November - Reading 9

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    Good evening -

    Perhaps the most profound passage in our reading of Ezekiel today is when Ezekiel's wife dies and he is instructed not to mourn. The obedience of the prophet dictates that he follow these instructions but when we view this on a human level, it is easy to imagine how difficult this must have been. The point of this refraining from grief was, of course, another of the symbolic acts performed by Ezekiel. His wife died on the very day that Jerusalem fell, August 14, 586 BC. It is worthy of note that the act of restraining from mourning is the third act that evoked a response from the people. The other two can be found in 12:9 and 21:7.

    In the Gospel of John the man who was healed from his blindness is questioned by the Pharisees. The Pharisees were split in their evaluation of Jesus in that some held to their position that He was not of God. The other sect held that because of the miraculous signs he must have been without sin. In 9:22 we see evidence that excommunication was practiced by the Jews of this time but we have no information on how this was done. We will see an interesting progression as our reading continues concerning the healed mans view of Christ. He goes from Jesusbeing a man in verse 11, to a prophet in verse 17, to One who could be followed by disciples in verse 27, to being from God in verse 33, to finally being worthy of worship in verse 38.

    In the Epistle of 1John we see a striking similarity between this writing and that of John 3:19-21. Vrse 1:8 is one of the first addresses against gnosticism as the Gnostics did not think that immoral acts were truly sin. They felt that the soul was still unblemished. John directly confronts this as a lie.

    May God bless you

    - Clint
     
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