November 15 – The Root of Bitterness

Ezekiel 31:1-32:32
Hebrews 12:14-29
Psalm 113:1-114:8
Proverbs 27:18-20

Ezekiel 31:10 — God hates pride in case you haven’t noticed. Daniel uses the same phrase (“… lifted up thyself …”) when speaking of God’s judgment against Belshazzar (Daniel 5:23).

Ezekiel 32:7 — When will these events be? Ezekiel doesn’t say, but looking at other passages we can tell. Isaiah 13:10 talks about the Day of the LORD when the moon will not give its light. Matthew 24:29 says that this immediately follows the Great Tribulation.

Hebrews 12:15 — What do we know about this root of bitterness?

  • It’s crafty – people don’t see it unless they know what they’re looking for
  • It’s costly – taking away the grace of God
  • It’s concerning – “trouble you”
  • It’s corrupting – “many be defiled”

Hebrews 12:24 — Why is Jesus better? An ignorant beast that touched the Holy Mountain of Moses was to be stoned. Now, we are invited to the city of the living God (Hebrews 12:22).

Psalm 113:3 — I need to spend more time praising the LORD!

Psalm 113:6 — We pride ourselves on how big of a position we have attained on earth. The LORD “humbleth himself to behold the things that are in heaven, and in the earth!”

Psalm 114:7 — We need a return to the fear of the LORD.

Proverbs 27:18 — Are we faithful in our service to our master?

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