Saturday, January 19, 2019

January 19 - Ezekiel 6 & 7

Today's reading in our daily plan is Ezekiel 6 & 7. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
  • Today’s reading is a two-part message. Chapter 6 explains that God’s judgement would be brought to the people of Israel because they chose to worship and serve other gods (this is called “idolatry”). Chapter 7 describes what God’s judgement will look like.
  • Ezekiel began this prophecy by speaking against the mountains of Israel because that was where the pagan shrines were built for the people to worship their idols. God’s message told the people how much pain it brings him to see his people treat him unfaithfully and that a small group of them would be spared destruction but they would still be broken-hearted (see verse 6:8-9).
  • The destruction described in Chapter 7 is total and complete. It would be seen in all directions (see verse 7:2) and would apply to everyone (see verse 7:13). The people would not be saved by their army (see verse 7:14) nor their money (see verse 7:19). The end of this passage reiterates what God had told the people many times before: the consequences they were about to receive were direct results of the actions they themselves had taken (see verse 7:27).
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • God’s anger is never unjustified. The people of Israel were chosen to be his people. God led them out of slavery and into a new life of freedom where he told them how to live a happy and peaceful life and promised they would be blessed by following His commands. Instead, the people chose to put their trust and faith in other gods and statues made by their own human hands.
  • God also desires purity in his people so that they may be close to him because he himself is perfect. He will examine their hearts and gives his people free will and many chances to follow him. If they choose to pursue a life of hypocrisy, deception, and insincerity, they are choosing an impure life and the consequences that result from it.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • We all know that daily life is filled with uncertainty. Where do you look for security and comfort in your life? When we place our trust in jobs, the economy, a political system, or military might for our security, we put God in the backseat. Today, take a moment to talk to God and ask him to help you see what foundation your life is built upon. Ask him to help you trust him more; it brings him great joy when you lean into him.