiah the son of Benaiah died. Then fell I down upon my face, and cried with a loud voice, and said, Ah Lord God! wilt thou make a full end of the remnant of Israel?

14 Again the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,

15 Son of man, thy brethren, even thy brethren, the men of thy kindred, and all the house of Israel wholly, are they unto whom the inhabitants of Jerusalem have said, Get you far from the Lord: unto us is this land given in possession.

16 Therefore say, Thus saith the Lord God; Although I have cast them far off among the heathen, and although I have scattered them among the countries, yet will I be to them as a little sanctuary in the countries where they shall come.

17 Therefore say, Thus saith the Lord God; I will even gather you from the people, and assemble you out of the countries where ye have been scattered, and I will give you the land of Israel.

18 And they shall come thither, and they shall take away all the detestable things thereof and all the abominations thereof from thence.

19 And I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within you; and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them an heart of flesh:

20 That they may walk in my statutes, and keep mine ordinances, and do them: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God.

21 But as for them whose heart walketh after the heart of their detestable things and their abominations, I will recompense their way upon their own heads, saith the Lord God.

22 Then did the cherubims lift up their wings, and the wheels beside them; and the glory of the God of Israel was over them above.

23 And the glory of the Lord went up from the midst of the city, and stood upon the mountain which is on the east side of the city.

24 Afterwards the spirit took me up, and brought me in a vision by the Spirit of God into Chaldea, to them of the captivity. So the vision that I had seen went up from me.

25 Then I spake unto them of the captivity all the things that the Lord had shewed me.

Hebrews 6:1-20

Therefore let us move beyondPhp 3:12-14 the elementary teachingsHeb 5:12 about Christ and be taken forward to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death,Or from useless ritualsHeb 9:14 and of faith in God,instruction about cleansing rites,Or about baptismsJn 3:25 the laying on of hands,S Ac 6:6 the resurrection of the dead,S Ac 2:24; Ac 17:18, 32 and eternal judgment.And God permitting,Ac 18:21 we will do so.

It is impossible for those who have once been enlightened,Heb 10:32 who have tasted the heavenly gift,Eph 2:8 who have shared in the Holy Spirit,Gal 3:2who have tasted the goodnessPs 34:8 of the word of GodS Heb 4:12 and the powers of the coming ageand who have fallenOr age, if they fall away, to be brought back to repentance.2Pe 2:21; 1Jn 5:16 To their loss they are crucifying the Son of GodS Mt 4:3 all over again and subjecting him to public disgrace.Land that drinks in the rain often falling on it and that produces a crop useful to those for whom it is farmed receives the blessing of God.But land that produces thorns and thistles is worthless and is in danger of being cursed.Ge 3:17, 18; Isa 5:6; 27:4 In the end it will be burned.

Even though we speak like this, dear friends,S 1Co 10:14 we are convinced of better things in your case—the things that have to do with salvation.10 God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.S Mt 10:40, 42; 1Th 1:311 We want each of you to show this same diligence to the very end, so that what you hopeS Heb 3:6 for may be fully realized.12 We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitateHeb 13:7 those who through faith and patience2Th 1:4; Jas 1:3; Rev 13:10; 14:12 inherit what has been promised.Heb 10:36

The Certainty of God’s Promise

13 When God made his promise to Abraham, since there was no one greater for him to swear by, he swore by himself,Ge 22:16; Lk 1:7314 saying, “I will surely bless you and give you many descendants.”Gen. 22:17Ge 22:1715 And so after waiting patiently, Abraham received what was promised.Ge 21:5

16 People swear by someone greater than themselves, and the oath confirms what is said and puts an end to all argument.Ex 22:1117 Because God wanted to make the unchangingver 18; Ps 110:4 nature of his purpose very clear to the heirs of what was promised,Ro 4:16; Heb 11:9 he confirmed it with an oath.18 God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie,Nu 23:19; Tit 1:2 we who have fled to take hold of the hopeS Heb 3:6 set before us may be greatly encouraged.19 We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain,Lev 16:2; Heb 9:2, 3, 720 where our forerunner, Jesus, has entered on our behalf.S Heb 4:14 He has become a high priestS Heb 2:17 forever, in the order of Melchizedek.S Heb 5:6

So let us stop going over the basic teachings about Christ again and again. Let us go on instead and become mature in our understanding. Surely we don’t need to start again with the fundamental importance of repenting from evil deedsGreek from dead works. and placing our faith in God.You don’t need further instruction about baptisms, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment.And so, God willing, we will move forward to further understanding.

