26“I will disperse the Egyptians among the nations and scatter them through the countries. Then they will know that I am the Lord.” (Ezekiel 30:26)
Hello friends! I am sorry I have not been able to post anything recently. I have been working extra shifts to help cover for other watches in my current employer that have been short lately. Today, I got caught up on my Old Testament reading and I was reminded of the second reason I enjoy the Book of Ezekiel. The first reason is for the vivid imagery painted in the beginning of this book as the prophet was visited by Cherubin and the presence/image of God. The second is the historical accuracy of what the prophet records. This part of the Old Testament is very interesting, especially in the context of world history and those who want to dismiss the truth of the Bible. Just like in the Book of Jeremiah, both these prophets record the conquest of King Nebuchadnezzar, the great Babylonian king who led one of the most powerful empires in human history. I love reading world history and seeing this moment of global domination played out in history books, and then the greatest truth of God using the Babylonian Empire to punish all who did not believe in Him and the Jewish people for their constant betrayal of their faith.
Soon world history would repeat itself as a new empire conquered the “modern” world in that time. That empire, the Roman Empire, would become the most influential empire in humanity for one simple fact. It is during the rule of the Roman Empire that Jesus came to Earth to establish a final and personal relationship for all mankind to the creator of the universe: Yahweh to the Jewish, Allah to Muslims, and God to the emerging Christians. And of course, God would use the Roman Emperor Constantine to spread Christianity across this powerful empire.
You, friends, are a part of the bigger story. Everyday you have the opportunity to profess the Gospel and help spread the true story of Jesus and His love for all mankind. Do not let your time here on Earth be spent lost in the distractions of this wayward culture. Empires have come and gone, but God’s love for us will always remain.
A few weeks ago I shared a new song titled “Bigger Story,” from the emerging artist Cade Thompson. Well, last Friday, Mr. Thompson released his debut album under the same name. You can listen to that album by clicking here. My favorite track from this great collection is the song below, titled “New Normal,” the lyrics speak truth about the new normal we all need to be seeking in our lives. This song was released back in June, and I may have shared it already, but it stood out to me again when previewing this album.
From break-out new talent, to one of Christian music’s biggest and longest running artists, last Friday brought another strong release day of great new tunes. The album above is a great compliment to a well-established masterful musician who also released his newest collection: Mr. Jeremy Camp. With a Christian music career spanning over two decades now, Mr. Camp stayed true to form and dropped another stellar work of art, with every song a hit. Click here to listen for yourself. To get y’all caught up on all these great releases, I am sharing two songs today. Here is my favorite track from “When You Speak.”
Reading plan: Hebrews 4:12-16
Deeper reading plan: Ezekiel 29, 30