DAILY MANNA DCLM DEVOTIONAL JUNE 12, 2019
TOPIC: GOD IS HIS WORD
TEXT: EZEKIEL 17:1-10.
KEY VERSE “And the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, Son of man, put forth a riddle, and speak a parable unto the house of Israel” (EZEKIEL 17:1,2).
DAILY MANNA DCLM DEVOTIONAL
Unknown to many, God’s words are a reflection of His nature. He is everything man is not when it comes to constancy and dependability.
In the text, God sent Ezekiel to put a riddle before Israel after she had despised the oath in breaking His covenant in the previous chapter (Ezekiel 16:59). The riddle was about two eagles and a vine. The first eagle which had great wings, longwinged, full of feathers, with divers colors came to Lebanon and took the highest branch of the cedar. It cropped off the top of his young twigs, took seed of the land and carried it to a land of traffick. He planted the seed in a fruitful land by great waters, by a willow tree. This seed grew and became a spreading vine of low stature, whose branches turned towards him, so that the vine was under him. The vine brought forth branches and shot forth sprigs.
There was also the second eagle with great wings and many feathers but the vine did not bend her roots towards him not shoot her branches toward him so that he might water it by the furrows of her plantation. The vine was planted in a good soil by great waters that it might bring forth branches and bear fruits that it might be a goodly vine. The Lord then asked Israel if the vine, though planted, shall grow with the impending danger of its root not being well grounded and the force of the east wind. This parable illustrated the treachery of Israel in breaking the covenant with the king of Babylon and seeking assistance of Egypt to break the yoke of the king of Babylon against the instruction of the Lord.
Having so many witnesses testifying to the faithfulness of God to His promises should embolden us to hold tenaciously to whatever He has said concerning us.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY God cannot lie; He is faithful to His words.
COVER TO COVER 2 SAMUEL 17-18.
“Do you understand what you are reading?” Acts 8:30b
1. The text is a parable which the slipshod or thoughtless readers may not understand vv1-10.
a. God at times does not want us to rush His word. He want us to meditate and make efforts to understand and apply His message personally.
Q. Do you give enough time to meditate (not just reading) on the Word every morning?
b. Spirit guided meditations of the Word brings honey, which you could not get otherwise, out the rock.
c. God, at times, use this kind of speech or style to appeal to some who will value such style or understand such style better.
Q. What other reasons do you think God uses this style of speech to speak to people? Matthew 13:10-16.
2. How do you interprete difficult passages, dreams or revelation?
a. The revelation is not intended to confuse, hid the meaning or give room for human imaginations and manipulations but to challenge to deep thoughts.
b. The meaning of the text is always in the text if you read further after or before the text in consideration vv11-21.
c. The key to the interpretation of God-given revelation or dreams is not in the net or with a prophet but in the word of God itself vv11-21.
d. It is easier for you to interprete your revelations if you have a general knowledge of the Bible coupled with a good and unbiased sense of reasoning.
e. Oftentimes, if you pray to God to give you interpretation of what God gave you, He will do so.
f. True interpretations can never contradict any part of the Word of God.
g. You may need Bible study aids like Bible commentaries, other English translations, concordance, Greek lexicons etc to get a clearer understanding of some obscure or seemingly contradictory passages.
Q. So, what is the interpretation of our text?
Q. What other Bible study aids do you have?
LORD SPEAK TO ME
1. Lord, speak to me, that I may speak
In living echoes of Thy tone;
As Thou hast sought, so let me seek
Thy erring children lost and lone.
2. O lead me, Lord, that I may lead
The wandering and the wavering feet;
O feed me, Lord, that I may feed
Thy hungering ones with manna sweet.
3. O strengthen me, that while I stand
Firm on the rock, and strong in Thee,
I may stretch out a loving hand
To wrestlers with the troubled sea.
4. O teach me, Lord, that I may teach
The precious things Thou dost impart;
And wing my words, that they may reach
The hidden depths of many a heart.
5. O give Thine own sweet rest to me,
That I may speak with soothing power
A word in season, as from Thee
To weary ones in needful hour.
6. O fill me with Thy fulness, Lord,
Until my very heart o’erflow
In kindling thought and glowing word,
Thy love to tell, Thy praise to show.
7. O use me, Lord, use even me,
Just as Thou wilt, and when, and where,
Until Thy blessed face I see,
Thy rest, Thy joy, Thy glory share!
1. Lord, teach my minds to meditate on your word every morning.
2. Lord, give me more hunger and thirst for your word.
3. Give me the Spirit of wisdom and understanding to always get your message.
4. Make our hearts a good soil that bear fruits abundantly.
DAILY MANNA DCLM DEVOTIONAL BY PASTOR W F KUMUYI
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