Ezekiel 27: 1—28: 26
And here is why you have to pay attention to what you are reading and be intentional when you read things in the Bible. Were you shocked like I was to learn that the king of Tyre was in the garden of Eden? Do you remember reading about the king of Tyre when we learned about the garden all the way back in Genesis 3? NO! Of course NOT! So, what gives? Did you figure out who is being address? That is right we are getting a look at what happened to Satan and why he was cast out of heaven and how is working on earth (still to this day) to try to bring God down. The thing is people if you are not with God, you are with Satan. In God’s economy there is no middle ground. You either agree with God that God is God or you are like Satan and want your own way. The nation of Tyre has gone their own way so essentially Satan is their king, not God. God uses this funeral dirge for Tyre to teach us what it looks like when Satan is at work. But remember, the story is not over yet and Satan is not going down without a fight. Spoiler: God wins, Satan is defeated.
Hebrews 11: 17-31
Look at how BKC defined faith:
In its essence faith is being sure and certain about unseen hopes and realities. That this is honorable is seen in the fact that Old Testament worthies, the ancients, were commended for it. Faith is also a way of viewing all experience since it is the way in which believers see the universe for what it is—a creation by God. I don’t know why this hit me so hard this morning, but I am going to try to explain, in as few words as possible. Faith is not religion. Faith is not a feelgood feeling. Faith is not blindly believing in something impossible. Faith is not a George Michael song that teaches us to hope for the best. (Although for the life of me I cannot get that song out of my head since we have started chapter 11.) Faith is actually believing in what is actually real. Faith is not being duped, when we look up in the sky and see the stars and universe, into thinking that it all just happened by accident. Faith is believing what God says and acting on it as if we believe it is true. God says, “Love your neighbor,” so by faith you love your neighbor. Faith, in the end, is believing that all that is unseen right now, is actually the real deal. These heroes of faith all believed that what God said was true and that the circumstances they found themselves in were not as important as looking forward in faith to what God would do in the end. Faith is the opposite of what Satan did in the section of Ezekiel we read today. And faith is all that is required for God to LIGHT UP YOU LIFE with fruit of the Spirit: Peace, joy, love, patience, kindness, gentleness and self-control. Look at what He did for the heroes of faith! Parted the Red Sea, fell the walls of Jericho, and rescued a whole people group from slavery. He did that because of faith—seeing everything for what it really is, a creation by God.