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June 9, 2021 8:00 pm
The leader of our video conference said, “Good morning!” I said “Hello” back, but I wasn’t looking at him. I was distracted by my own image on the screen. Do I look like this? I looked at the smiling faces of the others on the call. That looks like them. So yes, this must be me. I should lose some weight. And get a haircut.
In his mind, Pharaoh was pretty great. He was “a lion among the nations . . . a monster in the seas” (Ezekiel 32:2). But then he caught a glimpse of himself from God’s perspective. God said he was in trouble and that He would expose his carcass to wild animals, causing “many peoples to be appalled at you, and their kings [to] shudder with horror because of you” (v. 10). Pharaoh was much less impressive than he thought.
We may think we’re “spiritually handsome”—until we see our sin as God sees it. Compared to His holy standard, even “our righteous acts are like filthy rags” (Isaiah 64:6). But God also sees something else, something even more true. He sees Jesus, and us in Jesus.
Feeling discouraged about how you are? Remember this is not who you are. If you have put your trust in Jesus, then you are in Jesus, and His holiness drapes over you. You are more beautiful than you imagine.
Hi, thanks for joining us for this word of encouragement from our deliberate buddy Ms. Mike Witmer. I wrote today's reading. Who are you the leader of our videoconference said good morning. I said hello back but I wasn't looking at him. I was distracted by my own image on the screen look like this. I look at the smiling faces of the others on the call that looks like them. So yeah this must be me I should lose some weight, get a haircut in his mind.
Pharaoh was pretty great. Ezekiel chapter 32, says he was a lion among the nations, a monster in the seas. Then he caught a glimpse of himself from God's perspective. God said he was in trouble and that he would expose his carcass to wild animals, causing many people to be appalled at you and their kings to shutter with horror because of you.
Pharaoh was much less impressive than he thought.
You and I may think we are spiritually handsome, until we see our sin as God sees it.
Isaiah 64 says that compared to his holy standard, even our righteous acts are like filthy rags. But God also see something else, something even more true. He sees Jesus and he sees us in Jesus. Feeling discouraged about how you are. Remember this is not who you are. If you have put your trust in Jesus, then your in Jesus and his holiness draped over you. You're more beautiful than you imagine. Today Our Daily Bread Scripture reading is from Ezekiel chapter 32 verses two through 10 Son of Man take up a lament concerning Pharaoh king of Egypt and say to him you are like a lion among the nations. You're like a monster in the seas thrashing about in your streams turning the water with your feet and muddying the streams. This is what the sovereign Lord says with a great throng of people I will cast my net over you and it will haul you up in my net I will throw you on the land and hurl you in the open field. I will let all the birds of the sky set on you and all the animals of the wild gorge themselves on you.
I will spread your flesh on the mountains and fill the valleys with your remains. I will drench the land with your flowing blood all the way to the mountains and the ravines will be filled with your flesh when I snuff you out.
I will cover the heavens, and darken their stars. I will cover the sun with a cloud, and the moon will not give its light all the shining lights in the heavens.
I will darken over you. I will bring darkness over your land, declares the Sovereign Lord, I will trouble the hearts of many people, so I bring about your destruction among the nations among lands you have not known, I will cause many people to be appalled that you and their kings will shutter with horror because of you when I brandish my sword before them on the day of your downfall. Each of them will tremble, every moment for his life, but spring or Jesus for those who are burdened by sin and guilt and shame may they rest in your amazing grace, knowing that your love and your righteousness makes them beautiful. Amen. Today's encouragement was provided by Our Daily Bread ministers