Sunday, August 22, 2010

August Twenty Two

~Good Morning~

My birthday is today. I turn 38 WOW! I am old. It is so weird coz I still feel the same as when I was in my 20's. WAIT!! Wiser just the same person looking through the eyes. I want to rededicate myself to the Lord today. I am not living for the Lord. I am living for myself and family. I am following some of the motions, but not all. I want that close relationship that I know I can have. I need to make more sacrifices. 38 is a year of change. More obedience and discipline. More structure and focus. With my relationship with God, my husband, my girls and myself.

Please say a little prayer for me for change.

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  • Oh my goodness this is disgusting!!!!!

20She lusted after lovers with genitals as large as a donkey's and emissions like those of a horse




Today's Scripture:

Ezekiel 22:17-23:49

The Lord's Refining Furnace

17 Then this message came to me from the Lord: 18 "Son of man, the people of Israel are the worthless slag that remains after silver is smelted. They are the dross that is left over—a useless mixture of copper, tin, iron, and lead. 19 So tell them, 'This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Because you are all worthless slag, I will bring you to my crucible in Jerusalem. 20 Just as copper, iron, lead, and tin are melted down in a furnace, I will melt you down in the heat of my fury. 21 I will gather you together and blow the fire of my anger upon you, 22 and you will melt like silver in fierce heat. Then you will know that I, the Lord, have poured out my fury on you.'"

The Sins of Israel's Leaders

23 Again a message came to me from the Lord: 24 "Son of man, give the people of Israel this message: In the day of my indignation, you will be like a polluted land, a land without rain. 25 Your princes plot conspiracies just as lions stalk their prey. They devour innocent people, seizing treasures and extorting wealth. They make many widows in the land. 26Your priests have violated my instructions and defiled my holy things. They make no distinction between what is holy and what is not. And they do not teach my people the difference between what is ceremonially clean and unclean. They disregard my Sabbath days so that I am dishonored among them.27 Your leaders are like wolves who tear apart their victims. They actually destroy people's lives for money! 28 And your prophets cover up for them by announcing false visions and making lying predictions. They say, 'My message is from the Sovereign Lord,' when the Lordhasn't spoken a single word to them. 29 Even common people oppress the poor, rob the needy, and deprive foreigners of justice.

30 "I looked for someone who might rebuild the wall of righteousness that guards the land. I searched for someone to stand in the gap in the wall so I wouldn't have to destroy the land, but I found no one. 31 So now I will pour out my fury on them, consuming them with the fire of my anger. I will heap on their heads the full penalty for all their sins. I, the Sovereign Lord, have spoken!"

Ezekiel 23

The Adultery of Two Sisters

1 This message came to me from the Lord: 2 "Son of man, once there were two sisters who were daughters of the same mother. 3 They became prostitutes in Egypt. Even as young girls, they allowed men to fondle their breasts. 4The older girl was named Oholah, and her sister was Oholibah. I married them, and they bore me sons and daughters. I am speaking of Samaria and Jerusalem, for Oholah is Samaria and Oholibah is Jerusalem.

5 "Then Oholah lusted after other lovers instead of me, and she gave her love to the Assyrian officers. 6 They were all attractive young men, captains and commanders dressed in handsome blue, charioteers driving their horses. 7 And so she prostituted herself with the most desirable men of Assyria, worshiping their idols and defiling herself. 8 For when she left Egypt, she did not leave her spirit of prostitution behind. She was still as lewd as in her youth, when the Egyptians slept with her, fondled her breasts, and used her as a prostitute.

9 "And so I handed her over to her Assyrian lovers, whom she desired so much. 10They stripped her, took away her children as their slaves, and then killed her. After she received her punishment, her reputation was known to every woman in the land.

11 "Yet even though Oholibah saw what had happened to Oholah, her sister, she followed right in her footsteps. And she was even more depraved, abandoning herself to her lust and prostitution. 12 She fawned over all the Assyrian officers—those captains and commanders in handsome uniforms, those charioteers driving their horses—all of them attractive young men. 13I saw the way she was going, defiling herself just like her older sister.

