Ezekiel 31

Ezekiel 31

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Assyrian troops defeating Egyptians

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Jehu bows to Shalmanezer III of Assyria

This parable concerning the fall of Assyria, portrayed as a goodly cedar tree, was to confirm that a similar fate awaited Pharaoh and Egypt.

The same sword, namely that of the Chaldeans, would lead to their overthrow. Whereas not a trace of the Assyrian empire would remain Egypt would not be annihilated but reduced to a base kingdom.

The pride of Assyria, clearly displayed in the blasphemy of Sennacherib to Hezekiah would lead to it’s destruction under the mighty hand of the King of Kings who always abases the proud and their empires. Similarly Pharaoh and Egypt would fall from greatness.

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Assyrian empire at its Zenith. It lasted from 1250-605BC.

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Respectable Sins (Study 6) Answers and Study 7

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Respectable   Sins

Study   6 (Chapters 14-16)

Impatience, Irritability, Anger.

Reading Eph.4:24-32

  1. Impatience is not always sinful if it is directed towards our own sinfulness and slow progress or growth in the Christian life.
  2. Impatience often is accompanied by frustration and anger. When we are tempted to be or are getting impatient we should try to acknowledge God’s sovereignty, after all he governs all things, and ask his help. Remember he is not soon angry (Psalm 145:8), an elder is to be one who is not soon angry (Titus 1:7) and LOVE is patient (Eccles. 7:9, I Cor. 13:4).
  3. We believe our wills being crossed lie at the root of irritability.
  4. Anger is often expressed in our homes and family when we bicker or attempt to belittle or disparage someone we love.
  5. Righteous anger (God’s and Christ’s) is directed against sin and sinful attitudes e.g. all idolatry in the Old Testament (Deut. 29:20 c.f. Paul in Athens Acts 17:16, Psalm 7:11), in chastening his people (Psalm 74:1, Heb.12:6-7) even David against himself when confronted by Nathan, followed by repentance. Christ expressed righteous anger when he saw the unmerciful, legalistic attitude of the Pharisees as he was about to cure the man with the withered hand (Luke 3:1-6) and likewise when he cleansed the temple of corrupting merchants. Contrariwise unrighteous anger was seen in Cain who was jealous and self-righteous, Jonah who pitied only himself when the gourd withered (Jonah 4:4) and Simeon and Judah who slew the men of Shechem (Gen.49:7).
  6. If people make us angry we must ask ourselves whether their action is firstly deliberate and whether it is objectively wrong or sinful, and not trivial, and if it is, to reason with them and admonish them. It may be right to just ignore the insult. Remember a soft answer turns away wrath (don’t retaliate). Remember Christ did not revile (I Peter 2:24).
  7. The real causes of our impatience, irritability and anger are usually our own pride (we are made to look bad) or our selfish will (we cannot get our own way).
  8. We ought to put other’s desires first and fight to kill this sinful attitude.

 

Respectable   Sins   study 7

Chapters (17 and 19)

Judgmentalism and the sins of the tongue                Scheduled  Dec.19th 8pm

 

Please read the booklet “Judging” by Rev. Doug Kuiper which is fundamental to this topic!http://www.cprf.co.uk/pamphlets/judging.htm#.VlsKK_0nzF8

Notes from it: This thinking that we may not judge the actions and beliefs of others is the spirit of the age. It is also wrong. In an attempt to counter this way of thinking, the Evangelism Society of Byron Center Protestant Reformed Church publishes this pamphlet, with the desire that God be glorified and His saints encouraged to judge properly. Our prayer for the reader is that of Paul for the Philippians: “that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and in all judgment; that ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offense until the day of Christ; being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God” (Philippians 1:9-11).

Because we do not know the hearts of others, we must not judge secret motives (I Cor. 4:5). God will judge these.

We are also forbidden to judge others in things indifferent (Rom. 14).

One aspect of the work of a king is to judge, both within and without his kingdom. Within, he judges whether or not his subjects have obeyed his laws. Without, he judges (discerns) who is the enemy, and fights the enemy. So the Christian, as king, judges sin within himself as well as outside himself to be sin, and fights against sin and Satan.

What incentive do we have to judge?

The chief incentive is our love for God. In love for Him we must defend His Word and law. To fail to judge sin is to condone sin. But God does not condone sin; rather, He hates it! To condone abortion, homosexuality, and false teaching is to deny the Word of God and show hatred for God Himself.

Second, and related to the first, is the fact that we will stand in judgment. God will judge us according to our works, whether they be good or evil. To judge evil to be good in this life will surely bring upon us His judgment of condemnation and everlasting destruction. To judge evil to be evil will bring upon us His judgment of innocence and everlasting life—not because we have earned it by our good judgment, but because our good judgment is evidence that His Spirit works in us all the blessings of salvation, one of which is the privilege of testifying to the truth.

Third, we are motivated to judge by our desire for the salvation of our neighbour. We desire his repentance! We desire his submission to the will of God! We desire his speaking the truth as God revealed it! So we judge his sin as sin that he might repent. Paul instructs us regarding this, when he says that the goal which the Corinthians must desire in excluding the fornicator from their fellowship is the salvation of his spirit in the day of Christ (I Cor. 5:5).

