Today’s devotion comes from Ezekiel chapter 36.  Here is a link to this chapter – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ezekiel+36&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

Therefore say to the house of Israel, ‘Thus says the Lord God, “It is not for your sake, O house of Israel, that I am about to act, but for My holy name, which you have profaned among the nations where you went.  I will vindicate the holiness of My great name which has been profaned among the nations, which you have profaned in their midst.  Then the nations will know that I am the Lord,” declares the Lord God, “when I prove Myself holy among you in their sight.  For I will take you from the nations, gather you from all the lands and bring you into your own land.  Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean;  I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols.  Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you;  and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.  I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will be careful to observe My ordinances.  You will live in the land that I gave to your forefathers;  so you will be My people, and I will be your God.  Moreover, I will save you from all your uncleanness;  and I will call for the grain and multiply it, and I will not bring a famine on you.  I will multiply the fruit of the tree and the produce of the field, so that you will not receive again the disgrace of famine among the nations.  Then you will remember your evil ways and your deeds that were not good, and you will loathe yourselves in your own sight for your iniquities and your abominations.  I am not doing this for your sake,” declares the Lord God, “let it be known to you.  Be ashamed and confounded for your ways, O house of Israel!”  Ezekiel 36:22-32. 

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Other doctrine teaches that God acts for our sake.  Such doctrine presents a god of its desire who is a reactor.  Such doctrine teaches that if man improves himself, then God will love him more, God will bless him more, and God will praise him more:  all for our sake.

But, Reformed Doctrine teaches that God acts for His sake.  Reformed Doctrine presents the God of Scripture Who is an initiator.  Reformed Doctrine teaches that God elects those whom He will save and God makes them holy and blameless and does everything for their salvation so that they will praise Him:  all for God’s sake.  

Thus says the Lord, “Let not a wise man boast of his wisdom, and let not the mighty man boast of his might, let not a rich man boast of his riches;  but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord who exercises lovingkindness, justice and righteousness on earth;  for I delight in these things,” declares the Lord.”  Jeremiah 9:23-24.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him.  In love He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.”  Ephesians 1:3-6.

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;  for you once were not a people, but now you are the people of God;  you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.”  1 Peter 2:9-10.

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Today’s devotion comes from Ezekiel chapter 35.  Here is a link to this Scripture – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ezekiel+35&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“Moreover, the word of the Lord came to me saying, “Son of man, set your face against Mount Seir, and prophesy against it and say to it, ‘Thus says the Lord God,

“Behold, I am against you, Mount Seir,
And I will stretch out My hand against you
And make you a desolation and a waste.
“I will lay waste your cities
And you will become a desolation.
Then you will know that I am the Lord.

Because you have had everlasting enmity and have delivered the sons of Israel to the power of the sword at the time of their calamity, at the time of the punishment of the end, therefore as I live,” declares the Lord God, “I will give you over to bloodshed, and bloodshed will pursue you;  since you have not hated bloodshed, therefore bloodshed will pursue you.  I will make Mount Seir a waste and a desolation and I will cut off from it the one who passes through and returns.  I will fill its mountains with its slain;  on your hills and in your valleys and in all your ravines those slain by the sword will fall.  I will make you an everlasting desolation and your cities will not be inhabited.  Then you will know that I am the Lord.

“Because you have said, ‘These two nations and these two lands will be mine, and we will possess them,’ although the Lord was there, therefore as I live,” declares the Lord God, “I will deal with you according to your anger and according to your envy which you showed because of your hatred against them;  so I will make Myself known among them when I judge you.”  Ezekiel 35:1-11.

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The LORD fiercely defends His people.

“But you, Israel, My servant,
Jacob whom I have chosen,
Descendant of Abraham My friend,
You whom I have taken from the ends of the earth,
And called from its remotest parts
And said to you, ‘You are My servant,
I have chosen you and not rejected you.
10 ‘Do not fear, for I am with you;
Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you, surely I will help you,
Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’
11 Behold, all those who are angered at you will be shamed and dishonored;
Those who contend with you will be as nothing and will perish.
12 You will seek those who quarrel with you, but will not find them,
Those who war with you will be as nothing and non-existent.”  Isaiah 41:8-12.

Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | November 22, 2017

“Behold, I Myself will search for My sheep and seek them out.”