14 "Then she carried her prostitution even further. She fell in love with pictures that were painted on a wall—pictures of Babylonianmilitary officers, outfitted in striking red uniforms. 15 Handsome belts encircled their waists, and flowing turbans crowned their heads. They were dressed like chariot officers from the land of Babylonia. 16 When she saw these paintings, she longed to give herself to them, so she sent messengers to Babylonia to invite them to come to her. 17 So they came and committed adultery with her, defiling her in the bed of love. After being defiled, however, she rejected them in disgust.

18 "In the same way, I became disgusted with Oholibah and rejected her, just as I had rejected her sister, because she flaunted herself before them and gave herself to satisfy their lusts. 19 Yet she turned to even greater prostitution, remembering her youth when she was a prostitute in Egypt. 20She lusted after lovers with genitals as large as a donkey's and emissions like those of a horse21 And so, Oholibah, you relived your former days as a young girl in Egypt, when you first allowed your breasts to be fondled.

The Lord's Judgment of Oholibah

22 "Therefore, Oholibah, this is what the Sovereign Lord says: I will send your lovers against you from every direction—those very nations from which you turned away in disgust.23 For the Babylonians will come with all the Chaldeans from Pekod and Shoa and Koa. And all the Assyrians will come with them—handsome young captains, commanders, chariot officers, and other high-ranking officers, all riding their horses. 24 They will all come against you from the north with chariots, wagons, and a great army prepared for attack. They will take up positions on every side, surrounding you with men armed with shields and helmets. And I will hand you over to them for punishment so they can do with you as they please. 25 I will turn my jealous anger against you, and they will deal harshly with you. They will cut off your nose and ears, and any survivors will then be slaughtered by the sword. Your children will be taken away as captives, and everything that is left will be burned. 26 They will strip you of your beautiful clothes and jewels. 27 In this way, I will put a stop to the lewdness and prostitution you brought from Egypt. You will never again cast longing eyes on those things or fondly remember your time in Egypt.

28 "For this is what the Sovereign Lord says: I will surely hand you over to your enemies, to those you loathe, those you rejected. 29 They will treat you with hatred and rob you of all you own, leaving you stark naked. The shame of your prostitution will be exposed to all the world. 30 You brought all this on yourself by prostituting yourself to other nations, defiling yourself with all their idols. 31 Because you have followed in your sister's footsteps, I will force you to drink the same cup of terror she drank.

32 "Yes, this is what the Sovereign Lord says:

"You will drink from your sister's cup of terror,
      a cup that is large and deep.
   It is filled to the brim
      with scorn and derision.
 33 Drunkenness and anguish will fill you,
      for your cup is filled to the brim with distress and desolation,
      the same cup your sister Samaria drank.
 34 You will drain that cup of terror
      to the very bottom.
   Then you will smash it to pieces
      and beat your breast in anguish.
      I, the Sovereign Lord, have spoken!

35 "And because you have forgotten me and turned your back on me, this is what the Sovereign Lord says: You must bear the consequences of all your lewdness and prostitution."

The Lord's Judgment on Both Sisters

36 The Lord said to me, "Son of man, you must accuse Oholah and Oholibah of all their detestable sins. 37 They have committed both adultery and murder—adultery by worshiping idols and murder by burning as sacrifices the children they bore to me. 38 Furthermore, they have defiled my Temple and violated my Sabbath day! 39 On the very day that they sacrificed their children to their idols, they boldly came into my Temple to worship! They came in and defiled my house.

40 "You sisters sent messengers to distant lands to get men. Then when they arrived, you bathed yourselves, painted your eyelids, and put on your finest jewels for them. 41 You sat with them on a beautifully embroidered couch and put my incense and my special oil on a table that was spread before you. 42From your room came the sound of many men carousing. They were lustful men and drunkards from the wilderness, who put bracelets on your wrists and beautiful crowns on your heads. 43 Then I said, 'If they really want to have sex with old worn-out prostitutes like these, let them!' 44 And that is what they did. They had sex with Oholah and Oholibah, these shameless prostitutes. 45 But righteous people will judge these sister cities for what they really are—adulterers and murderers.

