Ezekiel 47:1–48:35, 1 Thessalonians 1:1–10, Job 39:24–40:2

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Ezekiel 47:1–48:35

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River of the Temple, Division of the Land and Its Boundaries

47 And he brought me back to the doorway of the temple and, look! There was water coming out from under the threshold of the temple eastward, because the face of the temple was eastwards; and the water was coming down from under the south side of the temple, from south of the altar. And he brought me out by the way of the north gate and he led me around by the way leading to the outside of the outer gate by way of the gate facing east, and look, there was water trickling from the south side. As the man went eastward a measuring line was in his hand, and he measured a thousand cubits . And he led me through on into the water; it was ankle deep .And he measured a thousand cubits, and he brought me over into the waters andit was knee deep . And he measured a thousand cubits, and he brought me over into the waters andit was waist deep .And he measured a thousand cubits,andit became a stream that I was not able to cross, because the water rose, waters a person could swim in ,and became a stream that could not be crossed. And he asked me, “Son of man, did you see this?” And he made me go, and he brought me back along the bank of the stream.

When I returned , then look! On the bank of the river were many trees on both sides .And he said to me, “These waters are going out to the eastern region, and they go down to the Jordan Valley , and they come to the seaand flow into the sea where they issue out , and the waters in the sea will be healed.And then every living creature with which it teems, to every place the waters come it will live; and very many fish will live because these waters came there, and so the water will be healed and everything will be alive everywhere that the stream will come .10 And then fishers from En Gedi and on up to En Eglaim will stand beside it, a sea-girt drying yard for nets; their fish for the dragnets will be of every kind , like the fish of the great sea,and very many. 11 But its marshes and its swamps will not be cured, for they were given for salt. 12 And along the stream will go up on its banks from both sides every tree producing food ; its leaf will not wither and it will not cease producing its fruit. Every month it will bear early fruit, for its waters are going out from the sanctuary, and its fruit will be as food, and its leaf for healing.”

13 Thus says the Lord Yahweh: “This is the boundary by which you shall distribute the land for the twelve tribes of Israel: Two shares shall be for Joseph. 14 And you must take possession of it, each onea share like his brother, of this land which I swore to give it to your fathers, and so this land shall fall to you as an inheritance. 15 And this is the boundary of the land: On the north side , from the great sea by the way of Hethlon until you come to Zedad ,16 Hamathto Berothath to Sibraim, which is between the boundary of Damascus and the boundary of Hamath, on to Hazer Hatticon, which is on the boundary of Hauran. 17 And sothe boundary will be from the sea to Hazar Enan at the boundary of Damascus northwards and the boundary of Hamath to the north, and this is the boundary on the side of the north. 18  And the eastern boundary will be between Hauran and Damascus, and from between Gilead and the land of Israel along the Jordan River fromthe boundary on the eastern sea to Tamar. And this is the border on the east .19  And on the south side the border will run from Tamar up to the waters of Meribot Kadesh and along the wadi to the Great Sea. And this is the boundary to the south .20  And on the west side the Great Seashall be the boundary up to opposite Lebo-Hamath. This is the western boundary .

21 You shall divide this land for yourselves according to the tribes of Israel. 22 And then you shall allocate it as an inheritance for yourselves and for the aliens dwelling as aliens in the midst of you who have children in the midst of you, and so they shall be to you just like full citizens among the Israelites . With you they shall be allotted with an inheritance in the midst of the tribes of Israel. 23 And then in the tribe in which an alien who is with you dwells, there you shall give his inheritance,” declares the Lord Yahweh.

The Allotment of the Land and the Gates of the City

48 And these are the names of the tribes: At the end of the north, along the way to Hethlon from Lebo-hamath to Hazar Enan on the boundary of Damascus beside Hamath northward ,there will be one portion for Dan from the eastern border to the west .And next to the territory of Dan, from the eastern border up to the western border , one portionfor Asher. And next to the territory of Asher, from the eastern border and up to the western border , one portionfor Naphtali. And next to the territory of Naphtali, from the eastern border up to the western border , one portionfor Manasseh. And next to the territory of Manasseh, from the eastern border up to the western border , one portionfor Ephraim. And next to the territory of Ephraim, from the eastern border and up to the western border , one portionfor Reuben. And next to the territory of Reuben, from the eastern border up to the western border , one portionfor Judah.

And next to the territory of Judah, from the eastern border up to the western border , shall be located the contribution that you set apart, twenty-five thousand cubitsin width, and its length just like one of the portions from the eastern border up to the western border , and the sanctuary shall be in the midst of it. The contribution that you shall set apart for Yahweh, its length shall be twenty-five thousand cubits, and its width ten thousand cubits.10 And to these shall be the holy district : to the priests northwards twenty-five thousand cubits, and westwards its width ten thousand cubits, and eastwards its width ten thousand cubits, and southwards its length twenty-five thousand cubits, and the sanctuary of Yahweh shall be in the midst of it. 11 To the priests, the ones being consecrated from the descendants of Zadok, who took care of my service and who did not go astray when the Israelites went astray , just as the Levites went astray. 12 And it will be for them a special gift from the contribution of the land as a most holy object next to the territory of the Levites. 13 And the Levites alongside the territory of the priests shall have twenty-five thousand cubitsin length and in width ten thousand cubits, its full length , twenty-five thousand cubits and its full width, ten thousand cubits.14 And they shall not sell any part from it, and shall not exchange, and shall not transfer the best of the land, for it is holy to Yahweh.