  1. Why do so many quote Matthew 7:1 wrongly?

 

2. How do we apply John 7:24?

 

3. What should we judge?

 

 

4. What happens if we and the church does not do this?

 

5. How do we Biblically judge in our fellowship with other believers? (Rom.1:24-32, Gal.5:19-21, II Tim.3:1-5, Matthew 18, James 5:20)

6. So what is judgmentalism? (think legalism).

 

7. What was Paul’s position concerning the personal convictions in Romans 14?

 

8. How do we apply Eph.4:29?

 

  1. What are some of the sins of the tongue and how do we guard against them?

Ezekiel 30

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Ezekiel 30

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Fairbairn says this chapter is just giving more detail to what the prophet had already announced in the first half of chapter 29 and came to him not long before the fall of Jerusalem. Many different places are mentioned in Egypt e.g. Noph which is Memphis, the royal capital and centre of idol worship. The reverse which the king of Egypt suffered that was like a broken arm was his retreat from before the Babylonians when he marched up towards Jerusalem (Jer.37:7).

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British Anniversaries

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The historic origins of wedding anniversaries date back to the Medieval German empire, when husbands crowned their wives with silver and gold wreaths, marking 25 and 50 years of marriage respectively. Other anniversaries have evolved from more commercial origins during the 20th century. Nevertheless, the anniversaries listed below are a useful guide, and may help with the selection of appropriate gifts:

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Ezekiel 29

Ezekiel 29

 

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This chapter which actually predates the previous three by a year has two main points. First God will oppose and overthrow the proud Pharaoh and second he will show Israel the folly of trusting Egypt as a source of help. Pharaoh Apries who had made territorial gains up the coast as far as Tyre, sought to ally himself with Zedekiah and sent an army to help him, whereby the Babylonians left off their siege of Jerusalem for a time (Jer.37:7-11). But Ezekiel under “the unerring Foresight of the Spirit of God” (Fairbairn) predicts his fall. Fairbairn recalls the Pharaoh of Moses day who openly and proudly contended with almighty God ending in his doom and here God wants to show his people that Egypt could never take his place as their helper and that deliverance would never come from that old house of bondage. “Herodotus says of this king, that he was so lifted up with pride, and so secure of his happy state, that he said there was no God could deprive him of his kingdom. This proud tyrannical monarch was an emblem of that beast that received his power from the dragon (antichrist), and who himself spake like one; of the whore of Babylon that sits upon many waters, and boasts of her sovereignty and power, of her wealth and riches, of her ease, peace, pleasure, prosperity, and settled estate” (John Gill). Nebuchadnezzar would be the means of his downfall after a disastrous civil war against Amasis (Jer.43:10-12).” I will make the land of Egypt utterly waste and desolate;”-partly by a civil war, and partly by a foreign enemy.The commentators do not believe the forty years of desolation are literal as it is “always the number of chastisement and affliction” (Jerome). God also says that the plunder of Egypt was to be the wages for the Babylonians siege of Tyre.

Spiritual Gifts

 

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This topic is always a cause of dispute among Christians, but this speech is clear on the Bible’s teaching.

Definition: ” A spiritual gift is an  ability or aptitude or power or position whether natural or supernatural, graciously given by the Holy Spirit to an individual believer, in order to edify the body of the church.”

Headings:

Categories:

  1. Natural e.g. teaching, organising, serving.

2. Position or office e.g. pastor/teacher.

3. Supernatural or miraculous… a. Revelatory e.g. apostle, prophecy, wisdom. b. Confirmatory e.g. healing, tongue-speaking. Key point is that these latter two sub-categories are no longer necessary now that the canon of Scripture is complete. They were sign gifts to confirm the authentic revelation of the apostles.

Permanence.

Operation.

Purpose.

Based on this excellent message from Rev.M.McGeown of Limerick Reformed Fellowship

Spiritual Gifts

Ezekiel 28

Ezekiel 28

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Belshazzar, another King overthrown suddenly by God.

We actually know the name of the king of Tyre who is the subject of this lament. He was Ethbal. This ruler of the merchant island state was characterised by a “spirit of self-sufficiency, carnal security and immoderate pride-the natural product of unsanctified prosperity.” (Fairbairn). His godlike independence and lofty indifference or even disdain in respect to the God of Israel were his downfall. There are many similarities with Isaiah 14 and the king of Babylon. The Holy Spirit in these words “reveals the impiety of all ambition and the vanity of all greatness which seeks its foundation and support elsewhere than in the power and goodness of the Eternal” (Fairbairn). The proud king is likened to the ideal man in Eden, God’s sanctuary, even one of the cherubs, but “he abused the ample gifts and resources which should have been all employed in subservience to the will and glory of God” (Fairbairn). Contrariwise he ought to have followed the example of Jeremiah 9:23-24. Neither Fairbairn nor Gill see any typology here except to antichrist and the Bishop of Rome but many see a type of Satan and his downfall from heaven whose sin was the prototype of that of this impious king, namely pride and a desire to usurp God’s throne. Indeed only Satan fits parts of the description namely, “Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God”, “Thou art the anointed cherub”, “Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee” and “I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God.” The king of Tyre does not fit this description. But how was iniquity found in Lucifer? That is a mystery. Let us as God’s people resist this evil one and his temptations to independency, greed and self congratulation and recognising that all we have is from God, employ all our gifts for his glory alone.

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The latter part of the chapter concerns Sidon, and it  may well be singled out for judgment because it seemed to have a more powerful corrupting influence on Israel (Judges 10:6 and I Kings 11:33) with its worship of Ashtoreth and Adonis (as Moses predicted in Num.33:55). It was an area unconquered by Israel (Judges 1:31) and a thorn in the side of the covenant people.

imagesJKDW65QE Ashtaroth, goddess of lust.

The fulfilment of the last prophecy of peace, security and prosperity, as Fairbairn rightly states must wait till the true Israel of God, the church in all ages, inherits the whole ransomed earth after all her enemies are destroyed by Christ’s coming.