November 23 Bible reading

23 11 2021

November 23  Psalm 132  1 Peter 2:4-25  Ezekiel 43; 44

Please read the suggested passages, prayerfully consider them, and the questions below. My comments here may be helpful after those moments. The suggested daily reading is for the purpose of reading through the whole Bible within a year.

Reading the Bible is helpful in taking the next steps to follow Jesus. It may not be easy and yet it can be rewarding. Digging into Scripture alongside people you know is a life-giving way to pursue answers together. We discover the love that God has for us has been expressed through Jesus.

  • What’s the plain simple truth of the verses you read?
  • Based on today’s reading, what is one thing God is saying to you?
  • What should you do about that truth?

November 23  Psalm 132  1 Peter 2:4-25  Ezekiel 43; 44

Psalm 132

We need a time and place of meeting with God. David made a priority of this. This Psalm is not written by David. It is written by people who recognized this value in David’s life. This place of meeting God was a secure, life-giving, transformational benefit to people who went there for personal time with God and for people who gathered in groups to worship God and receive instruction. As people returned to celebrate the faithfulness of God, they would sing about the specific ways in which God had lived among them and brought miracles of blessing. The Temple in Jerusalem had been a place of worship and a place they could find the manifest presence of God. The Israelites would come to this house of God and recall the lessons learned from King David about a personal relationship with God. God blessed it.

1 Peter 2:4-25

Jesus is the point of reference from which we build our lives and by which we evaluate our health. Jesus Christ is the starting point of our faith, our model example, and the One who sets things in motion for us. As followers of Jesus, we are brought into the Kingdom of God. Jesus is our Cornerstone. We are living stones in this New Temple, a place of worship and communion with God. Jesus endures being rejected by people whom He loves. As we receive the leadership of Jesus we also receive inexhaustible blessing from God. This should motivate us to live honorable lives. 1 Peter 2:22-25 should be a passage we reflect on at least monthly to consider exactly what this means. Out of a constant awareness of (and reverence for) God we live in honorable relationships with others: family, co-workers, neighbors, and authority figures. We do this by imitating Jesus who walked with humility and endured suffering with a focus on the victory that God would bring.

Ezekiel 43; 44

Twenty-five years into captivity, God brings Ezekiel a magnificent vision of an inspiring future and a new place of worship, to share with the people. It is a clear vision of a majestic and secure place of meeting with God. It speaks to the fulfillment of God’s work of redemption. In a vision of His glory returning to the Temple, God reveals to Ezekiel His desire for a close personal relationship with His people. God calls them to repent of their idol worship and selfishness. Ezekiel sees a time and place for the glorious presence of the One True Living God. It includes a place of meeting for God and His people. There will be peace forever uninterrupted. It is a place of absolute holiness. A place for wholehearted devotion to God, our Creator, and Redeemer. This vision included a place whose measurements made it clear to the Israelites that God was not calling them to go back to the “good old days”. Instead, God was calling them to a new and glorious future. Our Lord is looking for fully devoted followers. We see this in the words of God spoken to Ezekiel. This included the dedication God was looking for in princes and priests.


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