46 "Now this is what the Sovereign Lord says: Bring an army against them and hand them over to be terrorized and plundered. 47 For their enemies will stone them and kill them with swords. They will butcher their sons and daughters and burn their homes. 48 In this way, I will put an end to lewdness and idolatry in the land, and my judgment will be a warning to others not to follow their wicked example. 49 You will be fully repaid for all your prostitution—your worship of idols. Yes, you will suffer the full penalty. Then you will know that I am the Sovereign Lord."

2 Kings 24:20-25:2

20 These things happened because of the Lord's anger against the people of Jerusalem and Judah, until he finally banished them from his presence and sent them into exile.

The Fall of Jerusalem

Zedekiah rebelled against the king of Babylon.

2 Kings 25

1 So on January 15, during the ninth year of Zedekiah's reign, King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon led his entire army against Jerusalem. They surrounded the city and built siege ramps against its walls. 2Jerusalem was kept under siege until the eleventh year of King Zedekiah's reign.

Jeremiah 52:3-5

3 These things happened because of the Lord's anger against the people of Jerusalem and Judah, until he finally banished them from his presence and sent them into exile.

Zedekiah rebelled against the king of Babylon. 4 So on January 15, during the ninth year of Zedekiah's reign, King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon led his entire army against Jerusalem. They surrounded the city and built siege ramps against its walls. 5Jerusalem was kept under siege until the eleventh year of King Zedekiah's reign.

Jeremiah 39:1

Jeremiah 39

The Fall of Jerusalem

1 In January of the ninth year of King Zedekiah's reign, King Nebuchadnezzar came with his army to besiege Jerusalem.

Ezekiel 24:1-14

Ezekiel 24

The Sign of the Cooking Pot

1 On January 15, during the ninth year of King Jehoiachin's captivity, this message came to me from the Lord: 2"Son of man, write down today's date, because on this very day the king of Babylon is beginning his attack against Jerusalem. 3 Then give these rebels an illustration with this message from the Sovereign Lord:

"Put a pot on the fire,
      and pour in some water.
 4 Fill it with choice pieces of meat—
      the rump and the shoulder
      and all the most tender cuts.
 5 Use only the best sheep from the flock,
      and heap fuel on the fire beneath the pot.
   Bring the pot to a boil,
      and cook the bones along with the meat.

6 "Now this is what the Sovereign Lord says:
   What sorrow awaits Jerusalem,
      the city of murderers!
   She is a cooking pot
      whose corruption can't be cleaned out.
   Take the meat out in random order,
      for no piece is better than another.
 7 For the blood of her murders
      is splashed on the rocks.
   It isn't even spilled on the ground,
      where the dust could cover it!
 8 So I will splash her blood on a rock
      for all to see,
   an expression of my anger
      and vengeance against her.

9 "This is what the Sovereign Lord says:
   What sorrow awaits Jerusalem,
      the city of murderers!
      I myself will pile up the fuel beneath her.
 10 Yes, heap on the wood!
      Let the fire roar to make the pot boil.
   Cook the meat with many spices,
      and afterward burn the bones.
 11 Now set the empty pot on the coals.
      Heat it red hot!
      Burn away the filth and corruption.
 12 But it's hopeless;
      the corruption can't be cleaned out.
      So throw it into the fire.
 13 Your impurity is your lewdness
      and the corruption of your idolatry.
   I tried to cleanse you,
      but you refused.
   So now you will remain in your filth
      until my fury against you has been satisfied.

14 "I, the Lord, have spoken! The time has come, and I won't hold back. I will not change my mind, and I will have no pity on you. You will be judged on the basis of all your wicked actions, says the Sovereign Lord."




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