Daniel 3-4, Job 19, John 12:37-50, 2 John 1-13  Daniel 3-4: Two famous stories. First, the fiery furnace. The king makes an image of gold and commands everyone to worship it or else be thrown into a fiery furnace (3:1-7). The Jews are accused for failing to engage in such idol worship (3:8-12), and so they are thrown…

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Daniel 1-2, Job 18, John 12:20-36, 1 John 5:13-21  Daniel 1-2: The book of Daniel—of great fame and fantastic storytelling ability—calls us also to faithful bravery, even in the midst of opposition. “Dare to be a Daniel.” At the same time, it also calls us to focus on the true and greater Daniel, Jesus Christ, who really sacrificed himself for…

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Ezekiel 48,  Job 17,  John 12:12-19,  1 John 5:6-12   Ezekiel 48:   The land is now divided up between the different tribes, much of which we had heard before in chapter 45. There is also a plan given for the city itself, and its new name. All this is written to encourage the exiles and assure…

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Ezekiel 45-47,  Job 16,  John 12:1-11,  1 John 5:1-5   Ezekiel 45-47:   The first two chapters of this section further describe the division of the land, the temple, the prince, the priests, and the responsibilities and duties in a way that suggests that the fulfillment of these matters is surely in a future gospel state that…

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Ezekiel 42-44,  Job 15:17-35,  John 11:45-57,  1 John 4:7-21  Ezekiel 42-44:   This continued description of the temple in these chapters amounts to much the same as Ezekiel’s previous description—namely a timely reminder of the temple, but in a non-literal sense pointing to the fulfillment of the temple in Christ, in Christ’s people, the gospel-church, and…

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Ezekiel 40-41, Job 15:1-16, John 11:38-44, 1 John 4:1-6 Ezekiel 40-41: Matthew Henry, of famous reputation, says this is “justly looked upon to be one of the most difficult portions of scripture in all the book of God. The Jews will not allow any to read it till they are thirty years old, and tell those who do…

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Ezekiel 38-39, Job 14, John 11:17-37, 1 John 3:19-24  Ezekiel 38-39: In Ezekiel 38 and 39, we hear of God’s judgment and opposition upon Gog and Magog, the continued trouble that Israel would face even after it had returned from exile, but God’s final victory over that trouble. We do not know exactly who these opponents of Israel…

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Ezekiel 35-37, Job 13, John 11:1-16, 1 John 3:11-18  Ezekiel 35-37: Chapter 35 begins with a prophecy against Edom (“Mount Seir”) for their sinful opposition to God’s people: “Because you cherished perpetual enmity and gave over the people of Israel to the power of the sword” (35:5). As if to ensure pride does not thereby ensue to Israel,…

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Ezekiel 33-34, Job 12, John 10:22-42, 1 John 3:1-10 Ezekiel 33-34: If any had been tempted to think that God’s message through Ezekiel was mere “doom and gloom,” God makes it clear that the warnings that have been given are intended so that people can repent and live. What is more, he makes it clear that there is…

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Ezekiel 31-32, Job 11, John 10:11-21, 1 John 2:24-29 Ezekiel 31-32: When we read this continuing litany of judgment through Ezekiel from the mouth of God, it is important, critically so, that we do not, if we are Christians, become uncertain of our salvation. We, if we are in Christ, have been rescued. These words then are intended…

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