Today’s devotion comes from Ezekiel chapter 34.  Here is a link to this chapter – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ezekiel+34&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“Then the word of the Lord came to me saying, “Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel.  Prophesy and say to those shepherds, ‘Thus says the Lord God, “Woe, shepherds of Israel who have been feeding themselves!  Should not the shepherds feed the flock?  You eat the fat and clothe yourselves with the wool, you slaughter the fat sheep without feeding the flock.  Those who are sickly you have not strengthened, the diseased you have not healed, the broken you have not bound up, the scattered you have not brought back, nor have you sought for the lost;  but with force and with severity you have dominated them.  They were scattered for lack of a shepherd, and they became food for every beast of the field and were scattered.  My flock wandered through all the mountains and on every high hill;  My flock was scattered over all the surface of the earth, and there was no one to search or seek for them.”’”

For thus says the Lord God, “Behold, I Myself will search for My sheep and seek them out.  As a shepherd cares for his herd in the day when he is among his scattered sheep, so I will care for My sheep and will deliver them from all the places to which they were scattered on a cloudy and gloomy day.  I will bring them out from the peoples and gather them from the countries and bring them to their own land;  and I will feed them on the mountains of Israel, by the streams, and in all the inhabited places of the land.  I will feed them in a good pasture, and their grazing ground will be on the mountain heights of Israel.  There they will lie down on good grazing ground and feed in rich pasture on the mountains of Israel.  I will feed My flock and I will lead them to rest,” declares the Lord God.  I will seek the lost, bring back the scattered, bind up the broken and strengthen the sick;  but the fat and the strong I will destroy.  I will feed them with judgment.”  Ezekiel 34:1-6 and 11-16.

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Other doctrine focuses on man and depends on men to be good shepherds.

But, Reformed Doctrine focuses on God and depends on The Good Shepherd.

Other doctrine focuses on the lost sheep being wise enough and willing and strong enough to come back to the fold.

But, Reformed Doctrine focuses on the Good Shepherd bringing back His sheep into the fold.

Other doctrine focuses on its shepherds caring for the sheep.

But, Reformed Doctrine focuses on God, the Great “I” of Scripture, and focus on what God does:  “I Myself will search for My sheep and seek them out.  …   I will care for My sheep and will deliver them from all the places to which they were scattered …     I will bring them out from the peoples and gather them from the countries and bring them to their own land …  I will feed them …   I will lead them …  I will seek the lost, bring back the scattered, bind up the broken and strengthen the sick”.  Verses 11-16.

I am the good shepherd, and I know My own and My own know Me, even as the Father knows Me and I know the Father;  and I lay down My life for the sheep.  …  My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me;  and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish;  and no one will snatch them out of My hand.  My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all;  and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand.”  John 10:14-15 and 27-29.

Today’s devotion comes from Ezekiel 33:21-33.  Here is a link to this Scripture – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ezekiel+33&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

But as for you, son of man, your fellow citizens who talk about you by the walls and in the doorways of the houses, speak to one another, each to his brother, saying, ‘Come now and hear what the message is which comes forth from the Lord.’  They come to you as people come, and sit before you as My people and hear your words, but they do not do them, for they do the lustful desires expressed by their mouth, and their heart goes after their gain.  Behold, you are to them like a sensual song by one who has a beautiful voice and plays well on an instrument;  for they hear your words but they do not practice them.  So when it comes to pass—as surely it will—then they will know that a prophet has been in their midst.”    Ezekiel 33:21-33.

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Then the Lord said,

“Because this people draw near with their words
And honor Me with their lip service,
But they remove their hearts far from Me,
And their reverence for Me consists of tradition learned by rote,”  Isaiah 29:13.

Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter.”  Matthew 7:21.

Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock.  And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house;  and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock.  Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not act on them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand.  The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house;  and it fell—and great was its fall.”  Matthew 7:24-27.

Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | November 20, 2017

“Turn back, turn back from your evil ways!”

Today’s devotion comes from Ezekiel 33:10-20.

10 “Now as for you, son of man, say to the house of Israel, ‘Thus you have spoken, saying, “Surely our transgressions and our sins are upon us, and we are rotting away in them;  how then can we survive?”’  11 Say to them, ‘As I live!’ declares the Lord God, ‘I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that the wicked turn from his way and live.  Turn back, turn back from your evil ways!  Why then will you die, O house of Israel?’  12 And you, son of man, say to your fellow citizens, ‘The righteousness of a righteous man will not deliver him in the day of his transgression, and as for the wickedness of the wicked, he will not stumble because of it in the day when he turns from his wickedness;  whereas a righteous man will not be able to live by his righteousness on the day when he commits sin.’  13 When I say to the righteous he will surely live, and he so trusts in his righteousness that he commits iniquity, none of his righteous deeds will be remembered;  but in that same iniquity of his which he has committed he will die.  14 But when I say to the wicked, ‘You will surely die,’ and he turns from his sin and practices justice and righteousness, 15 if a wicked man restores a pledge, pays back what he has taken by robbery, walks by the statutes which ensure life without committing iniquity, he shall surely live;  he shall not die.  16 None of his sins that he has committed will be remembered against him.  He has practiced justice and righteousness;  he shall surely live.

