Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Based on Ezekiel 29:1-30, Psalm 129:5-8, Proverbs 28:27, Hebrews 12:1-25.
GOD on high, hear our cries in prayer as You reveal to us that we live in "Egypt" at this time of modern-day Exodus, under a "Pharaoh" who has said the "river" is his own and that he made it for himself. But thus say You, LORD GOD, to those who have the ears to hear: "I will put hooks in his jaws and bring him up out of the rivers and leave him in the wilderness as food for the beasts of the field and the birds of the heavens.... because the river is Mine."
You, who is the King of kings, are saying to set my face against Pharaoh and prophesy against him with Your Word Writ as follows: "The King of kings is against Pharaoh and against his rivers and will make our land utterly desolate. It shall be the lowliest of kingdoms; it shall never again exalt itself among the nations. Wail! Woe to the day!"
For the day is near, even the day of the LORD is near, and the pride of Pharaoh shall come down, and great anguish shall come against them, as in the day of Egypt, for indeed it is coming when GOD will make the rivers dry and destroy the idols. He will break the yokes of "Egypt" and her arrogant strength shall cease.
Then You came again to Ezekiel saying, "I have broken the arm of Pharaoh, king of Egypt, and it has not been bandaged for healing nor a splint put on it to bind it. I AM against Pharaoh, king of Egypt, and will break his arms, and he will groan with the groanings of a mortally wounded man. Then [the people] shall know that I AM GOD."
Thus, all those who hate Zion shall be put to shame and turned back. For the GOD of peace is working in us what is well-pleasing in His sight through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Let us go forth to Him, outside the camp, bearing His reproach and continually offering ourselves and the fruit of our lips, giving Him our bodies, hearts and minds to have entirely and hold eternally, both now and forever.
This photograph is by Liz Burnell.