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Day 235 – Lying Prophets


Thoughts and Reflection

Today we read that nobles send their servants for water but the cisterns are dry and they return with none. Similarly, if we have been unfaithful to the lord, we can find ourselves dry. We also hear of false prophets who are preaching lies to the people. They say compelling words that can lead us away from God. Jeremiah does not water down his message, he speaks of destruction and devastation.

Ezekiel vision is the Lord coming back to rebuilt the Temple. This is in contrast of his earlier visions of the Lord departing due to the people’s idolatry. Sometimes the spirit of the lord can depart and we may not even realize it.

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Daily Readings

Jeremiah 14

1 The word of Yahweh that came to Jeremiah on the occasion of the drought.

2 ‘Judah is in mourning, her towns are pining, sinking to the ground; a cry goes up from Jerusalem.

3 The nobles send their servants for water, they come to the water-tanks, find no water, and return with their pitchers empty. Dismayed and bewildered, they cover their heads.

4 Because the soil is all cracked since the country has had no rain; the farmers are dismayed, they cover their heads.

5 Even the doe in the countryside giving birth abandons her young, for there is no grass;

6 the wild donkeys standing on the bare heights gasp for air like jackals: their eyes grow dim for lack of pasture.’

7 Although our sins witness against us, Yahweh, for your name’s sake, intervene! Yes, our acts of infidelity have been many, we have sinned against you!

8 Yahweh, hope of Israel, its Saviour in time of distress, why are you like a stranger in this country, like a traveller staying only for one night?

9 Why are you like someone bemused, like a warrior who has no power to rescue? And yet, Yahweh, you are among us, we are called by your name. Do not desert us!

10 Yahweh says this about this people, ‘They take such pleasure in darting hither and thither, they cannot restrain their feet! But Yahwehtakes pleasure in them no longer; now he will keep their guilt in mind and punish their sins.’

11 Yahweh then said to me, ‘Do not intercede for this people or their welfare.

12 If they fast, I will not listen to their plea; if they offer burnt offerings and cereal offerings I will not accept them. Rather, I shall make an end of them by sword, famine and plague.’

13 ‘Ah, Lord Yahweh,’ I answered, ‘here are the prophets telling them, “You will not see the sword, famine will not touch you; I promise you true peace in this place.” ‘

14 Then Yahweh said to me, ‘The prophets are prophesying lies in my name; I have not sent them, I gave them no orders, I never spoke to them. Delusive visions, hollow predictions, daydreams of their own, that is what they prophesy to you.

15 Therefore, Yahweh says this: The prophets who prophesy in my name when I have not sent them, and tell you there will be no sword or famine in this country, these same prophets will meet their end by sword and famine.

16 And as for the people to whom they prophesy, they will be tossed into the streets of Jerusalem, victims of famine and the sword, with not a soul to bury them: neither them nor their wives, nor their sons, nor their daughters. I shall pour their own wickedness down on them.

17 ‘So say this word to them: May my eyes shed tears night and day, unceasingly, since the daughter of my people has sustained a fearsome wound, a crippling injury.

18 If I go into the countryside, there lie those killed by the sword; if I go into the city, I see people tortured with hunger; even prophets and priests roam the country at their wits’ end.’

19 Have you rejected Judah altogether? Does your very soul revolt at Zion? Why have you struck us down without hope of cure? We were hoping for peace — no good came of it! For the moment of cure — nothing but terror!

20 Yahweh, we acknowledge our wickedness and our ancestors’ guilt: we have indeed sinned against you.

21 For your name’s sake do not reject us, do not dishonour the throne of your glory. Remember us; do not break your covenant with us.

22 Can any of the nations’ Futile Ones make it rain? Can the heavens of their own accord give showers? Are you not the one, Yahwehour God? In you is our hope, since you make all these things.

Jeremiah 15

1 Yahweh said to me, ‘Even if Moses and Samuel pleaded before me, I could not sympathise with this people! Drive them out of my sight; away with them!

2 And if they ask you, “Where shall we go?” tell them this, “Yahweh says this: Those for the plague, to the plague; those for the sword, to the sword; those for famine, to famine; those for captivity, to captivity!