15 And the remaining part of five thousand cubits in the width by twenty-five thousand cubits,is unholy; it is for the city as dwelling and as pastureland; and the city will be located in the middle of it .16 And these shall be its measurements: on its side to the north, four thousand five hundred cubits; and on its side to the south, four thousand five hundred cubits; and on the eastern side , four thousand five hundred cubits; and on the western side , four thousand five hundred cubits.17 And a pastureland shall be for the city northwards, two hundred and fifty cubits, southwards two hundred and fifty cubits, and eastwards two hundred and fifty cubits, and westwards two hundred and fifty cubits.18 And the rest in its length alongside the holy district , ten thousand cubits eastwards and ten thousand westwards; and it shall be alongside the holy district and its yield shall be as food for the workers of the city. 19 And the workers of the city from all the tribes of Israel shall cultivate it. 20 All of the contribution, twenty-five thousand by twenty five thousand cubits square, you shall set apart as the holy district along with the property of the city. 21 And the rest shall be to the prince, on both sides of the holy district and of the property of the city extending from twenty-five thousand cubitsof the contribution up to the boundary of the east, and westwards extending twenty-five thousand cubits to the boundary of the sea alongside thetribal portions. They shall be for the prince, and it shall be the holy district , and the sanctuary of the temple will be in its middle. 22 And also the property of the Levites and the property of the city will be in the midst of the property which is for the prince; between the territory of Judah and between the territory of Benjamin the land will be for the prince.

23 And for the remainder of the tribes: From the side onthe east up to the side onthe west, Benjamin one portion; 24 and next to the territory of Benjamin, from the side onthe east up to the side of the sea, Simeon one portion; 25 and next to the territory of Simeon, from the side of the east up to the side of the sea, Issachar one portion; 26 and next to the territory of Issachar, from the side of the east up to the side of the sea, Zebulun one portion; 27 and next to the territory of Zebulun, from the side of the east up to the side of the sea, Gad one portion; 28 and next to the territory of Gad, to the side of the south, southward ; and the territory will be from Tamar to the waters of Meribath Kadesh, toward the wadi,on to the Great Sea.29 This is the land that you shall allot as an inheritance to the tribes of Israel, and these are their portions,” declares the Lord Yahweh.

30 And these shall be the exits of the city: From the north side , four thousand and five hundred cubitsby measurement. 31 And the gates of the city shall be according to the names of the tribes of Israel: three gates ...


1 Thessalonians 1:1–10

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Greeting

1 Paul and Silvanus and Timothy, to the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Grace to you and peace.

Thanksgiving for the Thessalonian Believers

We give thanks to God always concerning all of you, making mention constantly in our prayers, because we remember your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the presence of our God and Father, knowing, brothers dearly loved by God, that he has chosen you , because our gospel did not come to you with word only, but also with power and with the Holy Spirit and with much certainty, just as you know what sort of people we became among you for your sake. And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, receiving the word in much affliction, with the joy of the Holy Spirit, so that you became an example to all those who believe in Macedonia and in Achaia, for from you the word of the Lord has sounded forth, not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but in every place your faith toward God has gone out, so that we have no need to say anything. For they themselves report about us, what sort of welcome we had with you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, 10 and to await his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, Jesus, the one who delivers us from the coming wrath.


Job 39:24–40:2

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24 With roar and rage it races over the ground ,

and it cannot stand still at the sound of the horn.

25  Whenever a horn sounds, it says, ‘Aha!’

And it smells the battle from a distance—

the thunder of the commanders and the war cry.

26 “Does the hawk soar by your wisdom?

Does it spread its wings to the south?

27 Or does the eagle fly high at your command

and construct its nest high?

28 It lives on the rock and spends the night

on the rock point and the mountain stronghold .

29 From there it spies out the prey;

its eyes look from far away.

30 And its young ones lick blood greedily,

and where the dead carcasses are, there they are.”

40Then Yahweh answered Job and said,

“Shall a faultfinder contend with Shaddai?

Anyone who argues with God must answer it.”


October 24: Constantly in Prayer

Connect the Testaments: A Daily Devotional


Desperate circumstances often dictate our prayers. We pray for others when they’re in need, or we thank God for others when they fill our needs. But how often do we thank God for the faith of those around us?

When Paul writes to the believers in Thessalonica, he opens by saying, “We give thanks to God always concerning all of you, making mention constantly in our prayers” (1 Thess 1:2). Paul and his disciples thank God for their “work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the presence of our God and Father” (1 Thess 1:3).

Those who appear to be moving along well by our standards may be struggling in their faith. Other believers, just like us, go through ebbs and flows in their journey. It shouldn’t take a catastrophe for us to recognize their need for prayer.

We can learn something from Paul, a church planter and disciple maker who was no doubt keenly aware of the growth and struggles of the believers he mentored. For those of us who are less observant, these struggles may simmer underneath our radar. We should stop and take notice of the faith journeys of the people around us—people in our churches, our schools, and our workplaces. For whom can you thank God today?

Who needs your observant prayers today?


Rebecca Van Noord is the managing editor of Bible Study Magazine. She has developed content for several Bible reference products, including Lexham Bible Dictionary and Faithlife Study Bible.


Connect the Testaments: A Daily Devotional

Author: John D. Barry & Rebecca Van Noord

Publisher: Lexham Press

Publication Date: 2012

This 365-day devotional walks you through the Bible in a year, following a custom reading plan that delves into the stories of the Bible from five unique perspectives.


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