For it is impossible to bring back to repentance those who were once enlightened—those who have experienced the good things of heaven and shared in the Holy Spirit,who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the power of the age to come—and who then turn away from God. It is impossible to bring such people back to repentance; by rejecting the Son of God, they themselves are nailing him to the cross once again and holding him up to public shame.

When the ground soaks up the falling rain and bears a good crop for the farmer, it has God’s blessing.But if a field bears thorns and thistles, it is useless. The farmer will soon condemn that field and burn it.

Dear friends, even though we are talking this way, we really don’t believe it applies to you. We are confident that you are meant for better things, things that come with salvation.10 For God is not unjust. He will not forget how hard you have worked for him and how you have shown your love to him by caring for other believers,Greek for God’s holy people. as you still do.11 Our great desire is that you will keep on loving others as long as life lasts, in order to make certain that what you hope for will come true.12 Then you will not become spiritually dull and indifferent. Instead, you will follow the example of those who are going to inherit God’s promises because of their faith and endurance.

God’s Promises Bring Hope

13 For example, there was God’s promise to Abraham. Since there was no one greater to swear by, God took an oath in his own name, saying:

14 “I will certainly bless you,

and I will multiply your descendants beyond number.”Gen 22:17.

15 Then Abraham waited patiently, and he received what God had promised.

16 Now when people take an oath, they call on someone greater than themselves to hold them to it. And without any question that oath is binding.17 God also bound himself with an oath, so that those who received the promise could be perfectly sure that he would never change his mind.18 So God has given both his promise and his oath. These two things are unchangeable because it is impossible for God to lie. Therefore, we who have fled to him for refuge can have great confidence as we hold to the hope that lies before us.19 This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain into God’s inner sanctuary.20 Jesus has already gone in there for us. He has become our eternal High Priest in the order of Melchizedek.

Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God,

Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.

And this will we do, if God permit.

For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost,

And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come,

If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.

For the earth which drinketh in the rain that cometh oft upon it, and bringeth forth herbs meet for them by whom it is dressed, receiveth blessing from God:

But that which beareth thorns and briers is rejected, and is nigh unto cursing; whose end is to be burned.

But, beloved, we are persuaded better things of you, and things that accompany salvation, though we thus speak.

10 For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.

11 And we desire that every one of you do shew the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end:

12 That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

13 For when God made promise to Abraham, because he could swear by no greater, he sware by himself,

14 Saying, Surely blessing I will bless thee, and multiplying I will multiply thee.

15 And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise.

16 For men verily swear by the greater: and an oath for confirmation is to them an end of all strife.

17 Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath:

18 That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us:

19 Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil;

20 Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.

Psalm 105:16-36

16 He called down famineS Ge 12:10; S Lev 26:26; Isa 3:1; Eze 4:16 on the land

and destroyed all their supplies of food;

17 and he sent a man before them—

Joseph, sold as a slave.S Ge 37:28; Ac 7:9

18 They bruised his feet with shackles,S Ge 40:15

his neck was put in irons,

19 till what he foretoldS Ge 12:10; 40:20-22 came to pass,

till the wordGe 41:40 of the Lord proved him true.

20 The king sent and released him,

the ruler of peoples set him free.Ge 41:14

21 He made him master of his household,

ruler over all he possessed,

22 to instruct his princesGe 41:43-44 as he pleased

and teach his elders wisdom.S Ge 41:40

23 Then Israel entered Egypt;Ge 46:6; Ac 7:15; 13:17

Jacob residedGe 47:28 as a foreigner in the land of Ham.S Ps 78:51

24 The Lord made his people very fruitful;

he made them too numerousEx 1:7, 9; Ac 7:17 for their foes,

25 whose hearts he turnedS Ex 4:21 to hate his people,

to conspireEx 1:6-10; Ac 7:19 against his servants.

26 He sent MosesS Ex 3:10 his servant,

and Aaron,S Ex 4:16; S Nu 33:1 whom he had chosen.S Nu 16:5; 17:5-8

27 They performedver 28-37; Ex 7:8-12:51 his signsS Ex 4:17; S 10:1 among them,

his wondersS Ex 3:20; Da 4:3 in the land of Ham.

28 He sent darknessS Ge 1:4; S Ex 10:22 and made the land dark—

for had they not rebelled againstS Ex 7:22 his words?

29 He turned their waters into blood,S Ps 78:44

causing their fish to die.Ex 7:21

30 Their land teemed with frogs,S Ex 8:2, 6

which went up into the bedrooms of their rulers.