3 “I shall consign them to four kinds of thing, Yahweh declares: the sword to kill, the dogs to drag away, the birds of heaven and wild animals of earth to devour and to destroy.

4 I shall make them an object of horror to all the kingdoms of the earth, because of Manasseh son of Hezekiah, king of Judah, and what he did in Jerusalem.” ‘

5 Who is there to pity you, Jerusalem, who to grieve for you, who to go out of his way and ask how you are?

6 ‘You yourself have rejected me, Yahweh declares, you have turned your back on me; so I have stretched my hand over you and destroyed you. Tired of relenting,

7 I have winnowed them with a winnow at the country’s gates. They have been bereft, I have destroyed my people, but they refuse to leave their ways.

8 I have made their widows outnumber the sand of the sea. On the mother of young warriors I bring the destroyer in broad daylight. Suddenly I bring anguish and terror down on her.

9 The mother of seven sons grows faint and gasps for breath. It is still day, but already her sun has set, she is dismayed and distracted; and the rest of them I shall consign to the sword, to their enemies, Yahweh declares.’

10 A disaster for me, mother, that you bore me to be a man of strife and dissension for the whole country. I neither lend nor borrow, yet all of them curse me.

11 Have I not genuinely done my best to serve you, Yahweh? Have I not interceded with you in time of disaster and distress!

12 ‘Can iron break the iron of the north and the bronze?

13 Your wealth and your treasures I shall hand over to plunder, without repayment, because of all your sins, throughout your territory.

14 I shall enslave you to your enemies in a country which you do not know, for my anger has kindled a fire that will burn you up.’

15 Yahweh, you know! Remember me, take care of me, and avenge me on my persecutors. However long your anger endures, do not snatch me away. Realise that I suffer insult for your sake.

16 When your words came, I devoured them: your word was my delight and the joy of my heart; for I was called by your Name, Yahweh, God Sabaoth.

17 I never sat in the company of scoffers amusing myself; with your hands on me I held myself aloof, since you had filled me with indignation.

18 Why is my suffering continual, my wound incurable, refusing to be healed? Truly, for me you are a deceptive stream with uncertain waters!

19 To which Yahweh replied, ‘If you repent, I shall restore you to plead before me. If you distinguish between the precious and the base, you shall be as my own mouth. They will come back to you, but you must not go back to them.

20 As far as these people are concerned, I shall make you a fortified wall of bronze. They will fight against you but will not overcome you, because I am with you to save you and rescue you, Yahweh declares.

21 I shall rescue you from the clutches of the wicked and redeem you from the grasp of the violent.’

Ezekiel 43

1 He then took me out into the outer court on the north side and led me to the room facing the court, that is to say, to the front of the building on the north side.

2 Along the front, it was a hundred cubits long on the north side and fifty cubits wide.

3 Facing the gateways of the inner court and facing the paving of the outer court was a gallery in front of the triple gallery,

4 and in front of the rooms was a walk, ten cubits measured inwards and a hundred cubits long; their doors looked north.

5 The top-floor rooms were narrow because the galleries took up part of the width, being narrower than those on the ground floor or those on the middle floor of the building;

6 these were divided into three storeys and had no columns such as the court had. Hence they were narrower than the ground floor ones or the middle-floor ones (below them).

7 The outer wall parallel to the rooms, facing them and giving onto the outer court, was fifty cubits long,

8 the length of the rooms facing the outer court being fifty cubits, while for those facing the hall of the Temple it was a hundred cubits.

9 Beneath the rooms there was an entrance from the east, leading in from the outer court.

10 In the thickness of the wall of the court, on the south side fronting the court and the building, were rooms.

11 A walk ran in front of them, as with the rooms built on the north side; they were of the same length and breadth, and were of similar design with similar doors in and out.

12 Before the rooms on the south side there was an entrance at the end of each walk, opposite the corresponding wall on the east side, at their entries.

13 He said to me, ‘The northern and southern rooms giving onto the court are the rooms of the sanctuary, in which the priests who approach Yahweh will eat the most holy things. In them will be placed the most holy things: the oblation, the sacrifice for sin sin and the sacrifice of reparation, since this is a holy place.

