English Standard Version, David Cochran Audio Bible
In the ninth year, in the tenth month, on the tenth day of the month, the word of the Lord came to me: 2 “Son of man, write down the name of this day, this very day. The king of Babylon has laid siege to Jerusalem this very day. 3 And utter a parable to the rebellious house and say to them, Thus says the Lord God:
“Set on the pot, set it on;
pour in water also;
4 put in it the pieces of meat,
all the good pieces, the thigh and the shoulder;
fill it with choice bones.
5 Take the choicest one of the flock;
pile the logs under it;
boil it well;
see also its bones in it.
6 “Therefore thus says the Lord God: Woe to the bloody city, to the pot whose corrosion is in it, and whose corrosion has not gone out of it! Take out of it piece after piece, without making any choice.[no lot has fallen upon it] 7 For the blood she has shed is in her midst; she put it on the bare rock; she did not pour it out on the ground to cover it with dust. 8 To rouse my wrath, to take vengeance, I have set on the bare rock the blood she has shed, that it may not be covered. 9 Therefore thus says the Lord God: Woe to the bloody city! I also will make the pile great. 10 Heap on the logs, kindle the fire, boil the meat well, mix in the spices, and let the bones be burned up. 11 Then set it empty upon the coals, that it may become hot, and its copper may burn, that its uncleanness may be melted in it, its corrosion consumed.
12 She has wearied herself with toil; its abundant corrosion does not go out of it. Into the fire with its corrosion! 13 On account of your unclean lewdness, because I would have cleansed you and you were not cleansed from your uncleanness, you shall not be cleansed anymore till I have satisfied my fury upon you. 14 I am the Lord. I have spoken; it shall come to pass; I will do it. I will not go back; I will not spare; I will not relent; according to your ways and your deeds you will be judged, declares the Lord God.”
15 The word of the Lord came to me: 16 “Son of man, behold, I am about to take the delight of your eyes away from you at a stroke; yet you shall not mourn or weep, nor shall your tears run down. 17 Sigh, but not aloud; make no mourning for the dead. Bind on your turban, and put your shoes on your feet; do not cover your lips, nor eat the bread of men.” 18 So I spoke to the people in the morning, and at evening my wife died. And on the next morning I did as I was commanded.
19 And the people said to me, “Will you not tell us what these things mean for us, that you are acting thus?” 20 Then I said to them, “The word of the Lord came to me: 21 ‘Say to the house of Israel, Thus says the Lord God: Behold, I will profane my sanctuary, the pride of your power, the delight of your eyes, and the yearning of your soul, and your sons and your daughters whom you left behind shall fall by the sword. 22 And you shall do as I have done; you shall not cover your lips, nor eat the bread of men. 23 Your turbans shall be on your heads and your shoes on your feet; you shall not mourn or weep, but you shall rot away in your iniquities and groan to one another. 24 Thus shall Ezekiel be to you a sign; according to all that he has done you shall do. When this comes, then you will know that I am the Lord God.’
25 “As for you, son of man, surely on the day when I take from them their stronghold, their joy and glory, the delight of their eyes and their soul's desire, and also their sons and daughters, 26 on that day a fugitive will come to you to report to you the news. 27 On that day your mouth will be opened to the fugitive, and you shall speak and be no longer mute. So you will be a sign to them, and they will know that I am the Lord.”
The Word of God is living and active, as the blog is being written I realized I'd put the new kettle on, it has no whistle and the pot has recently been corroded. However, thank the LORD, the corrosion wiped up nicely.
This week, the day before Thanksgiving, we euthanized our wonderful, treasured, loyal 14 year old Springer who had a miraculous healing from Cutaneous Lymphoma last October 19th from Texas A&M Dermatology portion of the Veterinary Medicine. Merit developed the tumors from the disease, he was prayed for, a foot heated up from the prayer and the healing began. He was healed and was told in May, by his regular Veterinarian, he appeared to be half his age. As July turned into August, similar symptoms began to occur. Merit lost 15% of his body weight; he followed me as usual, but didn't notice when I left the room. He was always worse when we left him with our good friend to be dog sat. I rationalized he couldn't sit, he couldn't stand, and he didn't know when I left the room. Putting him down wasn't easy. Merit was always determined to be by my side and never ran away, just sat by the front door.
Later, as with our last dog, also a Springer, I felt guilt because of the decision to euthanize to end the life of one who was so loyal, brave and good. The Vet told me, almost 95% of dogs are put down, not to suffer to the last minute. We stayed with both dogs as they departed. I felt, with Merit, I had put him down too soon. With Spencer, not soon enough. I came home much more dry eyed with Merit, who was actually more my dog, by my side for 14 years. Why. More of knowledge, this time, of the certainty of seeing Merit again. Reading Romans 10
I realized Jew- the law, Greek-the wisdom Merit was going to the place some versions of Romans 10 call the oneness of God.
Brothers, my heart's desire and prayer to God for them is that they may be saved. 2 For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge.
I've heard people debate if the Lion lying down with the Lamb in Isaiah 11 is just a beautiful allegory. So many things Jesus told us in allegory expressed a greater truth. God could have sent an angel for Elijah, a cloud or a thunderbolt. Instead Father God sent horses. Just as He sends out horses in Revelations. The promises of life given during the days of Noah cover the animals. Creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of men. Surely Merit was part of His glorious and loving creation. An oasis. A dog descended from his grandsire,a winner of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, with an aunt who won also. Merit was so named because he had an extra tooth and was 10 pounds too light. His breeder hoped we would show his brother and allow her to handle his brother. Instead we had a dog who picked us. A puppy only too glad to have the collar put around his neck.
For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
Merit made life easier, he let me know every minute he loved me.
Merit lived 14.2 years. .2 years longer than possible. On the day before Thanksgiving, Merit went home to eagerly wait for the day we Shall be Reunited. Ezekiel said not to mourn because we have earned judgement from HIM. And I would agree. How I need a Savior. A Savior so gentle that promises are made to me of my undeserved salvation. And letters written just for me to say, this is My Nature. Promises I look towards to see reunion with a treasured part of His Creation.
6 The wolf will live with the lamb,
the leopard will lie down with the goat,
the calf and the lion and the yearling together;
and a little child will lead them.
7 The cow will feed with the bear,
their young will lie down together,
and the lion will eat straw like the ox.
10 For every beast of the forest is mine,
the cattle on a thousand hills.
11 I know all the birds of the hills,
and all that moves in the field is mine.
You open your hand and satisfy the desires of every living thing.
He provides food for the cattle and for the young ravens when they call.
Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?
2 Kings 2:
11 As they were walking along and talking together, suddenly a chariot of fire and horses of fire appeared and separated the two of them, and Elijah went up to heaven in a whirlwind. 12 Elisha saw this and cried out, "My father! My father! The chariots and horsemen of Israel!"
The four winds sent from heaven are on horses. The four winds are written of in Daniel, Zechariah and Revelations 7.
2 The first chariot had red horses, the second black, 3 the third white, and the fourth dappled—all of them powerful. 4 I asked the angel who was speaking to me, "What are these, my lord?"
A righteous man has regard for the life of his animal,
But even the compassion of the wicked is cruel.
18 A ruler questioned Him, saying, "Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?"
19 And Jesus said to him, "Why do you call Me good? No one is good except God alone.