31 He spoke,Ps 107:25; 148:8 and there came swarms of flies,Ex 8:21-24; S Ps 78:45

and gnatsEx 8:16-18 throughout their country.

32 He turned their rain into hail,Ex 9:22-25; S Job 38:22; S Ps 78:47

with lightning throughout their land;

33 he struck down their vinesPs 78:47 and fig treesEx 10:5, 12

and shattered the trees of their country.

34 He spoke,Ps 107:25 and the locusts came,S Ex 10:4, 12-15

grasshoppersS 1Ki 8:37 without number;Joel 1:6

35 they ate up every green thing in their land,

ate up the produce of their soil.

36 Then he struck down all the firstbornS Ex 4:23; S 12:12 in their land,

the firstfruits of all their manhood.

16 He called for a famine on the land of Canaan,

cutting off its food supply.

17 Then he sent someone to Egypt ahead of them—

Joseph, who was sold as a slave.

18 They bruised his feet with fetters

and placed his neck in an iron collar.

19 Until the time came to fulfill his dreams,Hebrew his word.

the Lord tested Joseph’s character.

20 Then Pharaoh sent for him and set him free;

the ruler of the nation opened his prison door.

21 Joseph was put in charge of all the king’s household;

he became ruler over all the king’s possessions.

22 He could instructAs in Greek and Syriac versions; Hebrew reads bind or imprison. the king’s aides as he pleased

and teach the king’s advisers.

23 Then Israel arrived in Egypt;

Jacob lived as a foreigner in the land of Ham.

24 And the Lord multiplied the people of Israel

until they became too mighty for their enemies.

25 Then he turned the Egyptians against the Israelites,

and they plotted against the Lord’s servants.

26 But the Lord sent his servant Moses,

along with Aaron, whom he had chosen.

27 They performed miraculous signs among the Egyptians,

and wonders in the land of Ham.

28 The Lord blanketed Egypt in darkness,

for they had defiedAs in Greek and Syriac versions; Hebrew reads had not defied. his commands to let his people go.

29 He turned their water into blood,

poisoning all the fish.

30 Then frogs overran the land

and even invaded the king’s bedrooms.

31 When the Lord spoke, flies descended on the Egyptians,

and gnats swarmed across Egypt.

32 He sent them hail instead of rain,

and lightning flashed over the land.

33 He ruined their grapevines and fig trees

and shattered all the trees.

34 He spoke, and hordes of locusts came—

young locusts beyond number.

35 They ate up everything green in the land,

destroying all the crops in their fields.

36 Then he killed the oldest son in each Egyptian home,

the pride and joy of each family.

16 Moreover he called for a famine upon the land: he brake the whole staff of bread.

17 He sent a man before them, even Joseph, who was sold for a servant:

18 Whose feet they hurt with fetters: he was laid in iron:

19 Until the time that his word came: the word of the Lord tried him.

20 The king sent and loosed him; even the ruler of the people, and let him go free.

21 He made him lord of his house, and ruler of all his substance:

22 To bind his princes at his pleasure; and teach his senators wisdom.

23 Israel also came into Egypt; and Jacob sojourned in the land of Ham.

24 And he increased his people greatly; and made them stronger than their enemies.

25 He turned their heart to hate his people, to deal subtilly with his servants.

26 He sent Moses his servant; and Aaron whom he had chosen.

27 They shewed his signs among them, and wonders in the land of Ham.

28 He sent darkness, and made it dark; and they rebelled not against his word.

29 He turned their waters into blood, and slew their fish.

30 Their land brought forth frogs in abundance, in the chambers of their kings.

31 He spake, and there came divers sorts of flies, and lice in all their coasts.

32 He gave them hail for rain, and flaming fire in their land.

33 He smote their vines also and their fig trees; and brake the trees of their coasts.

34 He spake, and the locusts came, and caterpillers, and that without number,

35 And did eat up all the herbs in their land, and devoured the fruit of their ground.

36 He smote also all the firstborn in their land, the chief of all their strength.

Proverbs 27:1-2

27 Do not boastS 1Ki 20:11 about tomorrow,

for you do not know what a day may bring.Mt 6:34; Jas 4:13-16

Let someone else praise you, and not your own mouth;

an outsider, and not your own lips.S Pr 25:27

27 Don’t brag about tomorrow,

since you don’t know what the day will bring.

Let someone else praise you, not your own mouth—

a stranger, not your own lips.

27 Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.

Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth; a stranger, and not thine own lips.

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