14 Once the priests have entered, they will not go out of the holy place into the outer court without leaving their liturgical vestmentsthere, since these vestments are holy; they will put on other clothes before going near places assigned to the people.’

15 When he had finished measuring the inside of the Temple, he took me out to the east gate and measured it right round the sides.

16 He measured the east side with his measuring rod: a total of five hundred cubits by the measuring rod.

17 He then measured the north side: a total of five hundred cubits by the measuring rod.

18 He then measured the south side: five hundred cubits by the measuring rod

19 was the total. On the west side he measured five hundred cubits by the measuring rod.

20 He measured the entire enclosing wall on all four sides: length five hundred, breadth five hundred, separating the sacred from the profane.

Ezekiel 44

1 He took me to the gate, the one facing east.

2 I saw the glory of the God of Israel approaching from the east. A sound came with him like the sound of the ocean, and the earth shone with his glory.

3 This vision was like the one I had seen when I had come for the destruction of the city, and like the one I had seen by the River Chebar. Then I fell to the ground.

4 The glory of Yahweh arrived at the Temple by the east gate.

5 The Spirit lifted me up and brought me into the inner court; I saw the glory of Yahweh fill the Temple.

6 And I heard someone speaking to me from the Temple while the man stood beside me.

7 He said, ‘Son of man, this is the dais of my throne, the step on which I rest my feet. I shall live here among the Israelites for ever; and the House of Israel, they and their kings, will never again defile my holy name with their whorings and the corpses of their kings,

8 by putting their threshold beside my threshold and their doorposts beside my door-posts, with a party wall shared by them and me. They used to defile my holy name by their loathsome practices, and this is why I put an end to them in my anger.

9 From now on they will banish their whorings and the corpses of their kings from my presence and I shall live among them for ever.

10 ‘Son of man, describe this Temple to the House of Israel, to shame them out of their loathsome practices. (Let them draw up the plan of it.)

11 And, if they are ashamed of their behaviour, show them the design and plan of the Temple, its exits and entrances, its shape, how all of it is arranged, the entire design and all its principles. Give them all this in writing so that they can see and take note of its design and the way it is all arranged and carry it out.

12 This is the charter of the Temple: all the surrounding space on the mountain top is an especially holy area. (Such is the charter of the Temple.)’

13 These were the dimensions of the altar, in cubits each of a cubit plus a handsbreadth. The base: one cubit high and one cubit wide; the space by the runnel, all round the edge of the altar, one handsbreadth.

14 From the ground level of the base up to the lower plinth, two cubits high and one cubit wide; from the lesser plinth to the greater plinth, four cubits high and one cubit wide.

15 The altar hearth: four cubits high, with four horns projecting from the hearth,

16 the hearth was four-square: twelve cubits by twelve cubits;

17 and the square plinth: fourteen cubits by fourteen cubits; and the ledge all round: half a cubit; and the base: one cubit all round. The steps were on the east side.

18 He said to me, ‘Son of man, the Lord Yahweh says this, “As regards the altar, this is how things must be done when it has been built for the sacrifice of the burnt offering and for the pouring of blood.

19 To the levitical priests — those of the race of Zadok — who approach me to serve me — declares the Lord Yahweh — you must give a young bull as a sacrifice for sin.

20 You must take some of its blood and put it on the four horns, on the four corners of the plinth and on the surrounding ledge. In this way you will purify it and make expiation on it.

21 Then take the bull of the sacrifice for sin and burn it in that part of the Temple which is cut off from the sanctuary.

22 On the second day, you must offer an unblemished he-goat as the sacrifice for sin, and the altar must be purified again as was done with the bull.

23 When you have finished the purification, you must offer a young, unblemished bull and an unblemished ram from the flock.

24 You must present them before Yahweh, and the priests will sprinkle salt on them and offer them as burnt offerings to Yahweh.

25 As a sacrifice for sin, every day for seven days you must offer a he-goat, a bull and an unblemished ram from the flock.

26 In this way the altar will be expiated and will be purified and inaugurated.

27 At the end of that time, on the eighth day and afterwards, the priest will offer your burnt offerings and your communion sacrifices on the altar, and I shall look favourably on you — declares the Lord Yahweh.” ‘

Proverbs 15:13-16


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