Daily Archives: August 8, 2019
We’re on a tour of the minor prophets for the rest of the summer: Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi. You can join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Below today’s scripture is an example SOAP from our team. Whether it’s your first time reading the Bible or you’ve been doing daily devotions for decades, God will use this One Thing to speak to you. We love hearing from you! Please use the comment section of our website to share your SOAP, thoughts or questions on the reading, or prayer requests. Join us as we build unity and community through God’s Word!
The Flying Scroll
I looked again, and there before me was a flying scroll.
2 He asked me, “What do you see?”
I answered, “I see a flying scroll, twenty cubits long and ten cubits wide.”
3 And he said to me, “This is the curse that is going out over the whole land; for according to what it says on one side, every thief will be banished, and according to what it says on the other, everyone who swears falsely will be banished. 4 The Lord Almighty declares, ‘I will send it out, and it will enter the house of the thief and the house of anyone who swears falsely by my name. It will remain in that house and destroy it completely, both its timbers and its stones.’”
The Woman in a Basket
5 Then the angel who was speaking to me came forward and said to me, “Look up and see what is appearing.”
6 I asked, “What is it?”
He replied, “It is a basket.” And he added, “This is the iniquity of the people throughout the land.”
7 Then the cover of lead was raised, and there in the basket sat a woman! 8 He said, “This is wickedness,” and he pushed her back into the basket and pushed its lead cover down on it.
9 Then I looked up—and there before me were two women, with the wind in their wings! They had wings like those of a stork, and they lifted up the basket between heaven and earth.
10 “Where are they taking the basket?” I asked the angel who was speaking to me.
11 He replied, “To the country of Babylonia to build a house for it. When the house is ready, the basket will be set there in its place.”
God Saves the Day | Marianne Toovey
I am so thankful for Bible commentaries! This chapter went a bit over my head, but the notes helped me understand what’s going on here. And, as it turns out, the symbolism of Wickedness being taken away and sent back to where it came from reminds us that God is able to purge His people of all the various forms of wickedness that separated them from Him. As it says in Ephesians 2:8, it’s God’s grace that saves us. It’s not anything we do, it’s all a gift from God (my paraphrase).
There isn’t anything I can do to save myself. If left to my own devices, I’d let the woman out of the basket, thinking I was doing a good thing. How easy it is to be misled by good intentions. That’s why God’s here. That’s why He sent Jesus. As humans, we often have a warped sense of what’s good and end up hurting ourselves in the process. But thanks to the Holy Spirit, given freely to all who believe, I get little nudges to point me in the right direction. Whether it’s my Bible’s notes helping me understand crazy dreams, friends holding me accountable, or my own convictions, I have hope for my journey through this life. God knew I couldn’t do it on my own, so He’s taken care of everything for me!
You are my Savior. I know You have saved me and that I can’t take any credit for it. Thank You for taking the basket of wickedness away from me so that I can spend eternity with You. I love You! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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