17 “Yet your fellow citizens say, ‘The way of the Lord is not right,’ when it is their own way that is not right.  18 When the righteous turns from his righteousness and commits iniquity, then he shall die in it.  19 But when the wicked turns from his wickedness and practices justice and righteousness, he will live by them.  20 Yet you say, ‘The way of the Lord is not right.’ O house of Israel, I will judge each of you according to his ways.”   Ezekiel 33:10-20.

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16 “Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean;
Remove the evil of your deeds from My sight.
Cease to do evil,
17 Learn to do good;
Seek justice,
Reprove the ruthless,
Defend the orphan,
Plead for the widow.

18 “Come now, and let us reason together,”
Says the Lord,
“Though your sins are as scarlet,
They will be as white as snow;
Though they are red like crimson,
They will be like wool.
19 “If you consent and obey,
You will eat the best of the land;
20 “But if you refuse and rebel,
You will be devoured by the sword.”
Truly, the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”  Isaiah 1:16-20.

From that time Jesus began to preach and say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”  Matthew 4:17.

And Jesus said to them, “Do you suppose that these Galileans were greater sinners than all other Galileans because they suffered this fate?  I tell you, no, but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.  Or do you suppose that those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them were worse culprits than all the men who live in Jerusalem?  I tell you, no, but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.”  Luke 13:2-5.

Worship the Lord in holy attire;
Tremble before Him, all the earth.
10 Say among the nations, “The Lord reigns;
Indeed, the world is firmly established, it will not be moved;
He will judge the peoples with equity.”

11 Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice;
Let the sea roar, and all it contains;
12 Let the field exult, and all that is in it.
Then all the trees of the forest will sing for joy
13 Before the Lord, for He is coming,
For He is coming to judge the earth.
He will judge the world in righteousness
And the peoples in His faithfulness.”  Psalm 96:9-13.

Today’s devotion comes from Ezekiel 33:1-9.

“And the word of the Lord came to me, saying, “Son of man, speak to the sons of your people and say to them, ‘If I bring a sword upon a land, and the people of the land take one man from among them and make him their watchman, and he sees the sword coming upon the land and blows on the trumpet and warns the people, then he who hears the sound of the trumpet and does not take warning, and a sword comes and takes him away, his blood will be on his own head.  He heard the sound of the trumpet but did not take warning;  his blood will be on himself. But had he taken warning, he would have delivered his life.  But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet and the people are not warned, and a sword comes and takes a person from them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood I will require from the watchman’s hand.’

“Now as for you, son of man, I have appointed you a watchman for the house of Israel; so you will hear a message from My mouth and give them warning from Me.  When I say to the wicked, ‘O wicked man, you will surely die,’ and you do not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity, but his blood I will require from your hand.  But if you on your part warn a wicked man to turn from his way and he does not turn from his way, he will die in his iniquity, but you have delivered your life.”  Ezekiel 33:1-9.

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One may falsely think that because God will save all of His elect, there is no calling to preach and teach.  But, God is pleased to use preaching and teaching as a means of grace to save His elect.

“…  How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard?  And how will they hear without a preacher?”  Romans 10:14. 

Article 5.  Moreover, the promise of the gospel is, that whosoever believeth in Christ crucified, shall not perish, but have everlasting life.  This promise, together with the command to repent and believe, ought to be declared and published to all nations, and to all persons promiscuously and without distinction, to whom God out of his good pleasure sends the gospel.  SECOND HEAD OF DOCTRINE Of the Death of Christ, and the Redemption of Men Thereby of Canons of Dordt.

And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.  He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved;  but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned.”  Mark 16:15-16.

Today’s devotion comes from Ezekiel chapter 32.  Here is a link to this chapter – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ezekiel+32&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“In the twelfth year, on the fifteenth of the month, the word of the Lord came to me saying, “Son of man, wail for the hordes of Egypt and bring it down, her and the daughters of the powerful nations, to the nether world, with those who go down to the pit;

‘Whom do you surpass in beauty?
Go down and make your bed with the uncircumcised.’

