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Ezekiel 19: Yahweh Laments Two Lions & A Vine


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When people think of Old Testament prophecy, they often think of Yahweh predicting the coming of Christ.  And yet Messianic prophecies in the Old Testament are far outnumbered by political prophecies—ones in which Yahweh is predicting how individual nations and politicians will do in the future.  Will they thrive or tank?  Will they conquer or be conquered?  Will they be exalted among their fellow humans or utterly humiliated? Read more of this post

Parables of Yahweh: The Valley of Dry Bones


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Jesus has become famous for His parables. Yahweh, not so much. This just shows how foolish we Christians can be, for Yahweh is not only a Master of metaphors, but He also likes to present His parables in 3D. Jesus just spoke His parables, but Yahweh presented His in a wide variety of forms. To many of His prophets, He presented His parables through vivid visions and hands on experiences that made them totally unforgettable. Once you experienced one of Yahweh’s parables, it was permanently lodged in your mind. Read more of this post

Metaphors from Yahweh: Rebellious Underwear (Jeremiah 13)


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Christians like to pretend that their Gods are classy, polite, and delicate in speech.  They get quite offended at the suggestion that their Gods can be quite crude and rude.  Well, this is what happens when we try to view the Bible as our God controlling book of incantations instead of viewing it as the educational tool that it is.  There is only one right reason to read the Bible, and that is to know your Gods better.  Of course you can’t get anywhere unless They are willing to work with you as you read, and this is why slogging through daily devotions without Them is an utter waste of time.  But when we wait for Them to prompt us, and then we read, wow.  The biblical records are filled with some very shocking and helpful insights about who our Gods are, how They operate, and just how wild They can be.  Read more of this post

Parables of Yahweh: The Good Shepherd Rescues His Flock (Ezekiel 34)


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When you think of parables, who do you think of?  Jesus, of course.  This is because the Church discourages you from reading the Old Testament.  While she highlights Jesus’ words in red ink, she never highlights the words of Yahweh, even though He does far more speaking in the Bible.  What kind of sense does this make?  Are we pleasing Jesus by obsessing over Him while we virtually ignore the glorious Yahweh?  Not hardly.  Our Gods teach us to worship, honor, love, and serve Them all with equal enthusiasm.  Playing favorites is simply unacceptable. We don’t have one great God and two less great Gods.  We have three magnificent, glorious, fabulous Creators and all Three should be getting equal devotion from us.  If you’re not there, ask your Gods to help you get there.

Now when it comes to parables, we should be thinking of Jesus and Yahweh, for They are both Masters of metaphors.  While Jesus is famous for spinning off imagery of sheep and shepherds, centuries before Jesus ever called Himself the Good Shepherd, Yahweh was claiming that role for Himself.  In this post, we’re going to roll back the clock to the days of the prophet Ezekiel and learn about a long parable that Yahweh fires off to address three issues: wicked shepherds, naughty sheep, and His plans to bless souls who are loyal to Him. Read more of this post

Know Your Bible Lesson 35: Three Parables of Yahweh

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It’s time for some parables. Yahweh is in a metaphorical mood, and as we begin Ezekiel 16, we find Him telling the story of a newborn infant girl who was left by her parents to die in a field. The infant is a metaphor for Jerusalem, Israel’s capital city. Read more of this post

The Potter & the Clay


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God does not treat us all the same.  There are some people who He gives an extra measure of blessing to, and others who He inflicts extra miseries upon.  There are nations which He favors, and other nations which He rips apart.  We find this pattern laid out in the Bible, and when we don’t read the full message of Scripture, it’s easy to walk away with the erroneous idea that God has certain “chosen favorites” who can do no wrong with Him.  The nation Israel seems an obvious member of this camp, and in the Church today, we’re constantly told that God favors Israel more than anyone else.  But is this really true?  Naturally Israel would like to think so, yet as we read the Bible, we don’t find much blessing of Israel going on.  Certainly there are moments when God really backs her up and gives her victory over her enemies.  But far more often we find God bringing in her enemies to stomp all over her because of her rotten attitude.

It turns out that the “chosen” label isn’t the guarantee of eternal blessing that we try to say it is today.  God certainly does choose individuals and nations to serve Him in some special way—He does pass out high honors and special callings.  But that’s just the beginning.  If those chosen people then go on to treat God with disdain, He revokes the blessings and protection He gave them.  Consider the sad mess Samson degraded into through his unceasing rebellion.  He ended his life at a young age: an imprisoned freak with gouged out eyes who the Philistines gawked at for entertainment.  Sure, he pushed over pillars and crushed his enemies—but he crushed himself along with them because God was done with Samson’s constant defiance. Read more of this post

Parables of Yahweh: The Rusty Stewpot (Ezekiel 24)


Yahweh loves telling parables of all kinds. In the Old Testament He is just brimming with stories. Sometimes He addresses a single individual, other times a whole nation. Sometimes He speaks to Israel, other times to her enemies. Every parable is different, dramatic, and hard to forget. In this post we’ll look at one very vivid parable that Yahweh tells through His prophet Ezekiel.

Ezekiel was a Jewish priest who was carried away as a prisoner by Babylonian invaders before the city of Jerusalem was totally destroyed. The Jews got themselves into major trouble by trying to break away from the empire that was oppressing them.  Now that empire has attacked Jerusalem a couple of times, but the city is still standing.  It won’t be standing much longer.

It takes a lot of time and resources to take down a city as large as ancient Jerusalem. First a massive invading army camps all around the large stone walls of the city so they can cut off all importing and exporting. This prevents any new food from entering the city. The invading army then camps out for months in comfortable tents, biding their time until the people who are trapped inside the city walls are too starving and scared to put up much of a fight. Then the army suddenly attacks, breaks through the walls, and trashes the place. Read more of this post