Focus Verse: Therefore I will deal with them in anger; I will not look on them with pity or spare them. Although they shout in my ears, I will not listen to them.” (18)
No matter how loudly they shouted, God did not hear these people because they were doing detestable things in His sight. It is not the tone with which we pray that makes God hear our prayers. It isn’t the words either, but our hearts. If we are tuned to Him and obedient to Him, He will hear us and answer us.
Focus Verse: And said to him, “Go throughout the city of Jerusalem and put a mark on the foreheads of those who grieve and lament over all the detestable things that are done in it.” (4)
Those who have a mark on their foreheads will not be among those slain as God pours out His fury on Jerusalem. Those who have a mark are truly repentant for what they have done wrong and for what others around them have done wrong; therefore, God will not judge them. He will show them mercy.
Focus Verse: Each of the cherubim had four faces: One face was that of a cherub, the second the face of a human being, the third the face of a lion, and the fourth the face of an eagle. (14)
What a sight this would have been to see! The fact that “the cherubim went in whatever direction the head faced” may refer to God’s ability to go wherever He pleases. The fact that the cherubim’s “entire bodies, including their backs, their hands and their wings, were completely full of eyes” may refer to God’s ability to see everything at once. This entire scene certainly refers to God’s holiness.
1 Timothy 5
Focus Verse: If any woman who is a believer has widows in her care, she should continue to help them and not let the church be burdened with them, so that the church can help those widows who are really in need. (16)
Christianity ought to be a pure religion which consists of looking after orphans and widows and keeping oneself pure from the pollution of the world. The church should look after those who are truly in need.