Day 340 – December 6, 2021

Ezekiel 28; Psalm 123, 124; Proverbs 27:21–24; 1 John 4:1–19

Ezekiel 28

The King of Tyre Is Overthrown

1 Again the word of the Lord came to me, saying,

2 “As for you, son of man, say to the ruler of Tyre, ‘Thus says the Lord: “Because your heart is lifted up, and you say, ‘I am God, and I live in the dwelling of God, in the heart of the sea,’ yet you are a man and not God, though you set your heart as the heart of God.

3 Are you wiser than Daniel? Or have not your wise men instructed you with their understanding?

4 Have you gained wisdom by your own understanding? Have you gained power for yourself by your own knowledge or discernment, and obtained gold and silver by yourself for your treasuries?

5 By your abundant understanding and trade you increased your power, and your heart was lifted up in your power.”

6 Therefore thus says the Lord: “Since you set your heart as the heart of God,

7 instead of this, behold, I shall bring foreigners against you, the plague of the nations. They will unsheathe their swords against the beauty of your knowledge and bring down your beauty in destruction.

8 They will bring you down, and you will die the death of the slain in the heart of the sea.

9 Will you still say, ‘I am God,’ before those who slay you? But you are a man and not God.

10 You shall perish by the hands of foreigners among the multitude of the uncircumcised, for I have spoken,” says the Lord.’ ”

Lamentation for the Ruler of Tyre

11 Again the word of the Lord came to me, saying,

12 “Son of man, take up a lamentation for the ruler of Tyre, and say to him, ‘Thus says the Lord and Master: “You are a seal of resemblance and crown of beauty.

13 You were the luxury of the paradise of God, adorned with every good stone: sardius, topaz, emerald, and diamond, sapphire, jasper, silver, and gold, stone of Liguria, agate, and amethyst, chrysolite, beryl, and onyx. You filled your treasuries and your storehouses with gold from the very day you were created.

14 I appointed you to be with the cherub. I set you on the holy mountain of God. You were in the midst of the stones of fire.

15 You were blameless in your days from the day you were created, until wrongs were found in you.

16 By the abundance of your trade, you filled your secret rooms with lawlessness; thus you sinned. So you were cast wounded from the mountain of God, and the cherub brought you out from the midst of the stones of fire.

17 Your heart was lifted up because of your beauty. Your knowledge was corrupted with your beauty. Because of the multitude of your sins I cast you to the ground. Before kings I set you forth as an example.

18 Because of the multitude of your sins and the wrongdoings of your trade, you desecrated your sanctuaries; therefore, I will bring fire from your midst which will devour you, to turn you into ashes upon your land in the sight of all who see you.

19 All who know you among the nations shall groan over you. You destroyed yourself, and you shall be present no more forever.” ’ ”

Judgment on Sidon

20 Again the word of the Lord came to me, saying,

21 “Son of man, set your face toward Sidon, and prophesy against her,

22 and say, ‘Thus says the Lord: “Behold, I am against you, O Sidon, and I shall be glorified in you. Then you will know that I am the Lord, when I execute judgments in you and am sanctified in you.

23 Blood and death shall be in your streets, and those wounded by the sword shall fall on every side. Then you will know that I am the Lord.

24 “Thus there will no longer be in the house of Israel a thorn of bitterness or a painful thorn from all who are around them, who dishonor them. Then they will know that I am the Lord.”

Israel Will Have Hope

25 ‘Thus says the Lord and Master: “I shall bring Israel from the nations where they were scattered, and I shall be sanctified among them in the sight of the peoples and of the nations. Then they will dwell in their own land which I gave to My servant Jacob.

26 So they will dwell there in hope, build houses, and plant vineyards; yes, they will dwell in hope when I execute judgment on all those who dishonor them. Then they will know that I am the Lord their God, and the God of their fathers.” ’ ”

Psalms 123

1 An ode of ascents. “If the Lord had not been with us,” Let Israel now say, 

2 “If the Lord had not been with us, When men rose up against us, 

3 Then they would have swallowed us alive, When their anger raged against us, 

4 Then the water would have drowned us; Our soul would have passed through a torrent, 

5 Then our soul would have passed through A water that is overwhelming.” 

6 Blessed is the Lord, Who did not give us as prey to their teeth. 

7 Our soul was delivered like a sparrow From the snare of the hunters; The snare was broken, and we were delivered. 

8 Our help is in the name of the Lord, Who made heaven and earth.

Psalms 124

1 An ode of ascents. Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion; He who dwells in Jerusalem shall be unshaken forever. 

2 The mountains surround her, And the Lord surrounds His people From this present time and unto the ages. 

3 The Lord will not permit the rod of sinners To be upon the inheritance of the righteous, Lest the righteous stretch out Their hands in lawlessness. 

4 Do good, O Lord, to the good, And to the upright in heart; 

5 But those who turn aside to crooked ways, The Lord shall lead away with the workers of lawlessness. Peace be upon Israel.

Proverbs of Solomon 27

21 He whose eye is fixed is an abomination to the Lord, And the uninstructed are intemperate with the tongue. 

22 Proving by fire is a way of testing for silver and gold, But a man is tested by the mouth of those who praise him.† 

23 A lawless heart seeks evil things, But an upright heart seeks knowledge.† 

24 If you should whip a man without discernment in the midst of the council and dishonor him, You would not remove his lack of discernment.

1 John 4

The Spirit’s Witness: The Incarnation

1 Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.

2 By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God,

3 and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world.†

4 You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.

5 They are of the world. Therefore they speak as of the world, and the world hears them.

6 We are of God. He who knows God hears us; he who is not of God does not hear us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.†

God Redeems Us in Love

7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.†

8 He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.

9 In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him.

10 In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.†

11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.

God Abides in Us

12 No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God abides in us, and His love has been perfected in us.

13 By this we know that we abide in Him, and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit.

14 And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son as Savior of the world.

15 Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God.

16 And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.

Love Overcomes Fear

17 Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world.

18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.

19 We love Him because He first loved us.

2 Replies to “Day 340 – December 6, 2021”

  1. Dear Fr. Alexis

    Great job this year, and I cannot wait for the start of next year’s journey.
    You greatly help us all understand the lords message.

    God grant your many years

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