Seventy Weeks

Daniel 9:24, “God has decided that for seventy weeks…” CEV

“Seventy weeks: or ‘seventy times seven years’.” CEV Bible Notes

We do not know God’s calendar. We try to figure everything out based on our calendar, but that doesn’t work.

2 Peter 3:8, “Dear friends, don’t forget that for the Lord one day is the same as a thousand years, and a thousand years is the same as one day.” CEV

His Father

Daniel 5:2, “He got drunk and ordered his servants to bring in the gold and silver cups his father Nebuchadnezzar had taken from the temple in Jerusalem…”

“His father Nebuchadnezzar: Belshazzar was actually the son of King Nabonidus, who was from another family. But in ancient times, it was possible to refer to a previous king as the ‘father’ of the present king.” CEV Bible Notes

Pounds, Quarts, and Yards

Ezekiel 46:5, “With the ram, he is to offer twenty pounds of grain, and with each of the lambs, he can offer as much as he wants. He must also offer four quarts of olive oil with every twenty pounds of grain.”

Ezekiel 46:14, “Along with it, three pounds of fine flour mixed with a quart of olive oil must be offered as a grain sacrifice…”

Ezekiel 47:3, “The man walked east, then took out his measuring stick and measured five hundred sixty yards down stream…”

I can visualize 20 pounds of grain, a gallon of olive oil, 3 pounds of flour mixed with a quart of olive oil and 560 yards. I understand the amounts because they are listed in terms I understand.

If you don’t understand what you are reading in your Bible, GET ANOTHER VERSION!

I am currently reading from the Contemporary English Version, but there is also an English Standard Version.

If you grew up on the King James version, I recommend the New International Version or the New American Standard.

“The Message” Bible is easy to understand and there are even various formats. I bought my son a Bible that looked like a sports magazine and my daughter one that looked like a teen magazine.

Find one that works for you because God is the one that brings understanding…not a specific version. You will be surprised how much you recognize his voice speaking to you through his word when you read a version that makes sense to YOU!

The Standard Unit

Ezekiel 45:11, 12, “The Ephah will be the standard dry measure, and the bath will be the standard liquid measure. Their size will be based on the homer, which will equal ten ephahs, or ten baths. The standard unit of weight will be the shekel. One shekel will equal twenty gerahs, and sixty shekels will equal one mina. CEV

“The homer…ten ephahs…ten baths: A homer was either a dry or liquid measure and equaled about five bushels or fifty-five gallons; an ephah would be about a half bushel, and a bath would be about five and a half gallons. The shekel: The shekel was about four-tenths of an ounce.” CEV Bible Notes

But the Doors…

Ezekiel 40:11, “Next, the man measured the width of the passageway, and it was twenty-two feet, but the two doors of the gate were only sixteen feet wide.”

“The width of the passageway…twenty-two feet…the two doors of the gate…sixteen feet wide: The doors themselves probably were hung on stone sockets, which could explain the six foot difference in width between the passageway and the doors.” CEV Bible Notes

Promise to Set You Free

In May, 2008, Bromfed was taken off of the market. Bromfed was an antihistamine that was popular in the fifties and it had a high concentration of decongestant in it.

(I assumed it was being used to make meth and that is why they removed it.)

It worked for me better than any antihistamine. When they took it off of the market, it felt like a sentence to me…a jail sentence.

I was already housebound, and without it, I felt I would never be free. When I read Ezekiel 37 I was depressed because I felt like the dry bones.

But it is now 2014, and not only am I free, I will be playing at an outdoor concert this Saturday night at the Fairfield square!

These dry bones live; and Ezekiel 37 is now my favorite chapter in the Bible because God did the same for me!

Ezekiel 37:12, “So tell them, ‘I, the Lord God, promise to open your graves and set you free…'”

You May Be More Beautiful…

Ezekiel 32:19, “Say to them: You may be more beautiful than the people of other nations, but you will also die and join the godless in the world below.”

A pretty face, or a handsome face, can sometimes be used to get something a plain face would not get; but God doesn’t give them preferential treatment.

I Will Plant You

Jeremiah 42:10, “I am sorry that I had to punish you, and so I now tell you to stay here in Judah, where I will plant you and build you up, instead of tearing you down and uprooting you.”

The place where they lost so much was the place God intended to plant them and build them up.

You can’t move away from God; but you can move away from his blessings.

The Lord Had Him Set Me Free

Jeremiah 40:1, “I was led away in chains along with the people of Judah and Jerusalem who were being taken to Babylonia. Nebuzaradan was the officer in charge of the guard, and while we were stopped at Ramah, the Lord had him set me free.”

Jeremiah recognized only God could set him free. Notice he did not say, “Nebuzaradan set me free. ”