“Elam is there and all her hordes around her grave;  all of them slain, fallen by the sword, who went down uncircumcised to the lower parts of the earth, who instilled their terror in the land of the living and bore their disgrace with those who went down to the pit.  They have made a bed for her among the slain with all her hordes.  Her graves are around it, they are all uncircumcised, slain by the sword (although their terror was instilled in the land of the living), and they bore their disgrace with those who go down to the pit;  they were put in the midst of the slain.

“There also is Edom, its kings and all its princes, who for all their might are laid with those slain by the sword;  they will lie with the uncircumcised and with those who go down to the pit.

“There also are the chiefs of the north, all of them, and all the Sidonians, who in spite of the terror resulting from their might, in shame went down with the slain.  So they lay down uncircumcised with those slain by the sword and bore their disgrace with those who go down to the pit.”  Ezekiel 32:17-19 and 24-25 and 29-30.

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How awful to be with those who bear their disgrace and go down to the pit!

We too were formally involved in one common misery with them bearing disgrace and deserving to go down to the pit.

“And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience.  Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest.”  Ephesians 2:1-3.

“But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.  For by grace you have been saved through faith;  and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God;  not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.”  Ephesians 2:4-8.

There are those who trust in themselves.  They trust in their own wisdom, in their own might, in their own riches, and in their own beauty.  And they bear disgrace and go down to the pit.
 
But, in sharpest contrast, there are those who, by God’s grace, trust in God.  They trust in God’s wisdom, in God’s might, in God’s riches, and in God’s beauty.  And they bear God’s grace and go up to heaven.

“To You, O Lord, I call;
My rock, do not be deaf to me,
For if You are silent to me,
I will become like those who go down to the pit.
2 Hear the voice of my supplications when I cry to You for help,
When I lift up my hands toward Your holy sanctuary.
3 Do not drag me away with the wicked
And with those who work iniquity,
Who speak peace with their neighbors,
While evil is in their hearts.
4 Requite them according to their work and according to the evil of their practices;
Requite them according to the deeds of their hands;
Repay them their recompense.
5 Because they do not regard the works of the Lord
Nor the deeds of His hands,
He will tear them down and not build them up.

6 Blessed be the Lord,
Because He has heard the voice of my supplication.
7 The Lord is my strength and my shield;
My heart trusts in Him, and I am helped;
Therefore my heart exults,
And with my song I shall thank Him.
8 The Lord is their strength,
And He is a saving defense to His anointed.
9 Save Your people and bless Your inheritance;
Be their shepherd also, and carry them forever.”  Psalm chapter 28.

Today’s devotion comes from Ezekiel chapter 31.  Here is a link to this chapter – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ezekiel+31&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

Son of man, say to Pharaoh king of Egypt and to his hordes,

‘Whom are you like in your greatness?
‘Behold, Assyria was a cedar in Lebanon
With beautiful branches and forest shade,
And very high,
And its top was among the clouds.

‘Therefore thus says the Lord God, “Because it is high in stature and has set its top among the clouds, and its heart is haughty in its loftiness, therefore I will give it into the hand of a despot of the nations;  he will thoroughly deal with it.  According to its wickedness I have driven it away.

“To which among the trees of Eden are you thus equal in glory and greatness?  Yet you will be brought down with the trees of Eden to the earth beneath;  you will lie in the midst of the uncircumcised, with those who were slain by the sword.  So is Pharaoh and all his hordes!”’ declares the Lord God.”  Ezekiel 31:2-3 and 10-11 and 18.

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In today’s Scripture, Pharaoh king of Egypt was warned by a comparison to Assyria which was figuratively compared to a cedar tree in Lebanon.  Like a cedar tree in Lebanon, although both Pharoah and Assuria had an appearance of high stature, beauty, and greatness that seemed to be forever, both would be brought down low and destroyed.

“Why do you boast in evil, O mighty man?
The lovingkindness of God endures all day long.
Your tongue devises destruction,
Like a sharp razor, O worker of deceit.
You love evil more than good,
Falsehood more than speaking what is right.  Selah.
You love all words that devour,
O deceitful tongue.

But God will break you down forever;
He will snatch you up and tear you away from your tent,
And uproot you from the land of the living.  Selah.
The righteous will see and fear,
And will laugh at him, saying,
“Behold, the man who would not make God his refuge,
But trusted in the abundance of his riches
And was strong in his evil desire.”

