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Three types of roadblock
“The Psalms are OK. I like the Psalms.”
(most of them anyway)
Confusing: Ezekiel 17
Thus says the Lord GOD: A great eagle with great wings and long pinions, rich in plumage of many colors, came to Lebanon and took the top of the cedar.
He broke off the topmost of its young twigs and carried it to a land of trade and set it in a city of merchants.
Then he took of the seed of the land and planted it in fertile soil. He placed it beside abundant waters. He set it like a willow twig,
“And there was another great eagle with great wings and much plumage, and behold, this vine bent its roots toward him and shot forth its branches toward him from the bed where it was planted, that he might water it…
Ezekiel 17 cont’d
And all the trees of the field shall know that I am the LORD; I bring low the high tree, and make high the low tree, dry up the green tree, and make the dry tree flourish. I am the LORD; I have spoken, and I will do it.”
Roadblock 1: Confusing
Weird visions with no explanation
Doesn’t seem to all be in order
Great detail on lives of some unimportant people
Seems like a string of failures
Answer: A study Bible or a good friend
Roadblock 2: Violence
Commands to the Israelites to attack and kill
Slaves: Exodus 21
When you buy a Hebrew slave, he shall serve six years, and in the seventh he shall go out free, for nothing.
Roadblock 3: All the Laws, e.g.
The Sabbath Law
When the Israelites were in the wilderness they found a man gathering wood on the Sabbath day.
Those who found him gathering wood brought him to Moses and Aaron and to the whole community.
They put him in custody, because there was no clear instruction about what should be done to him.
Then the LORD said to Moses, “The man must surely be put to death; the whole community must stone him with stones outside the camp.”
Not under Moses but under Jesus
John 1:17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.