But as for me, I am like a green olive tree in the house of God;
I trust in the lovingkindness of God forever and ever.
I will give You thanks forever, because You have done it,
And I will wait on Your name, for it is good, in the presence of Your godly ones.”  Psalm chapter 52.

Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | November 15, 2017

“His sovereignty rules over all.”

Today’s devotion comes from Ezekiel chapter 30.  Here is a link to this chapter – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ezekiel+30&version=NASB
I quote only the following verses.

“Son of man, I have broken the arm of Pharaoh king of Egypt;  and, behold, it has not been bound up for healing or wrapped with a bandage, that it may be strong to hold the sword.  Therefore thus says the Lord God, ‘Behold, I am against Pharaoh king of Egypt and will break his arms, both the strong and the broken;  and I will make the sword fall from his hand.  I will scatter the Egyptians among the nations and disperse them among the lands.  For I will strengthen the arms of the king of Babylon and put My sword in his hand;  and I will break the arms of Pharaoh, so that he will groan before him with the groanings of a wounded man.  Thus I will strengthen the arms of the king of Babylon, but the arms of Pharaoh will fall.  Then they will know that I am the Lord, when I put My sword into the hand of the king of Babylon and he stretches it out against the land of Egypt.  When I scatter the Egyptians among the nations and disperse them among the lands, then they will know that I am the Lord.’” Ezekiel 30:21-26.

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We notice the actions of the LORD.  In only 6 verses, there are 9 actions phrases by the LORD such as “I have broken”, “I am against … and will break”, “I will make”, “I will scatter”, “I will strengthen”, “I will break”, “I put”, and “I scatter”.

Other doctrine focuses on man and what man does.
 
But, Reformed Doctrine follows Scripture and focuses on God and what God does.  

“19 The Lord has established His throne in the heavens,
And His sovereignty rules over all.
20 Bless the Lord, you His angels,
Mighty in strength, who perform His word,
Obeying the voice of His word!
21 Bless the Lord, all you His hosts,
You who serve Him, doing His will.
22 Bless the Lord, all you works of His,
In all places of His dominion;
Bless the Lord, O my soul!”  Psalm 103:19-22.

Today’s devotion comes from Ezekiel chapter 29.  Here is a link to this chapter – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ezekiel+29&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“In the tenth year, in the tenth month, on the twelfth of the month, the word of the Lord came to me saying, “Son of man, set your face against Pharaoh king of Egypt and prophesy against him and against all Egypt.  Speak and say, ‘Thus says the Lord God,

“Behold, I am against you, Pharaoh king of Egypt,
The great monster that lies in the midst of his rivers,
That has said, ‘My Nile is mine, and I myself have made it.’
“I will put hooks in your jaws
And make the fish of your rivers cling to your scales.
And I will bring you up out of the midst of your rivers,
And all the fish of your rivers will cling to your scales.
“I will abandon you to the wilderness, you and all the fish of your rivers;
You will fall on the open field; you will not be brought together or gathered.
I have given you for food to the beasts of the earth and to the birds of the sky.
Then all the inhabitants of Egypt will know that I am the Lord,
Because they have been only a staff made of reed to the house of Israel.
When they took hold of you with the hand,
You broke and tore all their hands;
And when they leaned on you,
You broke and made all their loins quake.”

16 And it will never again be the confidence of the house of Israel, bringing to mind the iniquity of their having turned to Egypt.  Then they will know that I am the Lord God.”’”  Ezekiel 29:1-7 and 16.

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“Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help
And rely on horses,
And trust in chariots because they are many
And in horsemen because they are very strong,
But they do not look to the Holy One of Israel, nor seek the Lord!
Yet He also is wise and will bring disaster
And does not retract His words,
But will arise against the house of evildoers
And against the help of the workers of iniquity.
Now the Egyptians are men and not God,
And their horses are flesh and not spirit;
So the Lord will stretch out His hand,
And he who helps will stumble
And he who is helped will fall,
And all of them will come to an end together.”  Isaiah 31:1-3.

Thus says the Lord,
“Cursed is the man who trusts in mankind
And makes flesh his strength,
And whose heart turns away from the Lord.
“For he will be like a bush in the desert
And will not see when prosperity comes,
But will live in stony wastes in the wilderness,
A land of salt without inhabitant.
“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord
And whose trust is the Lord.
“For he will be like a tree planted by the water,
That extends its roots by a stream
And will not fear when the heat comes;
But its leaves will be green,
And it will not be anxious in a year of drought
Nor cease to yield fruit.”  Jeremiah 17:5-8. 

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